Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway- Kiss & 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?
The rest of the space was filled with paintings and art materials piled in every corner, easels, a pottery wheel, and boxes overflowing with supplies stacked against the walls. Luca had an uncomfortable flashback to Antonio’s apartment, but unlike his studio, Vin’s was lacking any of the suffocating madness. It was bright and airy, a place where he exercised his talent, not fell victim to it.
Vin closed the door and locked it, then passed by Luca and walked further inside. Luca followed him to one of the stack of paintings propped against the wall. They seemed like a series of four paintings, same technique, complementary colors, and even though they were done in a very abstract style Luca thought he could see a figure forming from the skewed shapes. Something about the paintings spoke to him, drew him in, and he couldn’t look away.
“It’s you,” Vin said quietly, his eyes on the paintings. “I made that first one the day after we had phone sex for the first time.” He pointed to the painting on the far right.
It all made sense now. As Luca studied the paintings, he saw the figure on all of them was naked, body twisted in pleasure. Goosebumps erupted on Luca’s skin as he remembered that night, the longing he’d felt so accurately captured in these paintings.
“They’re incredible,” he said, wrapping an arm around Vin’s waist and kissing his temple, his gaze still locked on the paintings.
Vin nodded, then buried his face in Luca’s neck. They stayed like this – Luca staring at the paintings, Vin snuggled in his arms – for a long time before Vin showed him the rest of the art in the studio.
“These are all for me,” he said, spreading his arms wide. “I’ve selected a few I can exhibit,” he pointed to a small cluster of paintings and a clay sculpture. “But everything else feels too private the show the world.”
- 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.