Blog Tour Stop, Review and Giveaway: Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan

SLEIGH RIDE 

Book Two of the Minnesota Christmas Series

The way to a man’s heart is on a sleigh.

Arthur Anderson doesn’t want
anything to do with love and romance, and he certainly doesn’t want to
play Santa in his mother’s library fundraising scheme. He knows full
well what she really wants is to hook him up with the town’s lanky, prissy librarian.

It’s clear Gabriel Higgins doesn’t want him, either—as a Santa, as a
boyfriend, as anyone at all. But when Arthur’s efforts to wiggle out of
the fundraiser lead to getting to know the man behind the storytime
idol, he can’t help but be charmed. The least he can do is be neighborly
and help Gabriel find a few local friends.

As their fiery arguments strike hotter sparks, two men who insist
they don’t date wind up doing an awful lot of dating. And it looks like
the sleigh they both tried not to board could send them jingling all the
way to happily ever after.

Warning: Contains a feisty librarian, a boorish bear, small town politics, deer sausage, and a boy who wants a doll.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERIES

The
Minnesota Christmas series is a light-hearted escape into an idyllic
Minnesota Northwoods small town. Bears and lumberjacks and hairstylists,
oh my—and now, with the introduction of Gabriel Higgins, the most
devious creatures of all. Librarians.
In Logan, Minnesota, you can expect shenanigans, snow, plenty of sex, and always a happily ever after.

Denise’s Review



If you haven’t read a Heidi Cullinan book before, you really don’t know what you’ve been missing. I have yet to read one where I haven’t had at least one moment where my jaw has dropped, and I’ve had to sit back and reassess everything I had already been thinking about the characters. I didn’t expect that in a sweet Christmas story. Once again, Ms. Cullinan has surprised me. A little Christmas BDSM? Why yes, thank you!

In this “sweet” story, Gabriel and Arthur circle around each other trying to decide if this is what they were looking for. Clearly it wasn’t initially, with Arthur adamantly saying he had no desire for a relationship and Arthur having no idea how to keep his orderly world the same as it had been. And yet as they come together you see that they are a great example of opposites attracting. Arthur a short bear type with Dom-like tendencies and Gabriel the tall thin sexually submissive town librarian.


While these two men try to avoid each other, Arthur’s mother has other plans. As they Circle each other we we see that Arthur has endless patience but still a strong edge of pushiness. Meanwhile Gabriel needs his boundaries pushed to realize where he needs to be in life. They learn together and it turns itself into a slightly dirty holiday story. And dirty should never turn off for the holidays. Yay for that! 
This book is a mixture of sweet and dirty, loving and angry, and just downright fun. I loved every minute of this book. These two men were just a ton of fun to get to know. Hoping for a Minnesota Christmas 3 next year!! (And just loving some of the great Minnesota references, as usual. I love seeing things in Heidi’s books that I actually have seen before.)
Final determination is 4 1/2 pieces of eye candy. Grab this and add a little dirty fun to your holidays!!






Excerpt: R-Rated

They were at the truck now. Arthur crowded him gently into
the door and stroked his hair. “You won’t mess it up. I promise. But will you
tell me why, seriously? Why you want me? Because I didn’t expect it. I’m…kind
of worried you’ll take it back.”
Gabriel leaned into those hands, staring at Arthur’s lips
nestled in his beard because he couldn’t bear to look him in the eye. “I said
it because when you’re not making me crazy, you make me happier than I’ve ever
been, make me feel freer than I’ve ever felt.” He shut his eyes. “Except I’m
completely neurotic about sex, I’m too fussy and contradictory, and—”
Arthur stopped him with a slow, drugging kiss, lacing his
tongue with Gabriel’s until he whimpered. When Arthur drew back, he nuzzled his
beard at Gabriel’s jaw while he murmured in his ear. “How neurotic you are
about sex is my favorite thing about you.”
Gabriel’s heart turned over, then threw up its guards. “Shut
up, nobody likes that.”

“I do. I want to lap up your neurotic hang-ups about sex
with a spoon.” He kissed Gabriel’s neck. “I want to keep you safe, sweetheart.
I want to be the safe space where you can let go. Because you know I’ll never
let anyone hurt you. Because you know I enjoy everything about you.” He ran his
tongue down the length of Gabriel’s ear, gripping his shoulders when he
shuddered and tried to jerk away—before melting into him. “I want to keep you
safe, but while I do it, I’m gonna fuck the hell out of you. I want to pull at
every one of your neuroses like threads until you come apart in my arms.”

Gabriel’s eyes rolled back in his head—he wasn’t far from
coming apart right now. How he could feel so gooey and yet so turned on at the
same time was something only Arthur could do. “You make me feel so sexy. Nobody
ever made me feel sexy.” He skimmed a thumb along Arthur’s shoulders. “And
safe.”
“You are sexy. And safe. This is all you, Gabriel. You’ve
had this in you all along.” He boldly gripped Gabriel’s erection through his
trousers, massaging it into a full-on iron bar. Gabriel moaned, thrusting into
his hand, and Arthur laughed darkly, burrowing in and sucking on Gabriel’s
neck. “Goddamn, but I love me some kinky librarian. My kinky librarian.”

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Book Page for Let It Snow (book one in the series)

Author Bio

Heidi
Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy
ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to
write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just
aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she
enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching
television with her husband and teenaged daughter. Heidi is a vocal
advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern
state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including
her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.

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Comments

  1. I have a weakness for naughty librarians–can't wait to read this!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

  2. Wow! I love the excerpt! Thank you for the review too!

  3. Oh, my what a teaser. Thank you for the excerpt and the review =)

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