Sugar Cookie: MM Dad's Best Friend Holiday Romance, Merry Elf-Mas by A.E. Madsen

We are back with the Frostdale Mall elf squad meeting SUGAR COOKIE this time in a dads best friend age gap romance! Looking for a sweet low angst high heat book this is the holiday story for you.

From the blurb:

Sugar Cookie

Forty-years-old, divorced, and cruising dating apps for a hookup. Maybe I'm having a mid-life crisis, but don't I deserve to cut loose a little? How was I supposed to know the guy I matched with was my best friend's son? It's been years since I've seen him. I should tell him it was a one time thing, but it's harder to tell him no than I thought.

I'm working two jobs and saving up for culinary school. I'm not looking to settle down and have a relationship, but sometimes I need to scratch an itch. When I run into my most recent one-night-stand in my living room, I know once won't be enough. He's only in town for the holidays, so it's the perfect opportunity for us to mess around. No strings attached.

Sugar Cookie is a dad's best friend, age gap, MM romance. This book is part of the Merry Elf-Mas multi-author series. Each story can be read as a standalone, but why not come along for the ride as each of Santa's elves finds love during the holidays.

Molly Otto's Review:

We are back with Frostdale Mall elf squad, and this time, we get to know Sugar Cookie (Nate), a twenty-year-old who dreams of going to culinary school. A hook up app leads Nate into meeting Clark, an older man whom he has great chemistry with. Unknown to him is his dad's best friend. These two take it slow in getting to know one another to realize they have something more between them than just sex. 

This is a beautiful low angst age gap, father's best friend romance. While others are weird about them hooking up once they see them together, then they can see the chemistry, which really is all you can ask for in these types of dating situations. 

Would have liked to see more interactions with the elf squad, but overall, a fun holiday read 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

SNik's Review:

Part of a multi-author series (Merry Elf-Mas) in a shared small town setting, but each can be read as a standalone story. Age gap. Best friend’s son. Quick read. Dual POV. 

Back in his hometown just for the holidays, Clark is looking to take his mind off his recent divorce and decides on a one time hook up. Nate is planning to go to culinary school so he has no time for a relationship, and when he finds out his hookup is his father’s best friend from college it’s a huge surprise, but Nate’s fine with a friends with benefits arrangement if it’s just for the holidays. However, Clark and Nate begin to learn about each other and keeping feelings at bay is a little more difficult than they expected. 

Nate is a confident, driven young man, and the age gap does not deter him, and Clarke decides that possibly disappointing his friend may be worth the chance to be with Nate. 

A cute story, with plenty of spice, and thankfully the angst is low in this fun holiday read. 

Rating: 4 Stars

Angel's Review:

Clark is finally going back to his hometown to visit his sister after he moved away to be with his now ex wife. Upon arriving in town, he finds someone to hook up with. Little did he know that the stranger he hooks up with was his best friend's son. 

Nate is working two jobs to save up to go to Culinary school. He isn't looking for relationships or anything serious, just fun. 

I thought this story was good; I feel like the premise was there. I loved the scenes that took place in the mall. All the moments that were describing all of the holiday festivities were my favorite. The reason I rated this on the lower side is because this book seemed more focused on the benefits side of the relationship rather than building and developing a connection. I just wish there was more emotion and relationship building rather than just steamy scenes. Other than that, though, I did enjoy this addition to the Elfmas series! I really enjoyed the scene where Nate was making gingerbread cookies. I wish we got more baking scenes. 

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Heather's Review:

I'm a sucker for Dad's Best Friend and age gap romance, and Sugar Cookie is a sweet and satisfying read that gives me both... from hookup to love match, add in some baking magic and sweet and supportive friends from the Merry Elf-mas team and you get a lovely and quick holiday read.

I was able to sink into the story and although it left me both hungry for cookies and hungry for more, I definitely recommend checking out Sugar Cookie as part of your holiday book haul.

Rating: 4 Stars

Sugar Cookie is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.