Blog Tour Review and Giveaway – Kiss and Ride by Teodora Kostova
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?
Kiss and Ride is the perfect holiday romance for me. Sweet enough to be Christmasy, dark enough to make me cry, and set in a city I loved exploring. It’s always fun to read about how characters in books react to things I’ve already seen!
Vin and Luca fall in love fast, yet the story doesn’t have that inexplicable instalove feel. Vin–and later on Luca as well–is in an incredibly vulnerable situation, with the new man in his life being the only one who’s there for him, to support him from it all. They both seem about ready to fall in love and give it their best shot, and grief with some extremely bad travel mojo give them a push in the right direction.
No mater how movie perfect their affair in the Eternal City is, Vin and Luca aren’t sheltered from reality. Their situation–living in different countries, having their own goals and priorities–and the pressure new events put on their budding relationship aren’t lost somewhere in fogginess of infatuation, they are always there, looming and threatening.
In the end this is a romance, yet it kept me wondering every step of the way. It’s also important to note that I loved the fact the father wasn’t completely redeemed. Sure, there was an explanation for his behavior, but never an excuse. And if that’s to vague for you… well, I guess you’ll have to read the book then 😀
- Kindle Fire 7″ WiFi 8GB tablet
- 2 x 10$ Amazon gift cards
- 2 x Signed paperbacks of Snowed In
- 3 x Swag packs, including pens, bookmarks, bracelets, and van Gogh themed items from the National Gallery in London
- 2 x audio books, winners choice. (requires an account with Audible to claim prize)
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.
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