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    Opposites attract realistic holiday romance

    I would rate this 4.25 stars. When I read the blurb that a military policeman and an elf get caught in a snowstorm, I knew I had to read the book. I'd read anything by this author anyway, but that's just too much fun to pass up, right? The Sergeant Major is doing a favor for his CO by playing Santa for a charity event. Teddy is the director of a charity resource center for low income people and volunteers to be an elf. As Nick and Teddy get thrown together, they're acting like more than a hookup, but there is a short timeframe on this romance as Nick is about to retire in a month and move away from base. There's a bit of an age difference here with Nick the grumpy "old man" in his forties and Teddy as the enthusiastic, sweet guy in his late twenties, but this is not Daddy kink. While you might expect this to be fluff, the characters are people who know life is not all fluffy. The connection Nick fights is real, the sex hot. I found them both cute in their own way. I enjoyed the alternating POV. I wanted these guys to get their happily ever after, and yes I could see all the ducks lining up in a row to make that happen, but it was no less charming. There was some angst to get there, not because anything awful happens, but because sometimes things don't work out because people decide they won't, rather than deciding that they will. That's what made me cry. The author does a good job of making me feel like I was watching all this, like I was at all the events. There are a few family members or friends highlighted--nothing that stands out a lot, but enough that the story feels three dimensional. People say you can't fall in love in a month, but I was engaged a week after I met my spouse. This isn't instalove; Nick and Teddy know everything they need to know about each other and have built a good foundation. The last chapter takes place a year later and shows what building a life together looks like. This was realistic, sweet, romantic, sexy, and I liked the characters.
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    Warm, Romantic, and Festive!

    Better Not Pout is a sweet, tender, captivating novel that features the kindhearted, fun-loving Teddy, and the grouchy, mature Nick as they discover that the heart wants whom the heart wants, and sometimes opposites really do attract. The writing is heartfelt and comforting. The characters are winsome, dependable, and genuine. And the lighthearted plot is a charming mix of undeniable attraction, sizzling chemistry, Christmas celebrations, charity, patience, understanding, new journeys, and taking chances. Overall, Better Not Pout is a delightfully merry, passionate, humorous tale that reminds us that the holiday season is truly a time for family, magic, love, and giving.
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    Heartwarming

    Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert is Teddy and Nick’s story. This is a sweet May/December romance. Teddy and Nick’s paths cross when Nick is filling in as Santa as a favor for a friend. The attraction between them was apparent from the start. But Nick is retiring soon and moving to Florida plus he is a lot older than Teddy so this can only be a holiday romance. I enjoyed Nick and Teddy’s story and characters. Teddy’s character is such a caring person but is lonely. Nick’s character is lonely too but doesn’t think he deserves true happiness. Will Teddy and Nick drop their walls of comfort and take a chance on love? FYI, contains mature content. This is a M/M gay romance.
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    Sexy and Believable

    I really enjoyed this holiday story. Nick is older, about to retire from the military, while Teddy is young and cute and working a social service job. Nick has to serve as Santa, which brings them together, and the romance that develops is sexy and believable.
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    Warm Fuzzies for the Holidays

    I completely enjoyed Better Not Pout. Annabeth Albert is one of my favorite authors and her books never fail to blow me away. Teddy was almost too wholesome at first and then he surprised me with a large backbone and a great deal of determination. Nick at first seemed too old for Teddy but somewhere in the middle of the book they just plain clicked and the age difference was immaterial, The chemistry was there but it was the connection that was the glue to this relationship, A great holiday read with a great plot and substance. Though they were together a short time it never felt like insta love. I highly recommend this book.
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