Book Review: Cookies by Teodora Kostova

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Author:Teodora Kostova

Genre:Gay Romance, Contemporary




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 to move and exercise 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.

And yet…

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? When he realises the burden I come with may be heavier than we both can carry?

My name is Amir Gopal and this is my story.

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When Teodora Kostova told me about Cookies, I expected her signature angsty read, especially since Amir was a vet with plenty of injuries and issues to warrant that. The fact he owned a bakery was even more enticing, and along with his younger love interest Jay, he promised a great read.

The surprise came from the fact Cookie isn’t nearly as angsty as I expected. It’s sweet and warm, like Amir’s cookies, but it looses nothing on realism. While the two lovers struggle less than I expected with Amir’s wounds, internal or visible, and with their differences in experiences, they come together almost seamlessly at times. The vet center’s financial struggles, all those depending on it and their own stories, as well as the aftermath of Amir’s choices after coming back lead to a compelling read without breaking your heart as much and as many times as previous books by this author managed to.

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It’s interesting how what could be seen in a way as a feel good, cookie scented read can deal with so many real issues without making it all seem too much and too dark. In this story, life goes on, and people deal with the aftermath of terrible situations, making the best of it. This simple fact made this breathe more hope into me while reading it than other reads, more focused on the “all ends well” type of conclusion.

About the author

Teodora KostovaHi, 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
Instagram: teodorika1

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