Author: Marshall Thornton and Joel Leslie (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 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.
I loved some of this – a lot. It’s humorous, and witty, and with Joel Leslie’s narration of femme, queeny, Lionel a real pleasure to listen to. If you enjoy humorous, well written, well narrated tales with a bit of romance then this should definitely be on your radar.
I can fault neither the writing or the narration. Thornton created two very real characters for me. So much so that I was very upset that Lionel kept allowing himself to be such a doormat for Doug. But that can be forgiven being that he’s only twenty-three years old. I defy anyone to find an urbanite in their early twenties who hasn’t had at least one stupid relationship.
But it was the character of twenty-eight year old Doug “Dog” that really rankled me. Greatly. His terrible treatment of Lionel annoyed and upset me. I was frustrated when he didn’t speak up for Lionel, I writhed with anger the first time he walked out on Lionel, mid-meal, without a word of explanation and just let the restaurant and drove away. I became enraged when, after being given a second chance that I didn’t personally believe he deserved or earned, HE DID IT AGAIN at the movie theater.
Femme is told from both Lionel and Doug’s POV. It didn’t help me to hear Doug’s “side” of things. He’s a spineless, cowardly, jerk.
I’ve read a lot of the 4 and 5 star reviews, and no one else has seemed to have the problems with the character as I did. So maybe this is a case of it’s not you it’s me…but I’m sorry, not sorry, I hate Doug. I don’t think he’s even slightly good enough for Lionel. Rant over.
But, other than that, it was really good. And I will grudgingly admit Doug redeems himself (somewhat) in the end.
Obviously Thornton wrote this so well and Leslie narrated it so well that I was so caught up in the story it was like hearing a friend’s accounting of their relationship woes and joys. And there is a moral here to not let anyone not accept you totally for who you really are that resonates.