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Book Review: Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Love, #1) – Heidi Cullinan [ARC]

Clockwork HeartRELEASE DATE: Feb 2, 2016
Format: Novel
Genre: Historical/Alternate History/Steampunk
Length: 240 pages, ebook
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Ebook ISBN: 9781619227231
Print ISBN: 9781619233959
Characters: Johann Berger, Cornelius Stevens

First, let me tell you what I told myself immediately after finishing this book – “I need to reread the whole thing right away and enjoy it all over again!”lol. I just loved it! I feel that no matter how good the previous books of the author are (e.g., Nowhere Ranch, Dance With Me, Love Lessons etc…), this book just totally surpassed them all or maybe I’m still on that after-reading-an-awesome-book glow but seriously man, this is now my favorite book from Heidi Cullinan.

The book is a steampunk novel set in an alternate historical universe involving a beautiful, kinky tinker named Cornelius Stevens who saves an enemy soldier using clockwork parts. The soldier is Johann Berger, who woke up half-human half clockwork and who eventually learned that he’s got the clockwork heart as well – a weapon that their warring countries would kill to get their hands into. Chaos ensues as the enemy hunt Conny, Johann and their pirate crew to obtain the clockwork heart. With their hearts and lives on the line – they both knew that it’s going to be all or nothing for them.

Je te veux dans la bouche. Prends-moi par derrierre, la sur la table, et fais-moi hurler de plaisir. Tu veux bien faire cela pour moi, mon doux Johann?

Sex and (almost) magic. Truth. It’s deliciously magical with the steamy sex between Cornelius and Johann and some random… … … … yep, you get the point. The setting was truly fascinating to read I feel like being transported along with the characters. Yes! The old Europe! I can smell the air of Calais, I could see the Austrian Mountains, the Alps etc… The side characters are awesome! At first, I didn’t like Valentin (Conny’s BFF) but he eventually mellowed and I feel like his story needs to be told asap as well. I think I would be seeing his book in the future (with Captain Crawley, hopefully). Oh, and the pirates! Whoop! What a kick-ass crew! They should put a “Love Wins” tagline in their airship to be honest because they’re just so freaking awesome!

I couldn’t stress enough the super-awesomeness of this book! It’s just too lovely! I simply cannot wait what’s next for the series! What an epic start of a series! Heidi, you missy are way too fab! Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About The Author
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her family. Heidi also volunteers frequently for her state’s LGBT rights group, One Iowa, and is proud to be from the first midwestern state to legalize same-sex marriage.

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: The Devil Will Do – Heidi Cullinan

The Devil Will DoBLURB: 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. [s]

I loved Heidi Cullinan’s books! Ever since I’ve read Nowhere Ranch, I was hooked by her stories – her writing style was just absolutely superb! I haven’t read the novella Sweet Son so I’ve nothing to compare this with so I’m looking at this book as a fresh story which I believe is the main idea why it was revised ^_^

This was a fairly quick read. There’s not much of a dialogue in it – probably 60 percent of it was narration. I’ve this title in my head after reading this story = The Do’s And Don’ts of BDSM – Mastering the Submissive You. LOL. Seriously though, it’s exactly what the story is about in a fairy tale form. I didn’t get attach with a single character, didn’t think the story was that original but like every fairy tale, I went along with it and was glad that it had at least a happy ever after. Is it a story about acceptance? Self-love?  Freedom? I honestly can’t give a hundred percent yes but it would really depend how you would look at it and if you’re into this stuff at all. Unfortunately, I wasn’t so it didn’t really work for me at all.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Published February 4th 2015 by Wilde City (first published July 2010)

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Book Review: Sleigh Ride (Minnesota Christmas #2) – Heidi Cullinan

Sleigh RideBLURB:The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.

It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly and help Gabriel find a few local friends.

As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the way to happily ever after.

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Although I liked the first book better, I find this installment of Minnesota Christmas more solid. I was maybe hoping from the first book that Arthur will end up with his best friend Paul but I guess, we’ll have to wait for Paul’s story next.

Gabriel Higgins here was all kinds of adorable especially when he’s doing the storytelling with the kids and that scene with the Doll? Damn’ I think I was about to tear-up reading that.

There’s just a tinge of BDSM here and I’m glad that nothing more extreme add up into that knowing that Arthur’s a big BDSM aficionado (sorry for the term).

As a whole, there’s the usual flare of sexy scenes and D/s characters usual from Heidi Cullinan and I loved that there was no major conflict to worry about between our main couple. It’s a great follow up and I’d definitely get hold of the next one in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published November 11th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

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Book Review: Family Man – Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton

Family ManThis was the second book collaboration by Heidi Cullinan & Marie Sexton that I’ve read, the first one being the second book in the Tucker Springs series entitled “Second Hand” which I loved to bits!

Family Man centers on Vince Fierro and Trey Giles. Vince made it to middle age when he suddenly realized that he’s actually gay. As per the book’s blurb – How does a man get to be forty without knowing whether he’s gay? And HE IS gay but went through three divorces. He’s also got this big Italian family which totally means the world to him – or atleast their approval. Upon realizing this “mystery” about himself – he found himself tangled with someone from their old neighborhood.

Trey Giles has two jobs, takes care of his grandma and his alcoholic mother and attend school at the same time. The poor doesn’t have the time for fun until he stumbled upon his old neighbor Vince Fierro whom he decided to help figure things out.

Together both men forge a connection that led to romance and validates some of their suspicion but they also have to face their own family issues which could easily damage their budding relationship – for good.

I’m actually not big on stories with gay-for-you theme. I mean, I find myself rolling my eyes unconsciously with these characters but when a story is well written and well thought of, I tend to disregard that fact. Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton made some solid grounds here in developing both Vince and Trey’s characters. Both are charming and realistic. The angst was ample but it didn’t overshadow the easy chemistry between the MCs. I’m nicking one star from this story because the conclusion made my right brow raise a little. It was a bit ideal for my taste and it doesn’t feel that finished. I wished an epilogue was written showing that they’re still together after some years – so it’s a Happy-for-Now story but hey, I don’t want to be overly critical about this since I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published March 12th 2013 by Samhain Publishing

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Book Review: Love Lessons – (Love Lessons #1) – Heidi Cullinan

Love Lessons[Book 1 of Love Lessons Series]

Kelly Davidson is a Disney-loving-allergy-magnet freshman who arrived at Hope University thinking he’ll be able to find his Prince Charming and explore his recent outing from the closet.  Then he was roomed with the campus Casanova Walter Lucas who doesn’t believe in fairy tale endings and whose goal is to bag as many guys as possible and just be his happy self.  With the sexual tension building between them, either of them needs to compromise their beliefs. One has to learn the lesson about “true” life and the other needs to realize that true love does exist.

 It’s been awhile since I’ve read something from Heidi Cullinan (not really that long, but about a couple of months or so) and this book just gave me all those beautiful Disney-ish feelings. I just loved the on-the-get-go chemistry between the MCs here. Kelly is too adorable (those blushes!) and so as Walter. There’s something about their easy chemistry that makes me all gooey inside. I loved the fact that they’re so opposite but still manage to be compatible in so many ways. Kelly’s naïve disposition was never annoying in any way. It’s actually a bit refreshing. His character reminds me a bit of Connor Owens from Sara Alva’s Social Skills only because they’re both too innocent but Kelly’s character’s way ahead of Connor and much, much better.  Walter on the other hand was just disgustingly endearing. He’s cocky, strong, out and proud but deep inside he’s actually got some issues but he doesn’t show it to the world at large. Only the closest knows all about them and I loved how he’s somewhat best friend with his professor and also opened up with Kelly. I loved his vulnerability because it makes you want to take care of him even more. Behind his Casanova façade laid a sensitive and somehow lonely boy with abandonment issues. I think he’s one of my favorite Heidi Cullinan characters.

 The way this story was told through the perspective of both MCs was also a welcome delight. I loved the fact that they have family issues but the author didn’t see the need to drag it further where some author will milk it until the story bleeds to oblivion. This is what I really liked about Heidi Cullinan. There’s some sense of reality in her stories. There’s a certain reality grasp that readers will be able to relate more intimately. I’d really love to read more about this couple and as this is a start of a new series from the author, I’d definitely go grab the next book! This is truly a must-read series!

 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Double Blind – Heidi Cullinan

17798654[Book 2 of Special Delivery aka the uber-kinky series]

Okay, so let me tell you guys first how I’m so not into the first book (Special Delivery) at first because I find Mitch’s voyeurism and their three way special [Mitch, Sam, Randy] a bit too kinky for my taste but after reading this installment, I actually fell for Randy (whom I didn’t like at all in the first book) and now viewed his uberly-weird friendship with Sam and Mitch a lot closer to a family (now this sounds incestuous. Never mind). So this second book is Randy’s very own love story which is way better than Mitch’s. It was a bit predictable, yes but it was predictable in a good way. Here, we see more of why Randy acts that way in the book and just a wee bit of his past growing up.  Then we have Ethan whom he meets at the casino and felt some attraction right away. Then right there – it was sexy times. I loved Ethan’s character as well. I think he’s a perfect balance for Randy’s wild side. The weird thing is I don’t find the sex between them that much enticing than Sam and Mitch (so much for my prude comments about Mitch voyeurism – lol. Sorry)

This book definitely has more personality which not only established Randy’s ability to fall in love (he’s human after all.LOL) but also made Mitch and Sam’s marriage a dreamy one. Again, Heidi Cullinan delivered a total blockbuster. I honestly couldn’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Book Review: A Private Gentleman – Heidi Cullinan

via Goodreads

via Goodreads

I always find period-themed stories fascinating because they give insights of the past that we can very well compared with the present. A Private Gentleman is the story of Lord George Albert Westin who’s suffering from heavy stutter rendering him antisocial and a disgrace to his family. With great affinity to orchids, he visited a local hobbyist’s house to check out an exotic new orchid. There, he found a rather exotic beauty that took his breath away. Michael Vallant is a professional sodomite whose alluring beauty can demand anything. He also hides a secret that is closely associated with the young Lord. As their relationship deepened, they both must overcome their own demon before its too late.

It’s a pretty convincing story actually, though not as good as some of the author’s other novels. The editing was a bit distracting and the romance side lacking. The book was mainly centered with Weston which feels like an addict narrative of his plight. I wished the author provided more back-story for secondary characters like Rodger and his rise to power and all. Penny’s character doesn’t sit well with me. She’s like a fairy godmother, too contrived for me. This for me is fairly passable and yeah, may serve well with readers into this stuff.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Hooch & Cake – Heidi Cullinan

20811584I initially didn’t like Randy back in the first book but I fell for his character when he fell for Ethan. In this novella that happened between the first two books, I’m just utterly floored! I’m not really into Mitch’s voyeurism in the first book and even the foursome in Double Blind but this one totally turned me on! I’ve to admit though that having Randy on their wedding night was a big shit no thanks for me so that is one minus star from me. The story’s totally on fire and I’m really,really happy for Mitch and Sam. It’s also nice that Sam’s aunt was able to explain herself. And man’ I can’t even begin to described my feelings towards that hot-dirty-kinky foursome with Keith. (It was wicked but uncomfortable at the same time) That was just the hottest shit ever! Fans of the series would really get a kick out of this! It’s simply scorching!!!

 

Synopsis: Mitch Tedsoe isn’t expert on many things, but he’s pretty sure getting married shouldn’t be this hard. A justice of the peace, some hooch, some cake—all Mitch wants is to walk down the aisle with Sam Keller, have a party, and live happily ever after. But every day of wedding planning brings a new set of handicaps, legal, logistical, and emotional…until he brings in his best friend, Randy Jansen. Randy loves being the third point in Sam and Mitch’s kinky triangle, and nothing would give him more pleasure than to thumb his nose at small town snobbery and give Iowa the most fantastic gay wedding it’s ever seen. But as his plan comes together and his friends prepare to sail off into the sunset, Randy Jansen begins to consider the unthinkable: that maybe, just maybe, he wishes he could have a little hooch and cake of his own.via Goodreads

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

To fully appreciate this, try reading Special Delivery [Book 1]first. Oh, and download this free novella HERE!

Book Review: Let It Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) – Heidi Cullinan

via goodreads

via goodreads

This is my fifth book by Heidi Cullinan and each book keeps getting better. Let It Snow is not just a cabin-fever story that involves a hair stylist twink and three sexy lumberjack bears. It has a beautiful story on choosing how to live your life. Heidi has this ability to weave a story so smoothly that she doesn’t need to prolong it by adding unnecessary shit to make it work. It’s always fun reading scenes that are so realistic you’d feel like it could actually happen to you. The sex scenes in particular are graphic as usual but they are apt. The three “bears” are just adorable most especially the grumpy “Papa Bear” – they’re just so hot more than anything!

I’m totally spending some to get more of Heidi’s books. Like real soon if I get to read more of something like Let It Snow.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Review: Special Delivery (Special Delivery #1) – Heidi Cullinan

via Goodreads

via Goodreads

After raving so much about “Nowhere Ranch” and “Dance With Me,” I maybe a bit underwhelmed with this book or it’s simply not just me thing. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not exactly big on bdsm-themed story but I’ve no problem with the subject. The threesome just made me a bit uncomfortable that I caught myself skipping a page or two at the latter part of the book. Don’t get me wrong though, the book was written beautifully but aside from the bdsm aspect of it, there’s just too much sex in it. It’s like 80% sex and the story’s fine and all but I wished there was more “meat” into it. It’s almost pornographic but it’s not because there is still a sense of connection there especially with Mitch’s character. Now I’m not sure if reading the succeeding book in the series would be a good idea soon. So there, if you’re not squeamish like me about group sex and some bdsm stuff, dive in and give this book a go.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars