Title: Vanilla Clouds
Author: Roe Horvat
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 118
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5
“I could spend days listening to you talk about chocolate.”
Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michal enjoys most in life.
His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person.
A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day—tall, shy, and charming. He could be just the right man. If Michal can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too. Maybe chocolate-flavored sex. And if he’s lucky, maybe even love.
Warning:This book contains explicit scenes, adult language, and obscene amounts of chocolate.
I cannot hope to adequately explain what Horvat’s writing does for me.
I live the writing. I breathe the writing. There are very few authors who truly make me experience a story like Horvat.
Michal and Magnus. A Grindr date that wasn’t. Until it became something else. Cyber friends for over two years, Michal thinks Magnus is perfect for him. And that’s why he can’t meet him. He can’t have his perfect Magnus shattered with reality.
So he pines.
Until a gentle giant walks in his store’s door.
This is a less angsty read than some of Horvat’s other stories. I didn’t FEEL this story any less though. How this author manages to bring out the range of emotions in me, I can’t explain. But they do.
From wide smiles to confusion to utter sadness, Horvat packed it all into this novella.