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A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan

A Private Gentleman

A Private Gentleman by Heidi Cullinan

Published by: Samhain Publishing on February 14, 2012
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Lord George Albert Westin (“Wes”) is incredibly shy and introverted. His stutter often makes people look down upon him, including his own family. He tends to stick to himself and his garden. But when he hears of an exotic orchid that he needs to see, he ventures out to the home of a fellow gardener. It’s there that Wes meets Michael Vallant. Wes is drawn to Michael immediately, but there are many things about Michael he doesn’t know. Not only is there the issue of Michael’s profession, but there’s a much darker secret that connects them. Can Michael help Wes come out of his shell more? And can Wes help Michael work through his past? And will Wes believe Michael if he tells him the truth?

A great and well-written historical. These two connect in a seemingly unexpected way, and the story that connects them through their history is even more out of the ordinary. I enjoyed their interactions even though their relationship developed in a rather unorthodox way. In some ways, I’m still not sure how I feel about the interactions with Wes’s family, but it does play into the history of both men. Overall an interesting read.

Family Man by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton

Family Man

Family Man by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton

Published by: Samhain Publishing on March 12, 2013
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Vince Fierro is forty and still bouncing back from his third divorce. His job with a family plumbing firm is going well. But Vince knows something’s missing in his life. And when he works on a job for a gay couple, he starts to wonder if there’s a reason his marriages failed. Could Vince be gay? He doesn’t think so. And he can’t be. That doesn’t jive with being an Irish Catholic, after all. After getting some advice from his sister, he sets out to explore the gay bars of Chicago to see if anyone stirs his interest. And no one does until he runs into someone he knows from his neighborhood.

Trey Giles keeps busier than anyone else he knows. He’s going to school, working two jobs, taking care of his grandmother, and dealing with his alcoholic mother. There’s no time for a relationship, or even a hookup, so he’s never pursued one. But when he spots Vince Fierro at a bar in Boystown, he can’t help but ask some questions. And even though Vince tells Trey he doesn’t think he’s gay, Trey sees something that makes him think otherwise. And he figures he can make some time to help Vince find his way.

But can Vince come to terms with who he is? And how will he reconcile it with his religion and his family? And even if he does, can Trey make time for the two of them to be together?

Taking a journey with these two guys was quite fun. And I enjoyed hearkening back to the year that I lived in Chicago with all the local references. Even better than they were all spot on.

I honestly had expected to see Vince do a bit more soul searching regarding his sexuality. We really didn’t see too much struggling aside from a few moments or how it appeared to Trey without getting a chance to see things from Vince’s perspective. And while I sympathized with Trey’s position near the end, exploring his feelings a bit more from his perspective would likely help readers who don’t have the experience of dealing with a loved one who is an addict or an alcoholic.

Overall, though, this is an enjoyable read and it warrants a recommendation from me!

Book Tour & Giveaway: The Devil Will Do by Heidi Cullinan

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Today I’m excited to review The Devil Will Do by Heidi Cullinan as part of the book’s release tour.  Be sure to check out a giveaway being offered by the author at the end of this post!

In a land unforgiving of indulgent, dangerous sex, merchantman Eryn does his best to keep his desires in the dark…until the plight of a beautiful prince leads him out of the shadows and into adventures both sensual and terrible.

Capture, curse, and torture litter Eryn’s road to true love, along with carnal delights beyond his most wicked imaginings. His strengths and limitations are exposed—and the hard truth, that nothing holds him back more than the monster of self-loathing in his heart. Prince Wyn might be everything he’s dreamed of in a man—and master—but before Eryn can accept the exquisitely wicked affections of his one true love, he must first save himself…from himself.

This novella was originally published under the title Sweet Son and has been significantly revised.

TheDevilWIllDo_cvrTitle: The Devil Will Do
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Published: February 4, 2015
Pages: 154
Publisher: Wilde City
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:

[Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

Eryn knows he is not worthy of love. He lives a life of “perversion” and people like him can’t ever be happy. It isn’t just that he desires other men, it’s how he desires them: rough, domineering, and even a bit degrading. But when he meets Prince Wyn–who is in a far off land and might be in danger–in a dream, he sets out on an adventure that he hopes might end in the love he desires, even if he still doesn’t believe he deserves it. What follows is a journey of personal challenges and self-discovery that might just help him see that “[e]veryone has worth.”

The idea of reading a BDSM fantasy tale is one that honestly sort of surprised me–it’s not something I think I would normally pick up. But I’m honestly glad I read this one. The fantastic setting is wonderfully constructed with all the trappings of a fairy tale (though definitely racier than anything you read in your youth). There’s royalty, magic, a witch, a demon, and a curse which must be broken. And some real heat to go with it.

I will say the content here is not for everyone. This definitely pushes some people would see as boundaries. There are dubious consent (and perhaps less-than-dubious consent) elements, bondage scenes, and ‘public’ humiliation.

Giveaway!

Enter here for a chance to win 3 books in ebook or paperback format, courtesy of Heidi Culiinan.

Title: Special Delivery
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Publication Date: February 14, 2010

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
I really enjoyed the beginnings of this one and liked where it was going for most of the book. When Sam first meets Mitch in the alley behind his aunt and uncle’s pharmacy, there’s definitely a spark there between them and I was excited to see how that would grow when they met again and eventually set out on the road together. The dynamic between Sam and Mitch was interesting to me, though I really felt thrown with the introduction of Randy and even now I’m still sorting out how I feel about that dynamic, though partly because I was hoping to see Mitch and Sam go in a different direction.

Overall, the writing is great – very descriptive and gets in your head (there were many times I found myself humming a song later in the day and remembered that it was referenced in the book). I definitely found it easy to connect to Sam and his experiences and was quickly invested in the relationship in this one.

Just as an aside, there is a bit of BDSM kink in this one, but nothing too over-the-top.