HOT POTATO BY ALLISON TEMPLE (SEPTEMBER 17)
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.
Seacroft is my favorite place to go. I utterly adore everything about it.
Hot Potato is the last book in the Seacroft Series—for now.
And, as far as finals go, Hot Potato was a strong finish.
The first time I met Avery in Cold Pressed, book #2 in the Seacroft Series, I was curious about him. He was awkward and shy but sweet and so eager to make a friend, it seemed. Now, I understand why. In Seacroft, he was the weirdo, the gay kid smuggled in by darkness because his parents couldn't accept he was gay. Thankfully, his aunt and uncle did. They loved him unconditionally and helped him move pass his past as best as could be expected.
Avery was doing alright. Then he set a sweet potato—or to be exact a yam—on fire.
Lincoln is a sexy firefighter who just moved to Seacroft. He's got secrets and plans to keep them. But Avery with his red hair and equally as colorful blush throw Lincoln for a loop.
Soon, the pair are friends, dancing around the attraction both of them feel.
Avery thinks Lincoln is straight. Lincoln is not. He is deep enough in the closet to hang out with Ann, Martin, Rose and Petter in Narnia though. But, one kiss is all it takes to light a whole new fire.
Before long, Lincoln wants to do better, be better for Avery. Avery just wants to be loved and accepted.
It's never really that simple though. The pair are thrown a couple hard balls—hehe—but catch easily enough. In the end, their growth as people and a couple makes Hot Potato my favorite book of the Seacroft Series yet.
And, if you're a pervert like me, the sex was phenomenal.
Whether I knew it then or not, I’ve been a writer since the second grade, when I wrote a short story about a girl and her horse. My grandmother typed it out for me and said she’d never seen so many quotation marks from a seven-year-old before. I took that as a challenge and have tried to break that record in all the stories I’ve taken on since then. It’s good to have goals, right?
I live in Toronto with my very patient husband and the world’s neediest cat. I try to split my time between writing, community theater stage management, and traveling anywhere that has good wine. Tragically, this leaves no time to clean the house.
I am represented by Laura Zats. She likes beer and cats. I like beer and cats. Therefore, we’re a good team.