Author: Teodora Kostova
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.
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.
Amir and Jay have a very sweet story in Cookies! Amir is a wounded war veteran who is still recovering both physically and emotionally, from losing his leg. He now owns a bakery where he spends his days making delicious treats and volunteering at a recovery center for other wounded veterans. That is until Jay walks into his shop and Amir is immediately taken with the young college student.
Very quickly these two develop something special. There is attracting yes, but there is also more, something deeper between Amir and Jay. They are two very different people but it works, Jay’s sweet and loveable personality is exactly what Amir needs.
While there is an insta-love thing going, and come on, it’s super sweet, these two are dealing with issues too. What I really enjoyed about this book is them working through things together. As Amir struggles to help keep the center open, Jay quickly steps up to help without a second thought.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was sweet and it made my heart happy. Cookies is definitely a feel good read. I do have to say that there were some times when I think the story line could have gone a little deeper, could have explored a little more (there were some interactions with other characters I didn’t always understand). I liked the supporting characters too, and am really hoping for Shane’s story! I’m a big fan of Teodora Kostova and am definitely looking forward to more from her!
*I received a complimentary copy to review for The Geekery Book Review.