Friday, September 27, 2019

Review Tour: Hot Potato by Allison Temple #Review #Giveaway

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link - Exclusive to Amazon and Available to Borrow With Kindle Unlimited

Length: 80,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood Designs

Seacroft Series

Book #1 - Top Shelf - Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Book #2 - Cold Pressed - Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link


As Seacroft’s resident weirdo, Avery proudly flies a lot of freak flags. It’s a constant battle to be taken seriously when everything, from his red hair to his sexuality, makes him stand out in this small town.

Small towns are also a terrible place to keep secrets, and Lincoln has a bunch of them. But his demons aren’t going to hold him back from his dream job at the Seacroft Fire Department. His life is finally coming together, until the red-haired twink with the big smile and fast mouth calls in an emergency.

Pining for the hot firefighter is Avery’s newest flag, even if he agrees to be “just friends.” For Linc, every minute with Avery is a temptation. He needs to let go of his fear and admit the truth. Linc doesn’t want to be Avery’s friend; he wants to be his everything. But just as Linc is ready to risk it all, Avery gets an unexpected offer to spread his colorful wings and fly away.

Hot Potato is an 80k slow burn friends-to-lovers contemporary MM romance. It features a fast-talking accountant who’s cooler than he thinks, the closeted firefighter who loves him more than he should, and a great big happy-sigh HEA.


New to me Author?  Check.

Cute story with just enough drama to keep the story flowing, but not so much as to be overpowering?  Check.

Characters that you wish you knew in real life?  Check.

Character growth that doesn’t force the MC’s to be anyone other than who they are?  Check.

This book is funny without trying to be.  Not in a “laugh-out-loud, slap-your-knee” kind of way, but more lie a cute puppy with paws that are so big that he stumbles over them as he walks.  And a lot of that has to do with the character of Avery.  He’s kind of a lovable, bumbling…well…dork.  He’s accident prone.  His mouth works faster than his brain.  He lived with his aunt and uncle after being booted from his overly-religious parents’ home when he came out, and yeah, that kind of still affects him now, but he tries to not let it become overwhelming.  And he works for his uncle’s business, which is on the cusp of going under.

Linc has been running from his past and his sisters for years after a horrible incident involving his now-incarcerated father.  Landing a job with Seacroft’s fire department puts him right on the path to Avery when the latter burns a sweet potato (of all things.)

I’m just going to say this as plainly as I can:  I really and truly enjoyed this book.  Yes, there’s a tiny bit of angst.  Yes, the characters get themselves into kind of dumb situations of their own making, and yes there’s the obligatory “black moment” (no thanks to Avery’s bumbling).  But it’s Avery and Linc themselves that make this such an awesome read

Allison Temple has been a writer since the second grade, when she wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. Her grandmother typed it out for her and said she’s never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. Allison took that as a challenge and has gone on to try to break her previous record in all her subsequent works.

Allison lives in Toronto with her very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. She splits her free time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean her house.

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