More realism alongside the love and romance

Baked Fresh (Portland Heat, #2)Baked Fresh by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m really loving this series from Annabeth Albert. They’re real in the way they treat the growth of the relationships and the men themselves aren’t perfect Adonis’ or ridiculously flawed people, they’re just human.

This one’s a bit of a age gap romance, only 10 years but enough to have Vic with fears he’s too saggy and old having lost loads of weight through a gastric band because he didn’t want heart disease to put him in an early grace like it had his dad, his uncle and his cousin.

Robin’s got his own hang ups, he’s a recovering addict from a wealthy family who couldn’t deal with him being gay until the damage was already done and he was using and turning tricks briefly.

The Foundry is what brings them together, a shelter and drop in centre for at risk kids and adults and they bumble their way into a romance which isn’t all hearts and flowers but has plenty of bumps on the way to their HEA.
Book one’s Robby and David make a nice cameo too at one point.

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