Cookies by Teodora Kostova

CookiesTitle: Cookies
Author: Teodora Kostova
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 21st 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 242 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was…

It took me nearly ten years, two tours in Afghanistan and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am.

Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I’m finally content. I’m as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom of moving and exercising as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the centre of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on.

And yet…

Yet, there’s something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another – bigger – part of me is terrified of letting anyone in.

My internal conflict didn’t stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defence walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender.

Surrendering has never felt so good.

Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul?

My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.


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I really enjoyed this one. I was nervous, but this story hit all the points I was in the mood for:

    -Low angst
    -Hurt/Comfort
    -Steamy

Amir, the owner of Cookie’s, is instantly attracted to one of his customer’s Jay. One day Amir gets brave and slips Jay his number. What ensues is a sweet, slice of life love story.

My highlights:

    -Amir. I could tell that the author did her research about veterans and amputees. She did an excellent job expressing Amir’s self-consciousness and his feelings regarding his injury.
    -Jay. He was such a lovable guy. He was sweet and loyal. He was perfect for Amir.
    -I also liked supporting cast. The added to the plot without overtaking it.
    -The sex scenes were hot and well written.
    -The story had a nice pace- a bit slow at first but doesn’t take long to pick up.
    -The insta-love. Not always a fan- but I dug it here. I don’t know it just gave the warm fuzzies.
    -The end was solid. ♥

Why not 5 Stars? The editing. I am pretty easy about editing, but there were more than I was willing to overlook. A couple of inconsistencies and misspelled words and for that reason, I deducted a star. I do want to point out though that I received the ARC before it was published so these editing issues may have been fixed.

All in all, this was a hit in my eyes. This book was just what my heart needed- a lovely story with great characters who get their happily ever after. 4 Stars.

P.S. I’m assuming that some of the side characters will be getting their own spin-off books… At least I sincerely hope so!

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Galley copy of Cookies provided by Teodora Kostova in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I’m a thirty-something Colombian mother of two. My favorite pastime is to get lost in a book. I’m more of a fluffy romance reader- though I do love an angsty read. I don’t often read Mystery/Suspense nor dark stories. I also NEVER knowingly read stories that don’t end in an HEA or at least HFN. I LOATHE cliffhangers with a passion and not a huge fan of stories with cheating, but it’s not a deal breaker.

My favorite tropes are:
-Best friends to lovers
-May/December
-Hurt/comfort/healing
-Opposites attract
-Humor (as long as it’s not slapstick type comedy)

My favorites authors are:
-Lane Hayes
-Santino Hassell
-Kade Boehme
-TJ Klune
-Heidi Cullinan
-NR Walker
-Eli Easton
-Amy Lane
-Keira Andrews
-Nick Pageant
-Annabeth Albert
-Jay Northcote
-Riley Hart/Nyrae Dawn
-Melanie Hansen

Some of my all time favorites stories are:

-The Five Boroughs Series by Santino Hassell
-Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
-BOATK Series by TJ Klune (anything he writes actually)
-Let’s Hear It For The Boy by TA Webb
-A Kind of Truth by Lane Hayes
-Strong Signal by Santino Hassell & Megan Erickson
-Superhero by Eli Easton

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