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"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." - Oscar Wilde

Second Hand

Second Hand - Heidi Cullinan, Marie Sexton

This was fun!

I'm a little irregular when it comes to the Tucker Springs series. I've read some of the books, but not all of them, and certainly not in the correct order. Which is not necessary, because these books work fine on their own.

In this onstallment, we get to meet Paul. I immediately liked him. He was lost and depressed after being dumped by his girlfriend. While he smack in the middle of "I need you to come back." and "PLease go to hell.", he has some pretty big financial fish to fry. Thanks to his ex, he's stuck with a house he really can't afford, a job he doesn't exactly love and a collection of crap he never really uses. Enter pawn shop owner El, who might be able to help Paul out - but only once a day. Or so he says.

I enjoyed the journey of these two a lot. Especially Paul grew on me so much, I really rooted for him and his pursuit of happiness. El, in comparison, stayed a little pale throughout the book. Which might have something to do with this little pet peeve of mine. I was constantly told that El's behavior, ever since meeting Paul, was so atypical and unusual. Which is fine, but I never got to actually SEE that irregularity. And I always have a hard time buying the change in a person when I can't witness it - at least a little. On the plus side, the relations and interactions between El and his famliy were wonderfully written and grabbed me right where it hurts.

All in all, I had a lot of fun reading this, keeping my fingers crossed for these two, waiting for them to finally get it all together.

Definitely recommended if you're looking for something low on the angst, big on the feelz and a little deeper than a garden pond. And let's not forget the sexy times - because Heidi Cullinan rocks the steam like nobody's business.