Cookies, by Teodora Kostova
Release Date: April 21, 2016
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I went to war, running away from myself. I came back in pieces to find out who I really was…
It took me nearly ten years, two tours in Afghanistan and losing a leg to come to terms with who I really am.
Two years after coming back from war, I can say that I’m finally content. I’m as fit as ever, my prosthetic leg allowing me the freedom of moving and exercising as if nothing has changed. I own a small bakery in the centre of Cambridge, and I have a loyal circle of friends that I can always count on.
Yet, there’s something missing. A part of me craves the intimacy, the deep connection to another human being. But another – bigger – part of me is terrified of letting anyone in.
My internal conflict didn’t stand a chance when I met Jay. He stormed through my defence walls like a hurricane, wrapping around me with gentle force until I had no choice but to surrender.
Surrendering has never felt so good.
Will Jay want to stay when he sees the real me? When he sees the nightmares and insecurities clawing at my soul?
My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.
Character with Disability
Military Veteran (PTSD)
This is a very sweet romance, and I’m not just talking about the food. But oh, the food!
First things first: don’t read this book on an empty stomach.
Second: if you do read this book on an empty stomach, don’t go grocery shopping immediately after. Four words: chocolate chip cookie dough.
This book is very long, but incredibly lovely as Amir and Jay’s relationship builds and both men learn more about each other. I loved that it was a slow-build romance, instead of one where they fell into bed immediately; Amir’s physical scars and Jay’s emotional ones meant they were able to balance each other out in many ways and help to reassure the other.
But sometimes there’s too much of a good thing. In this case, the sweetness was a bit too sweet. I love stories with black moments and angst, and I felt like I didn’t get much of that in this novel. There were definitely a few bleak moments, but nothing that really hooked me in.
I also struggled with the first person point of view. Amir is an incredibly interesting character, but his internal monologue got a bit old after a while.
If you’re looking for a super sweet, low-angst romance with some stomach-rumbling tastiness, then you should definitely give Cookies a try. It’s super long, but that’s just more time to enjoy a plate of brownies while you read, right?
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.
Don’t be shy and get in touch – I love connecting with my readers.
Twitter: @Teodora_Kostova https://twitter.com/Teodora_Kostova
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.