Cookies (Belen’s review)

CookiesTitle: Cookies
Author: Teodora Kostova
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: April 21st 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count:
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: # 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.


This is a pretty low angst hurt/comfort insta-love romance that took a while to get it’s sea legs. I found it a little slow in the beginning, but it gets a nice head of steam and chugs right along towards the end.

There’s not a lot of conflict (if you don’t count Amir’s jealous tendencies in the beginning), so beyond the romance there’s not a lot driving the story. I loved Jay and Shane, but felt lukewarm about Amir. Though I did feel like the author did a good job expressing Amir’s self-consciousness about his amputation and his struggle with PTSD and panic attacks.

All in all, I felt like this had a lot of potential, and while it was sweet and soothing, like a warm cup of tea, I was hoping for something to blow me away and this just didn’t hit that mark.

One of the biggest things for me was that there were quite a few mistakes and typos, etc. that drove me nuts…then I read the big thank you at the end to the editor and proofreader. Awkward.

Bottom line – ignore the errors and it’s a nice, easy read with not much angst or conflict, some nice sexy times, and some good hurt/comfort.


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Galley copy of Cookies provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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