- Book Title: HOMO Action Love Story!
- Author: Ben Monopoli
- Publisher: SelfPub (November 12, 2012)
- Book Length: 364 pages
- Genre: Gay, Romance, Literary Fiction
- Reviewed by: Diane
- Posting Date: April 30, 2015
I was definitely not expecting a future history/gay fiction/sports romance mashup that actually delivered on the action-adventure, in spades. The idea that the NFL has been replaced by an international obsession with paintball events isn’t so far-fetched I couldn’t jump right on that bandwagon with glee.
Boots McHenry is a sniper. He’s teamed on and off-field with Ryan Kroft, and both men are superstars in a world where fans and the paparazzi invade and dissect every waking minute of their heroes. When Ryan suffers a direct hit in a game, he’s carted off to an island known simply as Exile. It’s surgical, fast and allows no time for goodbyes. And it’s for five years of complete isolation from everything and everyone.
I dunno about you, but it seems to me team members who signed on for this gig seriously needed lawyers who weren’t asleep at the bench. But this is a tall tale, so it’s not too hard to go with the flow. Besides, it antes the stakes to stratospheric proportions and drives the plot which consists of Boots, his ex, Ryan’s brother, Boots’ BFF Clemente Santiago, and a hunky boat captain going in search of said island in order to say a proper goodbye.
There are sojourns of the carnal variety, stop-overs, a totally kickass, cool hydrogen-powered yacht, matches and mix-ups and… yes, there be pirates, too. This is where the action hits its stride with some whoa nelly, hold-your-breath, does anyone make it out alive moments. There’s enough blood and bones cracking to fuel an action-junky’s best fantasies.
For HOMO Action Love Story! A Tall Tale, come for the testosterone but leave your suspension of disbelief behind when it comes to Boots’ character arc. Since I hate-hate-hate spoilers, just let me say I wanted to grab his paintball sniper rifle and discharge in a place where the sun don’t shine. In other words, there were characters I liked waaay better than McHenry.
This is a fun, fast read with a few inconsistencies that are easily overlooked in favor of some blood-pumping action in a very tall tale indeed.
Recommended for its inventive and fast-paced plot, not so much for the romance angle [unless you’re prepared to snarl as you read]. Monopoli absolutely kills the action with high speed thrills, so yeah, I liked it. A lot.