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Vanilla Clouds

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,406 ratings  ·  357 reviews
“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
ebook, 132 pages
Published July 25th 2018 by Beaten Track Publishing
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I'm a big fan of Roe Horvat's work. His voice is unique and true; something about his writing feels ... foreign, different, other. And that's great praise, not criticism. Why sound like everyone else when you can sound like you? I love Horvat's vision, the way pain and happiness mingle mere breaths apart.

Vanilla Clouds is the fluffiest story Horvat's written thus far, and it's beautiful.

I loved absolutely everything about this book:

- Swedish setting (Any time a M/M romance is set somewhere ot
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well,this was just perfect!

There's something about starting a new book by Roe Horvat that puts me in a happy place.The writing,the characters,the scene setting never disappoint.

Michal is a chocolatier and pretty damn adorable.He's been talking to Magnus online for two years....

A terrible encounter with another man has left Michal scared to date,scared to trust.Magnus is his safe place...they talk about everything and anything for hours.Magnus has always been there for him.

Magnus wants them to me
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Kindle freebie 1/25/19!!**

This book was HEAVENLY! Like a perfect chocolate truffle- gooey and delicious and beautiful.

I've really enjoyed everything I've read from Roe Horvat, but Vanilla Clouds tops the rest.

I'm a jaded romance reader, and it takes a lot to win me over. I had just read a string of 2-3 star books, and I really needed a winner when I started Vanilla Clouds, and I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Vanilla Clouds is a romance-y romance book. It is the kind of story that got
4.25 chocolate stars


This one is sooooooo sweet and made me feel all gooey inside!

The scenery descriptions also made me feel like i should really visit Sweden, soonest.

The writing is poetic and engaging, the book is short but fully packed, i am starting to believe this is Roe's superpower. He has the ability to make you feel like you have read a 300 page book, when in reality it was less than 200 pages.

This is one of those feel good books that you want to read, curl up into a tiny ball and reliv
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq
A Gif review

**** 4.5 Stars ****

Gawd, this was indecently delicious,




and sexy.

Loved the MC's chemistry.

Loved their first time together.

Loved the atmosphere.

Loved the writing.

4.5 stars!

I cannot hope to adequately explain what Horvat's writing does for me.

I live the writing. I breathe the writing. There are very few authors who truly make me experience a story like Horvat.

Michał and Magnus. A Grindr date that wasn't. Until it became something else. Cyber friends for over two years, Michał thinks Magnus is perfect for him. And that's why he can't meet him. He can't have his perfect Magnus shattered with reality.

So he pines.

Until a gentle giant walks in his store's doo
Reread February 2020

This is the perfect comfort read. And that's not only due to all the chocolate...
Michal and Magnus just make me swoon. Brilliant and so heart-warming!
No doubt I will reread this one again and again.

Original review:
*4,5 stars*

It's called Vanilla Clouds. Poetic AND delicious.

And that's not the cloud formation we are talking about here.
In this book it refers to 'Magnus's' favourite vape flavour, but it also sums up its contents beautifully.
Poetic and delicious, and so cute an
* A Reader Obsessed *
4.5 Stars!

Granted this is only the second book I’ve read by Horvat, but there’s not one complaint about how this author goes about giving two MC’s a well deserved happily ever after.

What one should know is that though this is overall angst lite, it never shirks on the emotions, the vulnerabilities, fears, and doubts that so far, all of this author’s characters have. It brings a certain weight to the story, grounding it in realism, but how the rest unfolds is just a joyous unraveling to experienc
Shin Mon Thway
Awwwwwwwwwwwwww .. how sweet is this little precious gem! 🥰 I loved it. 😍 The plot is quite simple, really. Two guys have been friends online for a couple years already but have never met in real life. And they are in different countries. So Magnus decided its time to rectify the situation and went and met Michal and they fell in love and had a happily ever after. 😌

I know this sounds very simple and sweet but it has a few twists, which I won’t reveal at all in this review. Well, may be a few. 😁
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 gr
4 chocolate covered stars

Vanilla Clouds is a deliciously heart-warming and deeply romantic story.

The synopsis sums it up perfectly, so I won’t reiterate the plot here. I will say that I absolutely adored Michal and Magnus as leading men and I found great comfort and joy in witnessing the beginning of their epic love story.

I love, love, love book romances that begin online/with the written word, instead of face-to-face, so it's unsurprising that this story worked as well as it did for me. To me
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, it's official, Roe Horvat could write their monthly shopping list on a piece of paper and I'd be a sucker for it.

This book is as divine as the chocolate which makes up a large portion of the story narrative. It's sweet and rich in emotions and all the flavours of love.

Michal (can't do the proper letter character on my Kindle!) and Magnus were joyous, the story romps along at a perfect pace and its littered with humorous moments throughout.

This is definitely Roe at their most sweet but the st
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

A total sweetheart!

Enjoy this sweet read! Both MC Michał and Magnus were perfect for each other, but I have to say I had a special spot for Magnus, he was the sweetest guy big physically with such an tender heart especially for Michał. I loved that by meeting online they developed an emotional bond before meeting each other in person. This was a quick read but the authors writing as usual packs a punch of emotions and the bonus for me, all that chocolate! I was in chocolate heaven! ♥️
Isabella. R
3 Generous Soul Stars ⭐

I’m beginning to realise it’s not a question of this author’s writing style, because it’s almost lyrical and filled with heart that you are guaranteed a wonderful read. However, in this instance I felt a little underwhelmed. Vanilla Clouds had me captivated in the beginning. There is something special about a courtship told in letters/messages, as it allows two people to reveal their souls hidden behind anonymity which was the case here. But then it kind of plateaued.

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Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Vanilla Clouds by Roe Horvat is my favorite novella of the year and one of my favorite stories of 2018. From the first few sentences, I was hooked. It's the stories of two friends who met online, Michał and Magnus. For two years they have been each other's confidants and talked about anything and everything. They even watch tv shows together and text each other, from different countries. Did I also mention they've never met f
Moony Eliver
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone except Richard the chocolate hater
"Adorable" is not a book descriptor that I am drawn to. In fact, the opposite… if that’s how it’s characterized, it is probably not for me. Not that I don’t appreciate the aww moments, but all too often, an Adorable Book means a shallow storyline, underdeveloped characters, and a lack of heat.

Not so much, here. Sensuality and humor are two of the most endearing qualities a romance can have, and Vanilla Clouds brings them. The depth of the story and characters felt exactly right for a short novel
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great comfort read. I loved the Swedish setting and with the mentions of the cold weather, the rain, and of course all the chocolate, I wanted to curl up on my couch with this book, a blanket and a cup of hot tea (and I would have done that if we didn't have a heatwave here).

Michał doesn’t have the best luck in the dating department. After some bad dates and one seriously awful one where he ended up in the hospital, he is very hesitant to try again. That’s why he is so hesitant to meet Ma
The thing is I have a soft spot for Roe Horvat’s books, but I’m also not a big fan of particularly sweet, lovey-dovey books. I only recently said to my friend Leyna, that a complete tearjerker, a book about grief, was for me too sweet, too ideal.

And Roe was all too clear, that Vanilla Clouds would be the fluffiest fluff, and about a Polish guy… I was scared to death I’m not going to love the upcoming book as much as the previous ones. But I shouldn’t have :) Me and Roe, or rather Roe’s writing
4,5 stars rounded up because it really was super sweet!

It's no secret I adore this author's writing style. My favorite book would still be A Love Song for the Sad Man in the White Coat. Maybe it's because I adore angst and broken characters are my favorites.
About Vanilla Clouds I only knew that it contains "obscene amounts of chocolate". So of course I was intrigued.
The writing was excellent, as always! I loved all the Gothenburg descriptions, I enjoyed the character's inner struggles and I ch
Lorraine Lesar
Simply Delicious

So sweet.
It left me wanting chocolate and sex. All I’ve got to decide now is in what order? *decisions, decisions, decisions......*
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I am such a fan of Roe Horvat’s writing. They take an everyday moment and make it extraordinary. And in this romance genre, they inject new life and passion into sex scenes, creating something far from formulaic. What a treat it is to read their writing.

This novella is set their hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. We meet Michał, manager of a Belgian chocolate store. He’s anxious, lonely, and fearful due to a hook-up gone horribly wrong. To be honest, he wasn’t the easies
This was a little gem. So well written. So well edited. So well told.

My first time with this author I am impressed.

Michał and Magnus met online. Circumstances conspired against them and Magnus moved out of the country before the two had a chance to meet. That didn't stop them from developing a deep friendship via messaging. Two years later they are the best of friends. Magnus wants more. He'd like to meet in person. But Michał has been through a harrowing experience with a meetup so he's gun shy
**3.5 stars**

I’m going to be honest here : I liked some of it, but some parts didn’t make me dreamed. All on me !!

The writing is solid and I share the praises about this author. I especially immensely enjoyed the settings and sense of place instilled in this book. Another winner for me is of course for likable characters to get their HEA : that’s my “Walt Disney” upbringing tapping in and I wouldn’t change that.

It’s relationship-oriented with no theatrics, just MCs that could be real and with da
I honestly don't know what it is about Roe Horvat's writing that makes me forget everything around me. As soon as I start a book by him it's as if nothing else exists and when I turn the last page, it's like blinking, slowly waking up, and trying to figure out where I am and what has just happened. I mean it's just words but somehow Roe Horvat manages to arrange them in a way so that they hold me captive completely.

This book was another winner! From start to finish it was just perfect and I love
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Simply stated, I loved everything about this book. The MC's, the setting, the writing-sugary sweet!!
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

I seriously adore Roe Horvat's writing. The Layover remains my favorite book of theirs (and one of my favorite books, period), and they are one of the few authors where I look forward to every single release.

And this book is no exception. Here, Roe Horvat goes for sweet and fluffy. A first for them...and a success!

As usual, I loved the European setting. This time we find ourselves in Sweden.

I also love the opposites attract trope. Michal is described as kind of twink(ish) with
Kaje Harper
This was a warm sweet story about a man who has been unlucky in his dating life, and a year ago picked a guy who wouldn't take no for an answer, and ended up injured getting away. Michal is gun shy, and has lost trust in his own judgement. He has a supportive female roommate, but for a while now, most of his off-work male companionship has been his online friend Magnus, who lives in another country. Magnus has suggested meeting up, but Michal is afraid that doing so might change them and lose hi ...more
January 25, 2019 : amazon freebie!


Seeing as I'm #TeamNoBlurbs I was unprepared for a certain trope to crop up somewhere around the almost-halfway mark of VANILLA CLOUDS. It almost made me regret picking this up because I knew the rating/review wouldn't be favourable because of my dislike of said trope.

"Your life is a rom-com, you lucky little shit. And since I'm the edgy side-kick, I have decided we need fancier drinks. Daiquiri?"

However. Because of the short length, the trope isn't drag
True Loveislovereview
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, 2018
What a delightful story this is!!
It starts great right away... Michał (Migauw?) texting with his online friend Magnus about how to get rid of someone.
He didn’t quite learned from the past but... the future is ahead!
Magnus wants to meet Michał in real life, but no... their friendship is too precious to Michał and he doesn’t want to screw this up by meeting. Even though the sex would be wonderful to have after his last bad experience and now a long dry period... but no!

“I thought you’d swapped pi
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Queer fiction author Roe Horvat was born in the post-communist wasteland of former Czechoslovakia. Equipped with a dark sense of sarcasm, Roe traveled Europe and finally settled in Sweden. He came out as transgender in 2017 and has been fabulous since. He loves Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, bad action movies, stand-up comedy, pale ale, and daiquiri, with equal passion. When not hiding in the studio ...more

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