Sunday, July 21, 2019

ARC Review : Cold Pressed (Seacroft #2) by Allison Temple

Cold Pressed (Seacroft, #2)Blurb :

No strings attached is all Oliver can offer. He's hiding a broken heart that holds him back from diving into a new relationship, but he'll go on a blind date to make his family happy. Just one date, though; he doesn't have time for love to derail his plans.

Divorced and demoted to the night shift, Nick has his own problems. He's got an ex-wife who needs him and a kid with one foot in juvie. The last thing Nick needs is to butt heads - or other body parts - with a tempting hipster who wears a sad smile on their blind date.

Their chemistry can't be denied, though, in an argument or in bed. No strings sex is uncomplicated and that's what Nick and Oliver need. But getting into bed together is one thing. Staying out of each other's hearts soon becomes so much more complicated than either one imagined.

Cold Pressed is an 81k contemporary MM romance. It features a smoldering bisexual single dad, a broken-hearted hipster with a thing for beet juice, and a friends-with-benefits arrangement that blooms into the HEA you've been looking for.

Christelle's rating:

Cold Pressed is a MM romance between Oliver, a wealthy ex-lawyer turned hipster and business owner of a juice shop, and Nick, an ex-firefighter and father of a troubled teenager. A contemporary romance, relationship-oriented, with two MCs in their 30s, one trying to have a positive attitude no matter what and the other more of the silent type. A kind of second chance, not between the MCs but at being in love again.

Meeting during a blind date, lust is there and they decide to go for “no string sex” as both their mind is too preoccupied for more. Oliver has just relocated to go into the business he planned with his ex-partner of 10 years, with not much success and maybe even not much interest apart from clinging on a dream. And Nick is trying to build, with the help of his ex-wife, a relationship with his teenage son who is on house arrest.

Sex is good for them, sex is even great, but bit by bit, it’s too hard for them to keep by themselves and are they even willing ?

This is a sweet read, with reliable characters and for those who wants a happy ending, it’s a good story : the building of the relationship between Oliver and Nick is there and nicely done and the steam level was good : I enjoyed the reflexions both Oliver and Nick had about their journey. But more angst and more about the interaction between Nick and his son would have add some flavour and spice for me.

Part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.


ARC of “Cold Pressed” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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