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?
©2016 Teodora Kostova (P)2016 Teodora Kostova
I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.
I loved this. I loved the characters, the dual POV, the sweetness, the pace, but most of all I loved Dan Rider's narration.
Even though he was a bit nasally in a couple of areas, overall his narration fit this story like a glove. I loved his character voices, and the way he handled the emotional bits of the story. I just loved it!
This was a total surprise for me, as Dan is a new narrator to me and the book I just happened to pick up on a whim because of the whispersync deal...but it all worked for me.
Thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I can absolutely see this getting rotation at Christmas each year. <3
Being Young Again
So this book was a great listen for me. I just love it. Dan did a great job in portraying both Vin and Luca! I just love this story and Dan just made the story come alive. With two strangers coming together when they both lease expected. I just love these two and Dan reading the book justmade me loive them more!
To be honest, when I first offered to do an Arc for this I didn't even read the summary. I thought--oh I have time to listen to books now while I work and it is m/m, I'll do it! I'm so glad I did! I loved the narrator, the characters, and the story! First of all, the narrator gave animation to his characters and different voices-not something many do on audible with m/m books! The story was easy to follow but captivating and real-the ending was perfect! But I think my favorite part was the reason behind the main character's father being out of the picture. It was so real and as we learned later, raw. This is a great listen and I fully recommend it.
I was given this audio in exchange for an honest review.
*Copy provided by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*
I love the story of Luca and Vin's love that Teodora Kostova created and it really came alive through the audio version. Vin and Luca are at a difficult time in life when they connect in Rome. Vin has flown to Rome to attend his absentee father's memorial service and meet his aunt. As further proof, he wasn't invited to his father's funeral that was for family; he was invited to the memorial service for the public. He sits and listen to all these wonderful stories about his father and his good works, and all he can think is that this man walked out on him and his mom, and when she died allowed him to be raised in foster care instead of caring for him. Vin shares these feelings with those in attendance, until Luca takes him heartbroken from the service. When Vin meets his aunt, he's bitter and angry and unwilling to accept what she's offering. With Luca's support over the holidays, Vin is willing to be open and to learn about his father.
Luca is happy to have someone to spend the holiday's with. When his parent's found out he was gay, they kicked him out and have done everything they can to stop him from getting his inheritance. He goes all out with cooking and decorating so that both he and Vin get an enjoyable holiday. Unexpectedly, Vin and Luca discover something more than friendship while spending the holidays together. There lives are not ready for the love they've found, and they make plans for their future, after they both do what needs to be done. Vin goes back to the U.S. and plans on finishing his degree. Luca continues to work, but continues to fight his parents for his inheritance. They keep in contact as much as they can and continue to support each other long distance. And a year after they met, they're finally ready to begin their lives together.
The narrator of this story is Dan Rider. When I first read Luca and Vin's story, I knew that they were young but it was easy to forget in the reading, but Dan's voice is so young, it was a continuous reminder. He did a great job with Luca and Vin's characters! The story was well-paced, and the characters voices different enough to allow it to be easily distinguished.
Honestly, this is a must-read or must-listen to story, whichever you prefer! It's such a beautiful story that may have started out as insta-love, but develops into something so much more.
I read and loved this book. I enjoyed the audio version even more. Dan made the characters come alive . This was a great book to listen to.
One of the kind!
First fountain one
True love at the best!
These two are so wonderful together, its been a long time since I've read/listen to two characters that are just perfect for each other.Even though they both have major issues going on, they find time to learn, love and deal. Self doubt, self worth, and self growth play a huge overall part in this story. But we do it all as one team, so it's less like a lesson and more like a true romance.
I believe my first by this narrator, and he did a wonderful job capturing the two voices.
I loved the characters of Vin and Lucca. They were perfect for each other. A stranger helped another stranger out and passion ensued.
I liked the passion that the two men had for each other. The lust between Lucca and Vin was electric.
I liked the voice was steady. I was annoyed by his tone. I cannot really explain it.
Find love in an elevator
I received this as an ARC and voluntarily left an honest review.
Heartwarming. Satisfying. Gentle.
I liked the instant attraction between Luca and Vin, the trust and support. I also liked the fact that it then took time for them to become a proper couple, both completing previous commitments.
I read the book and gave it 4 Happy stars. On listening to Dan Rider's narrative it lifted my opinion to a 5 star book. He gave the story that extra bit of something!
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