Sunday, July 9, 2017

Book Review: Kiss and Ride by Teodora Kostova

Kiss and Ride
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?

Jewel's rating:

This book is just what I needed today. Yeah, it was a bit insta-lovey, but that didn't actually bother me. I was imagining myself at that age and, well, passions can run pretty high. I knew I wanted to spend my life with the man that became my husband within the first couple weeks we were together. And 23 years later we're still pretty damn happy. So I get young love. It doesn't always work out, but sometimes it really does. And it's beautiful.

Vin is a young New York Italian. He's an art major and he's gone to Rome for his father's funeral. His father, who was a famous artist. His father that left him and his mother when Vin was just 5 years old. His father that refused to take him in when he was 14 after his mother died. Vin was angry and justifiably so. He had not seen his father since he was a young child, but his father's lawyer insists he needs to go to Rome for the funeral. When he gets to Rome, he meets Luca, when they both get stuck in an elevator.

Luca is a flight attendant. He's estranged from his parents because they couldn't handle the gay. He has dreams of owning his own restaurant and furthering his grandparents legacy. And when he and Vin get stuck in an elevator, Luca can't help but want to help. Luca ends up taking Vin to the church where the funeral is being held, and then offers him a place to stay while he is in Rome. It is Christmas, after all, and Luca welcomes the company.

Vin and Luca spend the holidays getting to know each other, and cooking, and one thing leads to another and they can't keep their hands off each other. Luca shows Vin the best of Rome and they fit together like they were meant to be. I loved it and I loved their story. They bond over family issues and Italian food and each other's bodies. So beautiful! This might just be my favorite Christmas story of this year!

And the part of the book where they are apart, I found very refreshing. There was no angsty breakup. But neither were in a position to take things further at that time, so life must go on. But even though they were apart in body, they sure weren't in spirit and I still loved them.

Kiss and Ride was my first story by this author, but it won't be the last and I definitely recommend this one.

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