Wednesday, December 26, 2018
✱✱AudioBook Review✱✱ Vanilla Clouds by Roe Horvat
By: Roe Horvat
Narrated by: Vance Bastian
“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.
Warning: This book contains explicit scenes, adult language, and obscene amounts of chocolate.
Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐
Vanilla Clouds is a low-angst, lighthearted friends to lovers romance - kind of. Michal and Magnus are online friends until one wants more and the other is afraid of it. The story flows well for the most part with the exception of the online messaging. There is quite a lot of it at the beginning and while I was able to follow it, the rapid fire back and forth of this pair's online relationship doesn't come across as well as I would've liked in the audio format. I don't think that was any fault on the narrator. He did a good job with the characters and story. I feel like it was more due to the fact that it is in the beginning of the story, so I was just getting to know the characters, which made it hard to get into those parts of the book. Once Michal meets a new customer at the chocolaterie, things pick up, and it's easy to see where things are headed. The characters are likable and I did enjoy the romance, but I didn't find anything to set this romance apart from any other like it. What little angst there is comes just as I expected and is resolved very quickly, especially when considering Michal's relatively recent past. Overall, the story is worth the listen and is a good way to while away a couple of hours road trip.
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