Better Not Pout (Lili’s Review)

Title: Better Not Pout
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 12th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 65,000 words (approx)
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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.

Better not Pout by Annabeth Albert is why I love holiday reads.

Feel good + grumpy Santa + loving Elf + Snowstorm + hot chemistry + Annabeth Albert = WINNER.

What I loved:

-Opposites attract. Nick and Teddy had completely different personalities but complimented each other well.

-Dual POVs

-Relationship development. Their feelings going from casual to serious felt very natural and genuine. They were perfect for one another in and out of the bedroom, and we were shown this throughout the book.

-Teddy. Although I loved both main characters, Teddy truly stole my heart. His giving nature and maturity made me wish he was real.

-Age gap. What I wrote for opposites attract would apply here as well. Despite their age difference (46 and 28) these two clicked. Teddy came at a time in Nick’s life where his old life was ending, and a new journey beginning.

-Chemistry: smoking hot.

-And the end was warm fuzzy goodness.

Any negatives? NONE.

Do I recommend it?


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Galley copy of Better Not Pout provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.


I’m a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness.

A few of my favorite tropes:

-Friends to lovers
-Age gap

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