- File Size: 645 KB
- Print Length: 99 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (March 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2015
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ONTR778
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Coffee cart owner, Robby, looks forward to the same time every work day. Because at exactly 11:50am the cute and reserved David comes to get his coffee. Robby hasn't quiet worked up the nerve to ask David out yet, mostly because he's not even sure if David is gay. When Robby finally takes a chance he realizes that David recently lost his closeted lover of 12 years and is still working through his grief and what it means to out. Agreeing to take things slow seems like a simple plan, but can David ever trust enough to let Robby in?
What I Liked
I started this series with Delivered Fast, in a rare reading of a series out of order. I was nervous about a character who had lost a long time lover and I was nervous about the complaints that a lot of reviewers were giving. But I took a chance and though not my favorite of Annabeth Albert's, this was still an enjoyable read. I really liked the slow burn of Robby and David's relationship because it felt more real considering David's history. David was reserved and shy but he was also really sweet. I also have a soft spot for quiet, nerdy types so he was right up my alley. Robby was a great narrator and I loved watching him grow throughout the story and learn to go after what he wants. In the beginning, Robby struggles a lot with his confidence, and speaking up about what he needs but, we see him grow and change to realize that he can't be happy if he doesn't express himself. Some reviewers complained about how David and Robby treated David's ex in terms of blame but I never noticed anything unusual. Yes, David is angry over how the ex kept their relationship secret and yes Robby is frustrated over "fighting a ghost" in terms of David's wants. But these all felt very natural reactions for people in this situation.
This was one case where I didn't mind only have Robby's POV. I am generally not a fan of widower books, and though David and his ex weren't married, they were together for 12 years before his ex died. This is mainly because grief is a very real thing and I totally understand someone struggling to move on from it but I don't necessarily want to read about it in my leisure time. It's very obvious in this story that David is very conflicted over a lot of things and is still struggling with his grief, guilt, and then anger when he begins to experience an out relationship and he see's what he was missing. Only have Robby's POV let me enjoy this story a bit more because David's pain is muted, if you will.
What Needs Work
This book covers almost an entire year of their relationship but it does jump ahead a lot. For instance, after agreeing to a first date, the story jumps 6 weeks and they've been dating ever since. Most of the time these jumps were ok with me but there were a few where I wished we could have had the full scene. David meets Robby's parents at Christmas time and we're told about this but not shown and then when Robby goes to meet David's parents we see them arriving and saying hello to David's mom and then it ends. Meeting the parents is a big deal in a relationship and though all romances don't include step, I feel that if it's going to be in the story it needs to be fully shown. Especially because both Robby and David had issues with their parents regarding being gay.
Let's start with the Cons: it isn't a very deep book. For some that is good, for me, not so much. If I am going to invest money in a book, I want the depth to be there. The characters were walking on eggshells for most of the story, and it got old quickly. I didn't feel, that the one person POV worked in this books favor AT ALL! If we had been able to see and know what David was thinking and feeling like we did Robby, it would have been so much more satisfying to see them work out their problems. The single POV was frustrating and left so much unknown. The love scenes were good, but not tingle In My tummy great. There was a HUGE amount of potential here for David to become more outspoken and sexier, but if fell way flat and didn't happen.
Now the Pros: the cost for the amount of book was good. It didn't hurt me to pay 1.99 for the length of story that was told. I also felt that the back stories were really well laid out and the most informative part of the entire plot. We saw David and understood his thoughts and motivations when he was telling about his past. The ending was nice and complete. It gave a good idea about their future and showed a good amount of relationship growth with the setting at the end.
Overall, I probably won't revisit this book. I am however, going to give the second one in this series a chance. I always like to read more than one book by an author if the first book I pick is less than expected. So, we shall see..
They chat for a time until Robby realizes that he's going to have to make the first move when it comes to David.
David was in a relationship that wasn't really a relationship that sort of lasted for 12 years. He was infatuated with his sort of boyfriend Craig , who died unexpectedly. David is grieving for the love he thought he had for Craig. ( Craig treated David like an after thought. He kept him a secret and made what they had into something shameful. So personally I say eff that dude. Craig was an a hole and is dead for a reason. Karma.)
Robby tries to not overwhelm David with what he's feeling because he doesn't want to push David away. Yet stifling down your voice for so long can take it's toll on a relationship.
I loved how the story played out. David and Robby make me giddy with feels. They are adorable. The way the relationship between began and played out , was realistic and I enjoyed that.
I loved the humor in this as well.
And the writing was on point. The last two paragraphs on what hope is and what it sounds like (rustling of bed covers) to what it tastes like (vanilla latte) . That was beautiful.
This was the first book I read from this author and it won't be the last. I love Robby and my heart broke David . Listen David, what you had with Craig is nothing but a shadow of what you have with Robby. I love your love story with Robby.
David said Robby made him feel whole. Oh man. That made me aww. That was good . That was a nice touch. Hit me right in the feels
It is always nice to see persons of color as characters in the m/m genre. It doesn't happen enough. Robby is one half Korean and in my mind he is quite a looker! David is from a small town and I love me those small town boys. The love making scenes are just that. Very sensuous and very nicely described. These two are so well suited for one another. I'd love a sequel some day.
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