ROMANCE

Better Not Pout

Carina: Harlequin. Dec. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781335924841. pap. $8.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488038686. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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After 30 years of military police service, Sgt. Major Nicholas Nowicki can't wait to retire from snowy upstate New York to Florida in only one more month. But when his commanding officer asks him to fill in for her ailing husband as Santa for a celebration in nearby Mineral Springs, he can't refuse—and is surprised to be attracted to charity director Teddy MacNally. Naturally, a serious relationship is out of the question—Teddy is far too young for him and, anyway, Nick will be leaving soon. But fate has other plans, and as their relationship deepens, Nick is forced to reassess his skeptical views about love as they try to sort out the future.
VERDICT This gently witty, over-the-top sexy M/M romance overflows with family, friends, and good cheer and hits most of the right holiday notes. Albert (Tight Quarters) lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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