Served Hot (Portland Heat #1) by Annabeth Albert ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

served-hot Title: Served Hot (Portland Heat #1)

Author: Annabeth Albert

Publisher: *Not Listed

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

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!

Brandilyn’s View:

Sometimes you just need a sweet, predictable low angst story. Maybe you need a palate cleanser. Maybe you just need something that is easy to read. You need to know that the main characters will find their happily ever after. You need to be able to get from point a to point be without your heart being ripped from your chest.

That is just the kind of story you get with Served Hot by Annabeth Albert. There is nothing glaringly wrong with this story. It is well written and well edited. The characters are developed as well as they can be in the novella format. You have a textbook slow-burn romance.

In Served Hot, you don’t get to see that first sight. We start at the point where the main characters are about to take the next step. They have known each other for a while as customer and barista, but they are finally ready to, maybe, take a few tentative steps toward more. What made “now” the time for those steps, I am not entirely sure.

The entire relationship between Robby and David seems very one sided. It is a slow-burn, but Robby spends most of the book holding himself back from asking for more. It is all about David, even though David won’t open up about why he is the way he is. Honestly, I didn’t like either main character very much. Maybe that is why when the inevitable breakup came, I really couldn’t care less.

There were a few pages of the obligatory “my life is nothing without my love”, and then everything is hunky dory and they are riding off into the sunset together.

The saving grace for Served Hot is the length and the ease of reading. It was a short, quick read, so I wasn’t expecting the Great American Novel. I got precisely what I expected. Sweet, low-angst, formula romance. The one thing I didn’t expect was that both main characters were basically “normal” men. No Adonises in this story.

Buy Links

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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