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Tough Love

av Heidi Cullinan

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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. Warning: 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.… (mer)
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Chenco Ortiz has been doing okay, eking out a living at part time jobs and perfecting his drag act whenever he can. Then his pos dad dies, and it turns out that he left the trailer where Chenco has been living (and which his dad promised to him) to the KKK. Chenco flips out over this is the office of the lawyer handling his dad's will, and fellow client Steve Vance witnesses the freak-out and tries to calm Chenco down. Chenco and Steve eventually start seeing each other, and the story explores all sorts of things including found family, a BDSM relationship between Steve and Chenco, the emotional fall-out from a decades-defunct but still-damaging relationship Steve had with an old boyfriend, and Chenco's continuing blossoming and success with his alter-ego Caramela.

It's a lot to be going on in one romance novel (and there's a whole passel of side characters, all of whom form the found family and only a couple of whom really get any particular face-time in the story), and sometimes it showed. I occasionally felt like the novel was referring to things that hadn't been mentioned before as if they had, and I'm still unsure if that was a function of slips in the editing (I mean, that can be as simple as a "the" where you need an "a") or if it was a bigger problem, either of structure or of asking the reader to hold too much in mind at once. The minor characters also felt a bit under-developed. (This is the third book in a series, and I'd only read the first one before. I didn't expect that to matter, but maybe that was the problem. Although, the characters I did know from book one didn't feel anymore real in this book than the ones from book two, who I didn't, so *shrug*.)

The novel thus felt a tad uneven; however, I did love love love the main characters and thought that Cullinan did her usual brilliant job of portraying complex emotional relationships and giving her characters a believable HEA. She absolutely nails difficult scenes. One in particular in this book is just crazy intense and so well done. (Though I really hope Steve seeks out a kink aware therapist at some point because man the outcome of all that stuff with the ex is rough). Recommended with slight hesitation generally but wholeheartedly to Cullinan fans. ( )
  lycomayflower | Apr 4, 2016 |
Tough is the operative word in this novel of love and redemption between two men who've been batted around by life.

After being rejected by his mother for being gay and reviled by his ill father who promised to leave him the old man's Rio Grand Valley trailer after he died, Chenco Ortiz is incensed when his father leaves the trailer to the Ku Klux Klan instead.

Visiting the probate lawyer's office to see if there's anything he can do to keep the trailer which he considers his home, Chenco runs into Steve Vance, a friend of Chenco's older brother, Mitch Tedsoe, the long distance trucker from the first in the series, Special Delivery.

A drag queen in his spare time from his job at a cafe, on the one hand Chenco knows his father was repulsed by his son's onstage alter ego Caramela, but on the other hand, the old man should have been grateful because Chenco paid all his medical bills and the home where he spent his last days.

As Chenco stews about where he will live when evicted, Steve is smitten with him and begins a campaign to get to know him. When push comes to shove, Chenco moves into Steve's spacious hacienda which is also housing Chenco's brother Mitch, Mitch's husband Sam, and their friend Randy, a Las Vegas card dealer, who is married to a casino owner.

Read the rest of my review at The Romance Reviews: http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=13723 ( )
  phenshaw | Apr 24, 2014 |
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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. Warning: 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.

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