Best one yet – warm and cuddly

Wrapped Together (Portland Heat, #5)Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this one, it was just wonderfully warm and cuddly and both Hollis and Sawyer were lovingly crafted with plenty of depth.

I liked the long history between them and the family dynamics of both being twins and their twins being married to each other.

There was an underlying sense of rightness about the inevitability of their relationship which I found utterly compelling and a nice level of gentle humour which worked well.

Much more smexy times in this one too and watching Hollis opening up with his links to Sawyer was amazingly erotic. Sawyer reminded me of an eager Labrador puppy, Hollis more of a sleek Greyhound and they were dynamite together.

Super sweet epilogue in this one too.

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Took a while to warm to this one

Knit Tight (Portland Heat, #4)Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This took me a while to warm too, unlike the others in the series, but by the time of the final chapter, it had given me the same snuggly fuzzy feelings of the other Portland Heat stories.

Brady came across as very mature for his age, bowed by being the main carer for his younger siblings after their parents’ death, but not broken but I didn’t get a sense of Evren for a while.

However, the little blog snippets started to give an insight into his head and the connection between the two men started to build up with a strange combination of sexual tensions and disappointments.

Interestingly in this one the sex is confined to oral and a bit of grinding with a serious slow burn and no full on penetration, but that doesn’t make it any less effective for demonstrating how in tune these two become to the emotions and sensitivities of the other.

There is no epilogue as such but the final chapter puts the two very firmly front and centre of a very HEA.

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Another cracking edition to the Portland Heat series

Delivered Fast (Portland Heat, #3)Delivered Fast by Annabeth Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another cracking good story based firmly in the real world. There’s another age gap in this one too but unlike book two, I did feel this one could have been a bigger deal simply because of the different stages of life the MCs were at.

But it was handled beautifully and realistically with both men reaching a compromise and both of them realising the the age gap wasn’t the real issue but building up trust that each person truly did know their own mind and what they wanted was.

The sex scenes were emotionally charged and incredibly moving at times as both Chris and Lance slowly fell in love not only with each other, but with the idea of a future of infinite possibilities.

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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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Realistic look at relationships

Served Hot (Portland Heat, #1)Served Hot by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this. It has to be one of the most realistic relationship stories I’ve read, the doubts, the fear, the elation, the decision when to take the next step.

Yes a lot happened off page but as it was more the backgroundy things like David meeting Robby’s parents who were generally supportive of his sexuality, it didn’t bother me as much as it might have done.

There were some truly beautiful moments as well, especially when Robby is describing hope and how you can recognise it. Would have been nice to get an epilogue of sorts but I think enough was done to indicate this was going to be a HEA.

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