#Spotlight ~ A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova ~ Romantic, sexy, and full of hope!
A Sip of Rio
MM Contemporary Romance
Liam Young has a problem - he's booked a romantic holiday to Rio de Janeiro months ago, but when he breaks up with his boyfriend, all his plans fall apart. Not only is his dream holiday slipping through his fingers, but Liam is sick and tired of getting his heart broken.
Blaine Reed has a solution that can save Liam's plans. Recently divorced, Blaine needs a break, and a couple of stress-free weeks in Rio with a sexy guy like Liam sounds like heaven.
Liam and Blaine hit it off right from the start, becoming good friends even before they've left London. Despite their efforts to ignore the simmering attraction between them, it boils over when they end up sharing a room in one of the most romantic cities in the world.
Being together in Rio is easy, and it's exactly what Liam needs - no feelings, no drama, nobody getting hurt.
Until someone does.
When the holiday bubble bursts, it's up to them to find a way to be together outside of Rio's seductive magic.
Liam stirred next to him, turning gingerly and moving to snuggle in Blaine’s arms. Laying his head on Blaine's chest, and wrapping an arm around his waist, Liam made a content little noise, his breathing slowing down almost immediately.
Blaine smiled as he looked down at Liam, calm and relaxed, seeking comfort in Blaine’s arms. His stomach did a little flip at the thought of Liam seeing him as something more than a holiday fling, but not being ready to admit so yet. They still had a few more days left here, maybe Blaine could make him see that what they had didn't have to end when they got on the plane. He had this crazy idea taking root in his mind about how they could make this last, and how they could make Liam’s dreams come true.
But it was scary to voice it out, and even scarier thinking about Liam’s reaction. What if he laughed in his face and dismissed it as nothing more than a fantasy?
Blaine sighed, kissing the top of Liam’s head as he fiddled with his phone one handed, activating the camera app. He snapped a photo of them, Blaine looking up at the camera while Liam slept peacefully in his arms.
On an impulse, he sent the photo to Hayden, adding underneath,
I think I’m in trouble
He put a blushing emoticon at the end of the sentence, not that Hayden needed that clarification. He’d get what kind of trouble Blaine meant just by looking at the picture. Even to Blaine's eyes it looked intimate, raw, and way too intense to post on social media.
Hayden replied with a meme of a guy who had pink paper hearts stuck on top of his eyes, with the caption: ‘Heart eyes, motherfucker’.
This is you right now ^^^
Blaine laughed quietly, shaking his head. He texted back, clutching his phone tightly and eagerly awaiting Hayden’s response.
What am I going to do?
Was it really that easy?
A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova is absolutely fantastic and I read it from start to finish without stopping. I knew before I finished the first chapter that I was already hooked by the way the author had me smiling from ear to ear with the effortless and natural way Blaine and his best friend, Hayden bantered back and forth.
Blaine just finalized his divorce after a three-year separation so even though it didn't just happen it has stirred up some bad memories.
Liam just broke up with his boyfriend but he has a two-week trip already paid for in Rio and it can't be canceled so he puts out an S.O.S for someone to go with him and Blaine answers his call.
Blaine and Liam meet before the trip and hit it off and have already started a friendship so once they get to Rio they have a blast. They are attracted to each other from the start but Liam assumes Blaine is straight since he was married and Blaine hasn't found the right time to tell him he's not.
It doesn't take long, however, for kissing and making out to start but they agree to keep it casual. There's only one problem with that pact. Blaine was falling for Liam before they ever got on the plane.
A Sip of Rio is fun, romantic, and filled with beautiful narrative descriptions of Rio and surrounding areas giving the reader the visual of being there in the flesh.
“You’re falling in love right now, aren’t you?” Liam said, his camera clicking relentlessly.
Blaine turned to face him, his eyes sliding past Liam to the view of Copacabana beach
behind him, and then back on Liam’s face.
“Yeah,” he finally said, feeling his cheeks flushing. “I think I am.”
The connection and chemistry between Blaine and Liam were scorching but more than that it was heartfelt and so believable that you knew from the beginning they were meant to be together.
I didn't quite get the puppy, at the end, however, if they have plans to travel. Aside from that...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and recommend it to anyone wanting a feel-good story with a great plot, great chemistry, and well deserved happy ever after.
A side note: The images in the collages are all places they went, while on holiday in Rio, or are things they enjoyed...or close to it. <3
MEET THE AUTHOR
MEET 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 in 2010 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 to 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.