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Baked Fresh by Annabeth Albert
Series: Portland Heat #2
Published: April 14, 2015 by Lyrical Press
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Vic Degrassi is a baker on the rise, and it’s all thanks to his rare ability to make—and keep—his New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing weight, giving up smoking, or graduating from culinary school, Vic goes after what he wants—and gets it. This year? He wants Robin Dawson, the sweet-hearted hottie who volunteers with him at the local homeless shelter.
When he learns that Robin is suddenly single after being unceremoniously dumped, Vic is more than happy to offer a shoulder to cry on—or at least a fresh-baked pastry to bite into. But it’s been a long time since Vic’s gone on a date, and he’s nervous about risking his friendship with Robin. So when their flirtation turns into a steamy night together, Vic and Robin have to figure out if they’re friends with benefits or lovers in the making, and if Robin is ready for something more than just a rebound. There’s only one way to find out: turn up the heat.
Vic has gone through lap band surgery to lose weight and he’s a bit self-conscience about his body. He’s a large man to begin with and though he works out now, he does have some extra skin and he has to be very careful about what he eats. I liked having a character who was working to better himself and still learning to accept the new person he was. Robin used to be an addict before the shelter helped him and because of his lifestyle as a teenager he has trouble with intimacy. He was always high when he had sex in the past and now he finds it hard to have sex sober and this is the cause of his recent breakup. Vic was such a great guy about all of this; he just wanted Robin to be happy and was willing to go as slow as Robin needed to make sure it was great for him.
This one was a bit heavier towards the second half because of the problems at the shelter. But it was still a great read and it was wonderful to watch Vic support Robin through everything and get Robin to realize it’s ok to lean on someone else. I would have loved to have dual POVs as I feel this often makes a book stronger. We still understand Robin really well but I love being in the head of both main characters because you really come to understand and love them. Robin’s reluctance to trust Vic to help when Robin’s at his lowest was a little frustrating but not over the top.
**Reader Safety: Hero with past addictions; Secondary character who overdoses
5 stars – loved it!
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