Monday, July 15, 2019

Cold Pressed by Allison Temple Blog Tour

No strings attached is all Oliver can offer. He's hiding a broken heart that holds him back from diving into a new relationship, but he'll go on a blind date to make his family happy. Just one date, though; he doesn't have time for love to derail his plans.

Divorced and demoted to the night shift, Nick has his own problems. He's got an ex-wife who needs him and a kid with one foot in juvie. The last thing Nick needs is to butt heads—or other body parts—with a tempting hipster who wears a sad smile on their blind date.

Their chemistry can’t be denied, though, in an argument or in bed. No strings sex is uncomplicated and that's what Nick and Oliver need. But getting into bed together is one thing. Staying out of each other’s hearts soon becomes so much more complicated than either one imagined.

Cold Pressed is an 80k contemporary MM romance. It features a smoldering bisexual single dad, a broken-hearted hipster with a thing for beet juice, and a friends-with-benefits arrangement that blooms into the HEA you've been looking for.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in the series. I have to admit that I have not read book one yet, but could see that I would have understood a little more of Oliver's story if I had. I am also very curious about Martin and Seb's story! That said, I found this to be a well-rounded story all on its own.

Nick is a really interesting character. Divorced from his wife, with a teenage son who is facing juvie if he doesn't calm his temper, Nick has moved them back into his house so he can help straighten things out. However, it is still not going well for his son. He and his ex-wife are clearly still friends, and I loved the point when she realises who Oliver is and admires her ex's taste in men! Due to injury, he is stuck in a job that has no excitement and working a night shift, whilst his old colleagues go out and tackle fires – yet, he is still a guy doing the best he can.

Oliver is so utterly different from Nick, successful career as a lawyer, now following a plan dreamt up with an ex-boyfriend, and not really doing all that well. His discipline keeps him at it more than anything else, although Nick provides a hope of something better. As both of them get more comfortable with each other, we get to see them in their relaxed state, and it is really lovely. You can almost feel the stress fall off them whilst they are together!

With a clever plot twist and some serious issues to resolve, this is a lovely read, with some good humour and two lead characters who are really decent guys who deserve every happiness.

Nick is working night shift as an emergency dispatcher while living in the same house with his ex-wife. Their teenage son, who has been in major trouble with the police, also lives with them. Oliver is trying to get his small business off the ground. A business he was supposed to start with his ex who up and left him just as they were about to start a new business and life in Seacroft.

Nick and Oliver are set up on a blind date, but with complicated lives they agree to be each other’s booty call and nothing else. It was easy to see right off the bat that this was never going to work. With plenty of stress in their lives and the time they spend their time together being the best part of their day, they were always going to end up more involved than they planned.

This is well-paced story between two regular, everyday guys. I wanted to find out where their lives were going to end up, how they’d end up together, and, if I’m honest, how long it was going to take Oliver to realise that his business was a dud. The complexities of their lives and difficult decisions that need to be made and the realities they have to face is what sucked me into this story. By the end of the story, I actually thought that Nick and Oliver were pretty brave, and I was so happy with the ending. I loved Cold Pressed. It was a very satisfying read for me.

This book manages to be funny, sweet, sad, and frustrating all at the same time. This is the story of the unlikely connection between a hipster, juice bar owner and a former firefighter. Aside from crazy hot chemistry, they don’t seem to have much in common until they are forced to let each other in and give an actual relationship a chance.

Yes. Oliver is just as poncey and pretentious as his business suggests. The former lawyer is quite the hipster cliché and for most of the book he doesn’t seem to realise where he’s going a bit wrong. It’s tempting to laugh at him, but I ended up cringing in sympathy instead. Because he’s nice. And well meaning. And he’s recovering from a nasty break-up. He’s easy to love but until the end of the story, I found it difficult to take him seriously. In contrast, it is impossible not to take Nick’s life seriously. After an injury as a firefighter, he’s been relegated to a low paid desk job that barely covers his bills. He’s also supporting his son and ex-wife – with his son under house arrest. It’s impossible not to love Nick and it’s impossible not to feel huge amounts of sympathy for him.

Oliver and Nick are one of the most unlikely pairings I can remember reading. And while Oliver is oblivious to his privilege and pretentions, Nick can’t ignore the differences between them. I love the chemistry that sparks from their first meeting and I love how they soften each other’s hard edges. Oliver becomes more grounded and more human and Nick slowly allows himself to have a life, one that he can both choose and enjoy.

I enjoyed this story thoroughly and I really love that Nick’s ex-wife and his son both feel like fully fleshed and very likeable characters. This is an entertaining read about two slightly older men at crossroads in their lives.

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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