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


Served Hot (Portland Heat #1)

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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!
This book was an ok read for me. It was incredibly slow…and I was having trouble staying focused.
I needed this book to pick up and that didn’t happen for me until 50% in.I loved Robby. He wasn’t use to taking the lead in a relationship. But he was willing to do it for David. Robby was extremely patient with David.
But… I also felt bad for Robby. David was so standoffish! And, the way he acted was just so horrible. I always felt Robby was throwing himself at David. Instead of things happening naturally.

Like when they slept together for the first time.
If a guy would have hinted for me to go home after… That I had been dating for a while…
I would have grabbed my clothes and ran out of there!
(I even felt that in my stomach…it just dropped!)
Not…. Try and hint to stay by saying I make a good breakfast to try and make him change his mind.
I would have a little more self respect for myself than that!
Because… even he the changed his mind… It would have been because I had to plead my case!…lol
And… that wouldn’t feel good at all!

And I was constantly feeling like that about David and Robby.

I was glad when Robby finally took a stand for himself.
But…. I thought he should have done that way sooner!

I think that was my main issue I had with this book.
David couldn’t let go of his ex. And, that wasn’t really fare to Robby.

Another little issue I had was transitions to the next subject in this story. I was reading about them at Easter dinner.. Then, they were taking about paint! I had to reread that part again…. To make sure I didn’t miss anything. That happened through out this novella.

Overall… This was an ok read for me. I would read more books by this author.

*ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley*

Baked Fresh (Portland Heat #2)


-Release date is April 14, 2015-


From its famous coffee to the mouthwatering fare at its cafés, restaurants, and bakeries, Portland, Oregon, has a lot to whet the appetite, including the hard-working men who serve it all up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…

Vic Degrassi is a baker on the rise, and it’s all thanks to his rare ability to make—and keep—his New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, giving up smoking, or graduating from culinary school, Vic goes after what he wants—and gets it. This year? He wants Robin Dawson, the sweet-hearted hottie who volunteers with him at the local homeless shelter. When he learns that Robin is suddenly single after being unceremoniously dumped, Vic is more than happy to offer a shoulder to cry on—or at least a fresh-baked pastry to bite into. But it’s been a long time since Vic’s gone on a date, and he’s nervous about risking his friendship with Robin. So when their flirtation turns into a steamy night together, Vic and Robin have to figure out if they’re friends with benefits or lovers in the making, and if Robin is ready for something more than just a rebound. There’s only one way to find out: turn up the heat…


About this author

Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.



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