Today I am so pleased to welcome Ariella Zoelle to Joyfully Jay. Ariella has come to talk to us about her latest release, Gaycation in Paradise. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Chapter 2: Aldo Farnese
“Nope, I’m stopping you right there.” I stood up and hauled Rook off the chaise into a standing position, enjoying his baffled expression as he wondered how I was strong enough to do that. “You’re hangry, spiraling, and it’s too early for that shit. Come on. You’ll feel better once I feed you.” Grabbing my computer, I went inside, forcing him to follow me.
“Wow, you’re a bossy little butler, aren’t you?” He snickered as we entered the kitchen.
I gave him a knowing look. “Oh, please. We both know you’re loving every second.”
“I’m more impressed that you’re cocky as hell without it being obnoxious. Few people can pull that off, especially at your age.”
“How old do you think I am?”
He blatantly looked me over from head to toe, then back up again. It was difficult not to shiver or get turned on by it. “Barely legal?”
I laughed at his answer as I poured him a cup of coffee from the carafe I’d brewed earlier. After turning on the oven, I pulled out a large mixing bowl from the cabinet to start breakfast. “I’m almost twenty-one, thank you very much.”
“Oh, so you’re all the fun of being jailbait without the threat of actual prosecution.” He took a sip and hummed with pleasure at the taste. “Damn, I don’t know what blend this is, but it’s incredible.”
“I make up for it by acting older than my age,” I said, before adding, “at least sometimes.”
“Such as when you’re giving sage advice with wisdom beyond your years?” He continued studying me, as if he were trying to figure out my mysteries. He’d need all the luck he could get because I was a veritable onion of contradictions he’d never be able to make heads or tails of no matter how hard he tried.
As I pulled out the ingredients, I couldn’t resist the temptation to flirt. It was so much fun when he was not only my secret celebrity crush but also my favorite type of guy to banter with: sexy, hot, and an alpha secretly begging to be dominated. “That, and in the bedroom.”
“I doubt that.” He snorted derisively as he set his coffee aside on the counter. “Someone your age barely knows their ass from their elbow.”
“While I appreciate the invitation to show you to the contrary, Luxurian Suites Resort butlers don’t officially engage in sex work.”
“What about unoff—” Rook stopped himself from finishing his sentence with a startled expression. It thrilled me he was already interested enough to ask if I was unofficially available for sex for pleasure. He awkwardly cleared his throat. “Um, never mind. Can I help you with whatever you’re making?”
“I’m getting the impression you don’t understand the concept that a butler is supposed to take care of your needs while you sit around and do nothing.”
He scowled at that. “My life would be easier if I was that kind of person who could let people tend to my every need. I hate feeling useless. I’m much happier working.”
“Uh-oh. Your Midwestern roots are showing,” I teased him as I passed him a bowl with three ripe bananas in it. After being a fan of his since I was a kid, I was well acquainted with the fact he grew up in Minnesota before being discovered as a model when he was a teenager and moved to California to become an actor. “In that case, why don’t you put those big, burly arms of yours to good use and mash the hell out of these for me? It’s the second-best method to get out your pent-up aggression.”
He hesitated with an expression I couldn’t decipher before he began his task. I enjoyed my sideways glances at his beautiful forearms working the masher. “What’s the first?”
I glanced up at him with an ornery grin. “If you have to ask, you’re in worse off shape than I thought. Well, either that, or it’s another veiled offer for me to show you my favorite sexy way to de-stress with a partner.” I grinned when he mashed the bananas with more strength than was necessary. “So, which is it?”
Suite Dreams, Book 4
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.
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?
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.
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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Welcome, Ariella, and thanks for the fun excerpt. Best wishes for the success of Gaycation in Paradise!