“I could spend days listening to you talk about chocolate.”
Sex and chocolate are the two pleasures Michał enjoys most in life.
His sex life has been nonexistent for some time, though. After a particularly bad hookup, he keeps mostly to himself. That leaves chocolate. Luckily, he works surrounded by the most delicious, extravagant produce in Gothenburg. Beside his job at the chocolaterie, his main source of excitement is his online friend, Magnus, whom he stubbornly refuses to meet in person.
A customer turns up at the chocolaterie one day—tall, shy, and charming. He could be just the right man. If Michał can step out of his overly safe shell, there might be not only chocolate, but sex, too. Maybe chocolate-flavored sex. And if he’s lucky, maybe even love.
The title for this book fascinated me from the first time I saw it. I love that title, it's interesting and different. At first I thought it was about ice cream - yeah, don't ask, I don't know why. Then, I thought it was a metaphor or something to do with dreaming. Then, I finally read a review and figured out what it was really about and I got curious about this book all over again.
"Vanilla Clouds" is a highly sensual story. I could basically taste all the wonderful chocolates Michal talked about and I could smell the vanilla for the majority of the book. I confess to feeling jealous over that chocolaterie, does that place really exist??
I loved the writing style and the way the author told us the story. I loved the title that every chapter got and I loved the characters, the humor, the plot. I loved this book.
Michal and Magnus know each other for a couple of years but have never met and only communicate through social media. They have formed a real and strong friendship and even though Magnus wants to transfer that to real life, Michal is apprehensive and keeps refusing him. The solution that Magnus found wasn't a very good one, to put it lightly. He did it anyway though and then he had to face the consequences.
I liked that the story was told only in Michal's point of view. I didn't feel like I didn't get to know Magnus. He was a very likeable guy and through his messages and conversations with Michal we got to know him too. Plus, this way we got even more chocolate!
Finally, couldn't close this review without mentioning the amazing cover. Did you see the little detail with the chocolate smudge? Perfect!
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