Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan

TOUGH
Tough Love by Heidi Cullinan
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (408 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Fetish (Watersports & Needles), Toys, Fisting, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

Special Delivery, Book 3

Crescencio “Chenco” Ortiz pulled himself up by his garter straps after his father’s will yanked the financial rug from under his spank-me pumps. He doesn’t need anyone, yet when Steve Vance steps into his life, the prospect of having a sexy leather daddy on tap begins to take on a certain appeal.

There’s a hitch when he learns Steve is friends with Mitch Tedsoe—the half-brother Chenco never knew except through his father’s twisted lies. Despite his reservations, soon Chenco is living his dreams, including a performing gig in Vegas. Now if only he could get Steve to see him as more than just a boy in need of saving.

Steve’s attraction to Chenco is overshadowed by too many demons, ones he knows his would-be lover is too young to slay. Yet as he gets to know the bright, determined young man whose drag act redefines fierce, Steve’s inner sadist trembles with need. He begins to realize Chenco’s relentless tough love might be the only thing that will finally set him free.

Product Warnings
This story contains glamorous drag queens, exhibitionist secondary characters, and no-holds-barred BDSM play, including watersports. Readers are advised they may well leave this novel feeling uncharacteristically fierce.

This is not a book for the faint of heart, it’s a raunchy, angsty and downright beautiful story. Chenco and Steve are perfect for each other, they just have to learn how to be with one another.

Chenco is an interesting character who I really loved; he has this endearing quality about him that just flat out made me fall for him. He’s strong, fierce and willing to submit to the very sexy Steve.  Steve has a lot of strength to give Chenco, but he also has some serious baggage that just won’t go away. Chenco helps him learn to be whole again and the scene where Steve lets go and finally lets Chenco take care of him just as much as Steve takes care of Chenco was beautiful and I cried.

Some of the scenes when Chenco and Steve are playing are why I say this isn’t for the faint of heart. I definitely recommend reading the warning, because it does a great job of preparing you for what’s going to happen between the two of them. I expected something so much dirtier from the warning but when the scene finally happened, it was actually kind of beautiful and fit the characters and the story.

I highly recommend this one, I’m happy to see that it left me with the same feeling as the first story, and I will definitely revisit it in the future.

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