‘This is Not a Horror Movie’ by Sara Dobie Bauer #LGBTQ+ #Review #YA #GayParanormalRomance #GayComedy

Bethany reviews ‘This is Not a Horror Movie’ by Sara Dobie Bauer.  The ebook was Self-Published on May 13th, 2021, and is 280 pages.  The audio was released on June 8th, 2021, and is 8 hours and 57 minutes long.  A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.  

Why I listened to this book: This sounded like a fun read so I thought I would give it a try.


Book Title: This is Not a Horror Movie

Author: Sara Dobie Bauer

Narrator: Blake Lockheart

Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow Designs

Release Date: June 8, 2021

Length: 8 hours and 57 mins

Genres: M/M new adult, gay paranormal romance, LGBTQ, romantic comedy

Trope: Friends to lovers

Themes: non-explicit, humorous, teens, summer vacation, hauntings, evil spirits

Heat Rating: 2 flames

Warnings: Scenes of graphic violence, death of minor characters, mentions of bullying, alcohol use

It is a standalone story.

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



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.

So let me start off by saying that I tend to avoid YA books.  I have nothing against them, I just have kids that are close to YA age so its kind of weird to me to be reading about kids their age in a romantic way.  And if I do read one I prefer if I do read them that the sexy times are off the page.  So I was very grateful to the author for keeping sexy times behind closed doors with this one.

Well now that that is out of the way I have to tell you I really enjoyed listening to not just Emory and Conner but the entire cast.  Emory and Conner along with their families have been spending their summers on Longboat for years.  And Emory has had a crush on Conner for just as long.  But Emory has always been the geeky, lanky kid, and he knows that is all Conner will see him as.  Until he hit a growth spurt his senior year.  But this summer Conner can’t stop looking, and Emory can’t quite figure out why.

The relationship between these two felt very natural.  It didn’t feel rushed being a summer romance, they flowed effortless between friends and lovers.  Their is very minimal angst between these two and I really enjoyed watching them develop into more.

I loved the horror aspect of this book along with all the pop culture references.  This book is categorized as romantic comedy and yes there were times I laughed out loud, but the plot took a darker turn than what I was expecting.  Not in a bad way at all just, like wow I did not see it going there.

All in all I really liked this book, and it would make a very enjoyable summer/beach read or listen.  The narration is spot on and the narrator does all of the characters justice.  This is my first time listening to this narrator but it won’t be my last.


About the Author

Sara Dobie Bauer is a bestselling romance author and mental health / LGBTQ advocate with a creative writing degree from Ohio University. She lives with her hottie husband and precious pup in Northeast Ohio, although she’d really like to live in a Tim Burton film.


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