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Release Tour: Gaycation in Paradise by Ariella Zoelle

Gaycation in Paradise | Ariella Zoelle

Suite Dreams #4

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Release Date: December 26th, 2021

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Aldo tries to play it cool when he works for his celebrity crush, but resisting the temptation to flirt with Rook is tough. Not falling in love with him is impossible.

Aldo Farnese

They always say don’t meet your idols, but I’m assigned to work as the live-in butler for Rook Warrick, the famous Hollywood action hero on the run from a scandal. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to act normal while fanboying about your secret celebrity crush when you’re in forced proximity with him and all of his powerful pheromones? It’s so hard, and I mean that in every sense of the word. Seriously, he is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. How can I resist my urges to take the chance of a lifetime at being with him?

Imagine my shock when I discover Rook missed his calling as the romantic lead in those cheesy rom-com movies my siblings adore. He’s so charming, wonderful, and thoughtful that he makes me swoon—and trust me, I am not the swooning type. My preference for quick-and-easy goes right out the window to drown in the blue lagoon outside our villa. He makes my heart want those happily ever afters I used to scoff at until I met him. Will he take me seriously when I say I have real feelings for him or think I’m just an immature kid who can’t handle commitment?

Rook Warrick

I never expected to feel like I didn’t have a single care in the world when my career is on the brink of disaster after a paparazzi video of me kissing my male co-star goes viral. But Aldo is a surprisingly perverted ray of sunshine who makes me laugh harder than I have in years. His laid-back attitude and quick wit make my forced banishment feel like I’m on a real vacation with a good friend…who I occasionally hook up with because he’s entirely too tempting to resist. Not to mention he’s very persuasive.

Aldo is the polar opposite of what I prefer in my partners: he’s eighteen years younger, a full foot shorter than me, and looks like he doesn’t have what it takes to keep me satisfied when I like a man to take control of my desires. But he unexpectedly ticks all my boxes, including a few new ones I didn’t even know I had. I have a long list of very valid reasons why it would be smart to keep my distance from him. But why should I let any of that stop me when I’ve fallen in love with him?

Gaycation in Paradise is the fourth book in the Suite Dreams series and part of the Sunnyside universe. This novel features a celebrity/regular guy, insta love, age gap, forced proximity, opposites attract, gay romance. If you love cute sweetness, sexy fun, and no angst stories that will make you laugh and swoon, you’ll enjoy this satisfying HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1: Rook Warrick

I dropped into a chair, which had a slope to it that cradled my body as if I were in a hammock. With a sigh, I closed my eyes and melted into its embrace while the porter brought in my luggage. For the first time in two days, I stopped my frenetic scrambling, allowing my exhaustion to hit me harder than a truck ramming into a brick wall. It would be easy to let myself drift off to the sound of the waves lapping at the posts holding the villa above the water if it weren’t for the gnawing hunger reminding me to eat.

A male voice tinged with humor broke through my darkness as it teased me. “Wouldn’t you rather do that in bed?”

With effort, I opened my eyes to see who had addressed me in such a manner. To my surprise, it was a younger man who barely looked old enough to hold down a steady job. His golden-bronze skin was sun-kissed, with beautifully defined biceps that hinted that there was more to him than being pretty. His eyes were bluer than the water outside and bright with mirth. A smirk tugged at the corner of his full lips while he studied me. He was undeniably attractive in his navy polo shirt and khaki shorts, with a sweet face that normally didn’t appeal to me. I liked my men more rugged, more aggressive, more willing to pin me down and give it to me good after they worked for the privilege.

It took a moment for my brain to kick back online enough to remember how to be normal. “Who are you?”

“I’m Aldo, your exclusive live-in butler during your stay with us.” He gave a formal bow that seemed at odds with his baby face. It reminded me that my assistant had informed me that the resort supplied a butler to take care of all my needs. That would minimize the risk of being seen outside and having my location reported to the paparazzi. The thought of being tended to by someone in a stuffy uniform was awful, so I had requested the butler be dressed casually to make me more comfortable. “How would you prefer me to address you, sir?”

I wrinkled my nose at the honorific. Standing on pomp and circumstance with titles was anathema to everything I was. “Please don’t call me ‘sir’ or anything like that. Rook is fine.”

“Understood.”

“There’s no need to be so formal. I hate that kind of pretentiousness.” The thought of him treating me that way during my entire stay made my skin crawl. “I’d much prefer if you were yourself.”

His lips turned upward in an ornery grin. “Are you sure about that?”

I arched an eyebrow at him. “You think I can’t handle you?”

“Oh, I know you can’t.”

His challenge riled me up despite my exhaustion. “What makes you so certain?”

“Because I’m two handfuls of hell.”

I laughed hard, which felt amazing after spending so many days angsting about the potential end of my career. “I assure you I’m more than capable of handling that kind of spunkiness.”

“No, I’m confident you’d much prefer me handling your spunk instead.” He backed his claim up with a cocky grin that caused me to bristle, while also igniting a spark of interest within me I blamed on jet lag. “But that’s a discussion for later.” He handed me a bottle of water, making me wonder where it had come from without me noticing.

I accepted it with a word of thanks. Breaking the seal, I took several long swallows before replying. “No, I doubt we’ll be having that kind of conversation at any point.”

“Oh, ye of little faith.” His devilish grin being at odds with his angelic features intrigued me about who the mysterious young man was.

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About the Author

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Ariella Zoelle adores steamy, funny, swoony romances where couples are allowed to just be happy. That means she writes low angst stories full of heat, humor, and heart. But sometimes she’s in the mood for something with a bit more angst and drama. And if you are too, check out her A.F. Zoelle books.

For real time updates on her writing progress, please join her Facebook group for exclusive teasers or follow her on Twitter or Instagram. You can also sign up for her newsletter to gain access to bonus chapters, previews of upcoming books, exclusive visual guides, and more.

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Blog Tour: Flawsome Explorations by Ariella Zoelle

Flawsome Explorations | Ariella Zoelle

Suite Dreams #2

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Release Date: July 23rd, 2021

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Unexpected sparks fly when a shy, straight, nerdy sweetheart meets a flirtatious, sexy, older Frenchman. Is Zio brave enough to take a chance on Armand?

Fabrizio “Zio” Revello
I embrace the philosophy that nobody is perfect by studying the art of imperfection. But then I meet Armand, forcing me to completely reevaluate my world view. From his gorgeous face, teasing sense of humor, and a French accent to die for, everything about him makes me forget one very important detail: I’ve never been attracted to a man until him. I shouldn’t let him tempt me, but the glimpse of the real Armand behind his playful flirtations makes him impossible to resist.

I’ve never been the adventurous type, but Armand makes me want to be brave and daring. Isn’t a lifetime of happiness with a person who understands me worth the risk?

Armand Bellamy
I approach Zio in search of a no-strings-attached evening of fun to kick off my business trip to Hawaii. But I get way more than I bargained for when I discover a shy, nerdy sweetheart who finds beauty in my flaws. He even accepts the parts of my heart that I hide from the world. It makes me want to make him mine—not just for one night but for every night of the rest of our lives.

He says he’s straight, but when have I ever let that stop me from getting what I want?

Flawsome Explorations is the second book in the Suite Dreams series and part of the Sunnyside universe. This novel features a bisexual awakening, shy/flirt, age gap, instalove, opposites attract romance. If you love cute sweetness, sexy fun, and no angst stories that will make you laugh and swoon, you’ll enjoy this satisfying HEA without cliffhangers. Each book can be read as a standalone or as part of the series in order.

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Chapter 2: Zio Revello

All I needed to tell Armand was, “Thanks, but I’m straight.” Those four little words should have been the easiest thing in the world to say, because they had been true my whole life. If I told him the truth, he’d back off.

But if I told him the truth, he’d back off. For some reason, that stopped me cold. Why? Sure, he was more beautiful than any woman I had ever seen. He looked like a model whose gorgeous smile would sell out any magazine he posed for on the front cover. His eyes were bluer than a summer sky, with a playful twinkle that detonated a bomb of butterflies inside my stomach. But he was a guy, so why was I all twisted up over him?

What was it about him that made me wish he’d never look away from me? I certainly didn’t understand why his cologne of dark spice with a hint of leather filled me with an unbearable urge to lick his neck to see if he tasted as good as he smelled. When he lifted my chin with his finger, it sent shivers racing down my spine as heat pooled in my belly. His offer to touch him exploded supernova flares within me, burning me with an unfamiliar need that scared me as much as it intrigued me.

It should have been easy to brush him off, to dismiss him as a playboy on the prowl for someone to warm his bed that evening. But when he had answered my question about his flaws, I had gotten a glimpse of the real him behind the flirt. He had lowered his guard, allowing me to see something beautiful in his genuine vulnerability. It moved my heart and inexplicably drew me to him. That was the Armand I wanted to get to know, but to what end?

The longer I looked at him, the more confused I got. Guys had hit on me before, but other than being mildly flattered, they had never tempted me before. But the glimpse of Armand’s nipples peeking out from behind the white roses on his see-through mesh shirt invited me to tease them with my tongue. Why did my fingers yearn to memorize the map of his body as I caressed him all over? And most importantly, why did those thoughts make my dick hard?

Because you’re not nearly as straight as you think, the voice in the back of my mind gleefully crowed.

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About the Author

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Ariella Zoelle adores steamy, funny, swoony romances where couples are allowed to just be happy. That means she writes low angst stories full of heat, humor, and heart. But sometimes she’s in the mood for something with a bit more angst and drama. And if you are too, check out her A.F. Zoelle books.

For real time updates on her writing progress, please join her Facebook group for exclusive teasers or follow her on Twitter or Instagram. You can also sign up for her newsletter to gain access to bonus chapters, previews of upcoming books, exclusive visual guides, and more.

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Social Media

Website: https://www.ariellazoelle.com/

Newsletter: https://www.ariellazoelle.com/newsletter

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/amazingafzoelle/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/extraafzoelle

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AriellaZoelle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ariellazoelle/

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/afzoelle

Bookbub: http://bookbub.com/authors/a-f-zoelle

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A nice low angst & sweet romance kicks off this new ice hockey series

Top Shelf CoverTop Shelf by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is the first in a new ice hockey series from RJ and V.L. looking at the Boston team that Ten’s brother Brady is the Captain at.

It’s a good intro, following on from a short freebie that has been serialised in RJ’s newsletter, to the series and establishes all the LGBTQ+ characters that I suspect we’ll be getting novels about at some point in the future.

The main focus of the book is Xander and Mason’s relationship and it’s a really lovely romance with absolutely zero angst or drama really outside of the wider implications of Xander’s coming out as a bisexual ice hockey player.

Both have been in love with the other for years, they’ve essentially grown up together as Mason’s older brother Eli took care of him after their parent’s death and Xander’s family were neighbours. Eli and Xander are best friends, heading off to join the NHL together playing for the Boston Rebels.

Apart from Eli’s original reaction when he discovers they’re together, there’s pretty much no tension involved in their relationship which makes it a nice easy read, but also means there’s not really much changes in the pacing either.

The couple of smexy times we get in detail are really sweet and loving, Mason and Xander respect each other and they work at making the other happy, they’re passionate and talk a lot about their future and what they hope for.

My main reason for not giving it a higher rating is that it seemed to end really abruptly without one of the plot threads which had been ongoing throughout being concluded. That’s not to say it’s a cliffhanger, it isn’t, the plotline is only a side one involving the ice hockey team and nothing to do with Xander and Mason’s relationship.

But it just sort of stopped after a big discussion about it. I am assuming it will be a plotline that’s picked up in future books in the series but it did leave me shaking my head a bit.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters and we get a brief catch up with Ten and the other Rowe brother Jamie which ties back in to the https://www.goodreads.com/series/1978… series.

I’m hopeful this is going to be another cracking entry to RJ and V.L.’s lexicon of interrelated ice hockey romances.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review

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