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Served Hot

(Portland Heat #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,994 ratings  ·  360 reviews
In Portland, Oregon, the only thing hotter than the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are the hard-working men who serve it up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…

Robby is a self-employed barista with a busy coffee cart, a warm smile, and a major crush on one of his customers. David is a handsome finance director who works nearby, eats lunch by himself,
ebook, 112 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Kensington
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
3.5 stars

Coffee porn, y'all.

This is a gentle, cozy story about two 20-something-year-old guys meeting, becoming friends, and falling in love.

Robby is a barista with hipster glasses who runs his own coffee cart business, while David is a financial manager for a nonprofit. David comes by for a coffee at 11:50 a.m. every day, and he always orders the same thing: a vanilla latte.

Told in Robby's first-person POV, the story spans the course of a year as shy, awkward Robby finally gets the guts to pu
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.75 Stars!

That was...

I just wanted to hug both Robby and David.

Robby owns a coffee cart in Portland, David is one of his customers.


Robby is attracted to suit wearing David but he isn't sure if he's gay or not. Robby's a bit on the insecure side and isn't good at flirting but he tries with David.

David doesn't give any of his feelings away, which confuses Robby even more.

But Robby is persistent and starts to break down David's walls.

I wasn't a fan of the two "off-page" time jumps.
Sophie's Reading Corner
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 sweet stars

Robby has a small business serving coffee. David is a daily client, but he can't tell if the guy is interested and he doesn't want to get involved with another closeted guy again. Things start to drift one day that David forgets his wallet in the store, a pride weekend and two guys hot for each other , while haunting pasts surround them..

"You don't make me sad.
You make me whole."

I really enjoyed served hot! ! It was a really nice and sweet MM story with realistic fe
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I think I enjoyed this one more than most people. The combination of a quiet guy who is just coming into his "out" status and a slow burn romance just hits my sweet spot! Patience is required to enjoy this little gem from Annabeth Albert.

I started off thinking that this book was just going to be another cute, fluffy story. However, as the book progressed, I found out that it was SO much more than that.

David is a shy, preppy, earnest character that might not strike the right cord with some reader
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle-archive, mm
I received this as an ARC though Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a nice romance story. I liked that both Robby, and David have their own issues and insecurities. Neither man is fixing the other, and they both have to learn how to be in an adult relationship. There are misunderstandings, but no silly big misunderstanding. I liked that, while Robby can be jealous, and insecure, he takes ownership of his feelings. He understands how many of his problems with David are really Ro
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

My oh my, was that an angsty little number! I guess I was expecting some light, sweet fluff but instead got some painful, but still sweet, longing and insecurity.

Take this as a torturous slow burn as Robby longs to move his burgeoning relationship with David to full steam ahead, while trying not to push. Poor David tries to navigate the new waters he finds himself in and can't quite reconcile his past with his potential future with Robby.

Albert still delivers on the feels and smex. Agai
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

4 Stars!

I thought that this story was wonderful. I found it to be just the right combination of sweet and sexy to keep me completely invested in the story. It is a short piece that can easily be read in a single sitting but it packs quite a story into those few pages. I love it when I feel like a have been told a complete and fulfilling story in just a short time.

This story is about Robby and David. It is told completely from Robby's point of
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This is the story of Robby ans David.

Both guys are a little awkward and shy. Both were in a relationship with closeted guys before. Therefore, both dont have a clue how real realtionships work. Both were missing out a lot in their past relationship and still need to figure a lot of things out.

And thats what this story is about. Getting to know each other. Figuring things out. Dealing with normal problems and fears like every other couple.

It was a short and sweet read.. a little more on the serio
Spoilers below.

Seriously, this review is full of spoilers.


Despite a very strong beginning, this book ended up being only so-so for me. Which is disappointing, because I had high hopes for 'Served Hot'.

My main issue with the book was that the couple, Robby and David, are just a couple of years away from 30, yet their actions seemed to be high-school-level juvenile. One early example was Robby's inability to ask David if he was gay, while the two were at a Pride Parade. I can understand introverte
3.5 stars

Just the right kind of story for a cloudy Saturday afternoon (probably with a coffee near you, although since I am not a huge coffee drinker, water was suffice too). I enjoyed the progress of friendship to lovers. The 'courting' moments were pretty cute.

I loved Robby (and he is an Asian, yes!), all of him, including his slight insecurity to talk about what he wants from David. He had this humorous voice as well. I loved how he was tolerant with David's tentative approach into their rela
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

This book was all kinds of adorable! Robby and David gave me so many butterflies with their cuteness!

Robby is a shy barista who's been burned in the past by a closeted ex-boyfriend. David is a newly out accountant who two years ago lost his very closeted lover.

Slowly, the two men begin treading lightly into a relationship. Robby doesn't want to push David too hard and fast for fear that he'll run, while David isn't sure how to be openly out in a relationship. Can the men find a ba
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A very enjoyable story about two men, both having been hurt by previous relationships with closeted men, coming together and attempting to finally have something they've always wanted, but weren't sure they ever would or could have. From awkward attempts at flirtation to awkward attempts at real communication, I liked both Robby and David, especially watching David experience so many firsts with the out and proud Robby. There were a couple of times in the story that I wanted to see what
First off, I have a love for contemporary romances in or around coffee shops. I don’t know why, but it just fills me with warm fuzzies.


So reading this curled up on the couch on a Sunday in January was pretty perfect.
The book was low angst, low drama, and a nice friends to lovers story.

I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

~Mindy Lynn~
I was on my Libraries online eLibrary roaming the pages hoping something would jump out and catch my attention. And this one did just that. I have seen this one pop-up a lot on my GR feed so I knew a lot of people had read it. So I thought, why not? Plus it fit for what I wanted at the moment which was something short and easy.

Robby and David were a slow build. They were both just so awkward, neither of them really knowing how to move forward with their relationship.

Robby was unbalanced in the
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Totally on the fence with this one. I dunno. I needed more meat, ha!
Lukewarm. Repetitive. Miscommunication galore.

And sure. Go ahead and make a villain out of the dead ex-boyfriend. Blame him for your relationship problems. That's mature.
Cristina T.
After reading the blurb and so many positive reviews, I was pretty sure that I would enjoy Served Hot. After all, I love coffee, coffee shops and baristas. I love coming out stories, I like men who wear preppy outfits, I like shy guys and guys who wear glasses. I adore friends-to-lovers stories. In spite of all that, this book did not work for me. It might be a case of 'it's not you, it's me'.

My main problem was that I didn't connect with either one of the MCs, which meant I couldn't sympathize

This was just my cup of coffee!!


"Hope looks like ivory sheets and stacks of paint cans and two pair of shoes next to the bed. It sounds like rustling bedcovers and murmured endearments. Hope tastes like skin and soap and victory and coffee.
And I can say now with absolute cetaintly that hope does come in a paper cup and smells an awful lot like a vanilla latte to go."

The non-communicating and the insecurities drove me somewhat crazy, but overall a sweet, short read.

It was a shame it
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, contemporary

I enjoyed this one. Sweet, slow burn kind of read with touch of angst. I really liked the author's writing style and I'll be checking out the others in the series.
Jenni Lea
Apr 30, 2015 marked it as no-trey-no-way  ·  review of another edition

My brothers are named Robby and David so, sorry but I'm gonna have to take a pass on this one.
BWT (Belen)
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, mm-fiction
A gentle love story with a side of angst.

The non-communication issues drove me a bit batty, but on the whole, it was pretty good.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 lattes

Sweet, very little drama. Overall, an enjoyable little story.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it

As I said before, this story was short, sweet, and satisfying.

Robbie and David's relationship moved kind of slowly because of David's reluctance at starting a new relationship. It was very understandable especially when David explained everything. Of course at first, I was really annoyed at how David acted but I knew that David would caught up sooner rather than later.

I didn't know how I felt about Craig at first because David was reluctant to explain everything. And when he did, I piti
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

So I didn't hate this but I also really didn't love it. I think it was just a bit too cheesy for me.

Also, as bad as I felt for David, he also behaved like a bit of a douche.

This just wasn't my cup of coffee. Too much lattes and mochas and frappe things for my liking. I'm more of a very strong black coffee type of girl. It really is my own fault, I'd kind of guessed that it would be too sweet for me. Portland sure sounds nice though.
4.25 stars! What a sneak attack! This was my first experience of Ms. Albert's writing, and it was amazing. I literally FELL into this story and felt everything Robby felt. Kudos to this author for that accomplishment. This was so sweet and well-written. I will definitely be seeking more from this author.
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
It was lovely don't get me wrong, but... why shy characters have to be so plain and boring.
If it wasn't for Robby , I wouldn't have enjoyed this story as much.
Richard Derus
Aug 12, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Leta Blake
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had other things I'd planned to do today, but at around the 25% mark this novella sucked me in and I knew the rest of my plans were just going to have to wait. I loved the realistic insecurities and discomforts the characters faced in this story. At first, I thought it was going to be a sweet little book and I was fine with that, but around 50% there came a twist that I wasn't expecting and which kept me reading to the end. If I had any small criticisms it would be only that I could have used ...more
Keira Andrews
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, sweet
Such a sweet contemporary romance. (But the sex is hot, so I don't mean sweet in that sense!) Loved the Portland setting, which was a refreshing change of pace. Robby and David were very relatable, and I would have loved a full-length novel about them. I look forward to reading the next book in this series!
John The Cosmic Wanderer
Started good but it kinda felt flat for me halfway through. Just couldn't feel the chemistry between the MCs and the ending was so rushed. The writing is good though and will probably buy the next book in this series because of this.

Thanks Netgalley for the arc
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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.

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