Served Hot by Annabeth Albert
Served Hot is sweetly sexy novella by Annabeth Albert, and is the first book in her Portland Heat series. Each book in the series features different characters and can be read as standalone books. I don't often read novellas as I find them too short to become invested in the characters, but Annabeth Albert quickly drew me into this emotional love story and I was soon hoping that Robby and David's relationship succeeded.
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?
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Both Robby and David have been burnt by past relationships with guys who were still in the closet, and as a result they both have their own emotional issues to work through. Robby and David are endearingly sweet and awkward with each other, which results in mis-communications and some funny moments. There are also some well written sex scenes which will get you hot under the collar.
Served Hot is written from Robby's first person POV. I would have preferred to have had some of the story told from David's point of view as well, but this is a purely personal preference. Unlike some first person POV books I've read in the past though, I felt the story flowed well and was easy to read.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, perfect to read with a posh coffee and to help you wind down from a busy working week. Adorable main characters, an emotional romantic storyline and some sexy m/m bedroom action - Served Hot gets a well deserved four out of five stars!
Served Hot is published on 3rd March 2015
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Disclaimer - I received a free of charge ARC from the publisher for the purposes of an honest review