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.
Rating: Narration – B+ : Content – B+
Better Not Pout is a charming, sexy, May/December romance set during the holiday season, in which a hard-boiled military police officer playing Santa for charity gets stuck in a snowstorm with a too enthusiastic, far too temptingly attractive elf… and discovers that perhaps the best laid plans aren’t necessarily the best plans after all.
Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki has spent pretty much his entire adult life in the military, and after twenty-eight years of service, his retirement is fast approaching. He’s spending the final months of his service at the base at Fort End in upstate New York, and as he embarks on his last few weeks, he’s starting to feel somewhat superfluous to requirements; his duties are light and it’s painfully obvious just how easily life at Fort End will go on without him. He really doesn’t want to retire but staying on isn’t an option, so he’s decided to go into partnership with a friend and former colleague who now runs a small business chartering boat trips for tourists in Florida. Right from the off, it’s fairly clear Nick’s heart really isn’t in it – despite his enthusiasm for the warmer weather – but a promise is a promise and he’s never ever gone back on his word… and he has to do something after retirement, so it might as well be this.
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