Second Hand

Second Hand

by Marie Sexton, Heidi Cullinan

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A Tucker Springs Novel

Paul Hannon flunked out of vet school. His fiancée left him. He can barely afford his rent, and he hates his house. About the only things he has left are a pantry full of his ex’s kitchen gadgets and a lot of emotional baggage. He could really use a win—and that’s when he meets El.

Pawnbroker El Rozal is a cynic. His own family’s dysfunction has taught him that love and relationships lead to misery. Despite that belief, he keeps making up excuses to see Paul again. Paul, who doesn’t seem to realize that he’s talented and kind and worthy. Paul, who’s not over his ex-fiancée and is probably straight anyway. Paul, who’s so blind to El’s growing attraction, even asking him out on dates doesn’t seem to tip him off.

El may not do relationships, but something has to give. If he wants to keep Paul, he’ll have to convince him he’s worthy of love—and he’ll have to admit that attachment might not be so bad after all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640809017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Series: Tucker Springs Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 152,981
File size: 323 KB

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Second Hand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good book.
edcsdc More than 1 year ago
Lovely. Paul and El have their fair share of baggage but they have chemistry too. The draw they feel overwhelms El's 'no relationships' stance and opens Paul's eyes to what is real. I loved Paul's mother, what a great mom. Recommended author Adult read
ReadMe11 More than 1 year ago
This was just so adorable!  I loved it. I have nothing but LOVE for this series.  I read the first in the series, Second Hand (by Cullinan/Sexton) and I had to find the rest.  And boy did they NOT disappoint. Cullinan & Sexton have been added to my favorite author list.  They really pull me into their stories.   Please check out my recs below.  And on tumblr ireadtoomuch.
Mebuffy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, mostly because of El. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Paul, but he was such a dope in the beginning, completely oblivious to so much! As time went on, I learned to really like him, as he’s kind of adorable. It was really El that made the story though. He’s fun, smart, kind, and sexy. What more can you ask for?  The story overall was good, but started off a little slow. I do appreciate that the romance was slow building, thus sweeter, but it still seemed to drag just a tad. Once things heated up though, it certainly kept it up. I didn’t always keep up with the passage of time, only being mentioned in the blink of an eye in a paragraph, but ultimately it didn’t much matter. You fall for the guys, their families, and are left hanging on every word by the end. Sweet, fun, and very sensual, Second Hand is a story of one man learning to be no one’s second choice and one man fighting to overcome his family’s trials as they find love where they least expected it.
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I loved how clueless the character Paul was in the story. Great story line and I was glad that he didn't give in to his ex!
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SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
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 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's a good one! I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.