Author: Roe Horvat
Release Date: 15 December, 2017 Price: $5.01 £3.74 £0.00 kindle unlimited
Reviewed by: Tai
Cover Art: A distinct, clean, eye-catching cover. The title is bold white lettering with a person in each letter of LOVE. The background for the title is red with shaded gray at two opposite corners. Author’s name is in white with a gray shaded background. It is very easy to read the title and the Author’s name.
Synopsis: A good overview of the contents. Inside the book there is a sweet dedication with a list of acknowledgements. There is no warning of sexually explicit content either inside the book or on retail sites.
Plot: Simon is a doctor known as The Cruel Doctor Frost. He is working his way through life, the people in it, and the many emotions that are shown to us.
Dr. Simon Mra’z – A man who struggles with emotions and relationships, especially after Matej.
Matej – A former student of Simon’s, and lover. When he left, he broke Simon.
Marta – Matej’s sister and Simon’s friend.
Lukas and Mike are a couple who are good friends with all the characters.
There really aren’t secondary characters outside of Simon’s parents appearing.
All of the characters and their roles make this a strong story.
Flow/Continuity: The timelines are self-explanatory with chapter headings being clear as to the date and locations. The intimate scenes fit the storyline.
Conflict & Climax: Some relationships are complex and intense, while others seem a bit more happy and relaxed.
Editing/Formatting: There weren’t typos and the punctuation was properly placed. Chapter headings were very distinct.
Priced: Priced in accordance with today’s market on new releases. The book is worth the price.
Conclusion: The story covers emotions and reactions in a way that can be felt. While I am not particularly a fan of set timelines separated by chapters, it worked remarkably well in the book. This is a story that I will read again.
N.B. I believe if a book of any type contains sexual content, it should be mentioned somewhere.
Rating: I rate this a 9 out of 10.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Simon had always expected love to feel different than this. Whether it was his Catholic upbringing or the poetry he’d read—Simon had thought that true love would be uplifting, fulfilling, that it would give meaning to his loitering, and add joy to his leisure. But not this kind of love. This love was a flesh-eating monster, sharp-clawed and evil-eyed, ravishing his mind with medieval cruelty.
Dr Simon Mráz is a respected specialist and lecturer at the Charles University in Prague. He is a serious man, responsible. His students call him The Cruel Doctor Frost not because he’s unkind, but because of his unwavering, ice-cold composure. As a psychiatrist, he values sanity. And sanity can be found in work, restraint, and self-control.
Not many know of that one time in the past when The Cruel Doctor Frost lost his cool. His ill-advised, secret affair with a student left Simon deeply wounded. Since that day, every minute of Simon’s life has been a struggle to remain sane, functioning. He’s managed so far—as long as he is needed, as long as his work makes a difference, Simon can scrape together enough strength to get up in the morning and run off the nightmares. But when his friends begin drifting away, his beloved protégé becomes independent, and the man who bereaved Simon of his precious sanity might return… Simon’s mind and body stop responding to his impressive willpower.