Updated: Aug 15, 2019

If this was Nick's idea of casual sex, Oliver was going to be screwed when it came time to let him go.

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.

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Oliver and Nick's story is one that will stick with me for a long time.

The first meeting was unconventional to say the least. I knew right away that the tall blonde Nick was checking out from across the parking lot was Oliver. And, I knew Cold Pressed by Allison Temple was going to be delightful read when Nick's car was towed because he parked in Oliver's "spot" at the Farmer's Market.

The relationship between Oliver and Nick was supposed to be casual. Oliver was still hurting from the loss of his long time boyfriend. Nick was dealing with complicated family issues. Neither had time for a relationship. Neither of them wanted anything complicated. From the first moment they were toe to toe it was anything but casual though. There was chemistry and heat and obviously something was bound to break.

As wonderful as the relationship between Oliver and Nick was I really appreciated the substance in Cold Pressed. It wasn't just a romance story. It explored the complicated nature of small towns, ex-boyfriends, friends, family and kids. The relationships Nick and Oliver had with the people around them were well developed and helped make Cold Pressed an enjoyable read.

Overall, if you're looking for a small town with interesting characters to keep you entertained while you fall in love with two sexy, charming men, I recommend Cold Pressed. It was a fun, quick read that I'll dive back into from time to time when I need a cute comfort read.


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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