Please know that this is a passionate review for a passionate book. Enjoy!
I have so many titles running through my head for this post, but I went with a plain title/author combo because I wanted to share them here in the post. P.S. Reading this might feel as though you’re on a roller coaster after smoking crack. Sorry, not sorry.
First and foremost, if you don’t like male/male combinations, then you might not enjoy this book. However, it’s been told to me that there are guys who don’t like male/male combinations and they did enjoy this book. Try having an open mind! It is chock full of fun and you won’t be sorry. I feel very lucky to have been chosen to receive an ARC of Horatio Slice: Guitar Slayer of the Universe. It’s been a long time since I have opened a novel and was sucked in so deeply I didn’t want to move until I absorbed every last letter.
Alternate Title One: “Kissing is better when you’re naked.” – A quote from the Guitar Slayer himself.
Oleander Plume sent me a message on Twitter asking if I’d be interested in reading it prior to release. I needed to change my panties after that because holy crap – getting the guitar slayer in my hot little hands before release? I was NOT turning that offer down!
I opened the book as soon as I downloaded the file – I mean, why wait? It was a Sunday and at the moment I thought my plans had fallen through. I had to tear myself away to change the laundry from washer to dryer, which is when I found the text message from my best friend she sent two hours earlier about the beach. I would have cancelled, but I haven’t seen her in forever, so I apologized for missing the text, then ate my lunch and skedaddled out of the house.
Alternate Title Two: Love, Lust, and Sexy Man Butts! – from the pervy mind of… okay, me.
The entire time I was gone, I fretted for Gunner. I kept thinking “This guy is either dead or in a coma, wrapped like a mummy from burns, with his best friend Steve sitting there wondering what the fuck happened after he left.” I had a great time at the beach, but holy fuck, I needed to know Gunner wasn’t dead or dying.
Let’s just say, when I got home, I showered, then went back to reading, because I had an hour or so before I needed to get to bed. Queue quarter til 11, when I said “Oh fuck, it’s past my bedtime.” I wasn’t talking to myself, I was talking to the cat. He gave me a look that said “Duh.”
Alternate Title Three: They’re having sex again? Oh, wait, that’s so hot, keep going!
When I say there’s a ton of sex in this book, I mean there’s literally a fuck ton of sex in this book. There are also space adventures and near death experiences and prophecies and questions answered. I will be completely honest with you, the book is good. It’s a fast-paced space odyssey with lots of glorious sex that will give you new ideas for your deviant mind. I felt truly bad for Horatio because he couldn’t sing or play music due to catastrophic results.
Someone, I won’t spoil it, you have to read the book, almost dies, I felt my heart clench. There are so many inner feelings bubbling around the crew and if I had a problem dealing with the potential loss of this person, I couldn’t imagine how it was for Oleander to write this scene. Were there tears running down her cheeks or was she cackling in glee since she knew the outcome already? I am thinking she got choked up writing it because the guy is so lovable and sweet there’s no way losing him wouldn’t affect even the most callous person.
Alternate Title Four: He loves you, dammit. Please don’t be scared!
I consider this more of a romance story because on one hand you have a couple who have been together for decades and one is hiding secrets. He’s terrible at it, so his partner knows all his dirty little secrets. Luckily, he’s convinced to come clean.
And on the other hand, you’ve got the other couple, struggling with the feelings inside, squelching them down the second they start to bubble up because, this is just a bros who fuck sort of fling thing, right? Oh and, bunk together, yeah?
Alternate Title Five: Love Wins. (Because love should always win. Love Yourself First. Love Others as you Love Yourself.)
If you enjoy stories about people who overcome their fear of being hurt, lots of sex (LOTS of sex), and adventure, you’ll enjoy reading Horatio Slice: Guitar Slayer of the Universe.