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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: Served Hot (Portland Heat #1) by Annabeth Albert



23450159In 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?

Goodreads | Source: ARC provided by Kensington in exchange for my honest review

Review:
This was such a sweet, low angst romance. Both guys are kind of awkward and unsure around each and David gives some pretty mixed signals to Robby as to whether he’s interested in him or not – or even gay.

He has a secret that is stopping him from moving forward with his life but Robby keeps up his flirtatious ways and slowly breaks down David’s walls with patience, kindness and of course - coffee :-)

Served Hot is short 112 page novella but packs an emotional punch, touching on grief, heartbreak and self acceptance while still being a light, swoon worthy romance. The Portland setting and Robby’s coffee cart buisness add a nice cozy feel. I’m looking forward to reading the next books in this series.

15 comments:

  1. I just read another positive review of this one. It sounds really good!!


    -Lauren

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    1. I think you would really like this one Lauren!

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  2. Not for me, but I am glad you enjoyed it :)

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  3. Aw, sounds like a sweet love connection (though I don't think it's for me...).

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  4. Low angst is always good! I'm too old to appreciate angsty romances I think.

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  5. I've only read one M/M romance, and my blogger peeps keep telling me that I should show this genre more love. Maybe novellas are the way to go; ease myself into it slowly...

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    1. Once I took the plunge I don't think of them as any different from M/F romance.

      I'm finding the m/m genre to be way less angsty than traditional NA/romance and I think that's why I've been so drawn to it.

      There are a lot of great novellas. This was on the sweet/cute side. Another one I would recommend is Five Dates by Amy Jo Cousins. It's a freebie too.

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  6. Even though I don't read many romances, I would pick this up for the Portland, Oregon setting and the coffee cart.

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  7. Oh might be an author I need to check out. Especially since the novella hit the emotions so well. Brilly review!

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    1. It was a really cute novel. Very light and sweet.

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  8. This one doesn't sound like it's for me, but the romance sounds intriguing :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  9. This sounds like it would be good. I think romances heavy on the angst are often more fun and romantic than the ones all about smexy times.

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  10. This sounds super sweet! I need to get my LGBT books on my shelf, and since this is a novella, I think it'd be a perfect addition to my collection!

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