Short Stay by Heidi Cullinan

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ShortStay_LargeShort Stay by Heidi Cullinan
Series: Love Lessons, Book Three Point Five
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Pages: 118 • Format: eARC
Published By: Heidi Cullinan
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Hot messes have a hard time with happily ever after.

Baz Acker and Elijah Prince have it all. They’re engaged, and their wedding is guaranteed to be a spectacle no event will ever top. So why are they hunkered down in a quiet corner of the Acker mansion, restless and edgy while they wait out the holidays? 

When Baz suggests a road trip with Walter and Kelly to Las Vegas, it sounds like an ideal escape, but it turns out Vegas only amplifies their unease. Elijah can’t slough off the self-hating his parents programmed into him, and he worries how that will affect his marriage. Baz, crippled en route because of too much time spent in the car without rest, must face the truth that his wealth and influence can’t always counteract the limits his disability will put on his—and Elijah’s—life.

With help from their friends, a wily poker player, a take-no-prisoners drag queen, and a smooth-talking casino owner, they face the truth that happiness is a state of mind, not a destination where they book a stay. What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas—it will follow them all the way down the aisle.

This novella is a continuation of a story begun in the novel Lonely Hearts in the Love Lessons series and was written at the request of Heidi’s Patreon readers.

five-stars

If I had to name an author as a favorite it would he Heidi Cullinan. I honestly do not know how she does it but with every book I read from her, I fall in love with her ability to make me feel. When the times come around that I don’t think a romance can hit me so hard, I read something from Heidi and am firmly sat on my ass. It’s amazing and I simply adore the words, the places and good lord these ultimately swoon worthy characters she gives me. Yes me. Back off now, kay?

How long are you in Vegas? Long or short stay, or flexible?

When I heard that she was writing a short with Baz and Elijah I was more than giddy. When I realized they were going to Vegas with Walter and Kelly I was ready to use every yoga move possible to fit inside someone’s luggage to go along for the ride and then I saw they were going to Vegas and my book boyfriend of all time, Randy Jansen came to mind and then it all came together.

Let me just say that seeing Ed & Laurie from Dance With Me in Baz’s book, Lonely Hearts,  was a gift but this… I don’t know how much my heart or libido can handle with all the men created by Heidi’s wickedly and deliciously dirty mind together in one story.

Oh boy.

So if you haven’t read this series you are warned; here there be spoilers.

Now… this starts with Elijah totes freaking out about the preparations for his upcoming wedding to Baz. The Ackers can be a bit overwhelming and instead of Elijah talking to his fiancé about WTF is stressing him out, he tries to put on a brave face and deal. But Baz loves Elijah and knows when he is on the verge of checking out and taking up residence in his own head so Baz makes plans.

This was just too much damn fun. I know that I knew what was going to happen and where they were going but I screamed and flailed and melted with each man from previous books showed up on the page. I mean, how could I not when I know them so well.

Family is essential. Find it, make it, seize it however you can. If it walks up to you and welcomes you home and you don’t have reason to doubt it’s real, don’t argue. Just go through the door.

I can’t take this book. I just can’t. The Special Delivery and Love Lesson’s series are so close to my heart that seeing everyone together was too much but then what the hell am I saying? It could never and will never be enough. Good Lord, I feel strung out but it’s how these men leave me… strung out in the best way possible. I think I need a trip up to the top of the Stratosphere to clear my head.

So back to the story at hand. Baz is so concerned about taking care of Elijah and making sure he has a good time in Vegas that he forgets to take care of himself. And you have Elijah who is so dedicated to Baz’s photophobia and simply taking care of him that he lets his concerns get buried under his insecurities but these boys… ugh. They are so well suited for one another and so ridiculously in love, I was holding my breath waiting for them to just talk it all out.

But they couldn’t just talk it all out without the help of their new friends and I loved seeing them all again. Loved getting Randy with his natural presence to predictably overwhelm you when he is on the page and the general story. It’s not to  step on the toes of Baz and Elijah but to nurture them and come on, having more Randy time is never, ever a bad thing.

I keep losing my focus with this review and I am getting overly emotional, I mean I happy cried through the majority of this… So I am going to stop and put it plainly. This was a love story from an author to her fans, asked for by the fans that love the author and the stories about true love she gives them. This was a gift, a wonderfully romantic and sexy AF gift that I can’t explain how much it means to have experience it.

Short Stay… if you’ve read the Special Delivery Series and the Love Lessons series to their current stopping point, this is a must read. If you haven’t read the two series, do it now.

Kay?

Thanks.

 

 

About Heidi Cullinan

Heidi grew up in love with story. She fell asleep listening to Disney long-playing records and read her Little House On The Prairie books until they fell apart. She ran through the woods inventing stories of witches and fairies and enchanted trees and spent hours beneath the lilac bush imagining the lives of the settlers who had inhabited the homestead log cabin and two-story late 1800s home on her family farm. She created epic storylines for her Barbies until it wasn’t satisfying enough to do so any longer (age ten), and then she started writing them down. Her first novel, The Life and Times of Michelle Matthews, was published when she was twelve in the school anthology and took up nearly half of it.

Though Heidi continued to write novels through high school (and still has the Rubbermaid tub full in her bedroom), she stopped in college, deciding it was time to grow up and do something meaningful with her life. When the specifics of that didn’t pan out, Heidi ended up in grad school to become a teacher, and through one of the courses rediscovered her love of romance novels. She began to write again on the side, continued to do so while she taught seventh grade language arts and reading, and when she quit teaching to have her daughter, she took up writing with more seriousness, both as a stress relief and as a potential means of bringing in money.

Many million pages later, Heidi has learned a lot about writing, more than she ever wanted to know about publishing, and most importantly, finally figured out that writing IS the meaningful something she wants to do with her life. A passionate advocate for LGBT rights, Heidi volunteered for One Iowa during the fight for marriage equality and donates with her husband as a monthly partner to the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal. She encourages you to support your own local and national LGBT rights groups, too

Heidi enjoys reading, watching movies and TV with her family, and listening all kinds of music. She has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats. Heidi is an active social networker, and of course has good old-fashioned email.

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