REVIEW: Every Hero Deserves a Blowjob by Aaron Huston

Everything seemed to have hit rock-bottom for Karma. A college educated former Marine and now a convicted felon, it would be easy to say divorce was hard. With a daughter on the way from a spur of the moment relationship, he was ready to accept whatever dead-end path life was heading. Lucky-or unlucky-for him, the gods found a suitable purpose for someone of his…caliber. Seduced by a succubus and dragged through the thin veil that separates dimensions, he found himself face-to-face with a woman chasing an invisible butterfly.

Unaware of his circumstances and on the verge of being granted magic, he decided to help Ehma. There’s no way he could know of the spell affecting the hotel’s resident ghost or the plot that brought them stumbling into each other in another world. Ehma wasn’t looking to be saved. In life, and in death, she took matters into her own hands. With a lifetime of manipulation and betrayal behind her, she just wanted to move on.


Warnings: Violence, Dubcon, Suicide

Category: M/F, F/F

Every Hero Deserves a Blowjob is an ambitious fantasy novel full of action, adventure and intrigue. Despite its tongue-in-cheek title, it’s not exactly pornographic so much as it is a whirlwind of a ride through a magical fantasy land with a waylaid and long-suffering hero who, of course, deserves some lovin, but also some rest. It’s a really fun concept and full of interesting characters, so let’s dive in.

WRITING
This book fluctuated between being in told in first-person when the chapter focuses on the lead character, to being in third-person when focusing on other characters. I found this decision to be a little bit disjointed, breaking the flow of the prose somewhat, but the writing isn’t bad and the author’s focus on experiences and emotions makes it rather impactful anyways. However, the plot is very convoluted and all over the place, hard to follow, and feels rushed. It seemed as though the author had a lot of ideas that he wanted to cover, and they were crammed into this narrative to the point of bursting. Halfway through the book I wasn’t sure what was going on or who was who, and by the end of it I still couldn’t figure out what had happened. It’s a journey story, a bit of an isekai where the lead travels from our world into a magical one, there’s something about a magic hotel where goddesses and ghosts live, there’s a head god that wanted him for some kind of spell but then later decided he didn’t need him actually, there’s some of kind conflict between deities, and none of it made a lick of sense. I wish the author had focused in a little bit more on one or two of these ideas and really fleshed them out because the potential is there for around four very interesting stories, but none of them ended up coming through well.

EMOTIONAL ENGAGEMENT
This book’s best asset is in its emotionally compelling writing. The characters are all very complex, and wrestle with nuanced motives and tragedy filled pasts. Ehma was by far my favourite character, her ghostly journey a compelling one and the reveal of her rather ‘haunted’ memories concerning her death actually brought me to tears. The author is excellent at weaving emotional narrative and pulling an emotional response from the reader. Unfortunately the ensemble cast was a little too large for me to keep all of the players straight a lot of the time, and I think this could have benefited from paring down the amount of characters. For all that the book’s description claims this is ‘no harem’, it definitely does fit the genre and I think that the author’s talent for interesting and moving character exploration could be better served with a smaller cast.

WORLDBUILDING
The world this takes place in is fascinating one, and I really enjoyed the aesthetic quality of the scenery and the manic nature of the magic. Unfortunately, the book doesn’t actually feel coherent enough for me to get a good sense of how this world functions and what exactly is going on in it, from the building blocks of the magic, to the political area, to the mythos and the prophecies. One of the characters has been cursed to be unable to speak, and needs something to break the curse. The lead character has a videogame-like interface that helps him through the world. The ghost Ehma has a psychic link to him. All of these details feel disjointed and confusing. Since the narrative is so very plot driven without pausing to really let the characters explore the world or what’s going on in it aside from the immediate plot events, it’s hard to really understand them or the world they are in. The book feels crowded to the point where even when something seems like it could be interesting, the details are obscured and rushed out of the picture.

STEAMINESS
I do love the way this author writes smut. There is so much emotional connection between the characters, so much going on psychologically, so much focus on experiences and sensation. Despite not know anything about what was happening plot-wise, I could still pick up enormous chemistry between the characters and loved every intimate scene with them. From the lead and his growing connection to Ehma, to the lesbians with their pining ‘it’s complicated’ relationship, all across the board the sex was beautiful, steamy, and well written. Props to Huston for being able to write incredibly compelling smut, and drawing out such exquisite chemistry!

This may have overall been a miss for me, but it contains the potential for something much much better. The things about this book that I liked I really liked, and I think the author simply needs to narrow his scope a little bit in future novels to create something really unique and compelling.

Have you read Every Hero Deserves a Blowjob? Let me know what YOU thought by leaving me a comment!

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