Know the Hero from Gelato Surprise by Sadira Stone @sadirastone #RLFblog #ContemporaryRomanceIn Gelato Surprise: A Steamy Beach Romance Novella by Sadira Stone, a young woman goes to the beach to find herself, and finds him! A divorcee and a sexy young gelato vendor share passion hotter than the 4th of July in this contemporary romance novella.

Sadira Stone, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about Gelato Surprise.

Gelato Surprise by Sadira Stone

Genre Contemporary Romance Novella

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

She came to the beach to find herself–and found him.

Forty-two-year-old divorcĂ©e Danielle Peters ends up alone on her family’s annual beach vacation. Maybe time to herself is exactly what she needs. That and gelato from her favorite ice cream shop. But when the owner’s intoxicating young nephew offers more than sweet treats, she’s tempted to indulge in a hot summer fling before returning home.

Thirty-one-year-old Matteo Verducci craved a fresh start to mend his broken heart, and he’s found almost perfection in Ocean View, where he scoops gelato by day and crafts furniture by night. But when a sexy older woman stops to sample his wares–Mamma mia! He only has two weeks to convince her their passion is more than a delicious surprise.

Know the Hero from Gelato Surprise

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

Matteo heads downstairs to his workshop to tinker with his latest furniture upcycling project.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

Italian salumi—mortadella, prosciutto, salami, along with crusty peasant bread and spicy marinated olives

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

At work, he wears a tight black T-shirt and jeans beneath his gelato shop apron. At home, a soft chambray shirt with the sleeves rolled up, linen pants, and leather flipflops.

Does he know how to fix things?

Absolutely! He’s a skilled carpenter and furniture maker.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

He tried to hang onto an ex-girlfriend who went from artistic free spirit to consumeristic social climber. That didn’t last.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

Matteo’s great with his nieces, his friends’ children, and with the heroines. He teaches her two tweens the finer points of Skee-ball and shows them all his favorite secret places in Ocean View.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Sleepy-soft, sexy, adorable. He’s the kind of guy who brings you a fresh-brewed espresso in bed.

Can he use chopsticks?

Of course!

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

Espresso, per favore, with a dash of sugar. He’s Italian, after all!

What apps would he have on his phone?

A level and measuring tools, for his carpentry work.

Android or iPhone?


Beard or clean-shaven?

Short scruff

Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned, golden skin

Personal vehicle or public transport?

SUV for transporting his materials and tools

Recycle or toss?

Recycle. He’s very environmentally conscious, and he’s in the business of creating beautiful new pieces of furniture from old castoffs.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

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Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance from her new home in Washington State, U.S.A. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, plays darts (pretty well), plays guitar (badly), and gobbles all the books.
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