Friday, December 16, 2016

Kiss and Ride by Teodora Kostova Blog Tour

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?

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When they moved to the next section of the store, browsing the shelves of pasta, canned tomatoes, and the huge selection of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, something caught Vin’s eye.

“Can we get this?” He asked, holding a packed of penis-shaped pasta, and barely containing the giggle that was threatening to erupt.

“We’re not having penis pasta on Christmas,” Luca threw over his shoulder, but Vin could hear the smile in his voice.

“How about the day after?”

Luca shook his head in resignation when Vin threw the packet in the cart and grinned at him.

“I can’t believe you can actually buy penis pasta in a regular supermarket,” he said as they continued down the aisle, Luca picking stuff off the shelves and adding it to the ever growing pile of groceries in the cart.

“This is Italy. We’re not prudes,” he said with a wink.

They dropped off the dozen shopping bags at Luca’s place before venturing out again to try and find a last minute Christmas tree and decorations. Watching Luca, his eyes twinkling every time he saw a decoration he liked or a silly little Christmas knick-knack that he had no space for in his apartment, Vin realized Luca was a huge fan of everything Christmas. A feeling of tenderness clutched at his heart every time Luca smiled with unguarded joy like a kid about to unwrap his presents.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I just love the way this author can pull you into a story, and you are held there so tight, you just can’t let go. Once I started this book I had to finish it the same day, I couldn’t put it down! There were some very emotional times in this book. I found myself feeling each characters’ pain and joy. I even shed a tear or two… or three. This is a beautiful love story that just melts your heart. Luca and Vin are just so amazing together you can’t help but love them and root for them to get their happily ever after.

Characters: Well written and easy to relate to
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Not sure
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

This is total instalove, but the story is so sweet that I just didn’t care. Two young men, both estranged from family, find each other just before Christmas. Vincent’s grief is tempered by his anger at his famous father for abandoning him. Luca’s dreams have been curtailed because of the parents who disowned him. And together, these men find comfort and affection.

This is a very simple story, but the emotions and relationships are complicated. Both of these men feel real and they are both really easy to love. The relationship isn’t always balanced. While Luca might have more difficult problems to resolve, he spends much of the story helping Vincent with his issues.

With the “meet again in a year at the fountain” storyline, the story borrows from classic Hollywood romance. And there is something sweet and universally appealing about this love story. It is short and sweet, but very satisfying.

I love Ms. Kostova's writing, so I was really happy to get to read and review this book. Her writing is so smooth and enticing, that I knew I would do nothing else but read it straight through! I find her lead characters are always people I would want to be friends with; who are creative, yet enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as a good meal, relaxing on a sofa, and admiring a view. And I think the reveal on the title (if you don't know already) is beautifully done.

Vin is not quite the man we think he is when we first meet him, it takes time for his full story to be uncovered, and we grew to understand him better as he learns more about his past. The support he gets from Luca is what gives him a chance to discover himself. That we get to experience these two falling for each other is a real treat. They absolutely deserve each other, and the ending is perfect – for any true romantic!

If you want a really lovely Christmas read, then I would highly recommend this to you. It has gone on my to be reread pile, for when I need to put a smile on my face.

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.

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