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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 alonSteve 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....

Title : the proof is in the pudding
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ISBN : 27850964
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Number of Pages : 54 Pages
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the proof is in the pudding Reviews

  • multitaskingmomma
    2019-02-03 17:30

    Original Blog Post: Review Request: The Proof is in the Pudding by Nic StarrReview by: multitaskingmommaMy Rating: 4 of 4 Stars(Based on Short&Light Read Category)'Tis the season to be merry and puddings, fruit cakes, gingerbread cookies and eggnogs are in the list of Must Have things. In Nic Starr's Christmas story, we have front and center: the pudding.The pudding is one of the most exhaustive dratted things I had the misfortune of thinking I could actually accomplish without hurting myself. One, the sheer amount of fruit preserves and whatnots that have to get in there did wonders for my wrists and shoulders (Note: I could not move for two frikkin days!). Then there is the act of mixing the thing together. Of course, there is also the muslin that needs to wrap it up and the carefully, carefully duck out of the way pot filled with boiling water. It has to be at the right temperature before loading the thing in. Taking it out, will take a whole new segment to write about. That I managed to escape unscathed was a miracle by itself.Unfortunately, Steve was not as lucky as I when it came to the pudding. His heart, though, heheheheeeeee, tingles down the spine, he gets his Christmas wish of a man in Corey and more.I love these little short Christmas stories coming out these days. This is the first of what I consider as the bake-a-Christmas-cake books that landed in my tablet. (Note: I got rid of the dratted Kindle) This is a story that makes the cook in you sit at the edge of your seat. Is Steve doing the right process, is he going to drop it? As a romance, this is breezy but as an adventure in the kitchen and within the heart, oh yes, it's a Nic Starr all right!

  • Serena Yates
    2019-01-27 17:28

    An Australian Christmas is at the center of this cute story about six friends celebrating together somewhere in the mountains. Both Steve and Corey have suffered disappointments with lovers and want to move on, but sometimes that is easier said than done. A few Christmas traditions and one very resistant Christmas pudding later, they spend more time together than either had expected and suddenly new options appear on the horizon.Steve is the one in charge of making the Christmas pudding this year, and he follows his mother’s recipe as closely as he can. Unexpectedly Corey – a man Steve has so far only admired from afar - joins him to help, and they figure out they like spending time together. But when Steve is almost done, an accident causes an injury that means he has to rest, and he ends up spending a lot more time with Corey. Talking isn’t all they do, and by the time the pudding is served, both of them are hoping for more.If you like sweet Christmas celebrations, if you want to find out more about two men who are both in need of some monogamous loving, and if you’re looking for a fun read with a touch of heat, then you will probably like this short story.NOTE: This book was provided by MLR Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews.

  • Kara
    2019-02-11 14:17

    This was a very sweet and cute holiday novella! So some friends decide to go to a cabin for the holidays and celebrate together. Steve is trying to put his cheating ex in the past and enjoy his time with his friends. Well one of his friends decides to invite Corey who Steve has been admiring from afar. I have to say I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters! I thought these two men were so sweet together. There was also the way all these friends interacted together which was just so awesome. Then lets not forget the pudding, which Steve was having the hardest time making. All together I thought this was a very sweet holiday story and I really liked this novella! I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.

  • Gillian Kevern
    2019-02-08 21:23

    4.5 stars, rounded up!Great story -- I was looking forward to the Australian setting, and Nic really captured the flavour of an antipodean Christmas delightfully. A really nice little Christmas read.

  • Lucy
    2019-02-16 19:16

    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!

  • Ami
    2019-02-16 17:13

    A nice and enjoyable friends-to-lovers romance that involves Christmas pudding -- or more accurately a Christmas pudding fiasco :). I thought the moments where Corey took care of Steve was sweet. Even if Steve and Corey's friendship happened before the story started, I believed that they were good friends. I also liked that this was quite a slow-burn, even if the story was short.

  • Dani Elle Maas
    2019-02-18 15:34

    nice Christmas story really liked it :)

  • Dutchgirl
    2019-01-29 19:05

    Cute Christmas read :)

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-02-14 17:28

    4.5 Heart Review by KatI know I keep saying it but I love these Christmas/Advent/Holiday novellas. They brighten my day and people have been asking why the big smile on my face. I then tell them about the little “treat” I just opened and read.Nic Starr has also added a wide smile on my face. Her delightful Christmas novella was just what I needed. I am sitting in Hawaii, with the sun beating on me, and completely “got” her book! Being used to the cold of Oregon and then experiencing the hot sun while shopping for Christmas presents is a bit perplexing. I can’t imagine preparing, let alone consuming, a huge Christmas feast in 85+ degree weather. But that is what the delightful men in her newest book do. A great group friends go on Christmas vacation together every couple years in Australia. They have a newer friend that they invited along and that is where the story gets really interesting. I loved the friends-to-lovers story of Steve and Corey. Although Steve seems a bit dense, I can understand his lack of trust in men, after being treated so badly by his ex. Corey is cute and fun and I was cheering for them to get together the entire story. I still have no idea what this pudding is that they were making. It sounded a bit like fruitcake at first, but fruitcake isn’t boiled. I would love to try it.I am always a sucker for an HEA and I know that we have at least the start of that. This is a story that I could easily see as a prequel to their full story. Hint, hint!This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.

  • Devan Huff
    2019-02-19 21:35

    I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. The Proof is in the Pudding is a short but sweet Australian Christmas romance. Steve and his friends are spending the holiday break in a house in the woods and are looking forward to plenty of food, fun and friendship. Steve has recently been dumped and is trying to get his life back in order and maybe open his heart to new possibilities. Corey caught his eye quite a while ago but he doesn’t think he has a chance with him.Steve is in charge of the Christmas pudding and he and Corey bond in the kitchen. A kitchen accident and some nasty burns has Corey playing nursemaid to Stevens injuries and one thing leads to another, resulting in a very merry Christmas.The author does a great job of developing each of these characters. You can feel how hurt Steve was by his ex but his is trying hard to move on and get on with his life. You don’t get to know Corey quite as well but he seems like a nice guy who is interested in more than just getting Steve in bed. There was a nice amount of chemistry between the two and some light hearted banter as well.I loved the collection of friends that the author creates. They are all a nice balance between lighthearted fun and slightly pain the ass friend. They all seem real…like guys you would meet at the office or living next door.As an American I liked hearing about the hot Australian Christmas and their creative use of natural materials to provide a Christmas tree for their gathering.The pace of the book was just right and I loved watching Steve and Corey get to know each other.If you are looking for a sweet Christmas romance, this is a great one!

  • Diverse
    2019-01-24 20:11

    I often love when books are set in places I've never been. It's like taking a vacation. And of course this one is set in Australia at Christmas time. A win win for me! It all circulates around pudding that Steve is making... or destroying. LOL. A group of friends rent this gorgeous house out for Christmas break. I loved this concept. I would have loved doing something like that once in my life. Corey who isn't a regular so much takes part in the festivities and soon Steve and Corey become more than friends. They have a lot on common. The same hurt but they have the same amount of love to give.This is a cute Christmas novella filled with great friendship, cooking, and of course love!!!

  • Atom Yang
    2019-02-18 13:23

    The Proof is in the Pudding is a delightful short story about a healing heart, romance, friendship, and good eats on Christmas!I appreciated the author's ability to write an ensemble cast well, giving life to several characters with only a few words of description, and letting their dialogue express their personalities. What I appreciated the most, however, as a gay, Asian male reader of MM/gay romance is her characterization of the love interest (who's Asian-Australian)--he felt real, and at no point did he come off as a stereotype or fetish object.This is a fun holiday story to read--full of warmth, friendship, love, heat, and food (I can't wait to make my own Christmas pudding!).

  • Heather
    2019-01-28 16:09

    4-1/2 StarsI have a few Nic Starr stories on my kindle but I've yet to read them. After this, I'll be bumping them up on my TBR list. Sometimes friends really do know what's best for us and sometimes they don't have a clue. A great little holiday read.

  • Michael
    2019-02-03 18:08

    3.5 Stars. Short sweet Christmas romance.

  • Didi
    2019-02-07 17:33

    A cute Christmas summer time friends-to-lovers story with the help of Christmas pudding! :)Quite an enjoyable light reading.

  • ⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
    2019-02-10 18:09

    3.0 StarsA sweet, romantic read...although I do wish there had been more than just lip-service paid to the Korean MC's heritage with the stereotypical/racial requisite over-achieving siblings and restaurant-owning parents.Two things though: 1) Until I'm confronted with it (book, TV) I tend to forget that at least half of the world is in Summer when Christmas rolls around and that Northern-centrism kind of embarrasses me when I think of all the holiday paraphernalia that automatically comes with snow, snowflakes & snowmen.2) Also, I have a really hard time imagining that dessert described as a "pudding." I know, I know, it's another regional thing (this one more specific to just North America/USA), but if you can slice it then it seems like a pie or a cake - and without a crust, this one is more like a cake. Pudding is creamy...or jiggly. *sigh* Yet another thing I'll have to be careful of if I ever get to the UK - because I don't like actual pudding much (unless it's chocolate, though, yes!) but I do love me some pie, cake, brownies & cookies (er, biscuits? Good thing I like those, too)!

  • Dale Hankins
    2019-02-11 17:09

    A cute, quick Christmas story from Down Under. Looking forward to reading some more of Nic Starr's works.

  • Lada
    2019-02-21 20:26

    Dropped at 45% because I wasn't interested.