logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: baked-fresh
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2017-07-10 15:35
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat) by Annabeth Albert 99 cents!!
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat) - Annabeth Albert

ic 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…

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2016-05-09 17:47
Baked Fresh by Annabeth Albert
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat) - Annabeth Albert

Another hit by Annabeth Albert! She's still my go-to author for comfort reads.

 

Shy baker VIc looses over 100 pounds after a loved one dropped dead way to young because of a heart attack. With the new year and another accomplished goal, there comes a time to determine a new resolution. And this year, Vic wants to date.

 

Unfortunately the one guy he really wants to ask out is not exactly available. Because Robin, a fellow volunteer at the homeless shelter, is still recovering from being dumped by his ex, among other things. His demons are his own, and at times I had a bit of a hard time getting into his head.

 

But somehow, things still fell together naturally anyways, all in good time. Vic was such a sweet but fllawed character, I couldn't help but like him. Robin was a little more of a mystery to me at times, but the things he went through to get where he is in the end, still broke my heart and made me a tiny bit teary-eyed at times. I wouldn't have minded to read more about him and his struggles, but for the short length of the book, it made me go through all the feelz in order to be very happy about the HEA.

 

All in all, another good instalment in the Portland Heat Series, and definitely one of my preferred comfort reads for dark days.

Like Reblog Comment
review 2016-04-17 00:00
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat)
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat) - Annabeth Albert image

Drama llamaz and cheese!!!

So I can't stop with this series. It's utterly ridiculous but I really like that ridiculous. Mainly because I spend most of the time with a 'WTF' expression on my face or laughing at how purple everything is!!

image

This also had Vic. And I think I fell a bit in love with him. It's also got a lot more angst than the first one but it's not outrageously angsty. I may have had a little sniffle near the end though.

These books are perfect 'no brain power' reads. I really need to create a lazy Sunday afternoon shelf because this series is made for lazy Sunday afternoons.
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2015-07-31 14:37
More than Icing.
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat) - Annabeth Albert

This is number #2 of the Portland Heat series and it's proves for me Annabeth Albert is not a one trick pony. The time around Vic has decided its time he try to connect to the object of his desires, Robin. This is a heavier story to tell then #1 but it doesn't get over-the-top angsty. The sex is seriously hot. Watching Vic give Robin confidence while he heals himself was written with passion.
I'm proud of myself because I didn't run out and buy a piece of pastry while reading this. Everyone in this book was stuffing their faces with good stuff.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2015-07-22 20:52
Baked Fresh (Portland Heat) - Annabeth Albert

This review was originally posted on Hot Stuff for Cool People.

 

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

This was cute.  It didn’t exactly tug at my heartstrings, but I definitely enjoyed it.

 

I had a bit of a hard time getting into at first.  Within the first couple pages, the main character, Vic, pretty much tells us readers how unattractive and definitely not boyfriend material he is.  While I like the idea that Vic isn’t classically handsome or attractive- this is refreshing, actually- he was so disparaging and so gruff that I had a hard time finding him attractive in any way, personality- or appearance-wise.

 

But one of the things that the author does very well is create characters that are deep and interesting and unique.  Gradually, I came to like Vic’s rough public personality and the soft, sweet side of him, too- much as Robin, the love interest, does.  I liked Robin quite a bit as well.  He’s a complex person, with a troubled past and some very real, believable issues that you don’t often encounter in male/male romances.  It was really great to read something a little different for a change, to explore the issues with intimacy that Robin has.  And I loved how Robin sees Vic for how he is, inside and out, and eventually comes to love him for it.  I like that he finds Vic attractive and strong and kind, because it’s true, no matter how imperfect his body or his life are.   

 

But for all that I liked Vic and Robin, I never really fell in love with them myself.  And I never really felt like they were people I knew.  I love it in a book where I come out of it feeling like the characters are friends, or at least people I know, who I could have a conversation with.  I didn’t really get there here, though.  And that distance kept me a bit apart from the building relationship- which was believable and sweet, but… - and apart from the more dramatic parts.  I was there, I just wasn’t there all the way. 

 

I think I was looking for a little more depth from the book and the plot, and even from the emotions of the characters.  They were deep people, and they were well thought out.  But when Vic talks about his cousin who’s passed away, or when Robin talks about his drug problems, I just wanted… I don’t know.  More.  More feeling.  More something.  Some way in which I could better connect with what they were feeling.  I don’t know what was missing, exactly.  It just was.  It was especially apparent for me when it came to Robin- as someone who’s lived with and dealt with addicts, that subject usually punches me pretty hard, good or bad.  But here I felt kind of ambiguous towards whatever Robin was going through.

 

So there was something lacking for me here and I just didn’t fully connect.  But, despite that, I still really did like the book.  It was short and light and sweet.  And I adored the very end.  It’s definitely worth a read.  If I saw this author again, I would probably pick up her books.  I just don’t know if I’d go out searching for them.

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?