Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Play By Heart By Ariella Zoelle

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Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
Play By Heart
By Ariella Zoelle

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Harmony 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.

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Chapter 1: Orion Donati

As my frustration mounted, I froze when I heard someone ask from behind me, “Who are you?”

I spun around in shock, only to stare into the gorgeous face of the man I had come to see. Even in the yellow glow of the scattered incandescent light bulbs in the shadowy basement, Iason’s blue eyes captivated me. They were more beautiful than any sky in the heavens.

He wore a cobalt shirt under his leather jacket, which further enhanced the color of his eyes. His tight white jeans left nothing to the imagination. The dark hair falling in front of his face gave me the strangest urge to reach out and run my fingers through to push it back. His tone had been curious rather than accusatory, but my heart still raced from the unexpected encounter with one of the most famous musicians in the world.

My words came out in a nervous rush over being caught and because being so close to Iason was doing strange things to me. “Sorry, my sister, Lyra, is on your street team, and she asked me to come down here to get more CDs for the merch table, but there are a million boxes down here, and I can’t find them, so I swear I’m not trespassing—well, I mean, I am, but—”

“Hey, it’s okay.” His voice was gentle as he reached out to squeeze my shoulder in reassurance. “You’re not in trouble.”

That close, I got lost in the endless depths of his oceanic eyes. The smell of his spiced cologne and leather turned my stomach into molten lava as my heart raced. It was an intoxicating combination that kept me spellbound as he clouded all my senses. As long as he held my gaze, I couldn’t look anywhere else.

“Who are you?” His eyes searched mine for an answer, as if there was a secret within me he was trying to solve.

The very nearness of him left me tongue-tied. Any chance I had at answering him disappeared when his hand on my shoulder moved up to cup my cheek with a tender caress that made me weak in the knees. His touch on my skin sparked my curiosity about how it would feel to have his fingers play me like one of his instruments. His guitar must be in permanent ecstasy with his every strum, desperately aching for more whenever it was locked away in its case. They were strange thoughts for a straight guy to have, but it didn’t stop me from instinctively closing the distance between us.

“Please, I need to know.” His eyes pleaded with mine, looking at me like I might be the thing he had been searching for and he needed confirmation.

“Orion Donati.”

His breathing hitched as he repeated my first name as if it was the most sacred word ever spoken. “Orion.” He wrapped his other arm around my waist and pressed his body against mine. The look of adoration on his face as he gazed at me with awe made my heart thump in my chest as my stomach did flips. He murmured in astonishment, “You really are made out of wishes on stars.”

I didn’t know what he meant or why he would say such a strange thing, but somehow my name seemed to be the answer he was looking for. It was like being in a dream, leaving me captivated and at his mercy. That was the only thing that explained why desire surged within me in a way I had never experienced before for a man. It rooted me to the spot as he moved in to kiss me.

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Ariella 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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