Second Hand: A Tucker Springs Novel

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Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she’s left him with a house he can’t afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he's not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic.

El Rozal doesn’t do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in...

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Overview

Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she’s left him with a house he can’t afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he's not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic.

El Rozal doesn’t do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn't apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself.

Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There's no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El’s line of work, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that secondhand doesn't mean second best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937551520
  • Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Reviewed by Marissa
    Book provided by NeGalley for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    I was first attracted to this series because it was named after my beloved Beagle companion (um, Tucker?). While I missed the first book (Where Nerves End by L. A. Witt), I was excited to latch onto Second Hand. I adore the writing of both Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton and am a big (BIG) fan of their collaborative blog and I was not disappointed here.

    Second Hand begins with a chipmunk. Interestingly enough, it is running around in Paul’s head and telling him to do exactly the wrong thing. The wrong thing, however, leads him to El’s pawnshop, where El is instantly amused by Paul. Amused, smitten with… all the same in El’s book. He is immediately attracted to Paul, a straight man buying a birthday present in the hopes it will pull his ex-girlfriend back into his life – and his home.

    I thought Paul was a naively sweet character, completely clueless about what’s going on around him. He doesn’t seem to realize when women are trying to hit on him and then when El kisses him, instead of seeing it as a man kissing a man, he thanks El for giving him his wish of being kissed in public.

    El is a more down-to-earth character. He’s seen his sister fall in love with every “wrong” man and his mother fall apart over the loss of his father. He is somewhat cynical and hard-nosed where his love life is concerned, but it is attraction to Paul that makes him endearing. Paul seems to soften him not only around the edges, but in the middle – right around the heart.

    What I really adore about these two characters is how they just sort of flow together. They appear to merge seamlessly until they are one unit, a couple. They have fun. I love that El makes up a pawnshop rule to keep Paul coming in every day – and I love that Paul believes it without question. While some writing partnerships are evident in the writing (differing styles and jumps in the storyline often make it painfully apparent), Second Hand flows smoothly and seamlesslythroughout. Even the secondary characters have “character” and it would be great fun to read about Denver and his search for a new laundry-mate.

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  • Posted September 10, 2012

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    A- rating....

    My Review:
    I love a story that makes me smile and this one definitely did...over and over again. There is such a sweet innocence to this story. El isn't looking for a boyfriend and he's sure not wanting to become infatuated with a guy who's straight. Paul is just plain clueless...in such a sweet, completely unassuming way. I loved both these guys and the way that their story and relationship slowly developed.

    El owns and runs a pawn shop. He's his own guy, living a pretty happy life, if you count out his crazy family. He's not a player...he spends most his Friday nights at the laundry mat with his friend Denver. He's lived in Tucker Springs his whole life and it's been a pretty good one so far. He's pretty satisfied with where he's at, even if that means that there are moments when it feels like he's missing something more and has vague feelings of loneliness.

    Paul isn't very happy with where his life is. His girlfriend/fiance has left him for another guy. He's living in a house that she chose and he hates. He's working a job that falls short of where his dreams lay. El is the one high point in his life, even if he doesn't quite realize it. Because poor Paul is not the most intuitive guy...he just doesn't pick up on the same clues that the rest of the world does. But he's sweet and fun and honest and loyal....and El is really into him, even if he is straight. El has convinced himself that he'll just be happy to have Paul as his friend.

    But what El doesn't realize is that seven years ago, before Stacey came into Paul's life, the only other person he'd kissed had been a guy. Yep, he may have seven years history with a girl, but before that Paul was pretty much all about the guys. That's something that Paul has pretty much wiped from his memory too in his effort to be "normal".

    There are so many sweet, sweet moments in this book. Like I said, it was one of those books that simply made me smile. I really liked it and reading all about Paul and El's story...it's a good one!

    I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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