Title: The Other Book
Author: Roe Horvat
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: January 30th 2019
Page Count: 133
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
It was supposed to be just sex… Famous last words.
Tyler doesn’t overthink pleasure and avoids complications. He knows it might be stupid to get involved with his closeted boss, but the temptation is too great. At first, the cold and beautiful Joel Sandstrom seems to loathe Tyler’s guts.
Except one late night at the office, his reasons become clear…and his control breaks.
Every time they touch, Joel’s stony face comes alive, harsh lines smooth out, and for a minute, he looks serene. Happy, even. Just sex – dirty, intense, spectacular sex.
During their covert encounters, Tyler discovers the power he has over the lonesome man, and it’s a heady feeling. What if he could set Joel free and give him peace of mind? When Tyler realizes how much Joel needs him, he doesn’t regret breaking his own rules.
Gay erotic romance. Contains explicit scenes and sexual interactions between more than two partners. For adult readers only.
Very well written, very sex positive, very intense story, and definitely not what we ‘re used to by Roe Horvat. I believe that it is essential to read the author’s note before going into the book. It explains a lot about his intentions while writing it. I’m glad I did.
I’ll start with the writing itself, because it really is magnificent. Horvat is just an amazing storyteller. It’s very hard for me to explain it but the writing, evocative but always to the point, feels so authentically European, it’s like coming home.
To me the whole point was to show how a person can feel liberated through sex. How one can ditch all societal rules and explore their sexuality and their boundaries in a safe environment and in a committed relationship. If this was the author’s purpose, and I believe it was, then he definitely succeeded.
My favorite part of the book was the first half. If you ‘re familiar with my reviews then you know that office romance is a trope I adore. Add enemies to lovers and I’m in haven. The beginning truly excelled at all this so five stars for the first half!
?here might be a lot of sex in the story but it’s definitely not PWP. The romance is ever present and it actually happened way sooner than I expected. The story is told from Tyler’s POV but it expertly narrates Joel’s journey. Joel came such a long way in the end but I am still very happy that he sought therapy as well.
Like I said there is a lot of sex in the story. And because I know that readers want to know, there is also an explicit foursome scene and the MC fully participate in it. I liked the way it happened and how Tyler gave Joel a safe space to experience things he hadn’t. The love for each other still shone through that scene. This might not always be my thing, but it didn’t bother me here either.
Now that all this is said, I felt that there was too much sex into the story. I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but I actually started skimming after a while. Yes, sex was an important, maybe the most important, part of the story but after a while it felt repetitive and maybe a little boring. After the intensity of the first half, I felt that the story lost momentum and my interest dimmed somewhat.
All in all, I liked “The Other Book” and I’m looking forward to more of Roe Horvat’s work this year.