Title: Kiss & Ride
Author: Teodora Kostova
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary, Christmas/Holiday Romance
What happens when you meet the right guy at the wrong time?
When Vincent Alesi’s estranged father dies, he gets on the first plane from New York city to Rome to be at the memorial service. Even if he has to max out his credit card. Even if he hates the man for leaving him. Even if it’s a day before Christmas.
Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and Vin ends up trusting a complete stranger with all his secrets, even the ones he didn’t know he had.
Luca Romano’s job as a flight attendant takes him all over the world. But a jet-setting lifestyle is not what he wants. His dream of opening his own restaurant is being placed on hold over circumstances beyond his control.
Timing is everything…
When Vin bursts into Luca’s life, both men fall fast and hard. But their lives, their dreams, even the cities they live in couldn’t be more different.
Their few days together in Rome are romantic, emotionally intense, and leave them both wanting more.
Can a fleeting love affair change their lives forever?
Vin liked that idea. He helped Luca make Bombardino all’uovo, a traditional Italian drink made of eggnog and rum. In winter, it was served heated up with a dollop of whipped cream on top. It was sweet and delicious, and very Christmassy. Luca toasted Vin with his glass, licking whipped cream from the top of his lips after he drank. Vin’s eyes followed Luca’s tongue as it sneaked out, wetting his lips, the moisture glistening as he smirked. Vin swallowed hard, embarrassed to have been caught staring, and looked away.
Back in the living room, Luca put on some music while Vin emptied the shopping bags full of decorations on the table. They danced as they hung glittering balls, snowflakes, and stars on the tree, and laughed when they messed up the lyrics of every popular song. The grin seemed permanently glued to Luca’s face, and Vin loved it. It was so carefree, so relaxed and genuine that he decided he’d do anything to keep it there.
When Jon Bon Jovi’s ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’ came on, Luca wrapped a garland around Vin’s neck and pulled him closer, circling an arm around his waist. They danced, humming to the music, and it felt so good. Vin’s brain was empty of anything but the feel of Luca’s arms around him, the subtle shift in his body as he moved. Laying his head on Luca’s shoulder, Vin pressed closer and let go of everything. He was here, in this perfect moment, and nothing else mattered.
When the song ended Luca dipped Vin down, then pulled him up and twirled him around as a grand finale. Vin laughed, losing his balance, but Luca caught him before he could fall. Faces a mere inch apart, Vin lowered his gaze to Luca’s mouth, the desire to taste those luscious lips rushing through him, making him lightheaded.
When he raised his eyes back to Luca’s, he wasn’t smiling anymore. All humor had evaporated from his dark eyes, and what remained was the primal spark of desire that shot through Vin, making his knees go weak.
I was excited to receive this ARC because the author was new to me. The blurb was also intriguing and I’m glad to say I’m not disappointed. The themes were interesting. Some readers won’t appreciate the somewhat insta-love that happens at the beginning, but I have to say, from experience, it sometimes happens, especially when one of the parties involved is on a limited-time trip, not to mention at an emotional time such as Christmas Eve.
Both characters, Vic and Luca, are or were estranged from one or both of their parents, giving them both something in common. It was one of many things. The relationship started off as a good-will gesture with a slight selfish motive but progressed nicely and at a believable pace, given the circumstances.
The world-building is believable, and although I’ve never been to Rome, the imagery and descriptions were in line with how I imagine it to be.
At first, Vic and Luca’s relationship was based on dealing with Vic’s personal baggage about his father, with Luca interjecting about his own troubles with his parents. There was an obvious attraction which culminated in a few sexy scenes.
The ”L word” was felt by both characters but never mentioned and only alluded to at the end of Vic’s stay when Vic promised to come back in a year to hear Luca finally say the words if Luca still felt the same.
After Vic’s departure was the part of the story I found the most interesting. The next chapters were short snippets of emails and conversations grouped by month. Surprisingly, these didn’t stilt the story at all. The author was able to expand on the character development and the plot through the use of only a few paragraphs. Not an easy thing to pull off but she did.
I won’t tell the ending, only to say that the HEA pundits won’t be disappointed.
All in all, this was a very good read, that I recommend, especially to those who enjoy rereading stories.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N054R33/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N054R33/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N054R33/
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About the author
Hi, 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.