Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Review: Served Hot (Portland Heat #1) by Annabeth Albert
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?
Goodreads | Source: ARC provided by Kensington in exchange for my honest 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.