Adult Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Review: Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert

BETTER NOT POUTOne 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.

3 Stars

Romance | MM Romance | Contemporary 

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with ANovelTakePR in exchange for an honest review***

I have become a huge fan of all things MM Romance and when I once saw a tour for a new release of the Out of Uniform Series, I was curious. So what does any sane book reviewer do? Oh I bought all of them on my kindle and BINGE READ THEM ALL. Yep. I really enjoyed each other for different reasons, I liked the characters and I enjoyed the romances, Annabeth Albert has me hooked, line and sunk to the bottom of her ocean of all MM Romances. Case in point, I could not pass up on the chance to read this!

I mean, who doesn’t like a MM Romance with some holiday cheer? Me me me! And wow, that synopsis, I was sure I would really enjoy Better Not Pout. But here I am telling you that I did in fact liked it, but no I did not love it, for good reason though! So lets dive in…

Nick and Teddy were a bit of a hit and miss for me, which was the main cause for my iffy feelings. Firstly, I really enjoyed their age gap, and Annabeth really did an amazing job on capitalizing on this during the build of the romance. Teddy is the younger, more flamboyant guy, not incredibly loud no, but he was definitely one to be that giddy, more free spirited personality. Always smiling, and definitely a ‘glass half full’ kind of guy – I liked it. Incredibly adorable yet obnoxious. But he was definitely very much aggressive in his actions, sometimes made things awkward when Nick was involved.

And speaking of Nick, whew yummy. I really did like his personality probably more. He had this grounded, more subtle and very broody type personality, definitely older sexy man meat syndrome. This is really where Nick and Teddy clash, they are definitely polar opposites. This really made the passion between Nick and Teddy to be rather fierce, really steamed up my pages. I liked how Teddy really tested Nick’s patience, helped them both really see things at face value. 

So I definitely enjoyed their romance. They had a great build, Nick was really resistant towards Teddy, the age gap was a huge factor that was believable for their personalities. However at times, there was an awkward flow to their relationship. It was almost like sometimes they had chemistry and then other moments not quite there… it was interesting.

Definitely enjoyed Better Not Pout, it was beyond adorable, hilariously fun read however I simply just liked it and did not absolutely love it. Obviously there was a lot of factors I liked and some I did not, but I can honestly say I swooned, I laughed and I felt for the characters. And though this wasn’t my absolute favorite of Albert’s books, this still capitalized on everything that I enjoy about her writing style and I personally cannot wait to continue my obsession of this amazing author. 

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