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Audio Review: Love Lessons by Heidi Cullinan

Reviewed by Nikyta

51sHTJ6V-fL._SL300_Title: Love Lessons
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Narrator: Iggy Toma
Series: Love Lessons #1
Heroes: Kelly & Walter
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
Publisher: Samhain Publishing/Insatiable Press
Release Date: February 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Love doesn’t come with a syllabus. Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus. Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible – except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view. As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class – and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last. Warning: This story contains lingering glances, milder than usual sexual content for this author, and a steamy dance-floor kiss. Story has no dairy or egg content, but may contain almonds.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Audio Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Heidi Cullinan Week Recap + Poll Results!

Not only has our second Author Week come and gone but now the weekend has as well! And it’s been a busy one at that!

As February Author Week was dedicated to Heidi Cullinan, we had a few books we reviewed of hers not to mention a lovely post Heidi did for TBG and a giveaway of her re-released book, Double Blind. Here’s a quick breakdown for you if you missed them:

Double Blind reviewed by Nikyta
Let It Snow reviewed by Susan65
Love Lessons reviewed by Nikyta
A Private Gentleman reviewed by Heather C
The Wounds in the Walls reviewed by JustJen

Heidi acted as one of our Honorary Bloggers for a day and talked about Writing Las Vegas.

Also, for those who missed it, don’t forget that today is the last day to enter the giveaway for Double Blind. It’ll end at 11:59 pm EST TONIGHT so don’t forget to go to the giveaway post and comment with your email address to be put into the drawing.

Winner will be picked after the giveaway closes and announced tomorrow morning (Wednesday, February 26th, 2014).

Lastly, for the results of the poll! This one was to determine which book JustJen will be challenged to read for our March Challenge Week and the winner was… Billy’s Bones by Jamie Fessenden with 36% of the votes! Second place went to Freedom by Jay Kirkpatrick with 25%, To Bite a Bear by Amber Kell received 24% of the votes and Lucifer’s Lunatic by Destiny Blaine & Marc Alice received 15% of the votes. Sadly, JustJen really wanted Lucifer’s Lunatic to win. Oh wells, she’ll get to it eventually!

JustJen’s review for Billy’s Bones will go live sometime in the week of 3/16 so stick around and see what she thinks of it. And thanks to everyone who voted!

Hope everyone has a great day!

~The Blogger Girls

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Heidi Cullinan Week Review: A Private Gentleman

Reviewed by Heather C

13314897Title: A Private Gentleman
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Heroes: Lord George Albert Westin & Michael Vallant
Genre: M/M Historical Romance
Length: 88,823 words
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: To seal their bond, they must break the ties that bind.

Painfully introverted and rendered nearly mute by a heavy stammer, Lord George Albert Westin rarely ventures any farther than the club or his beloved gardens. When he hears rumors of an exotic new orchid sighted at a local hobbyist’s house, though, he girds himself with opiates and determination to attend a house party, hoping to sneak a peek.

He finds the orchid, yes…but he finds something else even more rare and exquisite: Michael Vallant. Professional sodomite.

Michael climbed out of an adolescent hell as a courtesan’s bastard to become successful and independent-minded, seeing men on his own terms, protected by a powerful friend. He is master of his own world—until Wes. Not only because, for once, the sex is for pleasure and not for profit. They are joined by tendrils of a shameful, unspoken history. The closer his shy, poppy-addicted lover lures him to the light of love, the harder his past works to drag him back into the dark.

There’s only one way out of this tangle. Help Wes face the fears that cripple him—right after Michael finds the courage to reveal the devastating truth that binds them.

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Contains wounded heroes, bibliophilic tendencies, orchid obsessions, a right bastard of a marquis, and gay men who get happily-ever-afters. Continue reading

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, Heather C's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Heidi Cullinan Week: Love Lessons

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Love Lessons
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Love Lessons #1
Heroes: Kelly Davidson & Walter Lucas
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 379 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Love doesn’t come with a syllabus.

Kelly Davidson has waited what seems like forever to graduate high school and get out of his small-minded, small town. But when he arrives at Hope University, he quickly realizes finding his Prince Charming isn’t so easy. Everyone here is already out. In fact, Kelly could be the only virgin on campus.

Worst of all, he’s landed the charming, handsome, gay campus Casanova as a roommate, whose bed might as well be equipped with a revolving door.

Walter Lucas doesn’t believe in storybook love. Everyone is better off having as much fun as possible with as many people as possible…except his shy, sad little sack of a roommate is seriously screwing up his world view.

As Walter sets out to lure Kelly out of his shell, staying just friends is harder than he anticipated. He discovers love is a crash course in determination. To make the grade, he’ll have to finally show up for class…and overcome his own private fear that love was never meant to last. Continue reading

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Heidi Cullinan Week Review: Let It Snow

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: Let It Snow
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Minnesota Christmas #1
Heroes: Frankie Blackburn and Marcus Gardner
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 228 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: November 26, 2013
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: The weather outside is frightful, but this Minnesota northwoods cabin is getting pretty hot.

Stylist Frankie Blackburn never meant to get lost in Logan, Minnesota, but his malfunctioning GPS felt otherwise, and a record-breaking snowfall ensures he won’t be heading back to Minneapolis anytime soon. Being rescued by three sexy lumberjacks is fine as a fantasy, but in reality the biggest of the bears is awfully cranky and seems ready to gobble Frankie right up.

Marcus Gardner wasn’t always a lumberjack—once a high-powered Minneapolis lawyer, he’s come home to Logan to lick his wounds, not play with a sassy city twink who might as well have stepped directly out of his past. But as the northwinds blow and guards come down, Frankie and Marcus find they have a lot more in common than they don’t. Could the man who won’t live in the country and the man who won’t go back to the city truly find a home together? Because the longer it snows, the deeper they fall in love, and all they want for Christmas is each other.

Warning: Contains power outages, excessive snowfall, and incredibly sexy bears. Continue reading

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2013, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Honorary Blogger Heidi Cullinan – Writing Las Vegas + Giveaway

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TBG: Today’s Honorary Blogger Girl is no other than the amazing Heidi Cullinan! Yay! We are excited to have her because we just adore her to pieces. As the release date for her novel, Double Blind, is next week (March 4th), she’s going to talk a little about her adventures in writing about Las Vegas. Enjoy!

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Writing Las Vegas

by Heidi Cullinan

In 2011, I was interviewed for an article in Canada’s Globe and Mail, and one of the first questions was, “How long have you lived in Las Vegas?” It took a full five minutes to get the reporter to believe me when I said I’ve barely been there.

Sad as that statement is, it’s very true. I’ve been to Las Vegas exactly twice. Once in 1980 on a family trip to California. We drove through the Strip, and then my mother and sister got violently ill and we had to stop at a stranger’s house to get help. The other time was in 2009 on the way home from our California trip. We arrived at 10PM, checked into our room, rode to the top of the Stratosphere, took a cab ride down the Strip, went to bed, went to the buffet for breakfast and got back on the road home.

In two trips I haven’t managed a full day there collectively, and I think I have at best seven hours of consciousness in the city to this day. Despite this deficiency, I’ve written two novels and a novella set in the city.

When I set out to write Double Blind, my first novel set there, it was September 2009. I tried like crazy to get there in person, conniving in every conceivable way to take even a weekend trip. It was impossible on so many levels—health, family, money. Dan, who is always very game to let me ride the crazy to an objective, said, “Heidi, it’s just not going to happen.” Yet I still had to write this novel, which means I had to learn Las Vegas.  (I had to learn poker too, but that’s another blog post entirely.)

As I intended to write the novel as a NaNoWriMo novel, I couldn’t start until November 1, and so I used the time before my start to research like crazy. I think I’ve watched every movie ever set in Las Vegas. I’ve watched probably forty hours of documentary footage about the city, read many, many books. If there was a video of it on YouTube, I watched it.  I took virtual tours of the town on Google Maps, looked at real estate listings for houses. If you dropped me in that city, I think I could reasonably get around, I know it so well.

Hands down, though, my favorite bit of research for Double Blind was the documentary called Vegas: The City the Mob Made. Dan found it in a bargain bin at Walmart, and we watched it together over the course of the week. Four times as long as it has a right to be, it’s possibly the best argument for an editor I’ve ever seen in my life. We still joke around the house about “the lucrative skim,” a phrase they repeated so often if you watched this as a drinking game you’d be completely hammered before you left episode one. (There are ten. Ten episodes!) We still speak fondly of it, in fact, and talk about watching it again just to laugh. I did learn a lot from the series, but man.

Tough Love features Vegas heavily once again, with about half the novel set there, but this time I didn’t even attempt to visit. I keep thinking I want to go there someday, though. Maybe someday we’ll all go together for a convention or even just because Vegas sounds like fun.

Sadly, I have to warn you—I’m not half as good at poker as Randy, because I’m as risk-averse with money as Sam, and holy crapmonkeys, just thinking about the top of the Stratosphere makes me weak in the knees. But if somebody finds out Herod’s really exists? I’m there. I’m so there.

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About Heidi:

Heidi Cullinan head shotHeidi 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 husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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DOUBLE BLIND

Book Two in the Special Delivery Series

Know when to show your hand…and when to hedge your bets.

Randy Jensen can’t stand to just sit by and watch as a mysterious man throws money away on the roulette wheel, especially since Randy’s got his own bet going as to the reason this guy is making every play like it’s his last day on earth. The man’s dark desperation hits Randy right in the gut. Half of him warns that getting involved is a sucker’s bet, and the other half scrambles for a reason—any reason—to save the man’s soul.

Ethan Ellison has no idea what he’s going to do with himself once his last dollar is gone—until Randy whirls into his life with a heart-stealing smile and a poker player’s gaze that sees too much. Randy draws Ethan into a series of wagers that leads to a scorching kiss by midnight, but he isn’t the only one with an interest in Ethan’s vulnerability. Soon they’re both taking risks that not only play fast and loose with the law, but with the biggest prize of all: their hearts.

Warning: This story contains high-stakes poker, gangsters with a weakness for kittens, foursomes, and kinky consensual sex.

Available March 4, 2014 from Samhain Publishing and wherever books are sold. This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Buy links: Samhain, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

Excerpt on Heidi’s website

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In honor of Heidi’s re-release, she’s graciously offered to give away one eBook copy of Double Blind! The giveaway starts now and will end next Sunday, March 2nd, 2014, at 11:59 pm EST. After which the lucky winner will be randomly picked.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below with your email address and you’re in!

Make sure to follow the blog for the winner’s announcement post or check back next Monday, March 3rd, 2014, to see if you’ve won!

Check out Nikyta’s reminisce review of Double Blind to see what she thought of Randy and Ethan!

Good luck!

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Heidi Cullinan Week: Reminisce Review of Double Blind

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: Double Blind
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Series: Special Delivery #2
Heroes: Randy Jensen & Ethan Ellison
Genre: M/M BDSM Contemporary
Length: 350 pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Re-Release Date: March 4, 2014
Available at: Samhain, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Know when to show your hand…and when to hedge your bets.

Randy Jensen can’t stand to just sit by and watch as a mysterious man throws money away on the roulette wheel, especially since Randy’s got his own bet going as to the reason this guy is making every play like it’s his last day on earth. The man’s dark desperation hits Randy right in the gut. Half of him warns that getting involved is a sucker’s bet, and the other half scrambles for a reason—any reason—to save the man’s soul.

Ethan Ellison has no idea what he’s going to do with himself once his last dollar is gone—until Randy whirls into his life with a heart-stealing smile and a poker player’s gaze that sees too much.

Randy draws Ethan into a series of wagers that leads to a scorching kiss by midnight, but he isn’t the only one with an interest in Ethan’s vulnerability. Soon they’re both taking risks that not only play fast and loose with the law, but with the biggest prize of all: their hearts.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Product Warnings:

This story contains high-stakes poker, gangsters with a weakness for kittens, foursomes, and kinky consensual sex.

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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Heidi Cullinan Week Review: The Wounds in the Walls

Reviewed by JustJen

Title: The Wounds in the Walls
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Heroes: Pete/Mike/Aras
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 80 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Pete Eason’s been hit by the downturn in the economy just like everyone else, so when he gets the word that some guy named Mike Clarke needs a day laborer to clear our a rural Missouri house, he doesn’t ask too many questions before he takes the job. But Pete quickly learns that there’s something funny going on at this site. For one, Pete’s the only laborer Mike hired, and from what Pete can see, this place needs a bulldozer, not a Dumpster. Mike doesn’t so much as hand Pete a shovel, either-he seems to be hinting that the place is haunted. Pete doesn’t feel any goosebumps, and he sure as hell doesn’t see any ghosts. He’s dying, though, to know what all the gashes in the walls are about. Mike can’t see the gashes, and he’s frustrated that Pete can’t see the ghost standing right beside him, because the whole point of bringing Pete here was to release the trapped spirit in this place, a spirit that by rights Pete should be able to see better than anyone. Maybe, Mike thinks, he’s made a mistake. But before he can nudge Pete a little harder, the front door disappears, the walls begin to heave, and the ghost which has always been nothing more than a shade is suddenly aggressive flesh and blood-and Mike doesn’t think he’s made a mistake anymore. He knows he has. Continue reading

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Author Week, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, LGBT, Published in 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

February Author Week + Recap!

Well, now we’ve got a busy post today!

Last month we mentioned our desire to dedicate one week to a certain author each month. By mutual agreement, we all agreed that Heidi Cullinan would be February’s Author! Yay!

Since she is re-releasing the second book in her Special Delivery series, Double Blind, this week, we thought it would be a great idea to pimp out a few of her other books at the same time 😀

In addition to our regular reviews, we’ll be having a giveaway and even a uniquely different type of review (which was totally Heidi’s idea and we aren’t afraid to admit it :P) so stick around for it all!

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Now, with that out of the way, let’s talk about Challenge Week. We all enjoyed our picks (thanks Coug and the voters!) so it wasn’t too bad of a week! Here’s a quick recap of what was picked:

Susan65 picked:

Beyond Complicated by Mercy Celeste for Heather C (3.5 stars)
A Casual Weekend Thing by A.J. Thomas for JustJen (4 stars)
A Reason To Believe by Diana Copland for Nikyta (3 stars)

Voters’ Pick for Susan65:

The Fall by Kate Sherwood (4 stars)

Not a bad week, all in all! Keep a look out for a new poll coming out to help pick JustJen’s challenge book for next month!

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Last but not least! Today is the last day to sign up for the giveaway to win an eBook copy of You Can See Me by A.E. Via!

The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST TONIGHT so don’t forget to go to the giveaway post and comment with your email address to be put into the drawing.

Winner will be picked after the giveaway closes and announced tomorrow morning (Monday, February 24, 2014).

So, don’t forget to sign up!

And good luck!

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