Verdict Cullinan and Sexton’s second collaboration (after Second Hand) takes the traditional romantic trope of older experienced man/younger inexperienced woman and turns it on its ear. However, they capture the beauty of developing a relationship based on mutual interest without resorting to immediate gratuitous sex (although the eventual sex is steamy) in an homage to the old-fashioned romance. They don’t gloss over the problems the two men face, but tackling them realistically makes their book stronger. Highly recommended for all libraries.—Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib., Macon, GA
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