Special Delivery by Heidi Culllinen

Title: Special Delivery
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Length: 290 pdf pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: m/m romance (m/m/m scenarios)

Blurb:  Sam Keller knows he’ll never find the excitement he craves in Middleton, Iowa—not while he’s busting his ass in nursing school and paying rent by slaving away in a pharmacy stockroom. But before his mother died, he promised her he’d grow up to be a good man, so he needs a stable career and a good husband, not a dead-end job and empty sex.

Then Sam meets Mitch Tedsoe, an independent trucker who makes a delivery to a shop across the alley. Innocent flirting quickly leads to an affair, and when Mitch offers to take Sam on a road trip west, Sam jumps at the chance for adventure with his fantasy man… but Mitch also comes with a past. A threesome with the other man in Mitch’s life would have been just another kinky ride, but somewhere between the Mississippi River and the Colorado Rockies, Sam falls in love.

But can a relationship born out of escape and indulgence become something that lasts? Will a fantasy man be willing to settle down into reality, or is the adventure and excitement Sam finds with Mitch just another stop on a delivery man’s journey? For better or for worse, eventually Sam is going to discover the answer, because no matter how far away he travels, eventually all roads lead home.

Review: I’ve had this in my TBR forever. No particular reason why I hadn’t read it, but I picked it up this weekend, in part because it was mentioned as one of the few m/m books that has a DP scene. (Hey, I didn’t ONLY read it for that.) While I don’t really “get” the whole humiliation in sex thing, I think the author made me “get it” for Sam. Although even he’s not sure why he likes it, or needs it, but the explanations as he works through it in his own head helped me to say “okay, I can see why that works for you”.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the trip across country and through the mountains, especially having traveled through the Canadian Rockies this past summer. Some of the roads are scary and I can’t imagine driving it in a big truck. My one niggle was that Mitch seemed to dance around what he did that was so awful and wouldn’t just come out and say it. When it really came down to being, in my opinion, not that big of a deal. It’s not like they killed hitchhikers and left their bodies in the ditch. They treated people poorly, but lots of people do.

I really disliked Randy the ex at first. He was so obnoxious I was kind of hoping Sam would haul off and punch him. But in the end, he turned out to be an okay guy. So what about the DP you ask? It was not done in extensive detail, but the extensive prep was mentioned and then it was more from  Sam’s POV, so it wasn’t a HUGE scene, and given the kind of sexual exploits these guys were up to, it made sense.

For those who only like their heroes with each other, this is not the book for you. Part of the whole attraction between the two men is that they enjoy/want others involved. So that makes it hot and steamy, but may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Will I read the follow-up, Randy’s story? I’m not sure. I didn’t care for him enough to really intrigue me, even if he turned out to be okay in the end. Still, this is worth a read if you like a voyage of self-discovery with some very steamy sex.

10 thoughts on “Special Delivery by Heidi Culllinen

  1. OMG your thoughts are MY thoughts! That said, this is one of my favorite ebooks. I ended up adoring Sam. Your comment about wishing Mitch would just confess was how I felt, and then about not thinking what they did was that big of a deal – same thing.

    Randy was not one of my favorite characters. I really didn’t like him when he first appeared, but then there was one scene in particular when my opinion of him started to change to grudging respect – the one where he backed off when he realized Sam was really not into what he was doing and was just resigned to accepting it.

    I actually have the sequel and have read it, but I had it for a VERY long time before I finally sat down to read it for the exact reason you said – Randy wasn’t my favorite character and I wasn’t sure I could read a book that was mostly about him. However, I have read it and I enjoyed it. I have not given it the rereads I’ve given this one or others though.

    What a great review!

  2. Larissa says:

    Your review reminded me that I really really need to rad this book (and no not just because of the DP scene either ;-)) I do love a book that dare to be different! Thanks for the review Tam!

  3. Cole says:

    Man, I still need to read this! Thanks for reminding me, again🙂 It will be a while though… I’m working my way through Tinnean’s Spy vs. Spook series right now.

    • Tam says:

      I know we both said we needed to read this one. It really drew me in and I stayed up far too late Saturday because I wanted to read more. Hope you are enjoying the Tinnean series.

  4. Eyre says:

    I really enjoyed this book, but it did take me a while to learn to like Randy.

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