Eight years ago, Ondro Smrek fled Slovakia and the bigotry that drove his first lover to take his own life, but the demons proved impossible to outrun. Desperate for somewhere to belong, Ondro is returning to start over.
During a layover in Basel, Switzerland, he meets Jamie, an American living in Scotland who is as brilliant as he is beautiful. Jaded Ondro never would have guessed he could fall in love during a brief layover—until now.
When he is put in a position to offer Jamie comfort without hope of recompense, Ondro doesn’t hesitate and soon catches a glimpse of the home he longs for. But with their separation looming, confessing his feelings can only lead to pain and humiliation. Life has taught Ondro not to hope, but then, he never believed in love at first sight either…
Length: 115 pages
Interesting, different, sweet, a little sexy…
First thing that drew me to this book is that one of the main characters, Ondro, is from Slovakia. Not a country we see a lot in books. Plus, how were they going to have a HEA or even a HFN after being together for only 5 days.
Spoiler alert- the author did totally make me believe that after 5 days together they would have a happily ever after.
It’s a short book and I don’t want to rehash the blurb. But I will say these things. I loved how the author didn’t have sex to fall back on when they were together. They actually got to know each other over the five days.
They also had well developed backgrounds and stories. All of which made them who they are today and just made them all the more interesting to read about.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
4 pieces of eye candy
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 doing graphics, he can be found trolling cafés in Gothenburg, writing, and people-watching.
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