Title: A Sip of Rio
Author: Teodora Kostova
Release Date (Print & Ebook): September 2016, available as ebook, print and audio book
Length (Print & Ebook): 47000 words, 228 pages in paperback
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 sounds 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.
How to get over a broken heart
Isn’t that the million dollar question?
If anyone knew the cure for a broken heart they’d have bottled it and sold a billion bottles already. But the thing is, a heart, much like a person, is unique and everyone deals with heartbreak differently.
In Dance, Jared closed himself off to everyone and everything when he lost Fenix, while Fenix threw himself in his work during the day, and in the arms of random men during the night. Did any of that work for either of them?
In Piece by Piece, Riley couldn’t erase the memory of his dead partner no matter what he did. So in the end, he stopped trying. He thought living in the past was all he needed to mend his broken heart.
In Snowed In, Nate thought never speaking to Quinn ever again would be enough to forget him and move on. And yet, the moment he saw Quinn again, his heart shattered all over again, damaging all the hard work he’d done trying to put it back together.
My characters deal with their heartache differently, and so do I. Sometimes a tub of ice-cream and a Netflix marathon with my girlfriends is enough to make me feel better, but other times it takes me ages to move on. Sometimes, I never do. I still remember the day my first pet died as if it was yesterday, and I don’t think I’ll ever be over it, or even be able to remember without tearing up.
But you know what? Even if a broken heart is impossible to fully recover from, it does get better. It does get easier to fit the broken pieces back together every day.
They say time heals everything, and maybe they’re right.
Select brief quotes from the book:
Blaine would always protect Liam’s heart, even at the expense of his own.
“You’re falling in love right now, aren’t you?” Liam said, his camera clicking relentlessly.
Blaine turned to face him, his eyes sliding past Liam to the view of Copacabana beach
behind him, and then back on Liam’s face.
“Yeah,” he finally said, feeling his cheeks flushing. “I think I am.”
But the nagging thought at the back of his mind that this was all a fantasy, a screwed up
version of reality that would come crashing down on them the moment they set foot
in London, remained. What they had here was easy. It was fun and romantic and magical.
But it couldn’t last.
Excerpt #1 (short 100 – 200 words):
“It tastes like Rio,” Liam said, and for some reason that made him a bit sad. Who was going to make him cocktails that tasted like Rio when they were gone in a few days? “It’s sweet and bitter at the same time, but it’s still beautiful and kinda addictive. I haven’t finished this one and I’m already thinking of ordering another one.”
Diego seemed satisfied with his answer, if his wide toothy grin was any indication.
“Well done, amigo, that was exactly what I was going for.” Diego leaned on his elbows on the counter, moving closer to Liam as if to whisper something conspiratorially. Liam met him half way, his head turning a little to the side as he listened to Diego, but his eyes held Blaine’s who was watching them with a frown. “But be careful,” Diego whispered. “A sip of Rio is all it takes. You may never want to leave.”
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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