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Summary

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.

"In This Is Not a Horror Movie, you have two highly engaging characters and a mysterious and funny horror story that simply oozes summertime spirit." (Best-selling author Lily Morton)

©2021 Sara Dobie Bauer (P)2021 Sara Dobie Bauer

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Emory and Connor

I really like YA/NA stories in between and the blurb appealed to me right away, so I was very excited about this audiobook.
Emory's and Connor's families have spent several vacations in the same place and yet it takes time before they are able to admit their feelings.

The story is told from Emory's point of view as he slowly comes out of his shell to find himself and love. I really liked Emory and it was as amusing as it was interesting to witness how he is doing with Connor.
The love story develops slowly, and in flashbacks you always learn a bit of the past summers that Emory and Connor spent together.
A classy character was Emory's twin sister, who you can't help but love and can't miss in the story.
And if you like horror stories or movies, you'll love this book even more. I have to say that I knew many of the movies mentioned, which is why I really enjoyed the audiobook.
At the same time, the story is creepy and suspenseful, as Emory's friend disappears and strange things happen in the abandoned resort. Will Leland be found in time? And who is behind what is happening?

I didn't know the narrator Blake Lockheart before, but he really rocked this audio book and read absolutely outstanding. I'll have to remember him. He portrayed the characters believably and brought the story to life with his voice and all the emotions he did a great job of conveying.

I received a review copy of this audiobook and this is my honest opinion.
I haven't read the book, but as an audiobook "This is not a horror movie" was even more fun: it's romantic, suspenseful, humorous and a great narration.
I highly recommend this audiobook!

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A young romance with horror on the side

I am not a horror fan at all, but was intrigued by this story. Emory and Connor have been neighbours during he summer holiday for several years and Emory has been pining for Connor for all that time. It turns out this year things change. The book is set in a seaside resort town where there is a derelict hotel 'The Resort' where the youth hangs out to do there thing. Once a local homeless veteran seems to have disappeared and blood is found, it turns out the place is possessed.
I won't spoil the plot but it becomes clear how it became that way and who sustains it and has a scary movie worthy bloody final.
The book has a lot of innuendo and almost an equal amount of horror references, even I spotted a fair bit of them. The story has a hfn ending.
The narrator, Blake Lockheart, was new to me and was a pleasant discovery. He did a great job and brought the story to life.
I was given a code to leave a honest review.

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I loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed TINAHM. I'm a horror fan myself like the main character and loved spotting the book and movie references. The book is really well written but at the same time fun to listen to which is a tricky balance to get right. Blake Lockheart (great name!) did a fantastic job of the narration and was perfect.

The characters were well described and fun and it was easy to imagine exactly how they would look in real life. The Florida weather plays a part too and the desriptions make you almost feelas thoughyou are there. They didn't play a massive part in the whole story but I loved how different the boys' parents were. Emory's sister, Liz, was great fun too as were the villains. I really hope it gets made into a movie.

The story moves along with a good pace with an effective mixture of the relationship developing between Emory and Connor and the main plot. The boys are cute together and this being a YA book there aren't any x rated scenes.

If you like horror books and movies and want a treat I recommend you read/listen to TINAHM. I'm definitely listening to Sara Dobie Bauer's other book on Audible.

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Sweetly sugar coated horror.

The story centres around Emary, a young guy, whose holidaying where they always do, in Florida.

He's been lusting after the neighbours family's son and has done for years. And oh does he lust. This takes up a good deal of the story. Anyway, they're both horror fans. There's many a nod to King,, and other horror writers, which I enjoyed.

They end up battling their own local demon and there's many a nod to popular horror films which is fun.

I just kind of wished there was less lusting, and more horror if I'm honest, but it was a free listen in return for an honest review. The narration was excellent and the characters likeable.

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They should make this story into a horror movie

This is not a horror movie, so thankfully when a blood thirsty demon is getting stronger there’s an awkward bookish nerd around who has read every Stephen King novel and seen every horror film to figure things out.

It’s the last summer before Emery Jones goes off to college and possibly the last summer he will see his long time crush and summer home neighbour Connor Nichols. Emery is geeky and awkward and has no idea how hot he’s become over his latter teen years, whereas Connor is the hot ex-high school jock. So this could have been one of those opposites attract kind of stories that are so very prevalent in gay YA fiction. However, there is so much more to this story than that.

The characters are so well rounded and thought out, as was the cross genre tale of romance and horror. The latter element sort of creeps in amid disappearances and strange goings on. There were a few times that I thought we were going to get a Scooby Doo ending “If it weren’t for those meddling kids…”

To be honest, I wouldn’t have hated it if it had, since there were so many nods to horror genre tropes, mostly done in a tongue in cheek kind of way. Think Scream and the rules and you’re pretty much on the same page as the author.

The narrator gives Emery a tone that really brings out the character’s snarky sarcasm, but also make him sound so endearing. I’ve not heard any of his work before, but looking down the list I noticed an audiobook by another author I like, so I bought it.

Overall, this is a really well written and narrated story and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It’ll definitely be one that I’ll be listening to again.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Fun, scary and romantic

I really enjoyed this audio not only is it a lovely teenage love story but then it also plays out amongst a demon attacking the town. I thought the characters were great and I really felt for Emory and Conor as they developed in their relationship it felt very real

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First crush/love

I normally read/listen to nothing like YA but the blurb just drew me in. I’m so glad I did. This is such a fun, heartbreaking story. Emory who is much more than he thinks he is and Connor who doesn’t seem to have the confidence I think he should have had. These two on their first date is cute. Emory’s twin sister Liz adds so much to the story. The mystery/horror part added to the overall story. The narration by Blake Lockheart really brings book to life. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the story near as much without his making the characters so real.

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Wow

What do you get when you listen to a book with absolutely fantastic characters, a strong storyline, a good dose of humour and scary movies, Plus a dash of amazing (ok the whole bottle) narration? This book that’s what and you need to listen to it. The characters had me enthralled from the first chapter til the last

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Great audio!

This is a really fun YA novel, Emory is an very likable character, he is snark and sarcastic teenage with insecurities and very impulsive, I love his relationship with his twin sister, both have a great banter going on! Connor is two year older that Emory and he is the cautious one, he and Emory have a good friendship and later when they start dating they are so cute, funny and adorable! they really are perfect! The mystery of the story is very entertaining and has you hooked! Sara’s writing is very good and you would love the characters in this story! Blake Lockheart did an excellent job narrating this book, he really brings this book to life, I really enjoy listening Emery and Connor! I highly recommended this audiobook!

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i really liked this. narrator did an amazing job with the characteristics and their personalities. it was fun to listen to.

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  • Sharonica
  • 27-07-21

The Perfect Summer Read!

This is Not a Horror Movie (audiobook)
MMy Thoughts Confessions and Review

First, I must confess how much I love the way SDB makes me crave “The Dark Side.” She has such a way of writing that instead of dreading what is on the next page you can hardly wait to find out, even if you are terrified of what you may find. At times while reading, “This is Not a Horror Movie,” (TiNaHM) I found myself back in the eighties reliving my own youthful summers in Longboat Key. The story is perfect because it is the precise blend of campy, spooky, and frightening. The vibes it gave off were much like Stephen King’s, “Silver Bullet,” and “Pet Cemetery,” to me. I loved every twist and turn of it!

“TiNaHM” had a cast of great characters set in one of my favorite places in Florida making this is definitely one for the beach. If you are looking for something teens would enjoy, especially those who do not like reading or like myself cannot read the conventional way, this audiobook is for them. Loads of action, creepy moments, romance (PG), and silly, believable, and relatable family dialogue and storylines all make this the perfect NOT to be missed read.

I always enjoy SDB’s books. However, she has outdone herself with this one. I am absolutely keeping it in my “re-read later shelf.”

The Story: 5.00 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Narration: 3.50 🌟🌟🌟. ✨
Overall: 4.25 🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨

I received a complimentary audio copy of this book from Gay Book Promotions to read and review.


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  • Bec
  • 31-08-21

really really enjoyed

The book was funny and well written and narration was perfect. Will be looking for more from both the author and narrator.

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 27-08-21

LOVED IT!

When Emory Jones arrives in Florida for his family's annual summer vacation, he can't wait for it to be over. He dreams of the fall when college will begin and what he thinks will be the start of really getting to be himself. What he expects to be a typical vacation quickly turns into a summer adventure from Hell.

Let me just start this review by saying how much I loved this book. From the characters to the plot to the suspense, this story had it all.

Emory, Liz, and Connor were all amazingly fleshed out characters. Emory was my favorite with his love for Stephen King books and his witty comebacks. The relationship that blossomed between him and Connor felt very real, and blended seamlessly into the main plot. Liz was a charming character with a big personality that several times made me laugh.

Another thing I loved about this book was the way the author played with typical horror movie tropes, using them in refreshing new ways.

This has got to be one of my favorite reads of 2021! Definitely will seek out work by this author in the future.

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  • Liangula
  • 27-08-21

fantastic marathon

Connor is so hot. the narrator really brings out the sexiness. ❤️❤️❤️ It's a very cute and adorable ready-listen teenage romance.

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  • David
  • 17-08-21

A Refreshing Read!

It was so nice to see a positive, gay relationship in a novel that develops slowly and naturally without being forced. The blend of humor, horror, and romance is perfect!

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  • LauraSt
  • 13-08-21

Hilarious

I must admit I have everything that had to do with scary movies, but this books was such a funny, delightful abs entertaining read, I couldn’t stop listening once I started.
Emory’s mind is wonderful to be in, and Connor was just too hot for words.
The suspende and mystery factor is great and extremely engaging.
All the secondary characters are hard to forget and well written. Specially Emory’s twin, who I ended up adoring.
Loved it!
I really wish there was a short or extended epilogue because I wasn’t ready to let these boys go.

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  • Neona
  • 08-08-21

Light Romantic Horror

The story is a tad "Scooby Doo-ish".

I found it to be well written, engaging and very enjoyable. I would have listened to this book straight through in one sitting if I didn't have to work. So instead I did it in two sessions.

The romance part of this story is very tame, even in the steamy parts it's PG13 at most so don't let the fact that it's a homosexual relationship throw you off.
The characters are all well written and relatable (most of them anyway).

The narrator does a really good job. He doesn't have a lot of books under his belt yet but he's one I will be watching for other books he narrates.

The author has several books on Amazon, only one other on Audible (an erotica story). if she puts more on Audible, I will be definitely giving them a try.
I look forward to more books by this author and narrator.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review from Audiobook Boom!

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  • JEN
  • 03-08-21

LOVED IT!

I LOVED this book. It's hilarious, sweet, and not remotely predictable, (not counting expecting some kind of happy ending). I was sad when it was over, even though I binged it, because it was just so darn good. The lead characters, their family members, and the quirky people of the beach community were just awesome to spend time with, (in a manner of speaking).
I highly recommend this book. The audio was also excellent - this was a new to me narrator & I would not hesitate to listen to other books done by him.

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  • Dakota
  • 02-08-21

This is a good read

Got recommended here by a rom YouTuber and it did not disappoint! It's definitely going into my listen again playlist. It was a very passive listen story for me, I would much rather have listened to the whole thing in one sitting but I was an hour shy of that. After that, the flow of the story was a bit difficult to come back to which is why I say passive. Kind of a summer read for leisure type with a glass of lemonade. I hope this review makes sense. I would recommend this book and if Audible still had the gift exchange i would have sent it to a friend.

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  • Kat E.
  • 30-07-21

Teen Love

Narrator: Mr. Blake Lockheart
Audio: Mr. Lockhart’s pleasant voice was so incredibly enjoyable to listen to. His interpretation of Emory, the boy wonder of all that is horror, was amazing. His tone was so expressive, and so full of life. Mr. Lockheart made each character’s voice very distinctive, and I never had an issue following along. One of my favorite characters in this audio was Leland, the homeless man, who is a poster boy of their vacation home. The narrator made the evil voices chilling, and it really added to this excellent production. I was riveted to this audio, and couldn’t stop listening. I highly recommend trying this perfect accompaniment to the book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
 
Author: Sara Dobie Bauer
Storyline: A sweet, coming-of-age YA romance featuring two adorable and awkwardly perfect, young men. I am not a horror buff but the gory parts were manageable for me. The reader needs to know there are some intense scary scenes present in this fast-paced story. Twins, Emory and Liz always vacation with their family in Longboat Key, Florida for weeks during the summer. Another family rents at the same time, and the twins have become friendly with their son Connor. Emory has a bad self-image, and now at 18, he has really blossomed into quite the gorgeous young man, which everyone sees but him. I loved the strong family dynamic, especially the incredible bond the twins share. Connor was the best blend of shy teen and strong jock. His growing relationship with Emory was believable and just so cute that I wanted to hug them both, repeatedly. The last third of the book is a whirlwind and the fear factor explodes, so be prepared for non-stop macabre, and grisly scenes as the teens try to stop world destruction without the help of any pesky adults. I highly recommend this unique romance book, laced with terror!
 

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