Title: Second Hand 2nd edition
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Length: 200 pages
Reviewed by Jenn
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.
I love when these two authors write together, they always create something so special. With Second Hand, we find ourselves back in Tucker Springs.
Paul Hannon walks through life feeling like he fails at everything, school, love..life. He doesn’t see anything special about himself and when his fiancée breaks up with him, he’s even more convinced he’s right.
El Rozal owns a pawn shop and is surrounded by things waiting for a second chance. El doesn’t believe in relationships, his family’s failures at love have left him incredibly cynical. When Paul comes into his shop, his cynical heart gets a jolt. El befriends the lonely and unsure Paul. He shows him how to have fun, he makes Paul question his feelings. Now the man who doesn’t believe in love and the man who doesn’t think he’s worthy of love both have some decisions to make.
This was such a great book and El and Paul are wonderful together. Paul makes you want to wrap him up and assure him that he is special. El made me laugh and he also made me melt a bit. For someone who is so cynical, he is awfully romantic and sweet. There is an answer he gives to a question from Paul that left me speechless. I promise you’ll know what I mean as soon as you read it! It’s a definite “oh my” moment! I read the scene three times and my reaction was the same each time, it’s perfect! I loved this book and am so glad I got to spend time with El and Paul.
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