For me this is just beginning, and the journey and destination are both him.
Title: Homo Action Love Story! A tall tale
Author: Ben Monopoli
Why you should read this book: Because there is action, love, pro paintball players and pirates!
Summary from Goodreads:
Boots McHenry and his boyfriend Ryan are young superstars in the North American Paintball League, a high-stakes sport where losers face exile — five full years of it, on an island so secret no one can be sure it even exists. After Ryan has a tragic collision with an opposing team’s paintball, the rules of the game force the boyfriends apart.
Boots is shattered without Ryan, so when his best friend Clemente Santiago suggests a daring, high-seas mission to find the island and reunite the pair, Boots jumps at the chance. They assemble a crack team to join them, including fashion model and mixed-martial-arts champ Colby Kroft, hunky-but-shy sea-captain Marcus Tumble, and Piper Pernfors, the ex who’s aching to make Boots forget Ryan ever existed.
“Young people think they are invincible, that nothing bad will ever happen to them, and then something changes: they fall in love. And the world begins to seem a lot more fragile.”
The title of this book is kind of weird. I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was going to be a strange but light read. It was indeed a light read, I couldn’t stop reading; the story was intriguing, different, action fuelled and funny. Also hot, can’t forget that.
This is going to be a little spoilery review because there are a few elements I want to talk about and it will spoil the read if you want to get into the book.
This book is set in the future, it doesn’t say when, it’s just “the future”. Boots is our main character. He is 24 years old, is really rich and in love with his boyfriend of 2 years, Ryan. They both play professional paintball that seems to be the football of the future. They are famous, rich and people love them. Unfortunately, in this weird future where people can love whoever they like and you can’t catch sickness in no way whatsoever, when you get hit during a paintball match, you are exiled to an island nobody knows where is located.
Guess what?? Ryan gets hit; he is simu-killed and gets sent to Exile Island leaving our poor Boots sad and horny. He is young, I get why one of his first thoughts are: where do I stand on this relationship? Do I have to wait for him for 5 years? Can I move on and maybe fall in love again? It may seem shallow because he seems so in love with Ryan so why is he thinking about having sex with other guys? They didn’t have a plan if one of them was going to get exiled so Boots doesn’t know what to do. He has needs but he loves Ryan. They haven’t been together long and 5 years apart is more than double the time they’ve been a couple. Is their love that strong or is it a little superficial?
I didn’t have problems with him wanting to move on. It was maybe a little soon and that must have given him questions. Is his love for Ryan deep enough? Is he okay even if they are not together? Are they really meant for each other?
Some guys are cute and you want to pinch their cheeks and make sure they get home OK. Some guys are hot and you want them to bend you over a barrel and pound heaven into you.
Boots is horny; he isn’t looking for love since he still loves Ryan but what to do with his little problem? There is Piper, his ex, and he seems eager to win him back. Boots doesn’t want to get back with Piper; he cheated on him and broke his heart. That’s not going to happen but it’s hard: Piper is hot and Boots can’t hide his attraction. Like, really, he can’t hide it. His “attraction” is pretty evident. Oh boy, he really can’t look at him without the obvious reaction. But Piper CAN’T HAPPEN!
Boot’s teammate and good friend, Clemente Santiago, helps him find a solution to his horny problem. They had an intense and really hot night together. It’s supposed to be a una tantum thing and it stays that way. Clemente then suggested to go find exiled island so Boots can ask Ryan what he is supposed to do. That’s a great idea. Boots needs to know what to do with their 5 years apart. An adventure it is!
“Why, where we going, anyway? Where’s Colby work?” “The most fantastic of all places, Clemente. He works at the mall.”
They get a boat with a very cute captain, Marcus, and are joined by Ryan’s little brother, Colby, and unfortunately, Piper comes along, too. Piper is really pushy, a little too much. Boots keeps telling him he doesn’t want him back, that their love story is completely over, that they don’t have a chance to be happy together even if the body reacts a certain way. His attraction to Piper’s body doesn’t mean he wants also the rest of the package. Boots was hurt, heartbroken, that’s not easy to neither forget nor forgive.
The journey is an incredible adventure. Let me tell you there is a shark attack, there are also pirates who wear plastic stuff, and there is certainly romance. After their incredible night together, Boots starts thinking more and more about Clemente. He knows he doesn’t have a chance since Clemente is straight, but there is something about him that he finds intriguing. Boots thinks a lot about Clemente, a lot.
Boots is starting to like him more than just as a friend and it’s painful because it can’t happen. The feelings are overwhelming. Boots wants him, he really does. What does it mean? Can it be love? When did that happen? Was it because of their night together or that night made him realize more things about Clemente than he wasn’t paying attention to before because he was all hung up on Ryan? More importantly, is he seeing right, is Clemente showing something more towards him, something more than friendship?
WTF, as the old-timers say.
The journey to exiled island, the journey to love, the journey to freedom, is full of feelings, action, and a little bit of drama.
I had a hunch of what was going to happen. I didn’t want to believe it at first, but then I kind of wanted it to be true because that means what I really wanted to happen could happen and maybe things were going to be ok in the end.
I liked this book a lot; it’s difficult to put it down after you start it. It’s interesting and it’s not complicated. It’s the right book for me and I am so happy I chose it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it’s a fun book and an interesting story.