Kiss and Ride (standalone)
Author: Teodora Kostova
Themes & Genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay
WARNING: Mature Content
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?
What I think of the book:
Kiss and Ride is a standalone novel by Teodora Kostova that’s surprisingly emotional for a holiday romance.
It’s a little more lovey-dovey than what I enjoy reading, but the cutesy parts aren’t what made me call it emotional. Both characters – Vin especially – are going through something that doesn’t have to do with the romantic plot of the story. The loss of a relative and how that would impact one’s life would be hard enough to portray on its own, but on top of that, Vin has to deal with the conflicting feelings he has for the father who had abandoned him. It’s that subplot that makes this book a somewhat heavy read.
However, not too heavy.
As I said, the romance plot has its sweet moments and they bring balance to the story. It got me turning the pages even though there were a couple of errors that had snuck past the editor (which is a pet peeve of mine, although I doubt there’s a book out there without at least a comma out of place).
Something I would’ve appreciated was a dictionary. Most of the story takes place in Rome and there were a few Italian words – endearments and names of places. While I could guess that the former probably translated as “dear”, “beloved”, etc., and the latter don’t really require translation, I would’ve liked to know how to pronounce them. I only speak English and Bulgarian so I appreciate it when there’s another language – real or not – and the author gives us a dictionary or has one character explain meaning and pronunciation to another.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Kiss and Ride to people who are looking for a sweet read, but at the same time don’t want something too light.
My rating: (4.5/5 airplanes)
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Where can you buy the book?
Other books by this author that I’ve already reviewed:
- Ten Mile Bottom (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, addiction | Mature Content)
- Butterfly Wishes (standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, gay, friends to lovers, musicians | Mature Content)
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