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    Characters was very well developed

    Baked Fresh was definitely out of my comfort zone. It was a M/M Romance, which I have never read; now, now, don’t get me wrong. I absolutely loved this book and will be looking forward to the next one! This book had me wanting to more as I continued reading, there was enough suspense in the story that begged you to wanting more. I don’t think I could have read it faster. The romance was great, it was like a traditional novel but with more raw emotions, if that makes sense. Of course the sex scenes wasn’t of the “normal” but it was still just as hot. All the characters was very well developed, the main ones had issues, but of course they overcame all the bumps in the road. Vic has such a big heart, and wants to help everyone. Vic just doesn’t realized how much he has to let go of until he is able to love again. Robin is looking for rebound, but has a lot of issues that need to be taken care of, he needs patience, guidance, and love. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves romance, and even if you never read a M/M Romance, maybe give this one a shot like I did!
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    sexy and emotional story

    The heat has definitely turned up a notch in this sexy m/m contemporary romance featuring Robin and Vic. Vic is older by a decade or so and has been through several changes in the last few years, most of his own making including losing 100+ pounds and getting into decent shape. He's decided to try dating again and has his sights set on Robin, a few years his junior but someone he's lusted after since meeting and a man who is now free, having been dumped by his last boyfriend. Robin has confidence issues, with the breakup of his relationship and his struggles with addiction, though he's been clean for the last 3 years. Volunteering at a local shelter helps keep him focused and Vic's interest in him is heartening. But can a rebound relationship heal his heart and give them both something to build a future on? I quite enjoyed this story. Both characters were interesting and likeable, each having their own self esteem issues and problems from the past that make them believable and acceptable to finding someone to care about. The sexual relationship between them is easy for both of them to fall into, and has a definite dominant/submissive feel to it as Vic strives to provide for Robin, both in the bedroom and out. The sex scenes are hot and steamy, but they aren't enough to make a relationship work long term and while Vic has put his cards out on the table, it's up to Robin to decide if he's willing to invest in something long-term. I liked the two of them together, their relationship based initially on friendship and moving forward into something more intense. There are some humorous scenes as well as tension filled ones as life ebbs and flows around them. Overall, it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. 4 stars.
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    An incredibly sweet, sexy story

    When his best friend and cousin died of a heart attack far too young, Vic knew it was time to make some changes, the first of which was to lose all the extra weight. But even though he’s a hundred pounds lighter, he’s no poster boy for self-confidence, and getting into the dating scene is harder than he expected. But it’s time for a New Year’s resolution, and when he discover that the friend he’s been crushing on is suddenly single, it seems there’s only one resolution that will do — get a date with Robin. Judging Covers: I am really loving the covers for this series so far! The “labels” for titles are cute as can be, and they're exactly the kind of design that’s floating around in the industry right now. And the photos, while they make it clear that we're in for some hot M/M action, are so much classier and sexier than what I find on most contemporary romance novels — for any gender preference. Whoever’s putting these together is kind of brilliant. The Verdict: It’s impossible not to immediately feel for Vic, a guy who’s never even had a boyfriend due to his weight and self-confidence issues. And while he’s certainly slimmed down, he’s worried about the flab that remains, not to mention the fact that he has no clue how to go about pursuing a relationship. He’s been crushing on his friend Robin, a guy who volunteers at a local homeless shelter, forever. But he’s always thought Robin was out of his league. Of course, now that Robin’s jerk of an ex dumped him, Vic’s finally thinking of taking that leap. Robin’s not without his issues either, some of which explain why he’s so generous with his time spent helping others. He had a rough few years and did some things he’s definitely not proud of, things that mean he doesn't drink anymore and apparently can’t keep his boyfriend happy. Granted, said boyfriend is now an ex, not to mention a grade-A douche, but once the nature of Robin’s issue was made clear, my heart just broke for him. Their coming together is a slow and awkward journey, as neither of them have the confidence in themselves to fully believe in what is happening. Vic is resigned to take what he can get, so to speak, and while he is patient with Robin and certainly wants something long-term, he’s a bit convinced that it won’t last. Robin, on the other hand, simply doesn't believe he can be in a real relationship. It’s not that he doesn't want one, but his problems in the bedroom and the demise of his last attempt at a relationship have really done a number on him. Fortunately, Vic is all-in, and he won’t let Robin give in to his own personal demons. Baked Fresh is an incredibly sweet, sexy story of two men whose damage resides in their minds. They take some flirting, turn it into a fling, and then let their hearts turn it into something so much more. Neither fits the kind of stereotypes you normally find in romance novels, making them seem all the more real, their relationship entirely true. It’s impossible not to feel for both of them and then start mentally cheering when they finally take a chance on each other. If you love the M/M genre or are even considering giving it a shot, this is the series to grab. ***FicCentral received this book from Tasty Book Tours for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    M/M - Hope, Trust and Self-Forgiveness. Score: 4.3

    BAKED FRESH (Portland Heat, # 2) by Annabeth Albert April 14, 2015 Publisher: Lyrical Press 131 pages, approximately Romance: Contemporary, Gay, M/M ** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **  -- MY THOUGHTS -- Judging a Book by it's Cover:  Cover art is visually appealing. I do like the more translucent title banner of SERVED HOT a little better than this one. This one is a bit too opague, obscuring the view and hindering the emotional effect portrayed in the fisting of the clothing. The synopsis is flirty and teasing without giving it all away. It intrigues and pulls you in. The story is much more complex, however.  Looking Deeper:  First-person POV, Vic's perspective. Note: Do not get Robby from book one confused with Robin here. ;)  Vic and Robin both suffer their own demons and insecurities, but a fake relationship and growing attraction bring them together, at least for now. Vic wants to be more than just the rebound guy though, he wants to be Robin's everything. These characters have such heartwarming, endearing characters, even flawed as they are. The secondary characters add depth and provide good support to an already sturdy lead couple. The plot itself was a bit thin, but that's often the case with shorter stories. The overall feel was fairly light even though much of the book revolved around "issues" they each were trying to work through. The conflicts were resolved well and the conclusion was solid, leaving no cliffhangers. This story CAN stand on it's own, there's only the briefest mention/scene from the SERVED HOT couple and can easily be read through without having read the first book.  Another great story from Ms. Albert regarding hope, trust and second chances.   ------------------------ Heat Level: 5 Not suitable for all audiences: graphic M/M sexual content ------------------------ Score: 4.3 Stars: 4 ----------------------- Tina J / Happily Ever Chapter Reviewing for: Tangled Hearts and Boxer Briefs  and  Smut Book Junkie Reviews
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