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Served Hot

Book 1, Portland Heat

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"Tremendously charming and sexy, Served Hot is a knockout!" – RT Book Reviews

In Portland, Oregon, the only thing hotter than the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are the hard-working men who serve it up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
 
Robby is a self-employed barista with a busy coffee cart, a warm smile, and a major crush on one of his customers. David is a handsome finance director who works nearby, eats lunch by himself, and expects nothing but “the usual”—small vanilla latte—from the cute guy in the cart. But when David shows up for his first Portland Pride festival, Robby works up the nerve to take their slow-brewing relationship to the next level. David, however, is newly out and single, still grieving the loss of his longtime lover, and unsure if he’s ready to date again. Yet with every fresh latte, sweet exchange—and near hook-up—David and Robby go from simmering to steaming to piping hot. The question is: Will someone get burned?

First in the new Portland Heat series!

Customer Reviews

A Sweet & Sexy M/M 1st in Series.

SERVED HOT (Portland Heat, # 1)
by Annabeth Albert
March 3, 2015

Publisher: Kensington
99 pages, approximately
Romance: Contemporary, Gay, GLBT, M/M, Novella, Series

** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **

-- SYNOPSIS --
In Portland, Oregon, the only thing hotter than the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are the hard-working men who serve it up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
Robby is a self-employed barista with a busy coffee cart, a warm smile, and a major crush on one of his customers. David is a handsome finance director who works nearby, eats lunch by himself, and expects nothing but "the usual"—small vanilla latte—from the cute guy in the cart. But when David shows up for his first Portland Pride festival, Robby works up the nerve to take their slow-brewing relationship to the next level. David, however, is newly out and single, still grieving the loss of his longtime lover, and unsure if he’s ready to date again. Yet with every fresh latte, sweet exchange—and near hook-up—David and Robby go from simmering to steaming to piping hot. The question is: Will someone get burned?

-- MY THOUGHTS --
Novella length, about 100 pages. The synopsis provided really does capture the essence of the book quite nicely. Well-written, very likable character each individually charming and with their own flaws. There are very few secondary characters & even then, they only minute supporting roles. The dialogue and interaction is believable in it's initial awkwardness and progression as the relationship progresses. My heart breaks a little for these two guys here and there, throughout the book, because of the doubts and insecurities brought on my poor past experiences. There's enough emotion conveyed to connect you to the story and it's characters and the sexy scenes were sweet and hot. Plot is a hard element to score on novellas, they often lack the depth and dimension of a full-length novel. This one makes a valid attempt, but lacks the fullness I'd prefer to see. That said, it is still a nice story that flows very well, it just fell a little dynamically flat is all. There are conflicts throughout that are resolved in mostly-mature and timely manners. Predictability was pleasantly low. The conclusion is solid and nicely wrapped up. Overall, I'd say this was a quick, but enjoyable read & I will read more from this series.

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Heat Level: 4.5
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Score: 4.2
Stars: 4

The first in a new M/M Romance series

The first in a new M/M Romance series, Annabeth Albert brings us the story of Robby and David.

Robby owns a coffee cart, and has a steady stream of regular customers. But, when one of his regular customers that works around the corner from his usual spot shows up at the Pride Festival to grab a cup, Robby takes a chance to be more open about his attraction.

David is newly single, mourning the loss of his last relationship and not really sure he’s ready to start a new one. He finds Robby cute, but the questions about relationships in a town so ripe with possibilities and temptations have him conflicted.

And while the two are undoubtedly attracted, and their connection is sweet, they interact well and have a nice rapport, the steps from dating / flirtation to relationship is moving at a snail’s pace. Through molasses.

David’s reasons are easy to understand and his hesitations feel natural and honest. But, if they would only TALK to one another about their fears, they could have found their happy far sooner. But it is hard not to like them, even as you want to shake them both and push them forward.

A lovely start to a new series, I’m curious to see where Albert takes the stories and hope to see more of David and Robby as they build on their relationship.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Quick, often lighthearted, beautifully romantic story

11:50 a.m. is the best time of Robby's day. Owning his own coffee cart was his self-employment dream, but seeing the seemingly up-tight, quite possibly straight suit walk in has become his living daydream. He can't get a read on him, though, can't tell if David is interested or not, gay or straight, available or taken. And when Robby finally gets up the nerve to mention the upcoming Pride festival, things are no clearer. Until he sees David there…

The Verdict: Robby's been crushing on David forever, but David seems impossible to figure out, and while Robby certainly doesn't want to come on to a straight guy, he's even more afraid of falling for someone who's still half in the closet. His last boyfriend put him through exactly that, and as much as he may want David, he knows he deserves better than to be someone's dirty little secret.

David's previous relationship lasted twelve years, but it was twelve years of secrecy that was all revealed when his lover died, and David has since fled the small town in which he became the subject of whispers and judgement. But he was deeply committed, in some ways is still mourning, and isn't sure if taking a chance on a new relationship is something he's ready for. Besides, having to hide his sexuality for so long has left him with no clue how to navigate a normal, out relationship.

I really wasn't sure what I was in for when I picked this up. While I have zero aversion to m/m romances, I'm not a big fan of stories that are 95% erotica and 5% romance, and I've been burned by the genre before. So I was absolutely thrilled when it soon became clear that yes, these two had some seriously hot chemistry, but there was a good depth of romantic story here as well.

Watching Robby's struggle to give David the patience and time he needed to feel comfortable with himself and their new relationship was sweet and angsty, and I almost wanted to shake him and demand he ask for the love he so clearly deserved. But knowing what David had been through in his last relationship, it soon became obvious that David just had no idea how to actually date. His complete lack of direction was sad to watch, and it was great to see Robby handle it with maturity, despite his desperation to move things forward. David's awkwardness was adorable, but at the same time it was tough to see Robby suffer through insecurity because of it. In other words, it was pretty much the perfect angst combo, relying on character development rather than contrived drama, and I loved every second of it.

Served Hot is a quick, often lighthearted, beautifully romantic story of two very different men who find love to eclipse their somewhat similar pasts. Now if only I could get my hands on the next book in say…the next five minutes?

***FicCentral received this book from Kensington Books (via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Mar 03, 2015
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 112 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Portland Heat
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