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.

Gay erotic romance. Contains explicit scenes and sexual interactions between more than two partners. For adult readers only.

The Other Book is going directly into the "other" drawer in my nightstand because...

Joel and Tyler start off with a bang. I would not recommend reading it in public and definitely don't get it too close to anything flammable. Well, nothing flammable that you care about.

Joel works for Tyler. They seemingly don't get on well EXCEPT during the boomshakalaka. I wish there had been more of the hate sex variety boomshakalaka but, I guess, there had to be some sort of relationship progression.

Their relationship makes a quick and somewhat jarring shift into LoveyDoveyton that I wasn't expecting to occur quite so quickly or so schmaltzily. But then they took a U-Turn back into BoomShakalaka Town when they went to dinner Adam and Christoffer's house.

Ordinarily, I like my couples to be in their own little bublé, if you will, for awhile when they first decide to couple but in this instance it worked. I think that's because everything's packed tightly into this story and I didn't have time to attach to either of the protagonists emotionally. Plus, I don't really think character development and emotional connectivity is necessarily the point with erotica but maybe that's just me.

There is some emotionality with Joel's father and how they handle that situation. I liked that Horvat was able to tap into genuine human emotion and the complexity of it during an intense and emotionally fraught situation. That's on display with relatable and realistic dialogue which makes me anxious to read other things from their backlist.

The Other Book is a good intro to a new to me author that right out of the gate made it into the spank bank. Impressive.

If you're looking for a hot diversion, this should do it.

An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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