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A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova is a great vacation romance. It’s a sweet and low angst story set in beautiful Rio di Janeiro. Crazy circumstances bring Liam and Blaine together but is the romantic setting of Rio enough to make them fall in love? I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own.
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A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova
Purchase Links: Amazon
Title: A Sip of Rio
Author: Teodora Kostova
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Length/Format: 1594 KB/232 pages
Heat Rating: 3
Star Rating: 3 1/2
About Author Teodora Kostova:
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A Sip of Rio Blurb:
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 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 sound 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
Quotes from Teodora Kostova about the book:
I fell in love with Rio de Janeiro when I first went there a couple of years ago and it was inevitable I’d set a book there some day. A Sip of Rio is that book. It’s romantic, sexy, maybe a bit melancholy, and full of hope. It’s a book you can relax by the pool with, a cocktail in hand, and a smile on your face.
My Review of this great vacation romance:
A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova is a fairly low angst and predictable gay romance but it is a quick and easy read, perfect for the beach.
Liam has just recently been dumped by his boyfriend. He is left with a romantic trip for two to Rio that he will lose unless he can find someone to go with him. He is definitely not looking for a relationship. Having a long history of getting his heart broken has made him decide that love is just not worth the effort.
Strange circumstances bring Blaine along with Liam for the most romantic vacation ever. Blaine is bi, recently divorced but has been separated for quite some time. When Liam and Blaine tumble into bed in Rio, Blaine assures Liam that he isn’t looking for love, just sex. He is lying completely and his heart is in trouble!
The author does a great job of setting a beautiful scene. I loved the vivid descriptions of Rio and you could almost picture the beaches and the boisterous adventures they go on. Great imagery and it really brought the story to life.
Liam and Blaine spend a week or two getting to know each other before the trip. Blaine never once mentioned that he was bi. This didn’t really set well with me. I know he supposedly did it so that Liam wouldn’t feel pressured to get involved with him but it seemed like it was a little unreal. Sort of a forced bit of drama that just wasn’t realistic in my mind.
I did appreciate the getting to know you part of their friendship, although, in the beginning of the story, a lot of it occurred off the page. I think if it had actually been woven into the story more, I would have enjoyed it better.
The chemistry between these two characters was hot and they definitely have a scorchingly sexy time of their vacation. The scenes are well written.
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
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