Vanilla Clouds (Susan’s Review)

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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: Susan
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

What a great comfort read. I loved the Swedish setting and with the mentions of the cold weather, the rain, and of course all the chocolate, I wanted to curl up on my couch with this book, a blanket and a cup of hot tea (and I would have done that if we didn’t have a heatwave here).

Michal doesn’t have the best luck in the dating department. After some bad dates and one seriously awful one where he ended up in the hospital, he is very hesitant to try again. That’s why he is so hesitant to meet Magnus. Magnus, with who he’s been texting for 2 years, but who he’s never met. It doesn’t help that Magnus lives in Hamburg, while Michal lives in Ghotenburg, Sweden.

One day when Michal is at work at the chocolaterie, he gets a new customer. This customer immediately cathes his eye and Michal isn’t even sure why. That customer introduces himself as Bernard while blushing and seems to like Michal quite a lot.

When the two run into each other again the next day, Bernard asks Michal out, and Michal immediately says yes.

After a very sweet and wonderful date, the two end up kissing in front of Michal’s apartment. But then Bernard seems to panic and kind of runs off….

Roe Horvat’s books always seem to make me all warm inside. It’s something about the setting (it’s not the US, YAY!!!) and the way the characters interact. And of course don’t forget all the chocolate. So much mention of chocolate in this, it was awesome.

I really liked this, even though you could see the ‘angst’ a mile away. It wasn’t dragged out and I was fine with it, even though I didn’t like the anticipation at first. But it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

A wonderful comfort read.

Oh, and can I say that I just LOVE the cover. It’s perfect for this book.

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