“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.
A year ago I happened to stumble across a debut novella that felt like a winning lotto ticket. The story was phenomenal but the voiced that penned it was stunning. I knew Horvat would continue to wow me and I have eagerly pounced on anything they have released since. What compels me with Roe’s stories is the profound feelings woven into the words. This particular tale is dipped in ecstasy. Oh my, was it delicious and divine. My face was split with pure joy as I read. I couldn’t get enough and grieved the finality of ‘the end’. Roe, thank you for gifting us with Michał’s story. I shall cherish it always.
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Everything. The writing is spectacular. Seriously, I could wax on and on but just trust me on this. Solid stuff. Next we have the compelling MC’s. I quickly fell underneath their spell and craved their happiness. Michał has a good life, perhaps even a great life, but it’s missing something. Love. He wants to find his ‘one’ but he’s scared. With good reason. He was hospitalized after a date took a horribly wrong turn. And…he’s kinda fallen for his online bestie. He hasn’t met Magnus yet. Even after countless months of growing closer and closer. He can’t risk shattering their perfect illusion. What they have is precious and although Magnus wishes to take their relationship into ‘real life’, Michał refuses. Then a stranger comes into his chocolaterie and awakens his heart, body and soul. He’s never felt this way before. Bernard makes him want to take risks. He throws caution to the wind and jumps; he’s confident strong arms will catch him. The one thing he never imagined was his online life and real life colliding mid-fall. If this isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, Horvat tops it off with the gorgeous Gothenburg setting, an endearing cast, and an intensely erotic chocolate scene. *gulp* Which totally required a second read, to umm, make sure I didn’t miss anything. *nods* Yeah, you don’t want to miss this.
My husband frequently tells me that I see the best in everyone. Michał wears similar rose-colored glasses and sometimes this has unfortunate side-effects. Despite wanting everyone to be good, there is evil in this world. Michał was hurt and is struggling to open his eyes again. Trust is also broken. However, I believe you will see as I did, that the intentions held no ill will. Desperation can lead to poor decision-making. On the other hand, forgiveness can lead to luscious lovemaking.
If you like your books sweet, sexy, and striking allow me to introduce to you to Michał and Magnus. I’m delighted for you to meet them!
*warning* chocolate cravings extremely probable while reading.
Also…someday I will make it to Europe and my bucket list itinerary continues to grow with every book Horvat delivers. I wonder if travel planning is another hidden talent??