“Annabeth Albert delivers another charmer with Better Not Pout. A sweet and sexy holiday read that finds a grumpy St. Nick charmed by a do-gooder elf and his snowy town. Better Not Pout will warm your heart and soul this holiday season.”
— Layla Reyne, author of the Agents Irish and Whiskey and Trouble Brewing series
“Better Not Pout was charming, sweet, and sexy all at once! I love everything Annabeth Albert writes and this was no exception.” — Cat Sebastian, author of The Soldier’s Scoundrel, The Ruin of a Rake, and The Regency Imposters series
“Better Not Pout is a heartwarming read full of true love, holiday magic, steamy romance, and nuanced interactions between characters. Old fans and new readers alike will love everything about this book!” — Anna Zabo, author of the Takeover and Twisted Wishes series
Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert
Carina Press (Harlequin)
Release Date (Print):
Print (mmp): Tuesday November 27, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook):
Print (mmp): 288
Contemporary Romance, Male/Male Romance, Holiday Romance, Military Romance
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.
Annabeth Albert says that, “BETTER NOT POUT is a male/male holiday romance featuring endearing characters with a fun, flirty plot that will remind readers of their favorite holiday rom-coms.”
Paperback Release Blitz Short Teaser #1
Word Count: 323
“You should come to Thanksgiving.” Rhonda nodded at him. “Right, Teddy? Tell him he’d love it.”
“You’ve seriously never seen so much pie in one place.” Teddy tried again for humor.
“You did get that I’m not looking for a date, right?” Nick sounded like he was starting to run out of patience with them both.
“It wouldn’t be.” Teddy was fast to reassure him, lest he think Rhonda really was trying to push him off on Teddy. “Our family always welcomes people with no other Thanksgiving plans—there are usually at least a few guests from Fort End.”
“I’m not much on pie. Can you try again for a picture?”
“You say that but you haven’t tried my mom’s pineapple cream pie or Aunt Cathy’s cannoli pie. And if you don’t like whipped cream or dairy, Uncle Gus made this salted caramel apple pie last year that was better than sex.”
He realized what he’d said a moment too late as Nick snort-laughed.
“Perfect!” Rhonda crowed as the camera snapped. “A few more…Lean in now, and really grin, that’s it…”
And damn it, Teddy was too busy looking at the camera and he’d missed Nick’s grin. Oh well. There was always the next location. Maybe he’d earn a real smile yet. And while he wasn’t foolish enough to go chasing the guy as blatantly as Rhonda had, he did have to admit that cozying up with Santa was hardly a hardship, and couldn’t deny the little seed of hope in his gut. Maybe Teddy could be just what the grumpy sergeant major needed in his stocking.
“Onto the next shoot?” Nick was already climbing out of the sleigh, voice making it clear he was ready to speed things up.
Okay. Maybe Teddy’s plan was going to take a bit of effort. But most things in life worth having took work. And Teddy could already tell Nick would be well worth the quest.
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“Food is good.” Nick nodded at his now empty bowl. “You tell your mom thanks for me.”
“She’ll be happy someone enjoyed her cooking—she always says she’s happiest when she’s got a packed table for dinner.” Teddy cleared their trays to the kitchen, then returned to regard Nick carefully. He was confounding and grumpy and far, far too appealing. And he was only in town for another month. It was now or never in terms of forging a friendship or anything else for that matter.
Nothing ventured, nothing lost.
“So what do you want to do now?” he asked Nick, coming to stand in front of him, reveling in the warm blast of the fire. “It’s a bit early for bed, but I’ve got all the various streaming services for the TV or a cupboard of board games or…”
“Or?” Nick looked up at him expectantly, taking the bait beautifully.
“Or, I sit on Santa’s lap and tell you exactly what I want under my tree this year.” Teddy didn’t wait for a response, straddling Nick’s blanket-covered lap in a fluid move. “I figure we can unwrap each other’s packages a little early. What do you say, Saint Nick?”
About Annabeth Albert:
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.
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