New Review: A Sip of Rio by Teodora Kostova

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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 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.

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4 Stars

A Sip of Rio is a feel good, heartwarming read and I enjoyed it from start to finish! I really liked the low-angst feel of this story and loved getting lost in their travels and their journey together. Blaine and Liam are definitely loveable guys that I got attached to! This is a fun strangers to lovers story with a great twist!

Liam has just broken up with his boyfriend, the cheating jerk, and Blaine is a DJ coming off a rough divorce! Liam has a trip planned to Rio but it’s a couple’s trip and he needs someone with the same name as his ex in order to get his dream vacation. Enter Blaine, who just so happens to fit the needed requirements.

These two embark on a great journey together, full of amazing travels, the foundations of a great friendship and even deeper feelings from both men. Although, it takes a bit for those feelings to be revealed. Blaine is bisexual and keeps that to himself for a while, not letting Liam in on that piece of information. And poor Liam is confused by his feelings for Blaine. I felt frustrated for him, struggling with that situation.

There were some amazing moments in this book, of these two exploring Rio, it made me want to plan a trip and visit for myself. I did feel like I was experiencing everything with them. I loved the ending of this book and the way it was Blaine who was the one to step up and prove to Liam how true and strong love can be. This really was a feel-good story and one I will definitely come back to and visit Liam and Blaine again!

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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
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