Review of: Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan

TITLE: Dirty Laundry
AUTHOR: Heidi Cullinan
SERIES: Tucker Springs
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
RELEASE DATE: March 29, 2019


Sometimes you have to get dirty to come clean.
When muscle-bound Denver Rogers effortlessly dispatches the frat boys harassing grad student Adam Ellery at the Tucker Springs laundromat, Adam’s thank-you turns into impromptu sex over the laundry table. The problem comes when they exchange numbers. What if Adam wants to meet again and discovers Denver is a high-school dropout with a learning disability who works as a bouncer at a local gay bar? Or what if Denver calls Adam only to learn while he might be brilliant in the lab, outside of it he has crippling social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Either way, neither of them can shake the memory of their laundromat encounter. Despite their fears of what the other might think, they can only remember how good the other one feels. The more they get together, the kinkier things become. They’re both a little bent, but in just the right ways.
Maybe the secret to staying together isn’t to keep things clean and proper. Maybe it’s best to keep their laundry just a little bit dirty.
Second Edition
First Edition published by Riptide Publishing, January 2013.

I loved Dirty Laundry by Heidi Cullinan. This is the third book in the Tucker Springs series. It looks like this series is being written by three different authors: L.A. Witt, Heidi Cullinan, and Marie Sexton. The book is a stand-alone, but it does have cameos from El and Paul and Jason from the first two books. El and Paul are Denver’s friends, and Jason is the owner of Lights Out where Denver works. I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

This is the first book that I have read in the series, and I can’t wait to read the first two books. I just bought the first book in the series, Where Nerves End by L.A. Witt, and so I just need to buy the second book, Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton.

I found the characters to be complex and loved that they had real issues and disabilities that they were living and working with—for Adam: social anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD, and for Denver: learning disabilities and self-esteem issues due to his disability.

I liked some of the secondary characters and some I wanted to hit like Brad Adam’s ex-boyfriend. I loved Louisa. She was there just when Adam needed a friend and somebody that could sympathize with what Adam was going through. I hope that she will have cameos in some of the future books in the series. I wish that she could have her own book but as she’s a transgender woman, I don’t see that happening since the authors write mm books. But if they did write a book about her, I know that I would read it. She was a fabulous character and a wonderful friend to Adam.

I don’t know anybody personally that has OCD or anxiety, but I thought that the author did a great job with giving us a glimpse into what Adam goes through just trying to make it through a day without a panic attack. It was interesting and heartbreaking to see how he’s learned how to cope and maneuver around things that are triggers for him while all he wants is to be normal.

Something that he will never be. I do like how the BDSM helps calm the voices in his mind that keeps trying to ramp everything up into a panic attack. I also loved that he got a kink-friendly therapist, Sid, and Sid’s analogy about likening the voices to horses pulling a carriage and visualizing holding their reins and directing them instead of them running away with him.
I also thought that the author did a great job with Denver and conveying the stigma that comes with how you see yourself and how others judge people that have a learning disability. The only thing that I wished the author had done in the book was actually identified what kind of learning disability Denver had.

If you like to read books with real-life characters with real-life issues and disabilities, then I recommend this book to you and to everybody else that has ever wanted to see inside the mind of somebody that struggles with disabilities and see how they overcome them.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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