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Full Release

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Studio accountant, Matt Latowski orders an erotic massage on the one-year anniversary of a bad break-up, but is surprised when the masseur calls him a couple weeks later to ask him out on a date. Unable to say no to a freebie, Matt begins a journey that eventually leads to his becoming a murder suspect.

As the police close in on him, Matt is left with no choice but to turn
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published January 10th 2014 (first published April 9th 2011)
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4,5 stars!


I think that it cannot be overlooked that I and the writing of Marshall Thornton are perfectly compatible.

It gives me exactly WHAT I need to enjoy a book:

Great mystery
Fantastic 1st person POV
Likeable personalities with charisma
Best sex scenes
Dry humour

Matt Latowski is not Nick Nowak.
As a studio accountant can not be compared with a private investigator.
As the early 80s can not be compared with the modern age.
As Chicago can not be compared with LA.
It is much ea
Smith Barney
It's a kind of a homerotic-murder-she-wrote porno-knock-off minus an Angela-Lansbury-episode. Although this might be a little slow-moving for some..(for me) I actually found it pretty entertaining even when it started falling down the rabbit hole of predictable proportions.

I know it was pretty good because it kept my ADHD-ass reading it..or maybe it was my kinked-curiosity after learning Eddie the-Latino muscle-cub and MC/Matt's 3-day hookup/trick/masseuse/lay from hell..literally won't f'ing l
Apr 30, 2011 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, done, mystery, 2011, ebook
Ok m/m mystery about an accountant who slowly realizes he's being framed for a murder and tries to figure out who's the actual killer. Unfortunately, he spent most of the book doing the most stupid thing he could in any given situation - TSTL characters frustrate me. A lot.
2.5 stars
The thing is, I think the plot and what the MC are doing in this story to get him to the position of "person of interest" is just silly. Matt hires a masseuse (with benefits) then a day later accepts a date from him and then the masseuse ends up dead -- and even if Matt is a "person of interest" in the eyes of the police officers (because he keeps spurting lies since he doesn't want the deceased family to know that their son was working as a masseuse?!?!) but Matt never spends time in j
A.B. Gayle
Full Release - Understanding the genre

It’s important when reviewing a book that you assess it in terms of the genre it slots into. If you missed it, check out this blog by the author himself.

This story is mystery/suspense. So what elements do we look for in this genre?

A crime, someone to solve the crime, logical steps along the way to reveal the villain and tension while doing it.

Mystery/suspens has been written for centuries. Judging by the sheer volume
Apr 16, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
It might seem that a romance and a murder don't fit well together, but in fact they're one of my favorite types of book. There's something extra thrilling about falling for someone when it's hard to know who to trust and your life might be in danger. 'Full Release' by Marshall Thornton is a perfect example of how to marry the two themes and I confess without shame that I didn't figure out whodunnit until it was revealed. At which point I nodded wisely and murmured 'Ah!' to myself.

The story is to
Didn't feel the need to inflict myself with a TSTL hero just to finish the book.
Ulysses Dietz
Jan 26, 2014 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Full Release" is a good story, and Thornton is a good writer. He pulls you through the tale, and doesn't show his hand until the end. It's a good mystery, and the sexy parts are just as they ought to be.

By hinging the plot on the entrance of a film-studio accountant into the world of a professional sex worker, Thornton gives the narrative a slightly off-kilter quality, and keeps both the reader and the main character unbalanced and disoriented. Already disoriented by the betrayal of his ex-lov
Dec 09, 2012 Phoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I can usually figure out any mystery as soon as the killer is introduced, enjoying a mystery means a lot to me. It means the writer has a good story and has told it well. The kitchen as a metaphor for his life fulfillment was kind of funny as well. The sex was great, not at all formulaic, though the dialog was at times. My only complaint would be that too much happened in the main characters head. I like more dialog. Too much internal dialog can just start to drone on me.
Jan 28, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(In the style of David and Margaret from At The Movies)

Review by David

Matt Latowski is an accountant working with a movie studio in Hollywood, none of which bears any significance to the story. On the one year anniversary of the end of his domestic partnership, he treats himself to an erotic massage, with full release—meaning a happy ending. Then, a week later, the masseuse calls him up for a date. The masseuse turns out to be weird and after the date, won’t leave Matt’s house, where he commits
Leslie Nicoll
2 stars

This is the sort of book that drives me wicked up the wall. The writing is decent and in that respect, the story pulled me in and kept me reading. But when it was over I realized that all of the characters were so incredibly ridiculous—with the exception of Eddie but then, he was dead—that I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room. How do I rate something like this? I could give it 3 stars and set it loose on the vast sea of mediocrity. Or I could give it 1 star, but that gives a bad bo
Parker Avrile
To avoid the appearance of conflict of interest, I no longer review in genres I write.
Nov 22, 2013 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course I read this book as soon as I finished book 5 in the Boystown series. Full Release is a bit more light in mood, if a comparison is helpful. The protagonist is a somewhat self deprecating and goofy accountant who finds himself at the center of a suicide-turned-murder investigation. The mystery alone is worth the read, there is a slowly, but not so surely, romance that somewhat develops between the protagonist and a police detective. That portion of the story did not seem completely ...more
Apr 19, 2011 Kiki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The mystery aspect was ok but not riveting, and there was disappointingly little romance to add much needed emotional engagement.
Macthed Buhcuhlouh
Well after the incident in the garage i was thinking that the incident was just only a prank for matt and i keep expecting that eddie wakes up and surprises matt. Well that didn't happen
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Roller coaster ride of love, mystery and murders. Another great read from Marshall Thornton.
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Lambda Award-winning author, Marshall Thornton is best known for the Boystown detective series. Other novels include the erotic comedy The Perils of Praline, or the Amorous Adventures of a Southern Gentleman in Hollywood, Desert Run and Full Release. Marshall has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, where he received the Carl David Memorial Fellowship and was recognized in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing ...more
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