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Review: Delivered Fast by Annabeth Albert

delivered fastTitle: Delivered Fast by Annabeth Albert
Portland Heat Series Book Three
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/M, Romance
Length: 134 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…

Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.

Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt.

Then again, maybe it will…


The final installment in Annabeth Albert’s delightful Portland Heat series, Delivered Fast is a very charming older/younger man romance. This fast paced story is sweet yet steamy and blissfully angst free despite a minor obstacle on the road to happily ever after.

Chris O’Neal is taken off guard by his attraction to the very attractive and much younger Lance Degrassi. Chris is in his mid thirties and he has always gone for older men but he just cannot resist the energetic and effervescent young man. The age gap is only about twelve years, but since Lance still has so much of his future ahead of him, Chris cannot commit to a long term relationship with him. After Chris discovers Lance will be moving once he is accepted to grad school, the two agree to a friends-with-benefits arrangement.

Chris is incredibly reluctant to become emotionally involved with anyone but he is immediately charmed by Lance. The two spend a great deal of quality time together but Chris is careful to keep things light and casual between them. Everything is going along just as he wants until Lance considers altering his plans for his future which plays into Chris’s fears that Lance will regret eventually regret his (possible) decision.

Lance is very mature for his age and he has his future all mapped out. He is close to his family and he has a large circle of friends. He is instantly attracted to Chris and Lance never gives Chris’s age a second thought. He agrees to Chris’s suggestion for a no strings relationship, but it is always obvious that Lance cares very deeply for him. Although Lance is willing to make compromises to make their relationship work, Chris’s fears (and lack of communication) might derail their chance for lasting happiness.

Delivered Fast is an engaging, light-hearted romance between two very likable characters. Chris and Lance’s friendship is easygoing and believable. The sex scenes are scorching hot but there is also an underlying tenderness that shows the (unspoken) emotional connection between them. The issues between them are resolved fairly quickly and a lovely epilogue wraps up the remaining loose ends. Another fantastic installment in Annabeth Albert’s marvelous Portland Heat series that old and new fans are sure to enjoy.

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Review: Baked Fresh by Annabeth Albert

baked freshTitle: Baked Fresh by Annabeth Albert
Portland Heat Series Book Two
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic, M/M, Romance
Length: 131 pages
Book Rating: B+

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From its famous coffee to the mouthwatering fare at its cafés, restaurants, and bakeries, Portland, Oregon, has a lot to whet the appetite, including the hard-working men who serve it all up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…

Vic Degrassi is a baker on the rise, and it’s all thanks to his rare ability to make—and keep—his New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, giving up smoking, or graduating from culinary school, Vic goes after what he wants—and gets it. This year? He wants Robin Dawson, the sweet-hearted hottie who volunteers with him at the local homeless shelter. When he learns that Robin is suddenly single after being unceremoniously dumped, Vic is more than happy to offer a shoulder to cry on—or at least a fresh-baked pastry to bite into. But it’s been a long time since Vic’s gone on a date, and he’s nervous about risking his friendship with Robin. So when their flirtation turns into a steamy night together, Vic and Robin have to figure out if they’re friends with benefits or lovers in the making, and if Robin is ready for something more than just a rebound. There’s only one way to find out: turn up the heat…


Baked Fresh is the second installment in Annabeth Albert’s delightful Portland Heat series. In this outing, it is Vic Degrassi’s turn to find love after he makes a New Year’s resolution to start dating. His longtime crush Robin Dawson has recently gone through a break up, so Vic proposes a no strings fling since Robin is not interested in dating again. The two men are soon burning up the sheets but will Vic convince Robin to take another risk on love?

Both Vic and Robin bring a lot of baggage into their friends with benefits relationship. Vic is endearingly insecure as he works to overcome his low self-esteem from years of being overweight. Although he has dropped over 100 pounds, Vic is still struggling to see himself as desirable. The recent end to his relationship is the least of Robin’s problems since he is still plagued with issues from his not too distant past. Vic is incredibly patient with Robin as he tries to help him work through his problems but Robin pulls away in the aftermath of a tragic loss.

Vic and Robin’s longstanding acquaintance provides a strong foundation for their current relationship. Robin is refreshingly honest about his past and Vic does not hesitate to offer him some much needed reassurance and support. Although they are quick to begin a sexual relationship, there is also an underlying emotional connection between them as well. Vic respects Robin’s boundaries, but Robin is surprisingly eager to let Vic take control in the bedroom. This takes their sexual relationship a little into D/s territory but this is just what Robin needs to help conquer the lingering effects from his troubled past.

Baked Fresh by Annabeth Albert is a sweet yet scorching hot novella. Robin and Vic are wonderfully developed characters and although flawed, they are very easy to like. Their romance is slow growing but this makes their transition from friends to lovers much more realistic. It is a wonderful, drama free addition to the Portland Heat series that old and new fans are sure to enjoy.

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Review: What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble

woman desiresTitle: What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Historical, Romance
Length: 225 pages/Word Count: 90,000
Book Rating: B

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From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up…

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The Review:

What a Woman Desires by Rachel Brimble is a charming second chance at love romance. This well-written historical love story is full of angst but the sweet ending makes all the drama worthwhile.

Monica Danes left home five years earlier to pursue her dream of becoming an actress despite her parents’ disapproval. She has had no contact with her parents or her sister Jane in the intervening years, but when she learns of her father’s death, Monica returns home for his funeral. Intending to leave as soon as possible, Monica is torn between duty and desire but it is her love for Thomas Ashby that causes her the most turmoil.

Monica is a strong, independent woman and while she is likable, she comes across as a little thoughtless and selfish. She is definitely conflicted about leaving her family behind again, but she still feels confined and stifled by family expectations and country life.  Despite their time apart, Monica is still in love with Thomas but overcoming their differences seems insurmountable.

Thomas is very loyal and dedicated to his family, Monica’s family and the Danes’ tenants. He loves his life on the estate and while he might visit the city occasionally, he has absolutely no desire to live there. Thomas wants nothing more than for Monica to stay but he will not stand in the way of her leaving.

Thomas and Monica are both passionate about what they want in life and there does not seem to be a compromise for their very different desires. The near constant conflict between them is wearisome and they spend most of the story going in circles. Both of them are incredibly stubborn and for much of the novel, a happily ever after seems impossible.

Despite a few frustrations with both characters, What A Woman Desires is an entertaining and engaging romance. The characters are well-developed and the overall plot is interesting. A lovely epilogue wraps up all of the loose ends for Thomas and Monica, but Rachel Brimble does leave few intriguing questions unanswered. All in all, a fabulous love story that fans of historical romances are sure to enjoy.


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