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This beautifully written, short, 100 page read is about many different things, all of which I m happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed.It s about a once hopeful, young student, who fled from his homeland, because it refused to allow him to be who he truly was or love whom he wanted to love.It s about that same man, now a jaded, 30 y.o flight attendant, deciding that he was sick of running and heartsick for a home.It s about discovering that home is not necessarily a place, especially a place w This beautifully written, short, 100 page read is about many different things, all of which I m happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed.It s about a once hopeful, young student, who fled from his homeland, because it refused to allow him to be who he truly was or love whom he wanted to love.It s about that same man, now a jaded, 30 y.o flight attendant, deciding that he was sick of running and heartsick for a home.It s about discovering that home is not necessarily a place, especially a place whose people can t accept you as you are That home can also be a person Someone that, no matter where you are, as long as you re together, you re exactly where you want to be Where you need to be.It s about learning to trust yourself and knowing what will make you happy, as soon as you let go of your past demons and say goodbye to the things holding you back, while clinging to the things that help build you up.And lastly, it s about taking a chance, no matter how crazy it seems, to reach for that one thing that could make you happier than you ve ever been.One aspect of this story that I truly loved was how, although the majority of the book takes place over only 6 days, it never really felt like insta love to me.Sure, Ondro and Jamie fall into bed on day one, but for the following five days, sex is the very last thing that their time together is about.I loved how Ondro swooped in, without even a second thought, to take care of Jamie when he fell ill Jamie needed him, so Ondro was there, full stop.And it s during Jamie s convalescence that they fall into an easy companionship, and in that isolated bubble where their relationship sprouts and begins to grow roots.Ondro has a lot of mental baggage from his past, but I was thrilled to see him working through that, one freak out at a time, then actually putting himself out there, taking a chance to find his own version of happy, finally, after 8 years of simply existing.The story is not overly steamy, with only a couple of those scenes, as Jamie is fighting walking pneumonia for most of the book, but I really didn t miss it, since it forced them to focus on getting to know one another while getting Jamie well again.I especially loved the epilogue, from 4 months later, as Ondro confronts his past head on, with Jamie by his side I was cheering for them every step of the way, adoring the way they demonstrated that they d actually become a supportive, loving couple.It was really strange, but as I read the very last line of the story, the song At Last by Etta James popped into my head, which totally captured the feeling of where Ondro and Jamie s journey had taken them.At last, they were together At last, they were happy At last, they were free At Last video There really wasn t much at all that I would ve changed about this story, so I m rating it at 4.5 stars and would definitely recommend it NOTE The free prequel for The Layover , from Jamie s POV, is also available at Horvat s website ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.See All My Latest Reads Review Quick Links I usually pass over books from new to me authors, and I originally passed by this one I was actually pretty surprised to see such glowing reviews from my trusted friends, considering I d never heard of this author, but I decided to take a chance and jump right in And it was SO worth it Roe Horvat is a lovely writer, and the story flows in a beautiful, almost poetic way It isn t the harsher,frank contemporary style I m accustomed to seeing, and the language works beautifully without see I usually pass over books from new to me authors, and I originally passed by this one I was actually pretty surprised to see such glowing reviews from my trusted friends, considering I d never heard of this author, but I decided to take a chance and jump right in And it was SO worth it Roe Horvat is a lovely writer, and the story flows in a beautiful, almost poetic way It isn t the harsher,frank contemporary style I m accustomed to seeing, and the language works beautifully without seeming flowery It s just lovely The story itself if short but impactful There is a deep sense of connection, which is hard to do in a novella format, and though I could have used a littletime with these two as a couple, I was moved by the story I also don t know much okay, anything about LGBTQ politics and attitudes in most of the world, so I was interested to readabout it, honestly We only get little snippets, but I felt slightlyeducated I would read another book by this author in a heartbeat, and I m looking forward to seeing what Roe Horvat comes up with next Copy provided in exchange for an honest review 4.5 Stars.Beautiful writingThis is one of the reasons I love this site.If I hadn t read a friend s review of this I probably wouldn t have either stumbled across it or considered it and I would have missed out on a pretty unique read.This Author definitely has a way with words and making a story special.Ondro left Slovakia years ago,disillusioned with his life as a young gay man there.Somewhere,deep inside,he knows he left for the wrong reasons and decides to leave the life he s made for hims 4.5 Stars.Beautiful writingThis is one of the reasons I love this site.If I hadn t read a friend s review of this I probably wouldn t have either stumbled across it or considered it and I would have missed out on a pretty unique read.This Author definitely has a way with words and making a story special.Ondro left Slovakia years ago,disillusioned with his life as a young gay man there.Somewhere,deep inside,he knows he left for the wrong reasons and decides to leave the life he s made for himself and return home.This time he wants to leave for the right reasons.He meets Jamie,a young American man who has made a life for himself in Edinburgh,in Basel Airport when due to an Airline strike they find themselves in the same hotel overnight.After the initial one night stand I had no idea which direction the story would take.The story is told only from Ondro s pov and his thoughts are beautiful.haunting and poignant,yet full of hope and longing.Don t go into this one expecting an abundance of sex scenes because there are only a few and I think that s what made this story feel real.Yes,there s a deep sexual attraction between them but the connection the two men made over a few days is the main focus of the story.It s most definitely a love story and I wouldn t hesitate to recommend it 4 StarsOndro wants a fresh start, quietly in a corner He s gay and the place he wants to start his new beginning is a suffocating and scary place for someone like him When he was coming back to Slovakia after eight years he had a layover and at the airport, he met the smart, beautiful, kind and amazing Jamie who made him feel human again, made him be himself again, made him happy and brave This book was my second read by this author and like the other one was really enjoyable The author s w 4 StarsOndro wants a fresh start, quietly in a corner He s gay and the place he wants to start his new beginning is a suffocating and scary place for someone like him When he was coming back to Slovakia after eight years he had a layover and at the airport, he met the smart, beautiful, kind and amazing Jamie who made him feel human again, made him be himself again, made him happy and brave This book was my second read by this author and like the other one was really enjoyable The author s writing is great, she writes in such a way that you can feel characters sorrow and your heart aches for them She s a talented one and she writes beautifully This book is a novella but I liked the characters development Told in single POV, 1st person and I didn t need to read the other character s POV It s a stand alone novella and so well written Looking forward to reading my third read by her Overall, I really enjoyed it and hope you like it as well 4 Stars Surprisingly good for a short read Full of feelings, nothing shallow.Everything happened very fast Weirdly enough it didn t feel like insta love Kudos to the author Loved the way the MC s were brought together, the banter between them and the way their relationship developed The insight about Slovakia took me by surprise, not to say a tad bit shocking.Sometimes I think of myself as a well informed person, but the truth is I know nothing It s terribly sad to think that a sim 4 Stars Surprisingly good for a short read Full of feelings, nothing shallow.Everything happened very fast Weirdly enough it didn t feel like insta love Kudos to the author Loved the way the MC s were brought together, the banter between them and the way their relationship developed The insight about Slovakia took me by surprise, not to say a tad bit shocking.Sometimes I think of myself as a well informed person, but the truth is I know nothing It s terribly sad to think that a simple gesture as holding hands can cause so much hatred 5 Stars Every single word in this 117 page story owned me this morning Silly me thought I d start a nice book, read for an hour, and then finish it up later tonight WRONG The only thing that would have gotten me to stop reading was if the house started burning down around me I couldn t put this down The writing Simply exquisite The characters Fully developed Endearing, vulnerable, honestunforgettable The plot Engaging Sad, hopeful, realistic, romanticThis is one of my favor 5 Stars Every single word in this 117 page story owned me this morning Silly me thought I d start a nice book, read for an hour, and then finish it up later tonight WRONG The only thing that would have gotten me to stop reading was if the house started burning down around me I couldn t put this down The writing Simply exquisite The characters Fully developed Endearing, vulnerable, honestunforgettable The plot Engaging Sad, hopeful, realistic, romanticThis is one of my favorite reads of the year Simply unforgettableI met a guy six days ago, and now I d follow him anywhereAnd within 117 pages and a couple of hours, I feel the same way about Roe Horvat A fantastic debut novella 4.5 Stars The Layover has been all over my feed the past few days I was unfamiliar with the author, but I decided to take a chance and read it for myself The story, while short, was beautifully written and engaging and I m wholeheartedly glad I gave this book a shot Sometimes you ve just got to take a chance, and as it turns out, that theme played heavily into the story that The Layover told, as well The Layover is about two men from two very different backgrounds and realities meeting by cha 4.5 Stars The Layover has been all over my feed the past few days I was unfamiliar with the author, but I decided to take a chance and read it for myself The story, while short, was beautifully written and engaging and I m wholeheartedly glad I gave this book a shot Sometimes you ve just got to take a chance, and as it turns out, that theme played heavily into the story that The Layover told, as well The Layover is about two men from two very different backgrounds and realities meeting by chance when they are both stranded in an airport There are a lot of things this story could have turned into that it didn t It could have turned into a sex fest It could ve felt like insta love It could ve felt trite But it wasn t any of those things, at all Instead, it was a story of two men getting to know each other and finding that they clicked beyond the physical It was about taking chances And it was the story of finding your way home.Home It s an interesting concept It s both specific and vague Home isn t always a place and sometimes a person can get so lost searching for it that they feel they ll never be able to find their way But the lucky ones, whether by chance or sheer determination, do find home.Ondro and Jamie are so different from one another They have vastly different backgrounds and life experiences Ondro comes from a country where bigotry and oppression was the normal Ondro feels directionless and defeated His family is religious and don t have much money Jamie comes from an upper middle class family and has the education he wanted and has the privilege of living somewhere he not only loves, but that doesn t treat him as less than And I loved that Jamie recognised that privilege I loved their interactions from the start I loved how Ondro was willing to try without overstepping boundaries to get Jamie s attention And I loved that Jamie, ultimately, decided to take the chance Sure it was supposed to be a one night stand A hookup But when circumstances kept them together for longer than they originally planned for, Ondro was attentive and caring And watching Jamie get so angry over the current events in Ondro s home country made me love him evenWhen all was said and done, they both felt like there could be , if only they were willing to take the chance The Layover was just so refreshing and unexpected and I just loved every bit of it I m truly impressed by this author and would definitely be willing to readARC of The Layover was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. *Download Book ⇲ The Layover ⇰ Eight years ago, Ondro Smrek fled Slovakia and the bigotry that drove his first lover to take his own life The demons proved impossible to outrun, though, and now, 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 Soon, he catches a glimpse of the home he longs for But with their separation looming, confessing his feelings would only lead to pain and humiliation Life has taught Ondro not to hope, but then, he never believed in love at first sight either 4 Stars I m pretty sure there s not much I can add to the accolades regarding this novella.Understated but no less powerful, this is all about whether one should take a chance at something that is so highly desired but so out of reach A fortuitous layover at the airport brings Ondro the opportunity to perhaps make a connection with the beguiling Jaime who s caught his eye What proceeds is Ondro slowly waking up from his self imposed isolation and actually wantingfor himself than just goi 4 Stars I m pretty sure there s not much I can add to the accolades regarding this novella.Understated but no less powerful, this is all about whether one should take a chance at something that is so highly desired but so out of reach A fortuitous layover at the airport brings Ondro the opportunity to perhaps make a connection with the beguiling Jaime who s caught his eye What proceeds is Ondro slowly waking up from his self imposed isolation and actually wantingfor himself than just going through the motions Surely, a few days is not enough for either Ondro or Jaime to fall that hard, right Here, both MC s are endearing in their own way Gruff giant Ondro who s kinda lost the will to fight for a life he deserves Shy smart Jamie, a bit jaded and wary Neither wants to wear their heart on their sleeve but neither can deny that there sthan just base attraction and lust between them.Simply put, this was a great contemporary romance showing how, when the circumstances are not convenient or plausible, a poignant coming together is all one needs to ask for somethingThis was introspective and sexy and full of twisty insecurity all wrapped up in some very nice warm feels It only takes one small decision to set you on a different wonderful path You only have to say yes 4.5 Stars This was a really good read It didn t feel like a novella at all I really liked both main characters And who wouldn t love the idea of meeting the one on a layover