Vanilla Clouds (Kirstin’s Audio book review)

Title: Vanilla Clouds
Author: Roe Horvat and Vance Bastian (Narrator)
Publisher: Roe Horvat
Release Date: December 10th 2018
Genre(s): Romance
Listening Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.

This was such a great romance that started out online.

Magnus and Michal have been online friends for a couple of years now. They originally ‘met’ on a dating app after sharing a couple of revealing pictures. When Michal got sick hours before the date, he had to reschedule and then Magnus ended up moving out of the country. So, they stayed virtual friends, even though it seemed like more. But Michal was scared to meet in person.

When Michal unexpectedly meets a stranger named Bernard, he’s instantly attracted and feels like coming home. But he has a nagging feeling that he’s somehow cheating on Magnus.

The difference in reading and listening to a book is so vast. I was unaware of how much I would rely on the change in tones, subtle expressions and inflections in the narrator’s voice. And as much as I enjoyed being read to, this one just wasn’t everything I was hoping for.

Vance Bastian took me on a journey through Michal’s world of chocolate and his fear of people with a somewhat reserved tone. At times it seemed almost monotone, if I’m honest. The difference in pitch between Michal and Magnus was almost non-existent at times, which got confusing.

Towards the end of the book I was more involved and heard the change in expressions more, which made the listening experience better for me. I’m not sure if it was just me finally used to their ‘voices’ or if Vance Bastian crossed a comfort threshold, but it definitely improved and I actually enjoyed it.

This is such a lovely book and I think the audio version kept the loving sentiment intact, without overstating or confusing the experience.

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Galley copy of Vanilla Clouds provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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