Tuesday 13 April 2021

Book Review: This is Not a Horror Movie by Sara Dobie Bauer (MM Romance/Comedy)

Title: This is Not a Horror Movie
Author: Sara Dobie Bauer
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 13 May 2021
eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM Romance/ Comedy
Source: ARC from Author

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.

This is Not a Horror Movie is a 78,000-word new adult gay rom-com… with a monster.


This is Not a Horror Movie was a fun new read from Sara Dobie Bauer. I am not a big horror fan, but I still got all the references and didn't have any trouble following any of the inside jokes. Both Emory and Connor came across well as characters and I enjoyed following the growth of their relationship throughout the story. This is more of a sweet romance, with the bulk of any romantic "action" taking place off-page, but I felt that what was shown was just the right amount to suit the story, and any lingering sex scenes would have detracted from the main horror/thriller plot taking place. There were a couple of points where the pacing seemed to lag a little, but that's only a very minor complaint, as for the most part it flowed nicely. Even if you are not a horror-movie fanatic this is an engaging read, and if you are a horror buff you will enjoy all the nods at various classic horror movies, books and tropes.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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