Published By: Kensington Books - Lyrical Press
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
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 can’t remember the last time he went out and had fun. But he’s not lonely, he’s driven. And the hot bakery delivery boy is not his problem, no matter how sweet his buns.
Chris is old enough to know Lance Degrassi’s sculpted good looks and clever double entendres spell nothing but trouble. Lance is still in college—he should be hitting the clubs and the books, chasing guys his own age, not pursuing some gruff motorcycle-riding workaholic. Especially when he’ll be leaving for grad school in a few months. But Lance keeps hanging around, lending a hand, charming Chris to distraction. Maybe some steaming hot no-strings indulgence won’t hurt.
Then again, maybe it will…
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 found that not only was the city well represented in all of its glory but that I enjoyed the book. I was hooked from the opening page and found it to be a sweet story with really likeable characters.
I liked both Chris and Lance, I really did. But in this case I was totally on Team Lance throughout the entire story and wanted to Gibbs smack Chris quite a few times. It came as a total surprise to me, but facts are facts. Chris believes that he is older than he really is, I thought he was much older than his actual age by the way he talked about himself, and has made an art of convincing himself that he is a loner and doesn’t need anyone and that he is quite content living the life that he but that is mostly because he has a set schedule that doesn’t ever change. He hasn’t closed himself off entirely from the world outside of The People’s Cup, his restaurant, but he doesn’t do much to expand his horizons. Then there is Lance. Lance is THAT guy. He’s that person that you notice in a crowded room, not because he may be the hottest person (though in this case he is a hottie), or wearing something crazy and acting like a fool, but because he’s that person who you can tell is comfortable in his own skin and so approachable to you can’t help but be drawn to him. And though age wise he is young, he has something of an old soul and is much more observant that one would think.
As far as Chris and Lance’s relationship is concerned, I really enjoyed how it evolved. It does start off as instant attraction and Chris’s reaction to seeing Lance for the first time had me chuckling, but it turns into more and I felt it was done right. It isn’t “insta love” we get to see them hanging out and learning about each other and while they do grow, neither does an insta 180 degree change at who they are at their core. There are some really sweet moments and I thought the sexy ones, were pretty damn hot! And something that I really appreciate was that there was no over the top angsty-ness thrown in to up the drama. What drama there was in the story made sense, though I really did want to reach into my Kindle and smack Chris every time he brought up the age issue but that’s just me.
Other than Chris and Lance’s HEA, I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the description of the Portland scene and it’s very “green” state of mind was spot on and I found myself chuckling at the various stereotypes of the city that were sprinkled throughout the book. And though I didn’t read the first two books in the series I didn’t feel lost at all when the couples from the previous books were mentioned, though I’m very interested in getting my hands on Vic’s book.
Overall: Delivered Fast was a quick, fun and sexy read with low angst, realistic drama and interesting characters.
~ I received an ARC from Kensington Books Lyrical Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.