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By Ariella Zoelle
Suite Dreams, Book 2
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?
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.
Chapter 5: Armand Bellamy
“You’re so genuinely yourself, which is a refreshing delight to me,” I said.
Zio snorted in disbelief. “How can you find any delight in me being so neurotic?”
“Because you aren’t trying to be perfect. You’re authentically yourself, flaws and all. I admire that about you.”
His jaw dropped in shock, making it a challenge not to laugh at his comical reaction. “I’m sorry, are you seriously sitting there and saying that you admire me for being weird?”
I couldn’t hold in my chuckle. “In a way, I suppose I am. You’re on full display, whereas part of me is always hidden. It makes me wish I was more like you.”
He held his temples in his hands as he stared at me. “You want to be more like me? Why would anyone want to be as fucked-up as me, let alone someone as amazing as you?”
“Because I’m not brave enough to be my real self without fear like you.” Saying the words out loud lifted a weight off my chest I hadn’t realized had been there. “I’ve learned to live my life by being as desirable as possible to avoid rejection. The stunted child within me believes if I never get serious with someone, then I’ll never be hurt by them abandoning me like my parents did. I always told myself that being alone is better than being in pain. But now, I’m not so sure.”
His sympathy and understanding were a healing balm to my soul. “What changed?”
“I met you.” When he could only blink at me with a stunned expression, I continued. “Something deep within me is begging me to let you in to see all those parts of myself I’ve spent my entire life ignoring. Because other than Arsène, you’re the only other person I’ve ever felt would accept me.”
“Please be weird with me.” His cheeks flushed when I started laughing at how precious his reaction was. “Sorry, that came out wrong. I meant I want you to be comfortable enough to be yourself around me. And I’m not just saying that because I’m dying to know what you consider ‘weird’ about you.”
His words gave me a taste of freedom, which was more delicious than any dessert. “Does being an unrepentant hedonist who denies myself the things that give me the most pleasure count?”
“Yeah, I’m pretty sure that would qualify. Can I ask why you do that?”
“To avoid succumbing to the temptation of love. Losing my heart to an intelligent cutie was too high of a risk for me to indulge. But I’m done being afraid of that.” I gave him a look that would leave no question in his mind that I was referring to him.
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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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