Today I am so pleased to welcome Ariella Zoelle to Joyfully Jay. Ariella has come to talk to us about her latest release, Play By Heart. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Chapter 5: Orion Donati

“In that moment, I knew I wanted you.” He shifted closer to me. “The cosmic universe brought you into my life for a reason.”

My couch creaked as I shifted my weight, subtly trying to get away from him and his earnest gaze. “What do you mean?”

“Shall I show you?” His voice was a sensual rumble that sent a shiver through me. He offered me untold possibilities that part of me couldn’t stamp out my interest in, despite being straight. I couldn’t resist that magnetic attraction I had toward him.

I didn’t know how to answer. Instead, my mind catalogued everything about the moment, as if I would want to remember it later in great detail. His high cheekbones, his delicate features, and the dark hair that fell in front of his face that gave him an air of mystery. And then there were his azure eyes that were as heavenly as the sky, and his beautifully long eyelashes.

Everything got clouded when he pressed closer, leaning in for a kiss. The world was suddenly in slo-mo while my mind still raced. What the hell were we doing? I was straight, yet my body was responding to him. How did I ignore the fact that there was a part of me that was desperately praying that he kissed me? I couldn’t listen to it, though.

“I can’t do this,” I told him in a shaky voice before I lost the will to put a stop to things.

Iason exuded a sensuality I couldn’t handle. He cupped my face in his hand as he caressed my cheekbones with his thumbs. “I promise you can. You’re in good hands.”

“I’m straight,” I blurted out, although he had made me question if that was true anymore.

His voice was a dark rumble, sparking desire deep within me when he leaned in to murmur next to my ear. “Don’t let that stop you.”

I kept waiting to open my eyes and find out this was some bizarre dream. But then I felt his warm breath before he made my heart stop by sucking on my earlobe. That was one of my erogenous zones, so him tugging on it with his teeth wrenched a moan out of me. It pushed me dangerously close to the point of no return. My body betrayed how turned on I was by the sound of his voice and his teasing. As he nibbled at my ear, it became increasingly difficult to remember why I wasn’t supposed to want him.

I got so lost in the exquisite feeling that I didn’t realize he had somehow laid me back on the couch. He straddled over me as he toyed with my ear in a way that made my dick stir. While I may have had my protests, my body had no such hang-ups. I arched against him as my hands wrapped around Iason’s neck to pull him closer as he continued teasing me. And it felt so fucking good.

Lust blazed within me as he trailed kisses down my neck until he reached my collar. I offered no resistance as he undid the knot of my tie, pulling it free with several slow tugs. The act was stunningly sensual. I couldn’t find it in me to resist as he unbuttoned my vest and dress shirt next. My breathing grew shakier with every button that came undone.

When he finished, he studied me with an appreciative look in his eyes, which were dark blue from desire. He shocked me by stripping off his sweater, tossing it aside. Good god, the man was beautiful. His muscles were chiseled perfection, but I didn’t have the chance to appreciate the view because he pressed himself against me. It took my breath away with the shock of his bare skin touching mine.

It had been months since Nyla and I had broken up. I hadn’t been with anyone, so the intimate contact made any thought of stopping him flee. All I could think about was how Iason’s body was utterly perfect.


play by heart coverHarmony of Hearts, Book 1

Iason’s known worldwide for his romantic lyrics, but he never thought he’d fall in love. Will his luck change when the stars align to bring Orion into his life?


Iason Leyland

My love songs may have made me famous, but they were beautifully written lies that hid the fact I’ve never loved anyone. I had almost given up hope of finding true love, but then I meet him. Orion is all my wishes on stars who can make my dreams come true. He’s my perfect partner in every way except one: he’s straight. Why, universe? Why?

But the cosmic force that brought us together apparently knows what it’s doing based on the sweet way Orion blushes every time we’re together. Can I convince him that we could make beautiful music together that will be worthy of my most romantic ballad yet?


Orion Donati

I’ve been a fan of Iason and his beautiful voice and lyrics for years. I never expected him to know I even exist, let alone fall in love with me. But regardless of that impossibility, he looks at me like I’m the sun, the moon, and all the stars in his universe. As a straight man, I probably shouldn’t be interested, much less tempted by his flirtations. But despite that, everything in me wants a chance to be his magical muse for the songs I love so much.

Meeting him makes me realize that I’m not quite as straight as I thought. The most unbelievable thing of all is that someone as amazingly famous as him could ever want a shy nobody like me. But I don’t want to doubt his sincerity. I want to be brave enough to believe he’s interested in me for real.

Maybe I don’t have to settle for being a fan who adores him from afar. What if I dare to dream that I could be his boyfriend who loves him with all my heart instead?

Play By Heart is the first book in the Harmony of Hearts series and part of the Sunnyside universe. This novel features a bi awakening, insta love, rock star, shy/flirt, 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 bannerAriella Zoelle adores steamy, funny, swoony romances where couples are allowed to just be happy. 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. If you are too, check out her A.F. Zoelle books.

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