Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Vanilla Clouds
Author: Roe Horvat
Narrator: vance Bastian
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 3 Hours, 45 Minutes
Publisher: Roe Horvat
Release Date: December 10, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: “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.
Review: Michal and Magnus, two Swedes who have been internet friends, but have never met in real life. Until Magnus takes the plunge…and then deception and chocolate come full circle in forcing these two soul mates together. It is very hard to find that special person who just clicks in every way. Michal and Magnus have that but Michal has a major fear of losing their special friendship if they ever met in person. Magnus is desperate to meet him. He knows they will be good together and so he visits Michal at the chocolate shop where he works. Chocolate plays a huge role in this audio and it made me want to visit Sweden, even though I think Belgium, normally, when I think quality chocolate.
The author is new to me and I really enjoyed their writing style. The reason for the lower rating is more the difficulty in this type of story being made into a audio. Many aspects are text messages and a lot of it is missed in translation. I almost DNF’ed this audio at the very beginning because I was totally lost in what I was listening to. Once I got my mind wrapped around it, I was more able to sit back and enjoy the ride. Vance Bastian is a new narrator for me, as well. He does a bang up job getting the emotions and characters to a place that fit with the setting. What I struggled with was the texting. Not sure if it was a narration issue or what, but it was a struggle for me.
This is a short audio, less than four hours, and I was able to listen in one sitting. It was cute, it had a just little bit of angst, and it ended on a solid HFN. I will definitely pick up another book by this author and the narrator.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*