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Delivered Fast

(Portland Heat #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,192 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Portland, Oregon, aka Hotlandia, where the coffee shops, restaurants, and bakeries are ready to serve everything piping hot, fresh, and ready to go—like the hard-working, hard-bodied men behind the counters—with no reservations…

Sure, Chris O’Neal has problems. His restaurant is still co-owned by his ex. His flannel-and-tattoos style is making him accidentally trendy. He ca
ebook, 128 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Kensington
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2 stars. Review posted May 3, 2015. I thought it was the tofu…
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Then came the dog…
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But, wait, we've had an analogy about beans…
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…and last but not least the wash. The real winner.
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Maybe he'd been washed too hot? Poor sod. The program should include a delicate cycle. Er....if one isn't careful, one can hit the wrong program. Baba, what are you talking about? Lance doesn't fit in a washer.

Dear Authors,

I want originality but certainly not that kind of originality.

Thank you.



I don't know why I fi
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I was expecting an easy, sexy read, and I got it. Annabeth Albert's writing is so accessible that before I know it the book was over. I want more!

I've loved this series since book 1, and I think the stories keep getting better.

In Delivered Fast, I also discovered that the stories are somewhat connected: Robby, the sexy, geeky coffee cart guy from Served Hot, used to work for Chris, and Vic, the beefy, bald-by-choice baker from Baked Fresh, is Lance's older cousin.

Chris and Lance have gre
Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

I really wavered on whether to fill 3 or 4 stars with this one. I liked it, but I didn't love it!

For some reason, it seems at least one of the MCs in this series has self-esteem issues!

In this book they came from Chris, who was 10+ years older than Lance!

I got annoyed with how Chris kept Lance at arm lengths. He was too old for Lance. Lance deserved better than him. Why would Lance want to be with someone like him?

Lance and Chris start out as a one night thing (never works) and the
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4 Stars***

Although I had some issues with Chris, this was another winner and great ending to this series! Annabeth Albert has solidified a fan in me! She does a great job of writing sweet, low angst, hot steam and all heart stories!

Since the blurb does a great job of summarizing the plot, I won't touch on that, but focus on my thoughts.

I absolutely LOVED Lance! He was a lighthearted, insightful, sweet, Katy Perry dancing fool that completely stole the show for me.

I looked at him; really
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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THIS BOOK! While I was reading I just thought-

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What a great May/December romance! Talk about making a familiar story line your own. Even though I'd never read the author before, I knew I wanted to read this once I'd read the blurb. Then when the opportunity to read an ARC came up I was on it like white on rice!

This book was everything I love:
*Low angst
*Feel good
*Great characters
*Character growth
*A book that totally had me grinning while reading
*It made me tear up
*Very smooth story flow

Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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4 Stars!

I have to say that this novella is my favorite in the series so far. I just loved Chris and Lances story. I am amazed by just how much story Annabeth Albert is able to pack into these short novellas. It is just so nice to be able to sit down and read such a fulfilling story in such a short amount of time.

This is the third story in the Portland Heat series but there is very little crossover and each story can be read as a stand alone. T
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.5 stars*

Woah, I SERIOUSLY adored this one! Low drama, lots of emotion, hot sex... what's there not to love?? Very nicely done, Annabeth Albert!

I think books with an age gap between characters have a special place in my heart because they remind me of my relationship with my husband. We have 9 years between us, and when we started dating I was just a teenager that was a BIG gap. Now that we are older and have kids, it seems like small potatoes, but then... it was like, OMG (x 100!).

When it co
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

*4.5 stars*

Hot ginger tattooed biker

Sweet butt buns


Nuff said
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delivered Fast is the third installment of Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series and my favorite among the three. I loved the couple and somehow, the conflict (despite it being rooted from a cliché theme) just ‘clicked’ with me, I liked the complexity of reasoning behind it. Before we get to that, though, let me just listed out things that made me fussy first...

When the author tweeted that Delivered Fast would feature May/December couple, my excitement increased. I thought this genre didn’t off
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lqbtq
4.25 stars. A lot of feels packed into this novella. Best of the three!
R * A Reader Obsessed *
Apr 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-love, age-gap
3.5 Stars

Take one older, tatted, & cantankerous coffee shop owner who has sworn off relationships (let alone one 13 years his junior) and mix it with a flirty, confident & fun (but grounded) young guy, and you've got quite the nice setup. Chris and Lance take friends with benefits to a whole new level, and they're absolutely ridiculous in thinking any such arrangement will remain casual.

Though totally understandable, Chris's reasons for keeping himself from getting attached drove me a bi
Chris O’Neal runs a trendy coffee shop in Portland, Oregon. He's in his mid-thirties, doesn't have many friends, has to constantly put up with his douchebag ex, and he's just a tad bitter. Lance Degrassi is the hot young delivery guy. He's on his way to a top graduate school, is very popular, and has confidence in spades.

Cranky older guy and a hot young college student? Score! Though I wouldn't call this a May/December romance. There's a thirteen year age gap between Chris and Lance, but I thin
Bitchie Bells Bitchie Bells
This was cute, except for one thing, that drove me crazy. Chris kept calling himself old, and an old hippy.

My mom is an old hippy. She's 60. Chris was 35. I'm 42,and I'm perfectly aware of who Katy Perry is. So yeah, the age thing bugged the shit out of me. Not the 12 year age difference, but the idea that 35 is so old.

But other than that, I really enjoyed this book. I thought Lance was really adorable, and he and Chris went together really well.
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
Review soon.
This the third book in the Portland Heat series which can all be read as stand-alones. This one deals with Chris, the oldest 35 year old in the world! With his ex, Randy, he owns People's Cup, which has two locations and each stays in their corner of Portland. Along comes Lance, the most up-beat, optimistic, perfect whole package. He's the new bakery delivery guy. He's taking over from his cousin Vic from Baked Fresh. He's a full time, perfect-GPA-college student, loving brother, good s
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
4 stars

I have fallen in love with Annabeth Albert's writing. She has the ability to write the most sincerest guys ever. Gah, I love her writing, and her guys. This book was no different. I was expecting an easy breezy love story. I got feelings as usual, I didn't expect Lance to be so smart when it came professing his feelings. I liked Chris, I understood his reservations being in a younger relationship. I liked that he took his time with letting Lance know his feelings. I hated when they broke
The third book in Portland Heat series, Delivered Fast, is probably one of the most vulnerable and genuine love stories I’ve read by Albert so far. The tone is back to lighter, no heavy issues apart from fear of being hurt and fear of hurting the one you love. There’s an age difference (about ten years), which has been becoming my favorite kind of romance lately, and it’s more pronounced than in the previous story (where the age difference was also ten years, but both MC’s were kinda on the same ...more
"People want to believe life is full of second chances. But that's not really the case. Sometimes we only get one shot to get it right."

Can't stop won't stop the binge is real.

"Dude, if I had your ink, I'd be taking a selfie every day just because."
"Dude, if I were still nineteen, I'd find a better use for my phone than putting pictures of myself all over the Internet."
"Twenty-two. I'm twenty-two." [..] From the cute blush on his cheeks, I figured the good people of Instagram and whatnot had bee
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

Well that was a really good one.

This third book from Portland Heat series was my favourite (so far. Which means I'm hoping there's more to come?) I really loved the story and how it flowed. I also loved that it was still connected to the other two (more of the second book and less of the first one). It was very interesting and the characters were really good.

Okay first of all, redhead. I mean UNF. Then tattoos. UNF. Especially tattoo sleeves. UNF UNF UNF.

( I know he has more tattoos bu
*** 4 stars ! ***

This is definitely my favorite of the series. And I adored Lance so much! He's perfect for that grumpy old Chris.
Young, vibrant, cheerful and always happy Lance and a gloomy grumpy but hot biker Chris.

They're a perfect couple, and I know Lance can make Chris happy forever. That's why what Chris gave up in his life for him, worth it.
Lance and Chris are sexy together, I couldn't ask for more perfect couple in this series. Lance and Chris are the best!

I'm not a fan of Vic and Robin
The banter, the sexy times, the beautiful boys and the feels made this story such a win for me. I will auto buy and devour any words that Annabeth Albert writes. I think this story was my favorite in the series. I loved the chemistry between Chris and Lance SO much. The angst wasn't manufactured but instead any drama was just a natural part of the progression in their relationship and Chris' old demons working their way out of his system. Lance understood Chris and Chris really didn't know what ...more
BWT (Belen)
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-fiction, 2015
A one night stand that turns into friends with benefits that turns into love.

It's a little on the lighter side of sexy, and I had one big problem with it...(view spoiler) But, other than that it's a sweet, quick read.

Every story so far can be read as a standal
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favourite type of romance right here. No subplots, no whodunnits, no backstory drama, nada, nyet, nothing. Just two guys falling in love and making a relationship happen. I could read a story like this over and over and over without EVER being bored. Especially when the writing is excellent, the characters are actually well developed, the sex is hot, and the plot is nicely cruising along. I would have really enjoyed a little more info about the lovely HEA the boys got but I'm ...more

Enjoyed this one, and am enjoying the series too. I especially liked Lance, he was a real cutie!! Low on angst, high on feel good factor and sexy times. 4 stars from me.
Apr 23, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: scribd
Dnf (sample). Between Ducatis, hot fudge, and "my favorite coconut ice cream", I was constantly being pulled out of this story. Not for me.
The blurb hinted age gap in this book, and it was actually more than what's between the characters of Baked Fresh. However, I don't consider this a May/December love story. Yes, there's 13 year difference; but it's about a couple of guys in their 20s and 30s. Which was not uncommon, I'm sure (May/December to me was more like 40/50-ish silver fox with a tween or more than 20 year age gap, but... never mind).

For all the MC's sighing, thinking and worrying about AGE gap though, I think - in a nutsh
Veronica of V's Reads
This is the third book in the Portland Heat series, and can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Chris O'Neal is part owner of an independent coffee shop in Portland. His new bakery delivery man is a beautiful, young, virile man named Lance. And Lance is really into Chris, despite his beard, flannel and the ~15 year age gap. Chris really can't fathom the attraction, plus, he's not up for being hurt again. His previous boyfriend still owns part of his coffee shop, and Chris rather resents it. Also, Lance i
Jessica Alcazar
Another Portland Heat hit!!!

Meet Chris O’Neal , owner of The People’s Cup. He's mature and solid with a good business reputation.
Meet Lance DeGrassi , full time student and delivery boy. He's also mature and solid, but not in age. His life is full of responsibilities and he takes them all very seriously....from his friends to his family, his education and his job.

It would seem like these two would be an unlikely pair, but from the moment they met, there was a thing. There was definite chemis
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie

*copy provided by author/publisher via NetGallery in exchange for an honest review*

I liked this book, but not as much as I loved the other two in the series. This was definitely my least favorite. The story was written well and the characters were both likable, but I found Chris' constant harping on their age difference to be annoying. I hate huge age differences in couples in books, but if it isn't harped on I can put it out of my mind and it doesn't bother me all that much, but when it is thro
Cristina T.
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

Well, well, well... Let's see what we have here.

We have Chris, a bearded tattooed biker who wears plaid and is therefore hip without even trying. He owns a vegan coffee shop in Portland.

Then we have Lance, who wants to be a physical therapist, delivers baked goods to Chris, loves Katy Perry, and is a little beam of sunshine.

There is an age gap of 13 years between them, so Chris thinks he's too old for Lance. But of course Chris can't resist Lance's bubble butt and killer smile.

They agree to be f
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

This was a very sweet and easy read, which was low on angst and high on romance and steam.

Although Chris got on my nerves a little, Lance was an absolute sweetheart of a character and I couldn't help but root for his happy ending with great gusto.

As always, I really enjoyed Albert's smooth, effortless writing style. This story has easily become my personal favourite addition to the series, so far.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! Chris and his 'just friends' bullshit really started to grate on me BUT in my head he looked like this:

And Lance looked like this:

So reading it really wasn't that much of a hardship. Plus and also Chris did good dirty talk. Lance totally stole the show here though and Chris stole all the motorcycle metaphors in all the world!!!


Still cheesy, still smexy, still really like this series.
Ruthie Taylor
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

I have read all the stories in the series, and this is definitely in contention for being my favourite. The writing flows so easily, making the characters come to life on the page. We have met some of the cast before, but the story concentrates on Chris and Lance, Vic's new delivery guy and student cousin. I would love to know what Chris really looks like, as he paints himself as such a grumpy old man - funny! Values, expecta
Rebecca Wheeler
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awww, I love these books!!

This took a departure from the previous two in the series, that were good slow burn romances. This book started the hook ups early, however the sex carried the story forward, as these two guys got to know each other and fell in love. Or tried not to fall in love, plans. I loved the growing connection, the sensuality, the friendship, despite determination on Chris's part to only stay friends, for self preservation.

This was lovely, completely charming, sex
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Aaaaaah, hello happy place...

What I wanted was happy, light and sexy. And that's exactly what I got. Annabeth Albert creates happpy places for me left and right. And while I enjoyed the first two installments in the series, this one nailed it for me.

Chris O'Neal was... smack-you-upside-the-head wonderful. He's not perfect, far from it, but I kinda loved him anyway. His coffee shop still ties him to his ex, which is not good. His indifference to fashionable clothing and appearances makes him so t
What a lovely, touching story. And so well written. This writer has now become one of my favourite writers. I already loved Baked Fresh. This was just as lovely. Chris has had his disappointments in life, falls in love with a young man, Lance, who he thinks should have his future elsewhere with somebody else, in a sunnier place with somebody better, or maybe Chris is just afraid of breaking his heart again.

I totally recommend this story. I had a break in my reading in the beginning, because the
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 em
May 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The Players: Chris O'Neal and Lance Degrassi

The Story: Chris O'Neal is a mid-thirties coffee shop owner and introvert. His split from his last partner was more than two years ago and he still hasn't emotionally recovered from the hurt and betrayal he felt at the time. He's put all his time into making his shop work and doesn't feel the need to get back into the dating world. Until his new bakery delivery driver walks into hi
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews

4 Slice of Sweet

Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Kensington Via NetGalley

Finally Chris's story.  Chris is cranky.  He's cranky for where he's at in his life.  At one time he had tons of dreams and then he hooked his star on someone else's dreams.  And those dreams eventually changed.  Now he co-owns a coffee/vegan restaurant in Portland with his ex.  He likes his life for the most part but he's stuck.

Then he meets Lance.  Who is young, bratty and the last thing he wants but might b
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Having never read anything by the author, which in turn means I broke my own rule about picking up books mid series, my interest was peaked not only by the tone of the blurb, which made me feel as if I was hanging out with a good friend and they were telling what was going on in their lives, but by the fact that the series takes place in Portland. While I do not live in Portland I do live in the PNW and have a more than a passing knowledge of the city and the stereotypes associated with and foun ...more
S.M. Harshell
**I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.**

Delivered Fast was a quick sexy little read. Ms. Albert has a way about her writing that I always sympathized with the characters. Chris is thirty five, owns his own coffee house. It wasn't ever his dream to open the coffee house it was Randy's, Chris's boyfriend at the time. So Chris set aside his dreams to follow Randy. Now they are no longer together but Chris makes the best of it.

Lance is in his early twenties and g
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Chris is more than 10 years older than Lance, who is a college student still living at home. Chris struggles to accept their age gap which is a non issue for Lance. He also he carries a lot of baggage from his past relationship and it holds him back from getting what he really wants. Lance is young, determined, hard working and great fun. He is perfect for Chris, helping him to enjoy life and the world again.

Told from Chris'
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am just loving this series, it just gets better and better.

Chris thinks he's old and jaded at 35, he's running a business and dealing with a smarmy ex.
Lance is 22, he's sweetness and lights up any room he enters. He's a real cheeky chappie and I absolutely adored him in all his vibrant, banter filled glory. He's like an excitable puppy.

Lance decided Chris was the man for him and refused to let anything get in his way.
They certainly aren't perfect, and I adore this about Annabeth's characte
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5stars! This was my favourite of the Portland Heat series. I just love Chris and Lance as a couple! The grumpy guy and the brat! Annabeth Albert is an auto buy for me, I love how she writes!
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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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