Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book Blast, eARC Review & #Giveaway: Served Hot (Portland Heat) by Annabeth Albert

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

Book Name: Served Hot
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Cover Artist: Kensington Art Department
Pages or Words: 30,000 words
Categories: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance

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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!

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Ever read a story where you just went all awwwwww and got dry in the mouth because of all of the sugary sweetness? Yups, you got it! Served Hot is a great read for those who seek to immerse themselves in wholesome, sweet, loving with a cup of latte on the side. Personally, I drink my coffee black and unsweetened, but that does not mean I did not get the craving for the gooey yumminess of sweet latte! As written by Annabeth Albert, this story is all about coffee and romancing a man whose life had been left in the closet.

So we have two men: out and proud Robby of American/Korean decent and David, a finance director who came from the bundoks of America and had red necks for relatives. The two should never have met, but they did. David walked the walk to get to where Robby sold his coffee. When they exchanged their first kiss, it should have gone on and ended in a happily ever after. It did not.

Robby worked hard to get himself succeed owning his own coffee cart in a busy area in town. He had no time for love although he craved for it. He had no time for closeted men, even if he ended with an ex who was. Seeing David walk into his lobby every single day made him dream. When they kissed, it was heaven. But the sweetness does not come in until so much later, when David had to learn to finally face reality that what he was used to was not what Robby was used to at all.

This was such a great read and even if it does sound a bit like closeted vs out partner, it really is not. Instead we have a journey of self-realization in David's part and Robby helps out by plying him with sweet coffee. Their tango in the sheets was just as hot as the coffee served. Was it sweet? Read for yourself and find out.

A little idea niggled at my brain—like an evil elf had tapped me on the shoulder. “You know, if you give me your card, I could call you if you leave your wallet behind again.”
There. His cheeks went dusky pink. I finally got a blush out of him, but hell if I could decipher what it meant. I could predict people’s taste in coffee, down to preferred syrup flavor, but I still sucked at decoding anything as complex as human emotions.
“Ah. Um.” He did the nervous cough thing again.
“Never mind.” I wiped my hands on my apron. “I’d better get back.”
“Wait.” He opened the wallet, plucked out a white card with a blue logo, and offered it to me. His broad fingers brushed mine again as he handed it over. Another barely there touch, but I felt the charge all the way down my spine, like I’d chugged a triple shot.
My breath tripped with wishing he’d add a “call me anytime.” Brian would have. But David just stood there silently. Straighter than the Fremont Bridge and denser than a concrete pylon.

Tour Dates: March 3, 2015

Tour Stops:

43 – Guilty indulgence?

Chocolate, particularly peanut 

butter cups. 

44 – Best moment of your 

school career?

I was lucky enough to graduate 

with honors and my beloved 

grandmother was there to see. 

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