Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: A Sip of Rio
AUTHOR: Teodora Kostova
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 151 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
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 sick and 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.
This story is told in third person and from both of the main characters’ point-of-view. Being my preferred style of narration that was a win right off the bat.
Liam is a wonderful character, somewhat flighty, and also a little unsure of himself and insecure. My one irk with his character was the way he ranted about not getting a promotion he applied for, because the slag in the tight-skirt got it. (his words) To me, a gay man should be more sensitive to being labelled and/or judged on appearance.
Blaine is a recently divorced bisexual man, separated for three years, so he is well and truly over his ex-wife who never understood his sexual orientation. As a radio DJ, when he hears Liam’s advertisement for a travel companion, he’s able to get his number pronto and have the ad taken down before anyone else can respond to Liam’s advert.
Their trip to Rio is an absolute delight. The author did a fantastic job of bringing the region to life: Favela tour, jellyfish, vespa rides.
The chemistry between the men is palpable, even though it takes Liam a while to figure out Blaine is bisexual. Unfortunately, not all is smooth sailing. But thankfully both these men have friends who can see what they can’t.
This is a feel good story, relatively low on angst, with two characters who fit each other perfectly, no pun intended. Oh wait, maybe it was a pun. There was some hot loving.
There were a few typos here and there, but nothing to detract from the story. I’m giving this story a rating of 4 hearts, as it warmed mine.