Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Better Not Pout by Annabeth Albert #BookReview #giveaway #AuthorQandA #excerpt #TBR #LGBTQ #MMRomance #BetterNotPout #NetGalley #BookLovers

“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 & Ebook):
Ebook: Monday November 12, 2018
Print (mmp): Tuesday November 27, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook):
Ebook: 288
Print (mmp): 288

Contemporary Romance, Male/Male Romance, Holiday Romance, Military Romance

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Book Synopsis:
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.”

Nadine Bookaholic: Do you listen to music while writing? Does it influence the flow of the scene you are writing?
Annabeth Albert: Yes! And sometimes the search for the right playlist is longer than the actual writing of a scene! If you’d like to see playlists for all my books, follow me on Spotify! I listen to everything from movie scores to country to classic oldies and modern favorites in my quest to get the emotions right for a given book.

Nadine Bookaholic: When sitting down to write a new book you have a specific outline to follow or does it just flow naturally?
Annabeth Albert: I’m such an outliner! I use the software Scrivener, and I start by creating scene cards for each scene that I know must be included in the book. I start with 15-20 cards and keep adding scenes until I have what feels like a complete plot, usually around 45-50 scenes. I work with this outline in Scrivener, including doing a synopsis, until I feel I have a handle on the book and can keep drafting.

Nadine Bookaholic: What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
Annabeth Albert: I love knitting and crochet (follow me on Instagram to see what I’m working on and past finished projects!). I also love to cook and bake and enjoy walking our dog. I’m also big into Magic the Gathering and thinky TV shows. Loving the new Dr. Who. And of course, I love reading all genres of romance!

Nadine Bookaholic: What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
Annabeth Albert: Recently, I loved Silvia Violet’s Father of the Groom and Demanding Discipline. Also Blake Moreno’s Heat For Sale—I’m not usually an omegaverse fan, but this one is FABULOUS! Edie Danford’s Step Back was also great as was Kelly Jensen’s To See the Sun.

Nadine Bookaholic: Name three things on your desk right now.
Annabeth Albert: A collection of rainbow colored sharpies, a carrot cake ice cream container, and my lucky coffee mug

Annabeth Albert: Thank you so very much for having me today! I really enjoyed this interview! I hope you enjoy BETTER NOT POUT!
Nadine Bookaholic: It was my pleasure, I enjoyed getting to know you a little better and I am sure my followers will enjoy this as well.

I am a HUGE fan of Annabeth Albert's especially her HOT military romance - Out Of Uniform Series, I felt this story was a mix of that series as well as her sweeter romance, Portland Heat Series
Nick is enlisted by his Commanding Officer to play Santa for the rec center since her husband isn't able to do it this year do to medical reasons, and of course Nick cannot say NO even though the thought of it doesn't sit well with him. 

Teddy is the cutest elf going, so full of holiday spirit I need him to come to my house and help get me in the mood this year. Honestly he goes above and beyond what most would do and it warmed my heart to see that everyone loved and respected him because of his giving nature. 

Nick and Teddy are about as opposite as you can get when it comes to the holidays, but a little time with Teddy and he can even turn a Scrooge into Santa.

This was a sweet holiday romance with plenty of steamy moments that will surly get you into the spirit of things no matter which holiday you celebrate. Annabeth's books are always highly recommended by me and this one is no different, in Better Not Pout we have a Sweet and Sexy May-December Romance, Holiday Themed, with two likable Male leads. Happy Reading!!!

“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.

About the Author:
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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