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Sugar and Spice

(A Very Enby Christmas #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Mason attempts to bake gluten-free cookies for their crush and college classmate, Natalie. When the baking goes very wrong, can Mason still win Natalie’s heart?

This low stakes story includes holiday baking, two people pining, rain-soaked admissions from hopeless romantics, some wholesome smut and a 100% nonbinary trans cast.
Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Published October 1st 2020
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Skye Kilaen
So, so glad this cute-as-heck nonbinary trans romance short story exists, and I can't wait for the next one in the series! Totally adorable, friendly, and often quite funny. If you want to read about someone with a TERRIBLE crush, Mason is the main character you need. :) Perfect for fall and getting in the mood for the holidays. ...more
Everything about this novella is just one giant yes!!!!!! I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed and appreciated Mason and Natalie's story and I'm diverging from my 12 Days of Queermas TBR to buy and read the next two novellas immediately!!

Read for the 12 Days of Queermas Readathon!
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mason didn't feel that pressure to feel right about themselves. They just existed. Seen. Next to Natalie.
I loved this so much! A sweet and very tender friends to lovers holiday short where everyone is trans and nothing hurts. I loved the premise, (baking as hapless seduction needs to be a thing in more romances) and mutual pining is adorable. They were both so INTO each other and it was so good. 

We need more books like this!!
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Appropriately named, this is a short novella that's very cute and sweet but has a little bit of spice to make things interesting.

Loved the non-binary and trans character representation and their foray into liking each other.
Oh my god I'm literally grinning like a dork over here thinking about what I've just read. Wow. Okay. So. This was absolutely delightful and such a fluffy Christmas novella, and I think I may have just found a new favourite author.

This novella really reminded me of Xan West's books, which you know I love, because they had the same kindness and the same joy and the same care. I absolutely adore that because it's something I really crave. Seeing so much trans joy just makes me so happy and it make
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
Cute, low drama, holiday queer romance short. Made me want to eat cookies.
Sugar and Spice was just that!! An adorable sweet story about the feelings of first love and gluten free cookies!!
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
just adorable, if you want something that's gonna make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside then you can't go wrong with this one! ...more
Dec 21, 2020 added it
Shelves: q-fiction
This was so sweet and warm and SAFE. Just two really really cute queers that want to make each other feel seen and loved.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enby-enby-rom, t4t
Sweet and soft

This book feels like a warm hug in the best way. I love seeing books with trans joy and the mutual pining between Mason and Natalie is so cute. So many moments of squee!
Leigh Kramer
This was such a cute short story! Mason wants to their their shot before Natalie leaves on Christmas break and decides baking gluten-free cookies for the first time is the way to go. Of course, baking doesn’t go well but it does get Natalie to agree to come over and teach them how to bake. They were both so nervous and excited and questioning whether they were reading the signals right. It was incredibly sweet. Some of their conversation felt a bit over my head but that’s okay. I read this with ...more
Ceillie Simkiss
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and Beautiful

I picked this up on a whim and it is literally a balm to my soul. I highly recommend it
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
So cute!
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet little story. Like Mason, food is my language of love. They are trying to bake gluten free cookies for their classmate Natalie as a way of wooing her. She arrives as the most recent unsuccessful attempt is coming out of the oven. Seeing Mason's distress, Natalie offers to help them bake cookies the net day, not realizing that she is the intended recipient.

For a very short story, it is packed with pining, emotional revelations, and beauty. I am diving into the next two stories.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this was adorable! There's mutual pining the start of the book, great for those readers who love to do the book equivalent of gleefully shouting at the TV screen, and the resolution was good and cute, and then the rest of the book is just this lovely slow, soft exploration of what it's like to just Be with each other. The sex scene was hot and yet full of emotion!! It's definitely a real "cookie" of a book, lol, quick but feel-good. I'll read the upcoming short stories too, I'm su ...more
Real cute, very fluffy romance short story featuring two trans non binary people (I tagged f/x and x/x because one uses she/her pronouns but is non binary). The idea that gluten free Natalie sees her crush Mason baking gluten free cookies "for someone" and doesn't immediately at least hope that they are for her is a bit silly, but I can let that go for such a positive little piece of fiction. NB the Christmas is not particularly central in the book, if you do or don't want a lot of holiday in yo ...more
This is just so crush-y, it's hard not to call it adorable, so I'm just going to say it: it's adorable. There's the sugar-high joy of enjoying the presence of someone you're crushing on, and the even sweeter, deeper joy of shared, contagious happiness. Especially recommended to readers who appreciate clear communication around sex and comfort. ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, fiction, queer
Okay, I've never read romance before. I tried, but the heavy gendering made me ill. This, though? This was amazing. I was laughing out loud at the cuteness and sweetness. And oh yeah, the sex was SO HOT while effortlessly centering consent. And both characters are trans! Buy it! (An advance copy was provided by the author in exchange for feedback.) ...more
Kris Alice
I’ve been meaning to read a romance with trans and nonbinary characters for months. I came across this one by chance. I was intrigued by the cover, the title, and the blurb. It being a debut release and available on KU made it an easy pick. And I like it. It’s sweet, soft, and joyful. Looking forward to the next book in the series, "The First Noel". ...more
Amy Rispone
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inclusive love

This was such a happy Christmas romance! I loved the silly cookie mess-ups, the wholesome nervousness of a new relationship, and especially the open communication between Mason and Natalie. I couldn’t have asked for more in a Christmas story.
Rep: Flustered Non-Binary baker MC, Oblivious sunshine Trans Woman LI.

This story was everything. Casual queerness, holiday baking and confessions of love from characters under torrents of rain? A smut scene between a non-binary person and a trans woman? This story was EVERYTHING.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A sweet, sexy story of two people who have walked away from heteronormative structures and - surprise - love is still love. Gluten-free baking as a metaphor for finding new ways to define your sexuality and gender worked very well here!
'Nathan Burgoine
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
Okay, this story basically wins the award for adorable awkwardness for the year. Everyone else can go home. Good game, good game.

(Full review up at my blog for Short Stories 366 here).
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was such a sweet story. Well written, and characters you immediately love.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was adorable and hot and now I want cookies.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Very cute!
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this one, but in the end it was a bit boring and quite holiday-spiritless. The relationship in the story wasn't charming at all, instead it was a bit didactic and definitely unexciting. I couldn't feel anything for the characters, mostly because the author created them somewhat flat. I learned almost nothing about them beyond the facts that one of them is non-binary, the other gluten free and both are trans. ...more
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