Sunday, May 3, 2015

ARC Review: Served Hot by Annabeth Albert

Served Hot (Portland Heat, #1)
From the 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?

Heather's rating:

I think I enjoyed this one more than most people. The combination of a quiet guy who is just coming into his "out" status and a slow burn romance just hits my sweet spot! Patience is required to enjoy this little gem from Annabeth Albert.

I started off thinking that this book was just going to be another cute, fluffy story. However, as the book progressed, I found out that it was SO much more than that.

David is a shy, preppy, earnest character that might not strike the right cord with some readers. However, I found him to be endearing and his story about his ex to be heart-breakingly realistic. I really felt for him, and I loved how we got to know him in bits and pieces.

Usually I'm a big fan of alternating POVs, but I really liked how we just got Robby's POV here. I liked being in Robby's head, seeing things from his perspective. He was a really great character with lots of depth, especially for a book of this length.

My only complaints are the shortness of the story and the little time jumps throughout. Otherwise, this book really struck all the right notes for me! I can't wait to read more from this author.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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