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    loved this sexy m/m treat!

    This sexy contemporary romance, the third in the Portland Heat series, is the story of Chris and Lance. Chris runs a vegan coffee shop, a business he started with his ex that they still co-own though their relationship fizzled out. He's got no time for someone new. But Lance, his young, hot delivery guy has other ideas, tempting him into a friends with benefits kind of arrangement. Lance is younger than Chris, just figuring out where he wants to go to grad school and what his future will hold. When Lance makes it clear to Chris that he wants him in the picture, will Chris be able to get over his hangup about their age difference and accept a new vision for his future, one that includes Lance? I really enjoyed this story! It was a great opposites attract romance, with Chris as the older, grumpy bear type guy and Lance the young, flirty and fun one. Chris has so much responsibility on his plate, running the business and taking care of his employees that letting loose is difficult for him, though Lance makes it clear that he's up for whatever Chris will give him. Lance is very engaging as a sweet, friendly, responsible guy, clearly very mature for his age and knowing exactly what he wants, even if Chris doesn't want to believe it. The attraction between them is undeniable and leads to several hot and steamy love scenes, ones that have an underlying emotion to them that Chris is afraid to look into too deeply. Lance on the other hand is fearless, going for what he wants, and he wants Chris. The development of their romance is sweet and though it takes Chris a while to believe that Lance could really want him, the end result is a satisfying and enjoyable romance. 4.5 stars!
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    Pretty much the perfect romance novel

    When I picked up the first book in this series, I figured I was taking a chance. I don't have a problem with M/M romance, and I've actually read some pretty graphic stuff that was great, but so often what I find in this genre are covers that scream of sex and deliver very little romance. So the Portland Heat series has been an incredible find, and just like the last two books I loved in this series, Delivered Fast serves up realistic characters, genuine emotion, and intense but believable romance. Chris owns a cool coffee shop slash restaurant, and his life tends to revolve around the success of his business. A failed long-term romance has soured him on dating and kept him away from even the most casual of encounters. But a delectable new delivery guy has him taking notice, even if he's not sure about acting on his attraction. The guy's definitely younger than him — probably too young — and even though Chris is pretty sure Lance is flirting with him, he's not sure what to make of it. He can't really hide his attraction, though, and he finds himself agreeing to a casual relationship — no expectations and no strings attached. Lance is not as hesitant to put himself out there, and while he agrees to casual, it soon becomes clear that there's nothing casual about his intentions. Their budding romance is a study in patience, as Lance has to work to get Chris to let down his guard and let his heart show, but Chris doesn't really stand a chance when Lance turns on the charm. Lance was sweet and understanding and patient, and there's just no way Chris couldn't fall for him. Their age difference was just over a decade, something Chris couldn't seem to get past, but what it really came down to was trust. It seemed like he used age as an excuse, a way to protect himself from believing in Lance and then having his heart broken, so that definitely took some time to work through. And who could blame him, really? Anyone that much older than his significant other would be at least subconsciously waiting for the younger, hotter partner to grow bored or disillusioned or simply find someone more his speed. But Lance's gentle determination just made their happily ever after that much sweeter. Like the two in the series that came before it, Delivered Fast is pretty much the perfect romance novel. Characters aren't perfect, but their hearts are big, and it's just impossible not to relate to the insecurities and dreams they have. I know I've said it before, but this is one M/M romance series that every romance junkie should be reading. ***FicCentral received this book from for free in exchange for an honest review.
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    Flowed Smoothly, but Felt Thin. Score: 4.3

    Judging a Book by it's Cover: I'm undecided on the cover. I've liked the torso shots from the previous installments to the series, so this unclothed close-up seems unnecessary to me. The synopsis was, honestly, not important to me, I was looking forward to reading Lance's story. Looking Deeper: First Person POV from Chris's perspective. Chris has been solo and celibate since breaking off a not-great relationship with his ex-, who also unfortunately is half-owner of the coffee shop he runs. Lance is a vibrant and intelligent young man, preparing to start graduate school in the fall after his current semester of college is over. Lance has his eye on Chris and although Chris is mutually attracted, he fights it because of their age difference and how it reminds him of the damaging relationship he had with Randy. In many ways, Lance came off more mature than Chris, maybe because of the support network Lance had and/or the lack of for Chris. Both characters were well-written, but I think I liked Lance's vitality over Chris's curmudgeonly ways. The secondary characters were just enough to add a little fun to the mix. Dialogue was great, the interactions were good. Most felt natural and believable. The plot was good, but it felt a little thin, like something was missing. The previous stories seemed fuller, but always, the flow of writing was smooth as melting butter on a biscuit. The conflict was resolved in a great way, not rushed or belittled. I did predict the outcome, but that did not detract from the story and the conclusion was fantastic. I hope there will be more books in this series. Although this novella can easily stand on it's own, Lance's cousin Vic is mentioned often and plays a few cameos. He's one part of book 2's couple, so I'd recommend starting the series from the beginning, because even Robby (book 1) is given a quick nod in here. ------------------------ Heat Level: 4.25 ------------------------ Score: 4.3 Stars: 4 -----------------------
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