Review: ‘The Other Book’ by Roe Horvat

43380012Published January 30th 2019

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.

I’ve only actually read one Roe Horvat book before this one, so I didn’t have any kind of set expectations when I started this one. But Horvat prefaces the story by explaining the meaning behind the name of it, that it was named because it was a departure from what he’s written in the past. So me having not read much of his back catalogue didn’t give me much of a starting point. The impression I have is that his previous books haven’t had a lot of sexual content, and this one…this one definitely does.

This book is a hot one! It is a lot more than that though, it is a love story. There’s a story to back it up. I didn’t necessarily connect with the story though, not at first. I wasn’t sure I liked Tyler to begin with, and I didn’t really understand why Joel was attracted to him. They clashed in an uncomfortable way that I just wasn’t drawn to. Things started to make more sense as we got a better glimpse at Joel’s motivations, and I warmed up to the story from then on, but I wasn’t…captivated. Something was stopping me from completely losing myself in their story, and I can’t put my finger on it.

Do not get me wrong, I did enjoy it. The further into the book I got, the more I got to know the characters, the more I genuinely liked them. I could see why they worked together. I was rooting for them. I wanted them to work through all the things they needed to, personal things and family drama. I was invested in their success as a couple. Maybe they fell for each other too fast and too hard? There was definitely an element of insta-love there, a zero to sixty that felt too quick to me. But looking at other reviews I’m definitely in the minority on that one.

I always feel mean when I have these kinds of feelings towards a book, but I also know realistically I can’t fall head over heels for every book I read, and this is one of those ones that I really liked but didn’t adore. But I would still recommend the hell out of it!

3.5 stars