Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: The Layover
AUTHOR: Roe Horvat
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 117 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 19th, 2017
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….
This story was so incredibly sweet. The Layover was a book I picked up solely due to the massive amount of amazing reviews I’ve read online. I’m really glad I did. The way the author put this story together was magic, in my opinion. I could see several instances where this story could have went into “instalove/corny” territory but it never did. I absolutely believed the feelings these two had for each other. Considering this was just over a 100 pages new to me author, Roe Horvat did an incredible job with the pacing of the story. I loved the buildup, the conversation and connection between Jamie and Ondro was incredibly well done. I had some things that were a little bit over the top like Ondro staying with Jamie. I thought that was odd but I still loved that it allowed them more time to build on their connection.
Jamie and Ondro meet each other at a moment in both their lives where a connection with another human being is most needed. Feeling the pull they both decide to spend their last night in a strange city together. What transpires between them is stuff of fairy tales.
I’m not going to summarize the book too much because I think this is one of those stories where you should just dive in and enjoy. And you will enjoy this…it’s too good not to. This story gives you all the warm and fuzzies but its also real…real life…real pain…and the best of all real hope, love, and happiness.