Monday, July 22, 2019

Review & Giveaway: COLD PRESSED by Allison Temple (A Seacroft Novel)

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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


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.

Carra's Review

A contemporary romance set in a small town, Cold Pressed has its main characters getting off to a not-so-auspicious start before getting another, unexpected chance.  A chance reluctantly taken, but which ends up with Nick and Oliver embarking on a strictly casual, no-strings relationship for its physical benefits.  But we all know what happens with those right?  Right.  

While the inevitable outcome might seem predictable, Nick and Oliver each have their own unique personal situations (which neither wants to share with the other with their “no personal info” rules), and those situations do wind up playing an important part in how things go between them—particularly Nick’s circumstances.  While Nick’s home life also will have many readers correctly guessing the root issue with his son, it also lends some angst to the story (what do you expect with a teenager?).

The physical chemistry between Nick and Oliver is obvious, and each of them act as an escape for the other from the realities of their everyday lives.  As the pressures and difficulties of their individual lives grow, they grow more important to each other as a way to release that pressure…and to eventually lean on each other for support.  Cue emotional attachment.

While the overall setup of friends-with-benefits that leads to something more is a common one, the main characters specific situations and their individual journeys along with the good writing still made for an entertaining read, and gets 3.5 stars from me.  Though this is the second book in this series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone.  It most likely will pique your interest for Seb and Martin’s story since they do play important roles here and seem like a fun and unlikely pair, so you’l probably want to add their book (Top Shelf) to your reading list.  Cold Pressed is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author

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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