Title: Kiss and Ride
Author: Teodora Kostova
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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?
“I took out a coin from my pocket, made a wish, and threw it in.”
“What did you wish for?”
“I wished for someone to spend Christmas with.” Luca’s voice was soft, gentle, like a caress given to a lover. “I wished for you.”
This is my favorite Christmas story so far this year. I really loved the characters, the plot, the little bit of angst, and the setting. Oh God, that setting! I highly recommend that you add this book to your holiday reading list, but make sure you have your heart-shaped glasses on, because:
A) This is insta-love special. I ‘ve said it before, Teodora Kostova really nails insta-love. This was done exceptionally well.
B) Some parts felt a little unrealistic like
- the fact that you offer to accomodate a stranger you just met in an elevator, and share with him important moments of your life, like your father’s funeral or a will execution. Or an Italian lawyer with the power to influence the foster care adoption procedure
But listen, you need to roll with it! Because it’s Christmas in ROME! Believe me, this city does things to you. It’s one of the most romantic destinations ever! So, put on your glasses, and roll with it.
“God, he wanted this man! This beautiful, sensual, charismatic man he’d met the day before but felt like he’d known forever. This sexy, gorgeous man with the soulful dark eyes that made his heart beat faster with a single glance.”
Vin is an American student who came to Rome to attend his father’s funeral. A father he never met. Luca is a steward who lives in Rome. The stars align, and these two happen to be in the right place at the right time. Vin and Luca won’t be alone anymore. Not this Christmas.
I loved the days Vin and Luca spent together. There was slow burn, there was steam (so much steam), but there’s was also sweetness and romance. Despite the short period, I felt the connection between the MCs, because they really shared experiences and feelings.
But Vin can’t stay in Rome forever. I loved how this part played out, and that the characters decided to take their time apart without rushing things.
There are pink jock straps, penis shaped pasta, and hot as hell phone sex sessions.
But there are also late night walks all around Rome, promises made in front of Fontana di Trevi, and an amazing epilogue four years down the road.
I read this whole story melted into a puddle. Recommended!