Title: Hot Potato (Seacroft Stories #3)
Author: Allison Temple
Publisher: self published
Release Date: September 16, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 300
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
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.
The best description I can come up with for this one is rom-com. There is adorable klutzy characters and dark and broody hero whose reservations are crushed by true love and aforementioned klutzy character. I’m fine with that, but Avery klutziness and naivete were little too much for me, so much it wasn’t at all convincing and spoiled the story for me. It went so far overboard that instead of amusement I was experiencing annoyance.
I get that Avery is young and socially awkward, and I certainly have some less than flattering memories about my own self sufficiency when I went to college but this didn’t make lot of sense. I was soon skipping pages hoping it will get better. It hasn’t. The ending was more of the same, and I’m not generally fond of misunderstandings as plot device.