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Book Review: Served Hot (Portland Heat #1) by Annabeth Albert



Author: Annabeth Albert
Title: Served Hot
Series: Portland Heat
Book #: 1
Genre(s): Contemporary romance, gay romance
Release date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press (Kensington)
Length: 99 pages
Heat level: moderate
Review copy provided by: Publisher, in exchange for honest review
Writing style & finesse




Character development

Likeable/relatable characters

Plot tension

Flow & pacing

Heat &/or sexual tension

Total Score
7.4/ 10

User Rating
4 total ratings


Posted March 26, 2015 by

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Served Hot is a cozy read about two men who meet and dance a slow, heartwarming romance over coffee. The story is told from Robbie’s POV in first person, which really showcases his adorable personality and geeky Portland ways. David is very “accountant”, with his starched shirts and awkward segues, and harbors a painful, emotionally debilitating past.

There were moments in this story that gave real, truly touching, glimpses into the deeper emotions that blend together a couple’s yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows. The plot didn’t feel contrived or rushed (whew, definitely not rushed!) and each time Robbie would start to get frustrated or fed up with something between him and David, I would find myself reaching that same point as an empathetic observer. And each time, David came back with a realistic and understandable reason for why he is who he is, so the story is believable and well crafted.

Overall, I enjoyed the Served Hot but was hoping for something with more oomph. I felt that this was an okay one-time read but not a book I’ll be inspired to go back to or remember much about next month or even next week. It felt somewhat insular, with all the focus squarely on the growth aspects of the relationship. I would have enjoyed seeing through David’s POV periodically to break up the monotony a bit, but generally a cozy read with gentle wit and a satisfying ending.

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue and GraveTells have won several blogging awards, and GraveTells recently celebrated its five-year anniversary! Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.


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