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(uber mild spoiler)
I need a dose of a angst and this book delivered just the right amount without going overboard. I loved the main protagonists but also cared about the secondary characters. With that said, can we please get a happy resolution for Mattias? His unfinished story is one that should be told.
Kudos to Roe Horvat for writing such an engaging, thoughtful, well-crafted book! I can't wait for what comes next.
I was in from the first line and not only because I've been to Sitges myself....
Alex in his early thirties, thinks of himself as pervert, dirt, scum......? Why....? He thinks so because he writes porn....(does he know much....we love that about him ;)
In day time he is a respectable lecturer...
When the most beautiful boy enters the club where Alex is sitting and drinking, all heads are turning and all mouths stopped talking.....and the boy didn't even noticed....
As flies they turn to him and Alex is his savior.
They stay in touch and when Christian is moving, after a couple of years, to Alex's town to study, Alex is aware Chris is not a boy anymore.
Chris is intelligent, open, beautiful and lovely and Alex....has a secret and is not open about that. His feelings toward Chris are changing fast.
Chris is very observant and affectionate toward Alex.
Alex thinks (it's his prime nature) he is to old....
“You are exactly that much older. And yet here we all are, still waiting for you to act like a grown-up.”
Soooo....you could think ha.!..a story in a nutshell.....well.... surprise....surprise....
The way of writing is amazing and outshine from others. It has an observation toward life in it that speaks to my heart. It has humor and gravity. It's emotional and sensual and at some points witty and funny. Both personalities are very well put down. I almost tear my hair out because of Alex.....
Their friends are there and have an addition in just the right proportion.
Chris the real mature in this relationship is confident about the future and Alex....is opposite and insecure...waiting for the other shoe to drop.....luckily Chris is taking the lead.
Like I said before... another winner....!
Highly recommended this slow burn, friends to lovers story!!
Kindly received an ARC from the publisher
Alex is a 30-year-old college professor in Freiberg, Germany, when he meets the 18-year-old Christian in a gay bar in Catalonia. Seeing Christian’s beauty as well as his innocence, Alex becomes Christian’s mentor, protector, confidant and friend. Three years later, when Christian transfers his medical studies to Frieberg from Berlin, Alex faces a dilemma. How can he keep his nom de plume as a successful gay erotica writer secret from the boy who trusts him in everything? Even worse, Christian’s mother, Lena, is on the case, and expects Alex to report back to her on Christian’s every move.
Yes, you know where this is going from the first page, but the author guides you so carefully and lovingly through each emotional shock and discovery that you can’t help but become deeply involved with all of the major characters. One of these, a young, edgy, tattooed doctor named Mattias, has his own traumatic emotional backstory—which becomes the plot of the book that follows this one.
What is so particularly good about Alex’s character is that, when Christian is at a distance, he is quite happy with his life: the compartmentalization between his college teaching and his smut writing causes him no real shame. One is his public self, and the other brings a sort of celebrity welcome extra money. But once Christian is right there, seeing Alex every few days, the dichotomy becomes increasingly uncomfortable, especially once Alex realized that his feelings for Chris have evolved into something more profound than friendship—and perhaps have been so for all the time he’s known him. Once he can no longer see Christian as the “innocent boy” far away in Berlin, he has to face up to his own discontent. What the plot really does is to force the characters—and the reader—to confront the truth of our human ability to pretend we’re happy when in fact we’re far from it. Whether it’s shame, self-doubt, or simply fear, inaction becomes impossible and disaster becomes possible.
Gay romance is an imperfect art, but when well done, it uplifts and heals. In the hands of a gifted writer, it can transcend genre and make you think. Roe Horvat is well on their way to become one of those special authors in the genre. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
Alex ruminates - " I don't know when it started to feel lonely. One day I came home, and instead of being relieved that I was finally able to relax, I felt... superfluous."
I liked that there were no great misunderstandings, that the plot was completely about their relationship, that although we were only in Alex's head, we got enough to see everyone clearly. I really loved the excepts that we saw from the 16 pages Alex gave Christian. They were just beautiful.
I read a lot of m/m books, this is a different voice, a more european accent and I'm glad I found it. I will read more of Horvat.
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