Rosie’s #Bookreview of #Ya / #Na #Romance This Is Not A Horror Movie by @saradobie @gaybookpromo #TuesdayBookBlog

This is Not a Horror MovieThis is Not a Horror Movie by Sara Dobie Bauer

4 stars

This is Not a Horror Movie crosses the genres of upper end young adult and new adult horror with a same sex romance. The main characters are young men aged eighteen and twenty, while the story is set in a Florida holiday town.

Every year Emory’s family from Ohio spend two June weeks in Florida living next to Connor’s family. Emory has been openly gay all of his life, but while in Florida he’s kept this under wraps, especially when he is around Connor; he’s had a crush on Connor for years.

Single child Connor is good friends with Emory and his twin sister Liz, and shares his holidays with them as friends. Connor wants to be a film producer, while Emory loves writing and reading horror stories or watching horror films. The town has a derelict beach hotel which is a draw for lots of teenagers as a place to party in the evenings, drinking, smoking and having sex in the empty bedrooms. This year the place feels sinister rather than a place to relax, and Emory and his friends are just about to find out how menacing the place really is.

Emory is a passionate character in all that he does and says; in the last year he’s grown taller, put on some muscle and grown gorgeous curly hair which all make him attractive. But Emory still thinks of himself as gangly and uncoordinated. The romance which blossoms between Emory and Connor is sweet and caring with a hint of sexual pleasures which take place off page.

Emory’s love of horror is scattered throughout the story as the author entwines snippets from horror books and films. This culminates in a creepy denouement to the story to send a few chills down the spine.

I really liked Emory, he was a fun and unpredictable character. The horror theme suits this book and will hopefully draw in readers who are happy to read a story which also involves relationships. I read this book because I have enjoyed other books written by this author, but I rarely read horror, so this wasn’t a comfortable read for me. However, I hope to be able to share my review so that this book can reach its intended audience.

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Emory Jones loves two things: horror movies and Connor Nichols.

For the past four years, Emory, Connor, and their families have vacationed side by side on Longboat Key, Florida. Eighteen-year-old Emory has pined for his neighbor from behind the covers of Stephen King books, but college boy Connor has never noticed him. Probably because Emory looks like Jack Skellington with good hair.

Emory anticipates another predictable summer of sunburn and disappointment. Instead, he ends up with a mystery on his hands when a beloved beach bum goes missing, and Connor volunteers to help with the search. Turns out it’s not just scary movie cops who are worthless, so the boys start an investigation of their own—leading them straight to an abandoned beach resort.

Despite the danger, Emory and Connor grow closer, but as Emory’s gay dreams start coming true, so do the horror movie tropes he so loves. Even though he knows that sex equals death in slasher flicks, Emory can’t keep his hands off the guy of his teenage dreams.

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Rosie’s ARC #BookReview Of The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle: A love story by @MattCainWriter

The Secret Life of Albert Entwhistle by Matt Cain

4 stars

The Secret Life Of Albert Entwistle is the story of a postman and his search for the one person he loved and lost.

Albert is due to retire from the post office in a few months; for the last eighteen years he’s lived a quiet life in which he prefers his own company. However, when his cat dies, Albert opens his eyes to how lonely he is and how much he fears the day of his retirement.

In a life-changing moment, Albert discovers that his mother had secretly kept notes sent many years before, to Albert from the person he’d been in love with. The memories flood Albert’s mind and he decides that he’s not going to let his life drift on—he’s going to find George and ask for his forgiveness.

In this feel-good story of life and love, Albert finds that he has the support of friends, work colleagues and neighbours when he needs them most. He makes new friends and discovers that being gay is no longer something to hide away, but instead it is something to celebrate.

This is an easy read which flows from the page and is sprinkled with just the right amount of Northern dialect to make the characters feel genuine. I did find that Albert’s almost overnight change in character was a little unconvincing as was his quick grasp of new technology, however, it wasn’t too big an issue. A lovely, leisurely read for those who enjoy stories which focus on older characters.

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Book description

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START YOUR LIFE’S BIG ADVENTURE . . .

Albert Entwistle was a postman. It was one of the few things everyone knew about him. And it was one of the few things he was comfortable with people knowing.

64-year-old Albert Entwistle has been a postie in a quiet town in Northern England for all his life, living alone since the death of his mam 18 years ago. He keeps himself to himself. He always has. But he’s just learned he’ll be forced to retire at his next birthday. With no friends and nothing to look forward to, the lonely future he faces terrifies him. He realises it’s finally time to be honest about who he is. He must learn to ask for what he wants. And he must find the courage to look for George, the man that, many years ago, he lost – but has never forgotten . . .

Join Albert as he sets out to find the long-lost love of his life, and has an unforgettable and completely life-affirming adventure on the way . . . This is a love story the likes of which you have never read before!

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Rosie’s #BookReview of #Contemporary #Romance SWEET TEMPERAMENTS by Tonwand North

Sweet TemperamentsSweet Temperaments by Tonwand North

3.5 stars

Sweet Temperaments is a contemporary romance set in Scotland. Lewis and Christopher are work colleagues and they share an office. Lewis finds himself regularly dreaming about Christopher, but his attempts at friendship are rebuffed. Christopher doesn’t socialise and goes through the same work routine daily; he barely acknowledges Lewis.

When Lewis eventually gets Christopher to agree to go out, Christopher insists that it is only as friends. He makes it clear that he doesn’t date, but when pushed on the matter he tells Lewis this is for medical reasons, which leaves Lewis confused and turning to the internet for answers.

This story is told solely from Lewis’s point of view. It has plenty of relationship drama and into this the author throws in a serious medical condition. The details and treatment are openly discussed as are the couple’s anxieties about it.

The novel has two definite parts, the first of which is filled with the build-up to the couple’s relationship, while the second half quickly covers a twenty year period after their marriage. Once they became a couple, I thought that there was rather a sudden change in how Christopher showed his feelings, which didn’t fit with the earlier part of the story. I may have been able to accept the change easier if some of the previous chapters had been written from Christopher’s point of view. I would have enjoyed hearing Christopher’s views because his lack of emotion made me intrigued about him.

An interesting story, with a medical thread that was woven in well.

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Book description

Lewis Fraser is in trouble. He’s fallen hopelessly for eccentric recluse Christopher Wright. But the man won’t even say good morning to him! Yet no matter how many times he tries to break his one-sided attraction, one look from Christopher and his heart is racing all over again.

Struggling to hold the threads of a friendship together, Lewis highly doubts there’s any parallel universe in which Christopher and him are in a relationship! But he’s still determined to melt the ice and get to know him better. What Lewis doesn’t realise is that Christopher Wright intentionally avoids others for a reason. How will he handle Christopher’s secret?

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Driving Me to You by Julie Farrell

Driving Me to YouDriving Me to You by Julie Farrell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Driving me to you is a romance with a fresh storyline. Sam is a dreamer who has returned from India and wants to create a new app. Verlaine is out of work and finds his dream job as a mechanic working on collector cars. Their romance does a slow burn as they intermingle with the other characters in the story. Scott and Paul have an open gay relationship which has its own romantic problems and I enjoyed the way Julie wrote them into the book. Bring on the danger element of Marcus and the girl with a huge chip on her shoulder, Sam’s sister and fireworks will happen. More than one romance shines through despite tragedy happening, making this book an enjoyable read.
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