Wendy reviews A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova. Published October 6, 2016 151 pages
We were given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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
I would call this book a sweet friends to lovers story. Teodora Kostova does an amazing job of taking us all on vacation to Rio with her boys Blaine and Liam. I really felt like I was in Rio, seeing the sights, tasting the food and experiencing everything that makes it such a special place. I felt like I was walking on the beach at Ipanema and was a bit afraid of heights at one point during a tram ride up to a mountain top. I want to go there just to eat! But back to Blaine and Liam… they each have recent relationship issues and I was surprised that Blaine was the more willing to move forward the soonest of the two men.
Liam has had a lifetime history of bad relationships that color his judgment and don’t let him act on or believe that what he feels is real or reciprocated. His feelings for Blaine develop quickly, not that they can’t, I just didn’t see him letting himself feel more than lust with his past. I thought that he would be a bit more cautious. His past does make for some rocky moments and I was really pulling for his character to find a way to make things work.
Blaine seems to be a very easy going kind of guy for the most part and I liked that about his character. It balanced the relationship with Liam. Again, I thought he was quick to move forward, but this character is kind of a “see what I want and grab it with both hands and never let go” kind of guy. It worked.
These guys worked up to their hot as hell sex and I appreciated that. They progressed in stages, it was sexy and loving.
I wouldn’t mind seeing more of these guys in the future.
Where to add:
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 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 Wii game by a very inventive kid.