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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

©2014 Heidi Cullinan (P)2016 Insatiable Press

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  • Jeffrey
  • Austin Texas, United States
  • 12-16-17

A Decent Story

Not a big fan of drag, nor of the kind of kink that was presented, but that's neither here or there. It was wonderful however to have Mitch and Sam there, still for me stars of the show and always will be. If you're squeamish about the extremes of BDSM, don't read this. If you are, you'll enjoy it. One wonders where the series might go or if it is ended, you cannot tell by the ending of this book. Iggy Toma is a great narrator.

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  • ScrappyMom
  • ODESSA, TEXAS, United States
  • 02-14-17

Why did it have to end?

What made the experience of listening to Tough Love the most enjoyable?

Oh my! I wasn't prepared for the emotional journey this story takes you on. Yes there's kink. Yes the old cast is back. Yes there are super sweet moments. Why did it have to end? Steve and Chenco are a great addition to the series. Crabtree's cameo is well written but it's the boys of this series that make you want to keep listening.

Which scene was your favorite?

OMG! The trip to Las Vegas with Steve and Chenco in the back and Mitch and Sam up front. (Fans self)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The narrator does such a good job with the voices that you always know who is talking. It's the emotion he shows that make this listen so incredible. The final scene with Steve and Gordy brought tears to my eyes. I could feel the hurt, confusion, and regret.

Any additional comments?

Yes, there is more kink in this book. It's perfectly written and I enjoyed every scene. Steve and Chenco are more hardcore than our previous boys but the storyline works wonderfully.

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Another win!!!

I am totally in love with all the books in this series. Heidi writes such great characters and Iggy Toma brings the stories to life!!! I have read them all and listened to them all and I cry every time I come to the end. They are just that good!!! These are a must have in your library!!!

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Drag your heart to the finish line.

As with the other 2 books in this series - if you can't handle explicit kink and some pretty non-conventional relationship ties, then this book might be a pass. If, however, you enjoy or at least are not put off by those things - this whole series is a win, in my book. This third installment is a bit different tonally, but ultimately fits and is a gorgeous tie-up for the trilogy.

I am not a huge fan of Queen's in my MM fiction - okay, that isn't totally true, but it is true that Queen's in particular, in MM fiction, are an easy stereotype to camp up in an almost cartoonish way and exploit for the sake of "story-telling". They are the bitchy best friend who delivers the zinger one-liners. Not so in this book. As with many other less than conventional behaviors, Cullinan explores Chenco and his Drag Queen alter-ego Caramela in a real, honest and humane way. No cartoonish stereotyping, not easy go-to gags. Chenco comes across as a real person who has some real issue's and is struggling to find a balance with his own kinks.

The SM in BDSM features far more heavily in this book than in previous books, and it is a bit ... unsettling, squicky, ??? ... the idea that Chenco is half-brothers with Mitch, who we know intimately from previous books - and knowing that Chenco's romance and kink exploration are going on in proximity with Mitch and his sexual world - but the incest fantasy/line is never crossed and it never gets unsettling or squicky or ??? in that direction, though it always sort of stands in the corner as a disturbing possibility. I can deal with a lot of kink and non-convention, but that one is a hard limit for me - and thankfully it was never crossed.

Instead, H.C. succeeds in pushing the hot and steamy, the gooey romance and the heart-tugging family building to the extreme and leaves us feeling good about where this series has traveled and finally landed at.