Author: Teodora Kostova
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/21/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
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.
From the blurb for Cookies I was expecting to ride an emotional roller-coaster concerning Amir Gopal as he recovered from some pretty serious and devastating injuries including PTSD when he returned home from Afghanistan. Although we see him living through a flashback and struggling with his prosthesis from time to time it felt too much in the background when in fact it should have been in the forefront. For me personally his recovery and subsequent difficulties didn’t come across as important enough especially given his confidence issues with revealing his body to others.
Jay is the far more likeable character of the pair and was definitely the positive to Amir’s negative. He is a student struggling through a business degree that is more his father’s choice than his own. Jay is creative, which he proves throughout the story, and if he had his way he would be studying something to do with the arts. I loved the compassion and understanding he showed Amir but I really didn’t like his best friend Cedric and couldn’t begin to understand what drew them to each other.
Cookies is pretty low on angst and more about the feels but the first part of the story is pretty slow. It’s a gentle story where Jay learns to navigate Amir’s insecurities, of which there are a lot, and becomes used to someone treating him with a bit of care. You don’t get given much history but it’s clear that the previous men in Jay’s life have not always treated him well and I think in some ways this causes Amir to treat him too gently at times and Jay quickly becomes frustrated.
I really enjoyed the last 25% of the book and it made up for the initial slow pace. The final presentation was perfect and a moment that required tissues! The added bonus was getting a very brief catch up with Fenix and Jared.
Hopefully Shane’s story will be next up.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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