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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.

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Bash finally gets his story told and I’m totally here for it

DareYou AMAZONDare You by Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As this is a trilogy, I knew we’d get mini cliffhangers at the end of each book, but even so, this one frustrated me.

Not because it’s a cliffhanger, but because of the type of “dramady” plot trope used to create it.

Begin Whinge 

I hate with the power of a thousand burning suns the whole ‘misunderstanding of a situation’ angle and that it’s used here annoyed me because it was out of character for how both men had been behaving until that point.

That and the fact that character X appeared literally out of nowhere just for said plotline.

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Up until that moment, everything about this book was going beautifully for me and I know it’s a personal bugbear not an actual fault 😁

I’ve been dying for Bash’s story for almost two years, I loved the idea of a crossover with Ella’s Chicagoverse, Kieran Bailey especially, and everything was working out in a way which felt honest.

The meet cute was fab, Kieran’s fascination with Bash was totally believable, his growing attraction coming out of spending time together was absolutely understandable.

They just click from the off, they’re comfortable in each other’s company and they’re funny, flirting and exploring the delights of Chicago as Kieran plays tour guide.

The set up for the first spark between them had me cheering and when the UST finally boils over, it’s a visceral connection which scorches the pages.

I know Brooke and Ella will steer the story to a joyous, happy ending in the final book, but sometimes I wish I didn’t have to suffer through the angsting first!

At least they don’t leave us waiting long, book two is out next month and the last part in September 😁

I’m also seriously keen to see what Keiran’s going to do to win Bash back round to believing he wasn’t just “straight guy experimenting” because he’s going to need to be very persuasive.

Our Bash needs someone willing to fight big for him and lay their vulnerability on the cards, so come on Keiran, go fix this!

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

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RJ delivers an emotionally satisfying romance which hit all my favourite tropes

W02 Summer Drifter jpgSummer Drifter by R.J. Scott

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Ooh that was well worth the wait!

I love it when RJ writes cowboys, especially when they come along with a big dose of hurt/comfort and wounded souls like this one does.

Both Levi and Quinn have serious issues over bad parenting, abandonment and feelings of worthiness, but they couldn’t be more different if they tried.

It was great to be back at the Lennox Ranch and see that Micah and Daniel are still going strong, Rachel and Scott are happy and that life is traveling in the right direction for them all after the events of Winter Cowboy.

This story had lots of my favourite tropes as well as the opposites attract theme, Levi is a rough and tough guy, but he’s hiding a need to be on his knees for someone who’ll let him give up control.

Quinn might look like he’d be blown over by a strong wind but he has a core of steel and the gymnastic flexibility and self-defence awareness to look after not only himself but to be everything Levi needs.

The secrets Quinn is hiding form the majority of the tension points in the narrative, there’s a bit of “toing and froing” between the two men but it never becomes onerous.

It’s medium steamy with a fair amount of UST and the one full on smexy scene we get is powerfully emotive, as Quinn edges Levi into giving in to his desire to submit. It’s hot 😉

But overall, this is an emotional romance, feelings of guilt warring with a need to belong, fears of giving in to change and ultimately, hope and longing for a happy ending. The Epilogue is a wonderful drawing of a close to this part of their lives and a solid step into that future.

Now, I’m wondering if Chris will be next and whether Connor might be on the cards for him or if Sheriff Neil is going to win out there?!

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

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