I’m so happy to be apart of this tour! This one is a two-fer, including Intoxicating by Heather Heyford and Danced Closed by Annabeth Albert. My main focus is going to be Danced Closed, with an excerpt and review.
First up though is the spotlight on Intoxicating.…
Intoxicating: An Oregon Wine Country Romance #2
In the second book of Heather Heyford’s series, set in Oregon’s wine country, having a crush takes on a whole new meaning when a lady sommelier teams up with the hottie from her high school days . . .
The Girl Most Likely
. . . to be a waitress at her hometown café. That’s what Clarkston’s high school yearbook said about Poppy Springer ten years ago and that’s where the beauty queen is today. But that’s about to change now that Poppy has been offered a position as a lady sommelier at a cutting-edge new restaurant. Only Poppy has an embarrassing secret that could keep her from landing her dream job. A secret her high school crush seems determined to help her with . . .
The Man Most Wanted
In high school, Heath Sinclair may have been voted most likely to blow something up, but these days the sexy science prodigy is a self-made success story with his popular microbrewery and chiseled good looks. So why is Clarkston’s most-eligible man so hell-bent on helping Poppy prove that she is more than her reputation? Could it be the enigmatic bachelor has a hankering for the girl who got away?
About the Author:
Heather Heyford is the author of contemporary romances set in the wine country. See what inspires her writing on her many Pinterest boards, read more about her on HeatherHeyford.com, and connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.
Danced Close: Portland Heart #6
Portland, Oregon, is one of the hottest cities in America. Just ask all the hard-working men sweating it up behind the counters of the restaurants, boutiques, and cafés all over town . . .
Newly clean and sober, Todd’s taken a shine to his job at Portland’s most talked about bakery. It’s not just the delicious desserts they sell, but the tasty treats who keep walking through the door. That certainly includes Kendall Rose, a wedding planner with eyes the color of brown sugar and skin to match. Todd doesn’t try to hide his attraction to Kendall’s elegant confidence and unique style, even as he worries about exposing the secrets of his past.
For Kendall, the attention is just part of the anything-goes Portland he’s grown to love. But he’s still looking for that special someone who will embrace all of him—including his gender fluidity. So he takes a chance and asks Todd to be his partner in a dance class leading to a fundraiser. When the music starts and he takes Todd in his arms, Kendall is shocked at how good it feels. Turns out taking the lead for once isn’t a mistake. In fact, it might be time to take the next step and follow his heart . .
About the Author:
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.
This is my first Portland Heat book and I’m sold! This is another series that follows individual couples, and each reads as a standalone.
- I quickly fell in love with Kendall and Todd, together and apart.
- Love switching perspectives between them.
- The dealing with addiction and meetings rings true as someone who’s been around recovering addicts.
- Love how it deals with pronouns, gender roles, misogyny, and discrimination within the rainbow community.
- Love how Todd starts catching himself with gendered thinking and speech.
- Love how Kendall has to catch himself about assumptions with food and money.
- There is no dramatic meet-cute for them because they meet through work, which I appreciate as more realistic and endearing.
- They start slowly physically, before ramping up to hot, perfect, explicit sex scenes. Don’t worry, they don’t forget the sweet, the cuddling, and the fun along the way.
- There is the commutative failure to sow drama and discontent between them, so they can come together stronger in the end.
- Things do go predictably, but that’s a feature rather than a bug.
Absolutely perfect for contemporary romance fans looking for m/m couple and progressiveness.