Reviewed by Dee
AUTHOR: Marshall Thornton
PUBLISHER: Kenmore Books
LENGTH: 222 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2016
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.
This story is told in first person and from both Lionel and Dog’s point-of-view. A style of narration I enjoy as it allows me to get into the heads of more than one character. With that said, I absolutely adored Lionel, yet never really got my head around what made Dog/Doug tick.
The humor laced throughout, the witty banter, and a few comical situations made me chuckle more than a time or two. However, the story is far from all giggles. It tugged at my heartstrings and made me feel all kinds of things. From happy, to sad, to mad.
The second time Dog stood Lionel up, I prayed he’d be kicked to the curb. It was inexcusable in my humble opinion, despite how closed minded his family were.
The softball game and Chucky the duckwad, added an interesting spin, and an extra layer of depth to the story. Carlos was a fantastic supporting character, as were a few others.
I don’t normally quote dialogue in my reviews, but a couple of lines were so well said I feel the need to do so – Yeah, I’m a fucking stereotype. Knock-knock, so are you. It’s how we communicate with strangers. Every single person is a stereotype until you get to know them. Getting to know someone you find out all the ways they don’t fit their stereotype.
The first 70% of this story was a solid five star read for me. However, the scene at the movies, made me sick to my stomach and I found the ending a little too tidy. Other than a few words missing here and there, the story is well-edited.
While the story starts out with Lionel and Dog in bed, erotic content is extremely sparse; sex is not necessary to drive this compelling plot.
I’m sure many readers will love this story. And now, I’m off to check out other books by this no longer new to me author.