Review: Nic Starr – The Proof is in the Pudding

prrofAuthor: Nic Starr
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: MM

Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

Summary: 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.
Review: What I liked most about this story was the background of Steve making the Christmas pudding. I admit, I’ve read of the pudding many times in holiday stories but I have never actually seen one. It was so interesting to see the complicated process that goes into it and believe me, it was nothing like I thought!
Steve had a partner last Christmas, one he took to meet his parents. Richard was it, or so Steve thought, until it turns out Richard is a cheating jerk. They have spent Christmas with friends and last year, Richard took charge of providing the pudding. He bought a big, expensive one. This year, even though Steve really doesn’t feel like even going, he will not only be there but he’s going to outdo Richard’s stupid pudding offering.
Another complication is the arrival of the group friend Corey, someone Steven’s liked for a while. They can maybe now address the attraction, while they celebrate Christmas and contend with that blasted pudding. Of course, things aren’t that simple, especially pudding-wise, so there are some problems to contend with.
This is a cute holiday story that was made more interesting by, you guessed it, the pudding!

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