I originally skipped this one because some reviewers didn’t like Evren and it scared me off. I should have not doubted Annabeth Albert because she’s an artist when it comes to romance. This one had a lot of feels and the emotion was written so well. Considering all the heavy topics, Annabeth Albert does any amazing job of keeping the story uplifting.
When Evren finds out Brady is bisexual he’s not interested in a relationship. Evren has been burned twice from bisexual men and now he has some prejudices. But they can’t totally stay away and a friendship is born. However, the chemistry is so strong that they quickly move into flirting and phone shenanigans. Because they are both so busy, much of their romance occurs over the phone but this was done so well and just heightened the tension between them. I loved Brady’s confidence when it came to his dating mojo. He has a lot of stress in his life but he’s not afraid to go after what he wants and to express his needs. The conversations these two have are spicy *fans face*.
Evren has lots of quirks in the bedroom and this might annoy some readers but I wasn’t bothered by it. In fact, I really liked that Evren had certain wants that might not be “mainstream” or “normal”. It was a nice change of pace to have a character that didn’t want certain things that are so common in romance novels. And it also shows that a person’s sex life can come in many forms and people can still be happy if they don’t do everything. Brady respects Evren’s requests and it in fact leads to some very sexy moments.
Content Note: secondary character with cancer
••• Book Details •••
Portland Heat #4 • Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary • Lyrical Shine • April 12, 2016
One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime.