Title: The Other Book
Author: Roe Horvat Narrator: Vance Bastian
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: May 31, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Erotica
Length: 4 hours and 26 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
At first, I didn’t think I was going to like Tyler. He came across as moody, although to be fair, he seemed to be put upon by his boss. I soon warmed to him as the story quickly progresses to a steamy sexual encounter in the office. This is a sort of enemies-to-lovers story, in that the guys are at each other’s throats until they make out. I liked that Tyler takes control and tells his boss what to do. Tylers turns out to be a very considerate person and just perfect for Joel. Joel is reluctant to come out of the closet to all but a few people and publicly hides his attraction to Tyler for much of the story.
This is a sex-heavy story, although it definitely has a structured plot and the romantic relationship development of the main characters is tied closely to it. The steamy scenes are beautifully written and also include a couple of polyamory scenes with Tyler’s friends, Adam and Christoffer. Again, these scenes are there for a reason. I particularly enjoyed the threesome.
Much of the second half of the story focuses on Joel’s relationship with his homophobic father, the effect the nasty man’s words has on him, and Joel’s deepening connection with Tyler.
I always like Roe Horvat’s writing style and the Scandinavian touches that are included in his stories. I enjoyed the intensity of this story—and not just because of the sizzling scenes. There are plenty of emotions and feelings created between Joel and Tyler, both in and out of the bedroom, shower, or office.
This is the first book I’ve heard narrated by Vance Bastian. Overall, I liked his voice and narration of this story. At times, I felt he spoke a little too quickly, but not so fast that I missed any words or meaning. His voice distinctions for each character were clear enough, and his intonation and expressions matched the various emotions throughout. Recommended.