Ben Monopoli lives in Boston with his husband, Chris.
Homo Action Love Story!: A tall taleby Ben Monopoli
Boots is shattered
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.
HOMO ACTION LOVE STORY! is a lighthearted, sexy adventure from the author of THE CRANBERRY HUSH and THE PAINTING OF PORCUPINE CITY. It's a perfect storm of beautiful fishermen, murderous pirates, blossoming romances, and secrets that call almost everyone's motives into question. Land, ho! This page-turner is sure to float your boat.
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Good book. Bit of a departure from Ben's previous 2, but no less expertly crafted. Truthfully I didn't think I would like it, but still found myself sucked in and enjoying a good read from one of my favorite authors.
Very entertaining read.
Ok, let me start by saying that I really enjoyed Monopoli's other books "The Cranberry Hush" and "The Painting of Porcupine City". Those were both excellent. For this book, however, I feel like giving it a 3 star rating is being generous. This was a story that had a TON of action that's for sure - but it felt like it was almost TOO many major events happening throughout the book. I don't think that this was intended to be the same kind of book as his other's were and for that, I'll say that it definitely wasn't. I feel like in this book, Monopoli created a new world (the Pro-Paintball World), but then he just left it at that. It's hardly mentioned in the book except for the beginning and the very end. It seemed almost like the sport was created ONLY for the sole purpose of the consequence for "failing" at the sport. This book will be right up a lot of people's alley. It's definitely not YA or anything like that. The men are men and they are hot! Personally, my biggest issue with the book was that Monopoli seemed to cater to the stereotype of homosexual men being overly promiscuous and putting monogamy on the back burner. I know, I know...everyone has their own opinions and it's his damn book so let him express it, right? Right. And I'll leave it at that. I loved the main character and the character, Clemente. They were my favorite. I will warn though that the one reason I put off reading this book for so long was because I thought that it would read like erotica. And in a way, it mostly did. It's definitely a book about sex. It reminded me a good bit of "Nowhere Ranch" by Heidi Cullinan. Least favorite things: The repetitive use (and creation of) words. I wish I could count how many times the word pubes was used in this book and if I ever hear the word ZILLA again I am going to go ZILLA crazy on someone! Most favorite things: The characters. I will continue to read Monopoli's writings in the future - it's just this one didn't happen to be my favorite. Favorite line: "Am I going to have to take you to a lighthouse and kiss you like that book with the cranberries that we all had to read in school?" Well played, Mr. Monopoli. Well played. :-)