Review of Her Christmas Cookie

Her Christmas Cookie by Katrina Jackson. 2018.

Her ChristmasCookieHer Christmas Cookie is the fourth book in the Welcome to Seaport series by Katrina Jackson. All of the books are wonderful. This book will be much more satisfying if you read it after reading From Scratch, which is a delight and definitely worth the read regardless. It depicts the m/m/f triad centered in that book, after they have been together for a year, going on a road trip where each of the MCs introduces their partners to their families. It is also about a baker’s quest for a Christmas cookie recipe that has been in her family for over 100 years.

This book was exactly what I needed from a queer polyamorous holiday story, as it centers the way all three partners support each other through the complexities of going home for the holidays, and shows a range of family experiences. Some of their blood family is awesome, supportive, and lovely to the triad, and we get a ton of sentimental family moments. One of the MCs is completely estranged from his blood family so they go to spend time with his queer chosen family and that section of the story is gorgeous and made me tear up. There are also realistic moments with one MC’s abusive family that are not sugar-coated or waved away and that are balanced by support from friends and supportive family. And of course there is lots of baking, a quest to get a family recipe, and a truly heartwarming happy ending that made me all verklempt.

I loved the way this triad feels both solid as a unit and also that we get to see the way they experience strain and challenge and grapple with insecurities too. It felt real to me, as a polyamorous reader. I loved the way gifts illuminated things about the giver and their relationship with the folks receiving the gift; that really had room to breathe in this story and is one of the things I want from a Christmas romance. The sex, per usual with this author, was intensely hot and the story also has these lovely tender moments in it between each of the three couples that make up the triad, which I really appreciated.

This holiday novella is a gift to the subgenre for which I am deeply grateful. I am especially grateful for the ways it does not insert reconciliation with abusive family (which is one of the norms in the genre that I really wish would go away). I know this is going to be a yearly reread for me, and that I’m likely to want to start the new year with a reread of the rest of the series, because this story made me want to spend time in Sea Port. I will also admit to hoping that I might see some of the secondary characters again in future books. Jackson is one of my most favorite romance authors and I’m excited to see what she publishes in 2019!

Representation

  • Black woman MC
  • Black bisexual man trauma survivor MC
  • Latinx pansexual man MC
  • Black queer woman author

Content Warnings (in white, highlight to read)

Oblique references to MC’s abusive family. Visit with MCs emotionally abusive parent. Parental antagonism towards queer polyamorous triad. Alcohol use. References to homelessness. Sex as a way to avoid hard conversations. Sex on the page. 

Disclosures

  • Source of the book: I bought this book myself
  • I am friends with the author on Twitter and interviewed her for this blog

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