Dirty Mind (Renee’s review)

Title: Dirty Mind
Author: Roe Horvat
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: September1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary/May-December
Page Count: 146
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5



Alexander Popescu is a university lecturer in a quiet German town. He’s a respectable man in his thirties who stays fit, has a decent career and travels alone—his only vice is an occasional greasy meal. And beer. And violent computer games. Nobody has to know about the other Alex—the acclaimed porn writer. His ingenious erotic fantasies earn him good money and keep his capricious mind harmlessly entertained.

When his young friend and protégé Christian transfers to Freiburg for medical school, Alex is overjoyed…and terrified that Christian will find out about Alex’s indecent alter ego. The time they spend together, as lovely as it is, could overturn Alex’s carefully balanced life. Suddenly, the writing is not good enough, his hair seems to be thinning, his careful hookups leave him unfulfilled, and his dreams are haunted by the innocent young man he’s vowed to protect.

However, Christian is not a boy any more. He’s a grown man of twenty-one, clever and deadly attractive. And he’s hiding some secrets of his own.


“An irresistible force meets an unmovable object. What happens next?”

What happens, indeed? Thus is the story of Alex and Christian.

Roe Horvat is officially on my autobuy list. I am so in love with their writing style. I think this author could even make the corniest MM story readable.

Alex met Christian three years ago in a Spanish bar. Christian, a “baby gay,” was being eaten alive like a newby. Alex, feeling white knight-ish, befriends Christian and saves him from the sharks circling fresh blood. Even though there is a 12 year age difference, the two exchange numbers and spend the next three years building a solid friendship from afar.

The story is told exclusively from Alex’s POV, and we see his growing attraction and love for Christian once Christian moves to Alex’s city in Germany. He struggles, though. He doesn’t think he has much to offer Christian because of the age span. He also thinks Christian will break his heart once he finds someone his own age later. It takes a while for Alex to realize that he doesn’t get to make Christian’s decisions for him.

“Yes, that’s true,” my friend said, nodding in all seriousness. “You are exactly that much older. And yet here we all are, still waiting for you to act like a grown-up.”

I love this author’s prose. I love their wit. I love every word on page. This was a simple story, lower on the angst scale, and yet I FELT it. On a deeper level.

This novella, in its simplicity will be a reread for me in the future.

This author, with their skill, will be a reread always.



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I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.