The Other Book (Lily G’s Audio Review)

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.

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Audio copy of The Other Book provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.


Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.

1 comment

  • Yes! This came out as an audiobook!! I was really skeptical starting the book and for stories that have so much on the fence I do prefer to listen to the audio! I’ll be so glad to hear finally a story that everyone has so many good things to say and try on a new narrator ^^


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