Femme (LenaR’s Review)

Title: Femme
Author: Marshall Thornton
Publisher: Kenmore Books
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Genre(s): Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Humor
Page Count: 222
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Queeny cocktail waiter, Lionel, wakes up to find himself in bed with Dog, a straight-acting softball player and the two embark on a rocky road to romance. A journey that requires coming out of the closet, going into the closet, a pair of red high heels, many pairs of red high heels, a failed intervention, a couple of aborted dates, and homemade pom-poms. Mostly, Lionel and Dog learn what it means to be a man.

Almost two years ago Marshall Thornton wrote a blog post I Am Not A Romance Writer… I think he needs to re-write it, like: “I am not a romance writer, but I might be wrong…” 🙂

It is not your conventional contemporary romance with a lot of typical sexual tension and a lot of inevitable misunderstandings. But it is a romance! A romance a là Marshall Thornton means- full of tender humor, no drama and an excellent writing (his skills for dialogues are unsurpassed!)

The majority of romance books has a standard formula, and Marshall Thornton doesn’t completely discard it, but he prepared some nice surprises.

Lionel is gay, he is 23 year old, works as a waitress in a gay bar and usually is short of money. Even if he came out in his teen years, he has never yet had long lasting relationships in his life. Maybe he has not yet met a man of his dream. Who knows? Sometimes life is full of surprises and improvisations.

Doug, known as Dog, is 27 year old and HALF in the closet. Even if he plays in a gay softball’s league, he hasn’t still come out to his family. He has a serious excuse – his father had a heart attack some years ago, and as a careful son, Dog doesn’t want to be the reason for his next one. And who if not Dog, knows better how tricky a fragile heart could be? After all, he administers cardiac stress test in a hospital. On Sundays Dog usually meets his team buddies for a glass(or more) of beer or a shot(or more) of tequila in a gay bar. Exactly, the one where Lionel works.

One Sunday evening, in one of these MORE days, Lionel and Dog suddenly end up in bed, or better to say, one Monday morning they wake up in one bed. (If you read the blurb, you know it is not a spoiler, it is just where and how the story begins.)

What follows after, is a chaos of feelings, confusing situations, a mess in Dog’s family, coming out mixed with returning in the closet, and a charming finale – OF COURSE VERY romantic – told in a funny entertaining and amusing way.

The author succeeded to sent a very important and serious message in spite of the funny plot:
Doesn’t matter how we appear, what we dress, and whom we love, we all have to be honest with ourselves and not to pretend to be what we are not, and to accept and to love ourselves in spite of or because of our unique nature. Truly being yourself is one of the hardest things in life, but it is the only way to make other people love us back. And it is the only way to be happy.

All in all, Femme is a pleasurable and satisfying quick fun read, that will put a smile on your face.

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Galley copy of Femme provided by Marshall Thornton in exchange of an honest review.


A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.