Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Hot Potato by Allison Temple Blog Tour

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 or 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.

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series, and if you have read book two, you will remember Avery well from his lessons in creating healthy juices with Oliver! I was glad that he got to have his own story, as he was pretty crushed by the experience, poor man.

He has finally managed to move out of his super-supportive uncle and aunt's house, and immediately manages to overcook a sweet potato to the extent that the fire service pay him a visit. Thus, he meets new recruit Leo, and the rest is history... well, obviously not, as never is anything quite that simple. And as we know Avery has a tendency to be super keen, but the mysterious Leo is definitely much, much less open and eager. He gets that there is chemistry between them, but he has far too much baggage to dare to hope in a good outcome.

As the two men spend more time together, and we get some insight into their painful pasts and hard fought wins, it is impossible not to want them to work it out. Amongst the angst are some lovely moments of humour and of reconciliation, which give them both better understanding of themselves and each other and can only lead to good things.

Little would one expect that an accountant and a firefighter to find much in common, but Allison Temple gives us every reason to hope.

I liked a lot of things about this story. I liked Linc and his friends and colleagues at the fire station. I liked the way Linc wanted to take care of Avery. I liked the small town setting and seeing the two men mature and deal with their family issues.

What I loved about Hot Potato was Avery. For me, he stole the show (or book in this case). I loved his mishaps, his run- on sentences, his bravery at dealing with difficult events and choices in his life. It was a pleasure to spend time with Avery and follow his journey to love with Linc.

I look my time reading this book and really soaked it in. It was great. This is the story from Seacroft for now but I hope the author goes back there because I’d love to spend some more time with Avery and Linc, even if it is just a little novella, so we can be more of a peak into their future. Four happy stars from me.

This is a sweet and gentle story about two men finding each other and growing into themselves. Firefighter Linc first meets Avery when he’s called out to a fire in Avery’s kitchen. With Linc firmly closeted and Avery plagued by insecurities, their connection is slow and awkward at first, but ultimately the two men make each other stronger and help each other grow.

I didn’t recognise Avery from Cold Pressed until Linc made a comment about the strange juice in his fridge. Avery certainly seems like more of an adult in this book – but his adulting is pretty slow and at the start he’s still quite dependent and insecure. The timid hot mess we meet at the start didn’t do much for me, but I love the growth we see in Avery and I love the backbone he finally develops. Linc is much more likeable at the start of the book – it’s only when we get to know him that we realise he’s even messier and less confident than Avery. Like Avery, this is the story of Linc growing into himself and coming to terms with his past.

I enjoyed the community around Avery and Linc as much as I did the two main characters. Linc’s co-workers and his and Avery’s families are complicated and likeable and I really enjoyed the way Avery and Linc grow into their relationships with the people around them.

This is a fairly slow read but I came to love both Avery and Linc and I really enjoyed their story.

Also Available in the Seacroft Series

Book 2
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Also Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Cold Pressed Blog Tour.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Hot Potato (Seacroft #3) by Allison Temple to read and review for this tour.

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