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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Other Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    *4.5 stars* Holy crap, did you know that Roe Horvat could write filthy, delicious, erotic romance? I sure didn't! Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I have a bad habit of not reading blurbs and getting books solely on author name and/or friends' reviews. I did not know that I was in for the erotic ride of a lifetime. Some warnings: This book is a VERY explicit M/M ROMANCE. There are also scenes with multiple partners (<--- important for some readers to know). *4.5 stars* Holy crap, did you know that Roe Horvat could write filthy, delicious, erotic romance? I sure didn't! Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I have a bad habit of not reading blurbs and getting books solely on author name and/or friends' reviews. I did not know that I was in for the erotic ride of a lifetime. Some warnings: This book is a VERY explicit M/M ROMANCE. There are also scenes with multiple partners (<--- important for some readers to know). I loved every juicy (heh) second of it, but some readers might want less sex or only certain kinds of sex in their romance. There are also some painful scenes with a homophobic character. Let's get down to it: I ADORED this book. It grabbed me from the start and didn't let me go. The Other Book started off with a theme I love: enemies-to-lovers. We get hate sex, people. Glorious, angry, slightly BDSM-y hate sex. The animosity is actually fairly short-lived, and I thought the slide into mushy-lovey was a little fast (hence knocking off 1/2 a star), but the relationship details are SO well done. The book has a TON of sex, but the romance is there and it is POWERFUL. There is beauty in letting go and discovering your full sexual potential, that I think that's what this book is exploring. The freedom to be yourself with a partner that understands you and your needs; that's an amazing thing. The Other Book isn't porn without plot. It has a plot and a lovely, painful, emotional one at that. And the writing... wow, so lovely. Roe Horvat does descriptive writing perfectly and with such skill. If you are in the mood for something that is sex-heavy but with all of the feels of your favorite gooey romance, don't miss this one. Roe Horvat delivers the goods. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  2. 5 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~4.5~ 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 Christ ~4.5~ 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    I wanted to worship him. Firstly,for those who don't normally read the Author's note at the beginning I advise you to read it here. This is hot,I mean seriously hot BUT it's not just gratuitous sex...it's important to the story.As the Author states physical pleasure shouldn't be wrong and who you love/experience love with is your choice. Starting a new book by this Author is like Christmas..... The anticipation,the excitement,the knowledge you're going to get something pretty special and I wanted to worship him. Firstly,for those who don't normally read the Author's note at the beginning I advise you to read it here. This is hot,I mean seriously hot BUT it's not just gratuitous sex...it's important to the story.As the Author states physical pleasure shouldn't be wrong and who you love/experience love with is your choice. Starting a new book by this Author is like Christmas..... The anticipation,the excitement,the knowledge you're going to get something pretty special and when you unwrap that present and it's everything you hoped for. Tyler and Joel couldn't be more different.Tyler is out,comfortable with who he is and hallelujah for a parent who is supportive and pretty damn special in his mother(I loved her). Joel is just the opposite,deeply in the closest,for reasons which are explained.It's not just his sexuality he's hidden but who the man he is deep inside. The floodgates are about to be opened when an encounter one night with Tyler leads to something neither man expected.Enemies to lovers? It's more about Joel fighting his attraction to Tyler.... I unlocked the cage, and the beast broke out. He was spectacular.(...) This is highly erotic,and sensual, but don't be fooled it's also a beautiful love story.The writing is so compelling,I was totally swept up in Tyler and Joel's story.The story might start of with hot sexual encounters but it finishes with so much more....two men who kind of rescue each other and turn out to be just perfect together. “Thank you,” he said. “You have no idea how much you’ve changed my life.(...) More favourite quotes It was what made me come to him again and again—these glimpses of the wild creature inside the clean-cut man made me want to unravel him, lure the beast out and see what it could do when set free. (...) He looked pointedly at my hot-pink T-shirt, which featured the sign “Plastic is Fantastic” (...) A kiss. The longest, deepest, single most erotic kiss of my life. (...) My baby was gorgeous(...) We were equals. He held me just like I had held him a minute ago. And it almost didn’t matter who was there in the room with us, who was touching us, (...) Highly Recommended. Review copy provided.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shile

    4.5 erotic stars OH MY GAAAAAAWD! THIS BOOK IS HOOOOOOT!! I bent down and caught his upper lip between mine. I nipped at it once, then his lower lip, and he opened up for me, his tongue meeting mine. The first taste. A kiss. The longest, deepest, single most erotic kiss of my life. It is Erotic! It is sweet! First of all, don’t ignore the warnings, if they put you off, don’t go in, if you can handle all that! Then by all means, READ THIS BOOK! I unzipped swiftly and took my hard cock out, str 4.5 erotic stars OH MY GAAAAAAWD! THIS BOOK IS HOOOOOOT!! I bent down and caught his upper lip between mine. I nipped at it once, then his lower lip, and he opened up for me, his tongue meeting mine. The first taste. A kiss. The longest, deepest, single most erotic kiss of my life. It is Erotic! It is sweet! First of all, don’t ignore the warnings, if they put you off, don’t go in, if you can handle all that! Then by all means, READ THIS BOOK! I unzipped swiftly and took my hard cock out, stroking it, rolling my foreskin back with my fingers. Joel watched, mouth open. He tried to lean closer, but I held him by his hair. “Fuck,” he muttered. “Oh, Joel, you cock-hungry slut,” I said That is only a tiny glimpse of it. The writing is very solid and really good, it flows from page to page and was hooked from the moment i read the first chapter, couldn’t stop, and didn’t want it to end. The book is short but has a lot of feels. The relationship starts out as sexual, then develops into something more. It was amazing to read and found it very believable. MC 1: Tyler- Our main narrator, unapologetic, out and proud, loving guy with a very high sexual appetite. He is so supportive and patient with Joel. I really love him. MC 2: Joel – Tyler’s boss, Smart, charming, deep in the closet, comes off as cold but deep down, he is just craving his prick father’s affection and a very bossy bottom. Loved him too. I loved how Tyler helped Joel accept himself. We have another couple as secondary characters, Christopher, Tyler’s best friend and his boyfriend Adam. These two add some sauce to the story and heat factor. The chemistry is out of this world, from the moment we are introduced to Tyler and Joel, I could feel their connection, sexual, emotional, physical and everything in between. The sex scenes are so hot, Like HAWT!! The author made me feel the connection between these men, the passion and sex! The sex! Did I mention hot? “Baby, what do you want?” “Tyler?” he breathed, confused in his sex haze. “It’s intense. I know. Slow down for a minute.” “Yeah. Fuck. Tyler, I want…” “Joel.” I said loudly. He nodded. “I need to be there when you come. That moment is mine. Okay?” “Yes,” Cold Shower! Cold Shower! This is my first time reading a book written by Roe, and I have to say, He has a unique writing style, I will definitely be looking for more. ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest review

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Re-read: May 2019 As hot as the first time! **** 4.5 Stars **** Holy moley, people. I mean, holy shit Hands down the most hot non BDSM book I have read this year. Pouring eroticism. It starts on a bang. A big bonus is added to it as soon as it starts unfold and we watch the story line taking form behind all scorching scenes. Tagging along with the hotness and a good story line, comes a tad bit of angst, which makes this book stand out from the dozen other hot stories I've been reading but forgettin Re-read: May 2019 As hot as the first time! **** 4.5 Stars **** Holy moley, people. I mean, holy shit Hands down the most hot non BDSM book I have read this year. Pouring eroticism. It starts on a bang. A big bonus is added to it as soon as it starts unfold and we watch the story line taking form behind all scorching scenes. Tagging along with the hotness and a good story line, comes a tad bit of angst, which makes this book stand out from the dozen other hot stories I've been reading but forgetting in a blink. Joel was charming, intelligent, confident professional wise but tense, closet, with a chip on his shoulder and a little bit broken. And Ty? Ty has my love forever, his strength, gentleness, loyalty, wit, compassion, charisma and the tenderness which he treated and cared for Joel conquered me. This is the second book I have read by RH and I noticed that on both occasions the author managed to establish a speedy genuine connection between the MCs. The L word is spilled very soon in this story and as a reader who doesn’t appreciate insta -love it could have gone very wrong. However, in both books, I didn’t even blink. It seems to be a talent of his, effortlessly and naturally convincing me that there are strong feelings from both parts. Another talent I need to mention was his ability to smoothly shift a hard, brutal, fast and furious fuck into something totally different. Jesus, Maria, Jose and all their flock of sheep, WTH was that?! There was a scene around 25% absolutely beautifully done. We’d already fucked. We’d both come. But this… this was making love. Other mentions: *Ty’s Mom was such a beauty! **Kudos for the banter between the other couple we met in the story. ***And finally, the epilogue was perfection. I honestly couldn’t wish for a better way to finish my reading year. A special thanks to my friend Dia who led me to The Other Book and also to the author, who very kindly gifted me a copy. ****Please heed the warning to avoid disappointments.

  6. 4 out of 5

    * A Reader Obsessed *

    4 Steamy Stars! Is it hot in here? I think it’s hot in here. No one has lied to you that this is one erotic piece of writing, but rest assured it also has a plot. To be honest, I feel it’s kinda rare to find a book so riddled with quality good stuff and I for one, appreciate such. You already knew that though. *wink* So, if too much of said good stuff isn’t your thing, then this book is probably not for you because there’s a lot. I also feel confident that if you haven’t read Horvat’s other works, 4 Steamy Stars! Is it hot in here? I think it’s hot in here. No one has lied to you that this is one erotic piece of writing, but rest assured it also has a plot. To be honest, I feel it’s kinda rare to find a book so riddled with quality good stuff and I for one, appreciate such. You already knew that though. *wink* So, if too much of said good stuff isn’t your thing, then this book is probably not for you because there’s a lot. I also feel confident that if you haven’t read Horvat’s other works, they will surely more than suffice regarding romance, love, and feels - minus all the extra yumminess. I’d say you’d be missing out, but it’s still a win-win situation with whatever you choose to read from this author!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendys Wycked Words

    This book is quite the topic on Goodreads and it isn't even out yet. I have seen friends left and right raving about how good it is and of course, I had to read it for myself and see. I am glad to say that they were NOT wrong !! Most of all this book is extremely HOT. Be prepared and approach with caution...your underwear might disintegrate... Now there is a warning at the beginning of this book and it states that this is a gay romance and that there are scenes with sexual interactions between mor This book is quite the topic on Goodreads and it isn't even out yet. I have seen friends left and right raving about how good it is and of course, I had to read it for myself and see. I am glad to say that they were NOT wrong !! Most of all this book is extremely HOT. Be prepared and approach with caution...your underwear might disintegrate... Now there is a warning at the beginning of this book and it states that this is a gay romance and that there are scenes with sexual interactions between more than two partners... This is not a lie... There is some awesome foursome (heh) action in this one. If you are all into the one on one deal...you should skip this one ;) But you will be missing out on some HOT but also very loving scenes. I myself am not a huge fan of short reads and I am not gonna lie...I could have done with a bit more, I am just greedy like that. But honestly, it's actually pretty deep (heh) for a short story.   Watching him folded underneath me, I wanted nothing more than to set him free, and give him peace. It might not be very long but it definitely packs a punch, and even though there is a lot of sex...and I do mean A LOT...there is also lots of feelings and even a smidge of romance...  "I would stay inside you all night if it was possible" I really enjoyed reading this one. I loved seeing how Tyler was slowly setting Joel free. It was sweet and sexy and even sad at times. And yes it was extremely HOT but there was a beauty to it as well ;)  Highly recommended !! My reviews are posted on DirtyBooksObsession

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meags

    4.5 Stars I absolutely devoured this story. Not only was this one of the most erotically charged M/M books I've ever read, but it also seriously delivered on an emotional depth level, too. At the onset, I'll admit I had my reservations because of the popularly talked about foursome action within, but I needn't have worried, because even though such themes and romance dynamics aren't ones I'd normally seek out or enjoy in my reading, I was wildly impressed with how such was handled here... Plus, i 4.5 Stars I absolutely devoured this story. Not only was this one of the most erotically charged M/M books I've ever read, but it also seriously delivered on an emotional depth level, too. At the onset, I'll admit I had my reservations because of the popularly talked about foursome action within, but I needn't have worried, because even though such themes and romance dynamics aren't ones I'd normally seek out or enjoy in my reading, I was wildly impressed with how such was handled here... Plus, it was SMOKIN' HOT, just sayin'!!! I continue to find Roe Horvat's writing to be utterly exquisite and at this point I really doubt there isn't a book they could release that I wouldn't immediately one-click, regardless of the themes or premise. I'm all in. Highly recommended! <3

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dia

    "And all I felt was deep joy - a basic, soul-warming happiness." I finished this amazing book hours ago and I still find myself re-reading my highlights. I feel like re-reading this whole book because for me, it was PERFECTION. It might sound crazy, but I feel like this story comes right from my most hidden fantasies. This author put into words exactly what I wanted in a book. It's exactly what makes my heart skip a beat. Or ten! It's everything! I finished this book so many hours ago "And all I felt was deep joy - a basic, soul-warming happiness." I finished this amazing book hours ago and I still find myself re-reading my highlights. I feel like re-reading this whole book because for me, it was PERFECTION. It might sound crazy, but I feel like this story comes right from my most hidden fantasies. This author put into words exactly what I wanted in a book. It's exactly what makes my heart skip a beat. Or ten! It's everything! I finished this book so many hours ago and I remember the loss I felt when it ended. To say I didn't want it to end, is an understatement. Again I feel the need to mention English is not my native language and lately I struggled while writing my reviews. Now I do too because I'm afraid I can't do it justice. I just can't. This book was SO good I feel like re-reading it just so that I can get another dose of happiness. And hotness! This book is addictive! But the best kind of addictive. It's PERFECTION! I really don't know how to gather my thoughts and make sense. I feel like shouting with all my force: THE OTHER BOOK is the best book. But I also need to prepare you: this isn't fluffy romance, this isn't the holding hands and bringing flowers on a first date type of book. This story is about exploring your sexuality, learning to feel free enough to do what you wanted in bed but never dared. This is HOT as all hell and beyond. It's pretty hardcore for those who only read mild sex scenes. I've read many books with amazing potential, great plot, but the erotic part wasn't doing anything for me. I've read books in which the main characters were super attracted to each other BUT the author failed in making US, the readers, FEEL their connection. This is not happening here. The Other Book is in a league of its own! Maybe because the author is just THAT GOOD in making the reader FEEL the attraction between the characters, their lust, their need, the acceptance of their urges. And God, how they give in! Knowing English isn't the author's native language, I can only bow my head to the great use of words. It was like everything was pouring from his heart. So smooth, so realistic. So hot! This book was amazingly written. I absolutely adored all the characters! Minus Joel's dad, of course. I felt like strangling him!! We get enemies-to-lovers. And what is sexier than enemies at work: the boss and his employee (even if he was just a freelancer)? Their banter was delicious!!! "Nice tie. Matches the ice in your chest." After finishing the first chapter I thought: THE BEST FIRST CHAPTER EVER! After the second one, I felt the same. And so on. It just gets better and better. I got super curious about Joel's cold attitude and his reasons. After the third chapter I was needing a break because the hotness was out of this world! And I absolutely MUST mention Christopher and Adam because they were the cherries on the top. "It's like I am so in tune with Christopher, I can almost feel the adoration he feels for Adam. I can glimpse Adam through Christopher's eyes. When I see them together, to me it's like a celebration of life." Tyler. Ty. He was so caring, so protective, so supportive. "I only want to make you ecstatic. I want to make you forget everything that's hurting you, to protect you from it, even though I know I can't. I still want to try." Having a foursome in a book where the main couple isn't already super solid is tricky. Or it would have been. But this brilliant author created such perfect scenes! I just couldn't. I couldn't NOT love them. Especially Adam, of course. "Ty, I have never been so fucking horny in my entire life." "Yeah. I think it's Adam. Whatever sex-crazed demon has possessed the guy, its powers are immense." To wrap this up, because I really didn't expect to write so much when at first I didn't even know where to start, The Other Book is definitely a book you NEED to read if you are into smoking HOT MM stories, if you're looking for some mysterious boss. Add a super sexy couple ready to play and also a beautiful ending. There is some angst, but it's at minimum. I just knew Tyler was strong enough in not letting Joel to fall apart. Oh and the "buzzing intruder" at the end was just exquisite! 😁 Do yourselves a favor and pick this one up on January 30 2019. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the author, and I am grateful beyond words. If you haven't figured it our yet, I am a BIG fan!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Trio

    Available in audio too, performed by the absolutely lovely voice of Vance Bastian: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Other-... March 2020 Roe Horvat has put out a short freebie of the next chapter for Tyler and Joel (so beautiful). If you love these guys you won't want to miss this: https://www.prolificworks.com/discove... There’s something in each of Roe Horvat’s stories that centers me and reminds me of what’s truly important in life. The Other Book is an exploration of intimacy, trust, and strength Available in audio too, performed by the absolutely lovely voice of Vance Bastian: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Other-... March 2020 Roe Horvat has put out a short freebie of the next chapter for Tyler and Joel (so beautiful). If you love these guys you won't want to miss this: https://www.prolificworks.com/discove... There’s something in each of Roe Horvat’s stories that centers me and reminds me of what’s truly important in life. The Other Book is an exploration of intimacy, trust, and strength of spirit… and is also some of the sexiest, most creative erotica I’ve ever read. The transformation these men make is inspirational, and combined with the stunningly sensual love scenes, this is one fantastic novel. Told entirely from Tyler’s point of view, it’s wonderful envisioning Joel’s character evolve through Tyler’s eyes. The bitter, angry man from the start of the story gradually opens his heart and gains the confidence to embrace life and be the man he wants to be. Tyler’s love and support are what gets him started, but it’s what’s inside Joel that makes him succeed. Tyler’s transformation is equally compelling. Early in the story, raw and frustrated after an encounter with Joel, he joins his dearest friend and his partner in an intimate evening. When Tyler witnesses the dedication and devotion between these two, he realizes he’s ready for that kind of love in his own life. Mr. Horvat explores many different types of sexual relationships in The Other Book. Joel and Tyler’s dirty, covert sex morphs into passionate friends with benefits, and finally evolves into an unguarded and intimate relationship between lovers. And the glorious scenes involving Tyler’s friends, what Tyler calls a “‘bubble of erotic perfection’”, oh yes! Any fan of ménage scenarios is going to be thrilled, the descriptions of these encounters are hot as hell. Roe Horvat has a way with words like no one else, and I completely lose track of everything when I’m immersed in one of his stories. I think the foundation of the love that Tyler and Joel share in The Other Book is intimacy. Passionate, romantic, erotic, and real. When they finally open up to each other and make that connection, they truly find themselves. And isn’t that what love’s all about?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Isabella. R

    4 Begging to be Free Stars ⭐ "How did I get to this place? In love with my closeted bastard of a boss. Who wasn’t a bastard at all." Roe Horvat should be commended for writing such a raw and mesmerising novella that left me spellbound. This author managed to bring something new and refreshing to this genre I thought I was privy to. Boy was I wrong. It was a glorious exploration of pleasure, gratification and happiness. When I say this story was hot…I mean it was HOT. At first glance bossman Joel Sa 4 Begging to be Free Stars ⭐ "How did I get to this place? In love with my closeted bastard of a boss. Who wasn’t a bastard at all." Roe Horvat should be commended for writing such a raw and mesmerising novella that left me spellbound. This author managed to bring something new and refreshing to this genre I thought I was privy to. Boy was I wrong. It was a glorious exploration of pleasure, gratification and happiness. When I say this story was hot…I mean it was HOT. At first glance bossman Joel Sandstrom appears to be a closed off tyrant. Tyler who is a freelance media artist at the company is frustrated at the undeserved treatment he receives from him. Quite comfortable in his sexuality, he wonders how he got himself in the predicament of dominating his closeted boss behind closed doors. "—I loved these covert blow jobs, I loved the risk, the secrecy, and yes, I even enjoyed the twisted mind-fuckery of our lust-hate relationship." Except what he thought he knew about Joel isn’t even scraping the surface. Because lingering under the exterior is an extremely unhappy man struggling behind the lies. When Tyler forces Joel’s hand with a little underhanded persuasion his perception of Joel is blown to smithereens. "He needed this, needed me. Watching him folded underneath me, I wanted nothing more than to set him free and give him peace." The Other Book was a love story of acceptance and what having the right partner can provide you. In Joel’s case it was a future where he could love freely with the perfect man by his side free of guilt and judgement. This took an office romance to a whole new level…

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Lesar

    Eroticacident Alert! (Erotica-as-dent) noun. ...an event which happened due to reading this book After reading the glorious Vanilla Clouds by this author and with several nudges from friends - Shile (to get my mojo back), Denise H. (to find my smutty side), Jan (...because it’s Jan being Jan) and Lily (because she first recommended Vanilla Clouds to me), I ventured into this book with my eyes wide open, big girl panties firmly in place ready to be eroticised. Did I get it? Oh yes. Did I like it? Not Eroticacident Alert! (Erotica-as-dent) noun. ...an event which happened due to reading this book After reading the glorious Vanilla Clouds by this author and with several nudges from friends - Shile (to get my mojo back), Denise H. (to find my smutty side), Jan (...because it’s Jan being Jan) and Lily (because she first recommended Vanilla Clouds to me), I ventured into this book with my eyes wide open, big girl panties firmly in place ready to be eroticised. Did I get it? Oh yes. Did I like it? Not really. So why 4* I see you asking yourselves? Purely on how the author scripted and delivered the storyline - the author has real talent and it clearly showed...the real proof is me finishing the book because at 68%, it nearly didn’t happen. That’s when I was glad I wore my big girl panties and reminded myself that it’s erotica, not romance and soldiered on like a true eroticised trooper 😉. So my 4* star rating reflects that.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Moony Eliver

    I'm out here on a deserted island with this one, my friends. I wish it had done as much for me as it did for everyone else. Here's what I was excited about going into this. I'd only read one book by Roe Horvat so far — Vanilla Clouds. In that one, the story and characters were tight, the chemistry and relationship development was solid, and the sex was hot. The Other Book was presented as an erotic departure for the author, so I was hoping his strengths would still be there and the sex would be I'm out here on a deserted island with this one, my friends. I wish it had done as much for me as it did for everyone else. Here's what I was excited about going into this. I'd only read one book by Roe Horvat so far — Vanilla Clouds. In that one, the story and characters were tight, the chemistry and relationship development was solid, and the sex was hot. The Other Book was presented as an erotic departure for the author, so I was hoping his strengths would still be there and the sex would be amped up even more. That's not how it played out. It started strong but the characters didn't ever come alive for me. The plot felt half baked. I didn't buy the (fast) evolution of the MCs' feelings. And considering everything they were up to in bed, it mostly felt too genteel. Like I was reading a how-to book about consent and consideration. Baa baa black sheep, out. (h/t Hollis 😉)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    When Roe said - shortly after releasing the sweet sweet love story that was Vanilla Clouds - that he was working on 'the other book' and it was so different he was considering whether to release it under a pen name, I was one of those who said I'd read it whatever name he published under. Well, he chose to put it out here with his name firmly attached and I've read it just as I said I would. But let me say this clearly - this book may be erotica, it may be so hot you're going to want a cold showe When Roe said - shortly after releasing the sweet sweet love story that was Vanilla Clouds - that he was working on 'the other book' and it was so different he was considering whether to release it under a pen name, I was one of those who said I'd read it whatever name he published under. Well, he chose to put it out here with his name firmly attached and I've read it just as I said I would. But let me say this clearly - this book may be erotica, it may be so hot you're going to want a cold shower after reading it, it may be a book you blush just thinking about, however it absolutely 100% is a Roe Horvat narrative. It is filled with beautiful language, it paints vividly bright pictures of the world being portrayed and the characters living in it, it gives you a romance you're rooting for from the off and - irrespective of the heat and sexual content - it is absolutely about emotionally satisfying connections and love between two men who are each other's perfect fit. Make no mistake, this book is exquisite erotica, so well done as to draw out the tingling feelings but also to make you go "awww" at the trust displayed by all those involved. Read - and heed - the warning and the author's note, this book won't be for everyone but for me, it's Roe's best release outside of A Love Song For The Sad Man In The White Coat which remains my all-time favourite book of his. #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    3.5 Hearts 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 progres 3.5 Hearts 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Exina

    The Story Casual – and blisteringly hot – sex turns into love, or attraction-masked-with-dislike turns into love. The Romance After they start to talk, the romance develops fast, but not annoyingly so. Characters I loved Tyler, he was so honest, open, and perceptive. And I loved Joel, too. The story is told from Tyler’s viewpoint, in first person, and of course his view is biased, but Joel is such a complex and fascinating character. Immaculate and controlled businessman by day, wild, uninhibited The Story Casual – and blisteringly hot – sex turns into love, or attraction-masked-with-dislike turns into love. The Romance After they start to talk, the romance develops fast, but not annoyingly so. Characters I loved Tyler, he was so honest, open, and perceptive. And I loved Joel, too. The story is told from Tyler’s viewpoint, in first person, and of course his view is biased, but Joel is such a complex and fascinating character. Immaculate and controlled businessman by day, wild, uninhibited beast at night. Writing Style Impressive. Erotica Exquisite and glorious. Ending HEA. Pet peeves Only one (‘baby’). But this book was so amazing that I’m willing to overlook it. Possible triggers Homophobic parent, depression. Recommended? Absolutely. My favorite quotes.

  17. 5 out of 5

    DarienMoya

    This was a great story to get me back in the reading mood. My first Roe book and it won’t be my last. Can we talk about all the hot fire 🔥 this was? Ummm excuse me how gon put so much heat in one book? My arm hairs fizzled, I lost my damn edges and pants. You snatched my wig sir, clean of my head This was a great story to get me back in the reading mood. My first Roe book and it won’t be my last. Can we talk about all the hot fire 🔥 this was? Ummm excuse me how gon put so much heat in one book? My arm hairs fizzled, I lost my damn edges and pants. You snatched my wig sir, clean of my head

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

    ***4.5 Stars*** Wow! Just Wow!! I couldn't put this down! Roe Horvat brought the heat and made it the star of this book, showing the different ways that sex can impact a person's life...from ecstasy to escape, it can be a crutch and a comfort. I love how sex positive this book is! With this newest release, Roe Horvat continues to show why he's a breath of fresh air in romance. He crafted a tale that is 100% erotically charged with the perfect balance of emotion and angst. He breathed in an ***4.5 Stars*** Wow! Just Wow!! I couldn't put this down! Roe Horvat brought the heat and made it the star of this book, showing the different ways that sex can impact a person's life...from ecstasy to escape, it can be a crutch and a comfort. I love how sex positive this book is! With this newest release, Roe Horvat continues to show why he's a breath of fresh air in romance. He crafted a tale that is 100% erotically charged with the perfect balance of emotion and angst. He breathed in and out loudly, as if bracing himself. "I'm falling for you," he said, fear in his voice. I held him tighter because I was just as afraid as he was. Full review to come once I can figure out the words that'll give this book justice. But for now I leave you with....GO READ THIS BOOK!! ------------------------------------------ Happy New Year to MEEEE!! A new book by one of my favorite authors?!?! I can't wait to devour this!!! ***ARC courtesy of author, in exchange for an honest review***

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    3.5 Stars Told in single POV, 1st person. It’s a standalone, enemies to lovers novella, a bit angsty with likable characters. It’s a quick, steamy, emotional read. This one was a bit different from what I had read before by the author. Overall, I enjoyed it and hope you like it as well! Author’s warning: (view spoiler)[Sexual interactions between more than two partners, Death of a parent, Homophobia (hide spoiler)] 3.5 Stars Told in single POV, 1st person. It’s a standalone, enemies to lovers novella, a bit angsty with likable characters. It’s a quick, steamy, emotional read. This one was a bit different from what I had read before by the author. Overall, I enjoyed it and hope you like it as well! Author’s warning: (view spoiler)[Sexual interactions between more than two partners, Death of a parent, Homophobia (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    mwana

    Heed this warning. May cause spontaneous combustion of loins, increased heart size and pulse. Will soak you in feels. And make you wish it was longer. Enjoy at your own risk.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie A.

    4.5 STARS! Raw joy was what I felt, and it terrified me. Gotta love it when your GR friends - and friends of friends -rave about a book and it lives up to the hype! :D PHEW! This one was unapologetically filthy and explicit! But of course, smut alone isn't going to get such a high rating from me . . . The Other Book had some really sweet/poignant moments and such a wonderful message woven throughout, one of love and acceptance and freedom. And I LOVED it. "I want to give y 4.5 STARS! Raw joy was what I felt, and it terrified me. Gotta love it when your GR friends - and friends of friends -rave about a book and it lives up to the hype! :D PHEW! This one was unapologetically filthy and explicit! But of course, smut alone isn't going to get such a high rating from me . . . The Other Book had some really sweet/poignant moments and such a wonderful message woven throughout, one of love and acceptance and freedom. And I LOVED it. "I want to give you this. I want you to have the same freedom I've had. I want to watch you bathe in the ecstasy which comes with this kind of freedom."

  22. 4 out of 5

    ⚣ Marco ⚣

    Re-read November 2019 I'm bumping my rating up to *4 stars*. I enjoyed this book WAY more during this re-read than I did the first time around. Mostly because now I knew what to expect. But I stand by my initial opinion: this book - and I will die on this hill - is NOT erotica, even though the author claims that it is. It's a romance novella with just lots and lots of sex scenes. I still don't really care about any of the characters or pairings, but my inner perv still likes it enough. *shrugs* Initi Re-read November 2019 I'm bumping my rating up to *4 stars*. I enjoyed this book WAY more during this re-read than I did the first time around. Mostly because now I knew what to expect. But I stand by my initial opinion: this book - and I will die on this hill - is NOT erotica, even though the author claims that it is. It's a romance novella with just lots and lots of sex scenes. I still don't really care about any of the characters or pairings, but my inner perv still likes it enough. *shrugs* Initial review from February 2019: * 3.5 stars * I'm sad to say that this book left me a little disappointed. After all those rave reviews, I expected something… more. Something more steamy, more kinky, more filthy. I dunno. I wouldn’t even call this book "erotica". In my opinion, this was simply a romance novella with just a lot of sex scenes. And to be honest, those sex scenes weren't even especially outstanding or unique. I've read many other books with much dirtier sex than here. And as for the romance aspect, the relationship went WAY too fast from "I hate him!" to "I want him!" to "I love him!" for my taste. I also couldn’t really connect to the MCs since I barely got to know them in the beginning (some build-up in the first few chapters would have been nice). So when it came to the more emotional stuff in the last 25%, I simply didn't care at this point. So I’m going with 3.5 stars. It wasn’t really the kinky fuck-fest that I was hoping for (#sadface), and for a romance it lacked exposition and character/relationship development for me. But it was an ok read. Nothing more, but also nothing less.

  23. 5 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5 Stars! I will absolutely give this book 5 stars for the heat factor. It was scorching. The rest is more along the lines of 3 stars for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. And maybe it's my fault for trying to compare this to The Layover and Vanilla Clouds. I thought the transition from enemies to lovers was rather quick. And once it transitioned it became pretty sappy and at times cheesy. Not something I experienced in the aforementioned Roe Horvat books. Still, I can appreciate what RH was g 3.5 Stars! I will absolutely give this book 5 stars for the heat factor. It was scorching. The rest is more along the lines of 3 stars for me. Don't get me wrong, I liked it. And maybe it's my fault for trying to compare this to The Layover and Vanilla Clouds. I thought the transition from enemies to lovers was rather quick. And once it transitioned it became pretty sappy and at times cheesy. Not something I experienced in the aforementioned Roe Horvat books. Still, I can appreciate what RH was going for with this one and would definitely recommend.

  24. 5 out of 5

    cal

    loved this! oh my god i feel like a dried up vegetable after this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christelle

    **3.5 stars** The other book is different from what I read so far from this author (and there is no complaint from me in that statement). I commend Roe Horvat's explanatory notes about that. Let’s get my niggle out of the way first : as much as I could sense a whole range of emotion including love and respect during all the highly erotic and sensual scenes, I didn’t get the same sense outside of them, so the path that lead to this loving relationship between Tyler and Joel felt too “insta-lovey” a **3.5 stars** The other book is different from what I read so far from this author (and there is no complaint from me in that statement). I commend Roe Horvat's explanatory notes about that. Let’s get my niggle out of the way first : as much as I could sense a whole range of emotion including love and respect during all the highly erotic and sensual scenes, I didn’t get the same sense outside of them, so the path that lead to this loving relationship between Tyler and Joel felt too “insta-lovey” and the angst felt contrived for me. I missed what I enjoyed so much from Roe Horvat’s previous book The Layover. That said, I found this story very sensual. And damned, all these erotic scenes were so well done imo, whatever the numbering : twosome, threesome, foursome. It was *SCORCHING HOT* and full of emotion. That was the best part of this “other book” for me : when I could eventually connect with the MCs (or with their two friends), grasp the strength of their bond and what kept me turning one page after the other. ARC of “The Other Book” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Fabi

    This story was hot. Because of all the buzz, I thought it was going to be straight up erotica. When I first started reading I was hoping really hard there would be a romance in there somewhere. There was! In fact, a hauntingly beautiful love story.. All of the hot, steamy sex scenes were filled with love and acceptance. There was a heavy cloud of love blanketing every single scene. Except for the first few with our MCs. That's the part where I would have liked a little more buildup. I had no idea This story was hot. Because of all the buzz, I thought it was going to be straight up erotica. When I first started reading I was hoping really hard there would be a romance in there somewhere. There was! In fact, a hauntingly beautiful love story.. All of the hot, steamy sex scenes were filled with love and acceptance. There was a heavy cloud of love blanketing every single scene. Except for the first few with our MCs. That's the part where I would have liked a little more buildup. I had no idea what I was reading during that first scene. I would have enjoyed a bit more background and UST leading up to that. Otherwise, it was a beautiful, emotional story. 3.5 stars!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ky

    Fair warning: this book consists mainly of sex scenes and for some of them there are more than two parties involved. However, this isn't your typical PWP. Somehow, Roe Horvat managed to write a book full of sex scenes that was also full of emotion, tough situations and character growth. When I decided to read "The Other Book" I wasn't sure at all about what my rection would be, mainly to the foursome scene. As the story went on though it was clear that there was nothing about that partcular scene Fair warning: this book consists mainly of sex scenes and for some of them there are more than two parties involved. However, this isn't your typical PWP. Somehow, Roe Horvat managed to write a book full of sex scenes that was also full of emotion, tough situations and character growth. When I decided to read "The Other Book" I wasn't sure at all about what my rection would be, mainly to the foursome scene. As the story went on though it was clear that there was nothing about that partcular scene that could cause trouble for the main couple. They were open and honest with each other and their connection was strong and always present. It was glorious to see Joel transform through the freedom Tyler gave him. At first he was closed off, cold and fighting his wants, but as he grew closer to Tyler he relaxed and embraced who he was. I liked seeing him carefree and laughing, unconcerned about what was going on around him and focusing only on Tyler. The first half of the book is lighter and more carnal, where the second half is full of emotional scenes, Joel's struggles and the effort to look forward. At first, Joel and Tyler had mostly hate between them, but that didn't last very long and I was disappointed to see that the transition to love and a relationship was super fast. Other than those tiny issues, though, the story flowed effortlessly and the plot was able to keep my interest the whole time. Don't let the description of the book as "erotic romance" scare you away from reading this story. There's nothing light or fluffy about it. It's a story that focuses mainly on the sexual aspect of a relationship, yes, but it's also a story dealing with some heavy issues and highlighting the importance of getting support from the people closest to you. *An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gerbera_Reads

    Due to a overwhelming amount of good reviews, I knew I needed to read this book. It's my first time with Roe Horvat and I know it won't be the last. I enjoyed it very much from the author's note to the last word in the epilogue. What I took away from this book is the sense of freedom to express yourself without fear, to trust your friends and to always be true to yourself. Joel and Tyler are such interesting characters. Both of them have that same passion, but whereas Tyler is open about it and Due to a overwhelming amount of good reviews, I knew I needed to read this book. It's my first time with Roe Horvat and I know it won't be the last. I enjoyed it very much from the author's note to the last word in the epilogue. What I took away from this book is the sense of freedom to express yourself without fear, to trust your friends and to always be true to yourself. Joel and Tyler are such interesting characters. Both of them have that same passion, but whereas Tyler is open about it and wears his feelings on his sleeve throughout his life, Joel is repressing his so much that it causes him pain both physical and emotional. This is a journey of liberation for Joel and acceptance for Tyler. The level or trust and intimacy between them is so strong that even harsh words and intentions can not break them. This is very erotic and passionate story with kinky and adventurous encounters between both Joel and Tyler, and his friends. They are so vibrant and electrifying showing how close people can be. I loved every page. It was the beauty of their feelings plus the physical part that made this one heck of a book. I loved the secondary characters. They added a little frivolity and fun to otherwise serious personal struggles of Joel and Tyler. The whole book was a joy for me to read and this author was a joy to discover. Well done! I loved it and I highly recommend it! ** ARC kindly provided by the author for my honest review **

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eugenia

    Audiobook: June 2020 (3 Stars) UGH! This narrator needs to mature and was the wrong choice for this book. He sounded too young and often mispronounced words. Still, the book came through and I enjoyed it. My rec? Read it! Original review: Jan 2019 -4.5 Stars! Glorious!!! This book! This book was amazingly HOT! The characters were complex and so were their desires. Together, their interactions grew and changed over time to something true and moving. And yes, hot!! This is one of my favorite authors a Audiobook: June 2020 (3 Stars) UGH! This narrator needs to mature and was the wrong choice for this book. He sounded too young and often mispronounced words. Still, the book came through and I enjoyed it. My rec? Read it! Original review: Jan 2019 -4.5 Stars! Glorious!!! This book! This book was amazingly HOT! The characters were complex and so were their desires. Together, their interactions grew and changed over time to something true and moving. And yes, hot!! This is one of my favorite authors and his latest book does not disappoint!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elena

    DNF at 74% Before you wonder, the DNF isn’t because of the content. I loved the premise, the execution left much to be desired and if this book is a reliable example of the author’s writing style, I don’t think Roe Horvat is for me. The characters switched from fuck-enemies to fully-in-love-and-committed-to-each-other with no reason or explanation, in a matter of days or maybe minutes, who knows? It was all fast, but I could’ve still gone with it if the writing style had made it work. It didn’t, DNF at 74% Before you wonder, the DNF isn’t because of the content. I loved the premise, the execution left much to be desired and if this book is a reliable example of the author’s writing style, I don’t think Roe Horvat is for me. The characters switched from fuck-enemies to fully-in-love-and-committed-to-each-other with no reason or explanation, in a matter of days or maybe minutes, who knows? It was all fast, but I could’ve still gone with it if the writing style had made it work. It didn’t, everything rang hollow and sterile, the feelings were all on the surface with no substance behind it, just words on paper. I might have forged on and finished it for the steamy parts, but those didn’t work either. If I take a step back and look at it objectively, I can see that the sex was technically hot, but only technically, it felt mechanical and fell completely flat for me.

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