Title: Better Not Pout
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Male/Male, Holiday
Imprint: Carina Press
On-sale Date: November 12, 2018 (ebook), November 27, 2018 (MMP)
Price: $4.99 (ebook), $8.99 USD (MMP)
Format: ebook, Mass Market Paperback (MMP)
ISBN: 9781488038686 (ebook), 9781335924841 (MMP)
One hard-nosed military police officer.
One overly enthusiastic elf.
One poorly timed snowstorm.
Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?
Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.
Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.
The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.
A delightful festive story featuring a May/December couple who meet a month before Christmas. Nick is the grumpy Sgt. Major about to retire from the army and Teddy is the lively and kind-hearted ‘elf’. I liked the initial friction and the interaction that occurs between them, plus the steamy scenes as they become friends and lovers in those few short weeks. What I liked most was the angst surrounding Nick’s impending departure to Florida. The goodbye scene and their last few days together had me in tears. Kudos to the author for building up to this point in the story. I loved the happy ending for these two characters who were ideally suited for each other.
I enjoyed reading the story, particularly the second half, and listened to the audiobook soon after—superbly narrated by Sean Crisden.
About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.
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