Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary (add to Goodreads): 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.
Review: Annabeth Albert is one of my favorite authors, so if you haven’t checked out her books yet, please do so! You could even start with Better Not Pout as it’s a holiday-themed stand-alone. While the book seems like it would focus more on Christmas, it actually starts right before Thanksgiving and goes through New Year’s Eve, so you can start it in November, December, OR January!Annabeth Albert creates a cute, holiday appropriate read in Better Not Pout. Book review #ontheblog #mmromance Click To Tweet
Albert is fairly known for writing about military men, so of course, we have Nick, who is about to be retiring from the military and has been enlisted to help the nearby town. The elf to Nick’s Santa, is Teddy, who has lived in the town his entire life (apart from going away to college). He’s much younger than Nick, but the two of them eventually warm up to each other. Nick is someone who feels like he’s meant to be alone, after past failed relationships, and Teddy is a person who always wants to help others. He’s determined to do right by Nick, even if their relationship has to end when Nick retires.
I like all the little holiday moments throughout the book. Teddy has a big family and they were a lot of fun! It was great to see how close they all were, and they were more than happy to bring Nick into their fold while he was there.
Better Not Pout is a cute read and definitely a fun one for the holiday season!