Title: Served Hot
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!
Author: Annabeth Albert
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Move Me, Unconditional Surrender, Baked Fresh, Status Update
Series: Portland Heat
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Baked Fresh, Knit Tight, Wrapped Together, Danced Close
Published by Kensington Source: Publisher
Published: March 3, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance
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David and Robby have been doing a weird dance around Robby’s coffee cart for a few months. David visits the coffee cart every day at lunch for his usual latte. Robby has no clue if his coffee is that good or if the handsome, impeccably dressed suit guy is stopping by for more than his favorite beverage. One afternoon Robby subtly drops a hint at where he can be found over the weekend. The moment he sees David there, at the pride festival his questions about David’s sexuality are answered. The only problem is that their weird dance stays slow.
Their relationship progresses at a very slow pace. There are a few reasons for this. The biggest reason is David. David is still getting over the loss of his longtime lover. There are numerous things to get over and the quasi status of the non-relationship is Robby and David’s biggest hurdle. This would have been a smaller issue if these men just talked. They let their insecurities and past relationships stand in the way of their here and now.
The first book in the Portland Heat series, Served Hot turned out to be a sweet read. David and Robby fit together well and their obstacles they had to overcome were realistic even though they seemed drawn out. Granted David wanted to take things at the slow pace while he got a firmer understanding on how a relationship is supposed to work. For what I’ve seen of the upcoming books in the series they appear to each work as a stand-alone.