Monday, April 13, 2015

Pre-Release Review ~ Baked Fresh (Portland Heat #2) by Annabeth Albert with Guest Post & Giveaway


We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Annabeth Albert to Sinfully… She has popped in to chat… all things sexy, about Vic Degrassi, the hero from her upcoming novella Baked Fresh, the second book in the Portland Series. You can also check out our Lisa’s review and don’t forget to enter the giveaway as Annabeth is gifting one lucky reader an eBook from her back catalogue.

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Top ten sexiest things about the hero from BAKED FRESH, Vic Degrassi.

Thank you so much to Sinfully for hosting me. Since this blog loves the sexy as much I do, I thought I’d do a top ten list of the ten sexiest things about the hero from BAKED FRESH, Vic Degrassi

  1. Muscles. Vic recently lost 100 pounds, and he’s put in a lot of hours at the gym, building up some serious bulk that his friend Robin is starting to really appreciate it.
  2. Tats. Who doesn’t love tattoos on a hero? Vic’s got some nice ones, and Robin’s about to get an up close and personal look…
  3. Bald by choice. The Rock. Bruce Willis. Vin Diesel. A tough man with a shaved head can be VERY hot.
  4. He can cook. Vic’s a baker by trade, but he’s been to culinary school, and he loves whipping up meals for people he loves.
  5. Cupcakes. When Vic wants to woo Robin, he brings him a gorgeous cupcake with some of his custom sugar art decorating it.
  6. Family. There’s few things as attractive as a man who loves his parents and treats them with respect. Vic’s part of a huge family, and he’s always the one bringing cake to the family events.
  7. Pampering. Vic loves taking care of Robin, whether it’s running him a bath when he’s stressed out or making him soup or helping him get rid of a rude ex-boyfriend.
  8. His tongue. Let’s just say you’ll find out in Baked Fresh why….
  9. His heart. Vic truly cares about his friends and coworkers and his community. He loves volunteering at the homeless shelter and feels strongly about doing nice things for others .
  10. His loyalty. Vic’s been a good friend to Robin for years, and now that he’s ready to jump from friends to something more, Robin’s about to learn just how loyal Vic really is.

What do you find sexiest in a man?


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Baked Fresh (Portland Heat #2) by Annabeth Albert


Publisher ~ Lyrical Press

Published ~ 14th April 2015

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance



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From its famous coffee to the mouthwatering fare at its caf├ęs, restaurants, and bakeries, Portland, Oregon, has a lot to whet the appetite, including the hard-working men who serve it all up—hot, fresh, and ready to go—with no reservations…
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…


Lisa’s Review

4 “Rebound Guy” Stars!

“I was the rebound guy, not the forever one.”

Baked Fresh

Baked Fresh is the second book in Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series. I am fast becoming a huge fan of this author with her fun and heart-warming books that leave you clenching your heart and happily sighing. This book was no exception. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the beefy baker and the sexy homeless shelter volunteer with a heart of gold.

Thirty-three year old Vic Degrassi made some radical changes in his life after his cousin and best friend passes away after a heart attack. After watching not only his cousin die from heart disease but also his father and uncle, Vic does not want to be the next statistic. He knows how to stand by his New Year’s resolutions and see them come to fruition. After all, he’s given up smoking, completed culinary school and has lost over one hundred pounds and each one of those goals started off as a resolution. This year Vic wants to start dating and maybe take things further with someone than a random hook up. He’s never had a boyfriend and finally wants to be in a loving relationship. When Vic discovers that Robin, a sweet friend who volunteers with him at the homeless shelter, has been unceremoniously dumped, he can’t help but step up and offer that shoulder to cry on and possibly a bit more.

Vic has had a crush on Robin Dawson for a couple of years with their relationship never moving past the confines of a casual friendship. Vic has never had the courage to approach Robin and let him know that he is attracted to him. Even though he has lost the excess weight that he was carrying, Vic still sees the heavy man he has always been when he looks in the mirror. In his mind there is no way the much younger and very gorgeous Robin would give him the time of day. Now that Robin is single he is not looking for another boyfriend; however, that does not stop things from getting a little hot and heavy between the pair one steamy night. So ensues a slow and sensual dance where Vic begins to prove to Robin just how special he truly is and how good they would be together. There are some bumps along the way as they both figure out what it means to overcome your past and the preconceptions you have about yourself.

This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two men go from a flirty fling and a friends-with-benefits type of situation to something more. I loved how patient Vic was when it came to waiting for Robin to be ready to take things to the next level between them. He never pushed too hard knowing if he did Robin would likely run in the other direction. Vic saw something special in Robin and he was willing to take it as slow and steady as was necessary and when Robin goes through a rough time due to a tragedy at the shelter Vic is there to support him and catch him when he falls.

All in all, Baked Fresh was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real the characters this author creates seem to be. Vic and Robin were no exception. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. This is definitely a series to check out for lovers of the M/M genre.


Purchase Links


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Series Reading Order

Portland Heat

Book #1
Served Hot
Currently only 99c/99p

Book #2
Baked Fresh

Book #3
Delivered Fast
Release Date: 26th May
Pre-Order Available

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Meet Annabeth Albert

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.

Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency



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Annabeth is gifting to one lucky reader an eBook copy from her back-list, (excluding Baked Fresh) For your chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter below.

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  1. Great review, Lisa! Sounds like a really sweet story.

  2. i love it when a man has glasses :)

  3. I think it's his smile!


  4. Thanks for the chance to start this series (it was already on my TBR list...)

    I do love men's hands ;-)

  5. Great review - I've been wanting to read this series! I love the eyes!!

  6. Loyalty, intelligence, and humor (though broad shoulders don't hurt)!


  7. A sense of humor does it for me.

  8. Big hands and a deep voice.

  9. Body shape. I like him to have broad shoulders and narrow hips.

  10. Great review Lisa! Smell does it for me!

  11. Yes, a new series and author to read and follow!

  12. The brain is number one and humor is number 2. Someone who knows who he is and what he wants in life

  13. I'm a sucker for their eyes. It does not matter the color, it could be an emotion or expression conveyed in the eyes that capture me. After the eyes, it's the smile: bashful or wicked, there's no format here either. It just has to grab my attention. :)

  14. Eyes are the first thing that pop out at me. Second would be the smile. Have to say a great personalty next. Not all of it is physical, but it does help. ;)

  15. i really enjoy annabeth's books

  16. A good sense of humor, facial hair.

  17. Physically, it's definitely the eyes first, the smile second. :-)

  18. A great sense of humor is turn on. So are tattoos.

  19. Intelligence!! Thoroughly enjoyed Served Hot and looking forward to Baked Fresh! Thanks for the chance!

  20. sense of humour, sexy body, tattoos, brains, smile, the V

  21. Sounds like a great read. I love a great sense of humor, compassion, confidence and open mindedness.

  22. Sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it!

  23. Nice review. I find confidence to be the sexiest thing in a man!

  24. Eyes, trite, I know, but true. Loved Served Hot, looking forward to this.

  25. Personality and moral compass ..... thank you for the giveaway