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Better Not Pout

Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

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.

This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

©2018 Annabeth Albert (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Highly recommended.

What a gem of a story. Nick's hurt so badly, afraid of what has gone before and too scared to envision a future. He's wrapped himself in his loneliness and a 'don't care' attitude, and has actually convinced himself that he's OK as he is.

Then along comes Teddy, who's Nick's complete opposite. What follows is a magical love story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It resembles both The Christmas Carol and The Grinch, in that one of the MCs is a 'Bah Humbug' type, and the other is full of the joys of the season.

Ms Albert has written a satisfying, sweet story with lovely realistic characters. Nick comes across as closed off and disagreeable at first, but it didn't take me long to warm up to him. It was obvious from the start that he was just scared and insecure about getting attached. I understood his reluctance, it seemed real and not contrived for the sake of the story.

Right from the beginning l totally believed in both the MCs and was immediately pulled into their world. The premise was well written and completely believable. Not a heavy story, but not too light and fluffy either. There was just enough angst to keep the tension high til the end. Lots and lots of Christmas atmosphere, and a story I will definitely listen to again. Sean Crisden is a superb narrator.

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  • vicki keisel
  • 02-12-18

Great Boo

It was a really good book. I love the Narrator. you can tell the difference between the characters which is a must for myself.

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  • Christopher
  • 28-11-18

Sweet and loving

Great book that was sweet and hot with low angst. These two make a great couple! Fast movingwith a quick realization of love.

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  • Rebecca Lasky
  • 27-12-18

So entertaining

Between Annabeth Albert’s words and Sean Crisden’s performance I can’t say enough how much I loved this!! Every character had their own voice and depth, the performance making it so easy to fall into their world. I laughed, I sighed, I absolutely loved every second of it and never wanted it to end.

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  • Kim
  • 11-12-18

Everything I want in a Cmas book!

Annabeth, as always, delivered everything I love in a book! Great plot, great characters, steamy scenes. I was laughing, clenching my hands, and completely utterly swooning. Another great narration by Sean Crisden too. Overall, great Cmas book!

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  • Domi
  • 31-05-19

Lovely and warm Christmas Tale

Nick and Teddy are absolutely wonderful together. They complement each other both in bed and in daily life. Sean Crisden has made the experience even better. His voice and the way of reading the different people is absolutely fantastic. I will listen to the book again in December, when the snow comes down, to get an additional extra feeling of the book.

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  • Trio
  • 25-01-19

Spectacular, Sean Crisden at His All Time Best!

Wow, the best holiday read of the 2018 Holiday Season. This was a truly wonderful story, complete with all the romance, humor, and hot, sweaty lovin' Annabeth Albert does so well.

Also, I made the very wise decision to enjoy Better Not Pout in audio narrated by Sean Crisden. I usually depend on him for an excellent performance, but this was absolutely spectacular. His voices for the two MCs were great, and he brought a great variety in all the extra supporting characters too.

Annabeth Albert always writes a crazy sexy love scene, but narrated by Sean Crisden? Well I thought my earbuds were going to melt. Gah, it was awesome :)

I fell hard for gruff and grouchy Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki, he was so ready for some love - and sweet, chipper Teddy is the perfect solution. They're adorable together and smokin' hot chemistry!

I'm happy to say the ending was absolutely perfect.

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  • Zen Spirit
  • 26-12-18

Good book BUT the quality of the narration did not live up to it

The acting was mediocre, not much vocal variety, made it seem like Nick was the main character.