Monday, January 28, 2019

ARC Review: The Other Book by Roe Horvat

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.

Dani's rating:

All the glowing reviews for this novel are true! This book is a bombshell: explosive, intense, and sexy as fuck.

Told solely from Tyler's POV, The Other Book has kinky edges and tender moments, not to mention a delicious enemies-to-lovers theme and a workplace romance (Tyler is a designer and contracts with Joel's marketing/advertising company).

I'm not usually a fan of MCs having sex with other people on page. In fact, I hate it. But Horvat created such an appealing couple in Adam and Christoffer, Tyler's friends, I found I didn't mind, not one bit.

That foursome is forever branded on my brain. Holy. Fucking. Hotness.

While there is a lot of sex in this book, and the sex is anything but vanilla, it didn't feel gratuitous (at least to me; if you prefer more subtle steam or limited sexual content, this is decidedly not the book for you).

The men's sexual connection is raw and obsessive, but it's a physical manifestation of their all-consuming love.

The book also deals with grief over losing a parent, no matter how controlling and emotionally abusive that parent may have been. Joel's cruel father is the very opposite of Tyler's fun and loving mom.

I loved the hell out of this story!

Don't skip the author's note in which Horvat discusses sexuality and consent. It's brilliant.

I don't think publishing erotic content should come with a stigma ... publishing it is an act of resistance. I refuse to condone societal rules and laws which keep people from loving whom they love or prohibiting them from experiencing physical pleasure.

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
~Harper Lee

An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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