Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan

toughTitle: Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan
Special Delivery Book Three
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd
Genre: Contemporary, M/M, Romance, Red Hots!!, Kink/BDSM
Length: Plus Novel


It takes a strong man to be this fabulous.

Special Delivery, Book 3

Crescencio “Chenco” Ortiz pulled himself up by his garter straps after his father’s will yanked the financial rug from under his spank-me pumps. He doesn’t need anyone, yet when Steve Vance steps into his life, the prospect of having a sexy leather daddy on tap begins to take on a certain appeal.

There’s a hitch when he learns Steve is friends with Mitch Tedsoe—the half-brother Chenco never knew except through his father’s twisted lies. Despite his reservations, soon Chenco is living his dreams, including a performing gig in Vegas. Now if only he could get Steve to see him as more than just a boy in need of saving.

Steve’s attraction to Chenco is overshadowed by too many demons, ones he knows his would-be lover is too young to slay. Yet as he gets to know the bright, determined young man whose drag act redefines fierce, Steve’s inner sadist trembles with need. He begins to realize Chenco’s relentless tough love might be the only thing that will finally set him free.

Product Warnings: This story contains glamorous drag queens, exhibitionist secondary characters, and no-holds-barred BDSM play, including watersports. Readers are advised they may well leave this novel feeling uncharacteristically fierce.

Read my review HERE.

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“So, you told me we weren’t going to be done playing after the trailer, but nothing’s ever happened.”

The comment came from so far out of nowhere Steve had to take a second to form a response. “You’ve never asked for anything else to happen.”

“Steve, I’d like something else to happen. Please.”

Steve’s head filled with crazy, carnal images of pressing Chenco down into the grass, tugging on his hair and taking his mouth in a deep kiss, swallowing gasps and groans. This wasn’t the serene, no-sex control and comfort Steve had given before.

It was, however, what Steve wanted now.

He tried to deflect. “Are you talking about the punishment over what happened with Randy?”

“Not right now, no. I would like that sometime, though, if you’re still willing. I see him wincing and touching his shoulder when he works in the kitchen, and it makes me feel bad.”

Yes, and Steve had left it way too long. Really, it was almost too late. The thought that he’d maybe missed the window to comfort Chenco made him ache with loss.

Chenco ran a hand down Steve’s arm. “I’m not talking about Randy right now. I’m talking about playing. With you.”

Mayday. “Playing how?”

Chenco’s smile sent shivers down Steve’s spine. “However you like, Papi.”

Steve sat up straighter in his chair and caught sight of Randy milling about in the kitchen. There’s your out. “Everyone’s still up. They might come outside.”

“We could go somewhere else.” When Steve kept quiet, Chenco’s cheeks stained red. “Forget it.”

Get a fucking grip, Steve. He swung his body to face Chenco. “I’m not saying no. But I need to know what you want.”

“Well, I want sex, but I assume you’ll still tell me no.”

That’s right, it’s not happening, Steve wanted to say, but once Chenco looked at him, sauce mixed with shy, fire dancing in the back of those hesitant eyes, he was undone. He didn’t speak, only stroked the side of Chenco’s face. Those brown eyes softened, guards coming down.

Chenco nuzzled tentatively into Steve’s hand. “Do you want to have sex with me?”

Yes, Steve did. He ached for it like nothing he’d ever yearned for, a want that terrified him. “I’m too old for you.”

Steve almost laughed at the angry look Chenco gave him. God, to be twenty-four again. Thinking this, though, only made Steve remember how lost and helpless he had felt at that age.

“I do want you.” Steve gentled his voice. “I just don’t know if it’s a great idea.”

“What, do you think I’m going to be some kind of moony stalker? If we have sex, I’ll assume I’m moving in? Why can’t it be about having a good time?”

Because I’m an old, tired man who forgot how to be carefree a long time ago. Because I’d love you to move in, even if I never so much as touch you, and that’s really fucking crazy. “I don’t think you’re a moony stalker.”


I am giving away ONE digital copy of Tough Love-courtesy of Ms. Cullinan. To enter today’s contest:

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6 Responses to Spotlight, Excerpt & Giveaway: Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan

  1. Maya

    *bounces* Yay, book 3 is out! Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Timitra

    Sounds good

  3. Landry

    This should be a very interesting read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. H.B.

    Sounds like a really fun read.

  5. Christine LaCombe

    awesome, sounds great. thanks for the giveaway

  6. Yolanda

    This is a great series so far.