The Proof is in the Pudding by Nic Starr is a short but sweet Australian holiday romance. Bonding over a Christmas pudding and a non traditional Christmas tree is a great way to spend vacation! I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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The Proof is in the Pudding by Nic Starr
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Title: The Proof is in the Pudding
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: MLR Press (December 4, 2015)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Christmas
Length/Format: 1449 KB/54 pages
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating: 4
Steve never expected making a Christmas pudding would bring him the man of his dreams.
Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He’s determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away. Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he’s been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there’s no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.
However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true.
TheProof is in the Pudding is a short but sweet Australian Christmas romance. Steve and his friends are spending the holiday break in a house in the woods and are looking forward to plenty of food, fun and friendship. Steve has recently been dumped and is trying to get his life back in order and maybe open his heart to new possibilities. Corey caught his eye quite a while ago but he doesn’t think he has a chance with him.
Steve is in charge of the Christmas pudding and he and Corey bond in the kitchen. A kitchen accident and some nasty burns has Corey playing nursemaid to Stevens injuries and one thing leads to another, resulting in a very merry Christmas.
The author does a great job of developing each of these characters. You can feel how hurt Steve was by his ex but his is trying hard to move on and get on with his life. You don’t get to know Corey quite as well but he seems like a nice guy who is interested in more than just getting Steve in bed. There was a nice amount of chemistry between the two and some light hearted banter as well.
I loved the collection of friends that the author creates. They are all a nice balance between lighthearted fun and slightly pain the ass friend. They all seem real…like guys you would meet at the office or living next door.
As an American I liked hearing about the hot Australian Christmas and their creative use of natural materials to provide a Christmas tree for their gathering.
The pace of the book was just right and I loved watching Steve and Corey get to know each other.
If you are looking for a sweet Christmas romance, this is a great one!