Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Kensington Publishing/Lyrical Press
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/26/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…
Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.
Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt.
Then again, maybe it will…
Delivered Fast is the third novella in the increasingly enjoyable series from Annabeth Albert centered around Portland’s coffee industry. While each story is connected via the setting and characters, they each stand on their own. Though, you do get to glimpse characters from the earlier stories, especially Baked Fresh
In Delivered fast we meet college student and bakery delivery driver Lance, who happens to work for his cousin Vic from Baked Fresh. We also get to know Chris, chef, barista, and cafe owner, famous for his Vegan Sunday brunch. Chris has about 13 years on college student Lance, but he is everything Lance looks for in a man. The opposit can’t be said, however. Regardless of tye, however, Chris is drawn inexplicably to Lance. He has to fight himself every step of the way, mostly over the age difference.
Both Chris and Lance know what they have is something more. Chris just takes longer to acknowledge that fact. While his “I’m too old for you” and “This is just us having fun” refrains do get a little tiring, Albert manages to blow everything up just before I am ready to throw my reader through a window. Okay, it isn’t THAT aggravating, but it was a repetitive refrain for much of the story and source of much of the conflict.
I appreciated the obligitory breakup scene. Something about it just felt organic. I could FEEL Lance’s pain and need to get away. I could understand his need to have Vic run interference. I loved seeing how protective Lance’s family was of him. It gave Chris a chance to realize all the problems were in his head and gave him the wake-up call to get over them.
I do believe I can easily say that Delivered Fast is my favorite installment so far. Now, please tell me what has Brad so poorly. He needs a story.
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