Title: Adam Only
Author: Roe Horvat
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: May 30, 2019
Genre(s): Erotic Romance, Domination
Page Count: TBC
Reviewed by: Bob-O-Link
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
On stage, Adam lets his passion drive him. All his secret desires, everything nasty, dirty, and beautiful flows freely through him, for once in harmony. His soul thrives when his body moves, but only on stage. Adam’s passionate nature makes him a great dancer…and a failure at life. He’s a lonely, emotional mess. Going home with a man far out of his reach is the last thing Adam should do. Christoffer represents everything Adam isn’t: strong, independent, educated, and rich. His kind eyes, at odds with his brutish form, make Adam’s knees and restraint buckle.
Once Christoffer sees Adam dancing, he’s lost. The young man is mesmerizing, otherworldly, and unpredictable. Whatever might happen between them, it will be transient, and Christoffer will most likely get hurt. The temptation is too great, however, and the sex explosive. He might as well enjoy every moment he’s given, even if it’s just one day, maybe two. If Christoffer treads carefully, Adam might stay until Monday.
Warning: Adam Only is a gay erotic love story. It contains explicit language and sexual scenes between two consenting men. For adult readers only.
Let’s start by saying this book is wonderful for readers interested in sexually active main characters, each imbued with self-doubt and the effects of personal growth. Perhaps one day, with an appropriately captive audience, I may spend pages trying to discuss just when erotic fiction becomes pornography. Wikipedia and other on-line searches provide much fodder, but, inexplicably, the truth always seems somewhere between the author’s intent and the readers’ reaction. Peculiarly, when, in a somewhat circular definition, erotica has been deemed to be sexually stimulating or arousing, but is not pornographic. Say, what?
Adam Only could be a text book for tropes popular in current gay literature: (a) there is a big age difference between the heroes; (b) they have significantly wide financial statuses; (c) initially, we get maximum sex and minimum dialog; and (d) here is a hot young character matched with an older, very well-endowed partner. The novel is heavily dependent on the beautifully explicit sexual relationship between Christoffer and Adam. Their respective backgrounds are constantly hinted, and there is a period during which you may feel that you missed an earlier volume. Not to worry: all is revealed with the author’s skilled construction.
Christoffer, thirty-seven, is successful and an almost threateningly large man. (It’s okay: Adam quickly recognizes that “six-packs are for beer”.) Adam, a much younger dancer, is so beautiful, so slim and compact, that he initially strikes Christoffer as almost ethereal. Their first encounter, in line with the current tropes, is almost without any words and sets a highly erotic and irresistible tone in their coupling. Despite their respective reservations, this “romance” begins, as so many in real life, with explicitly hot, transcendent sex, which then provides them a sufficient reason for the exchange names and beginning to know each other. Fucking before friendship. Roe Horvat, in a reference to the petit mort of orgasm, clearly states that their coupling is a “small death indeed. And once dead, one couldn’t really be reborn the same.”
Let’s save the plot’s ups and downs for your reading pleasure. Suffice the say these men reach a deserved HEA, and a relationship earned through great sexual talent and a good meeting of their respective emotional needs.
While reading, I recommend keeping a glass of ice water and tissues handy, for whatever purpose.