I love that Ariella Zoelle mixes and matches her series to bring together two amazing characters in Flawsome Expectations - Zio and Armand who were introduced in previous books.
From the Author:
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?
Early in the story we are also introduced to kintsugi art, the Japanese repair technique for ceramics where gold is used to tranform the piece from broken to differently and potentially more beautiful and valuable. I love that this theme becomes central to the story as the shy grad student and the outgoing hedonist begin to find both common ground and love! Ariella Zoelle is masterful in weaving insecurity, hope and fun into their story and keeping the reader looking for the moment when they finally click.
Flawsome Explorations is a sweet with heat, age gap, opposites attract swoony love story with a guaranteed HEA and a beautiful bisexual awakening arc! This book can be read standalone, but I highly recommend adding it and the rest of the Sunnyside world to your TBR!