Length: 115 pages
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing; 2 edition
Release Date: December 16, 2019
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…
5 of 5 Stars
This is the 5th book I’ve read by this author and I’m as in awe now as I was by the first book. I honestly don’t know how to describe his writing other than simply amazing. I felt EVERY emotion (and they are heavy) Ondro felt TO MY BONES.
The bulk of this story takes place over six days but there is so much story packed in you forget this isn’t a lengthy novel. Ordinarily, I find myself finishing a short story or novella wishing it was longer or wanting to change it in some way, but I can’t think of a single thing about this book I would change.
These men individually have endured homophobia and hate; one of them was cheated on (if only in mind) and one was ostracized by his family, lonely and wandering with no direction. Ondro was jaded, Jamie was wary and apprehensive. It is by some random twist of fate they meet and end up spending six days together. In the end, with Jamie’s help, Ondro finds his destination, heals old wounds and gets the closure he desperately needed.
As is the case with the other books I’ve read by this author I’m left with a MAJOR case of book hangover which will take me days to recover from but this is an ABSOLUTE must-read.
And I’m extremely curious about the #1…is this the beginning of a series?
About the Author
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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