Title: Danced Close
Portland, Oregon, is one of the hottest cities in America. Just ask all the hard-working men sweating it up behind the counters of the restaurants, boutiques, and cafés all over town ...
Newly clean and sober, Todd's taken a shine to his job at Portland's most talked about bakery. It's not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn't try to hide his attraction to Kendall's elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past.
For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he's grown to love. But he's still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels. Turns out taking the lead for once isn't a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart ...
Author: Annabeth Albert
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Move Me, Unconditional Surrender, Served Hot, Baked Fresh
Series: Portland Heat #6
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Served Hot, Baked Fresh, Knit Tight, Wrapped Together
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: March 14th 2017
Genres: M/M Erotica, M/M Fiction, Male Male Romance
Pages: 132 pages
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Kendall is a wedding planner and Todd works at the bakery many of Kendall’s clients get their cakes. Todd is a recovering addict who gets all tongue-tied when he sees Kendall-but he feels he’s out of the man’s league. Kendall has also noticed Todd, but he thinks he’s the same as his ex who didn’t like Kendall’s feminine side. When Kendall’s bestie cancels on a dancing class they were to take, he asks Todd to fill in. He hopes it will be a fun time!
Danced Close is Annabeth Albert’s sixth book in the Portland Heat series. You can read each one individually, but characters from previous books do make guest appearances!
I really enjoyed the easiness in this book. I loved how Todd and Kendall’s relationship gradually formed. It was slow and with care. Kendall embraces his genderqueer label and I liked how that Todd, although tentative at the beginning, found he loved that side of Kendall too. Even giving him pointers!! He wants to see him embrace it because he says, “it’s just you”!
But alas, things don’t go so smoothly for these two. Kendall thinks Todd is just too perfect-with his acceptance and all, so he’s afraid Todd will just one day kick him to the curb. Todd, on the other hand, coming out of the dark place of addiction, feels inadequate and thinks Kendall will cut him loose, thus spinning him back into the dark. Definitely a place he doesn’t want to revisit.
These two needed to let up on the armor guarding their hearts just a wee bit. They were both so focused on keeping those walls up, the misconceptions wreaked havoc on them! They had to have a talk and figure out what was really going on, and clear up everything. Both thought the other was going to break-up with them and both were, in fact, falling in love with the other. Self-preservation hurts. I get why they did it though. Love has the ability to hurt too-vulnerability. I was extremely happy when all the cards were finally laid out, and how everything wrapped up! Heart tugs for sure!
Ms. Albert does a great job of focusing on a unique aspect that let the reader in on all the feelings behind it. Genderqueer is about doing what feels right for you. I applaud the people that embrace the outside of the box way of society thinking. Thank you for the introduction.