Better Not Pout (Ariel’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: Ariel
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

Santa and His Elf

Have you ever made barbecue chicken in the slow cooker ? Now bear with me. While it’s cooking you smell that fantastic barbecue smell that fills your house. You can’t wait for it to be done, but it still has hours to go. When it’s finally done, you’re rewarded with juicy, succulent, barbecue chicken. This book reminds me of cooking barbecue chicken in a slow cooker. It took a while for it to become really good, but when it did, the characters finally came together and the dialogue finally started. I almost stopped reading about a quarter of the way through, but I stuck it out and was rewarded with a fantastic book with a wonderful ending.

Nick is a military cop. He leads a solitary life, he works really hard and, due to his past, deprives himself of any fun. He’s very reserved, but, he has a kind heart and loves to help and serve others.

Teddy is his opposite, but similar. He’s very outgoing, openly gay, loves people and loves to help and serve others. He also will do anything for anyone and is very family oriented.

Teddy is to Nick like garlic is to a vampire chef. He hates it, but he loves to use it in his cooking. Doesn’t wanna be around him, but loves to be around him. The classic push and pull. Their relationship is rocky in the beginning, but turns into a creamy caramel and wonderfully sweet at the end. Even at the end, though, Nick still doesn’t wanna be around him for personal reasons, but, like a moth to a flame, he just cannot avoid him or be without him. The wonderful ending at last.

I highly recommend this book. If you ever wondered if santa and his elf get together, and if you love an opposites attract book then you will love this book.

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

One grumpy military man who agrees to play Santa, one over zealous happy Elf, and one snow storm that puts them together for a month, and you got the makings for a great opposites-attract story.

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