Title: Baked Fresh
Series: Portland Heat, Book 2
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
★ ☆★ ☆ – 4 Stars
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 was definitely out of my comfort zone. It was a M/M Romance, which I have never read; now, now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely loved this book and will be looking forward to the next one! This book had me wanting to more as I continued reading, there was enough suspense in the story that begged you to wanting more. I don’t think I could have read it faster. The romance was great, it was like a traditional novel but with more raw emotions, if that makes sense. Of course the sex scenes wasn’t of the “normal” but it was still just as hot.
All the characters was very well developed, the main ones had issues, but of course they overcame all the bumps in the road. Vic has such a big heart, and wants to help everyone. Vic just doesn’t realized how much he has to let go of until he is able to love again. Robin is looking for rebound, but has a lot of issues that need to be taken care of, he needs patience, guidance, and love.
I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves romance, and even if you never read a M/M Romance, maybe give this one a shot like I did!
About the Author
Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.