Title: Baked Fresh
Author: Annabeth Albert
Synopsis: From its famous coffee to the mouthwatering fare at its cafés, 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…
Can't wait to read the next book in the series!
I picked Baked Fresh to read because I was in need of some sweet M/M romance but what I didn't knew was that it was going to make me crave the connection that the main characters have. Usually m/m books more times than other focus on the hot sex, but this one went beyond that. For sure there is amazingly hot scenes but what really made me love this book was the deep feelings that the whole story made me feel.
The characters are so believable and real with their every day struggles and insecurities, which made me really think about the body shaming society we currently live on where showing perfection is a must to be successful. Which is absolutely unfair. I adored Robin and Vic. How they faced their fears and insecurities to become stronger and powerful. I enjoyed all the baking references, it made Vic seems more real and approachable.