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The Perils of Praline (The Perils of Praline #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  158 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
When he falls in love with a contestant on a reality TV show, Peter "Praline" Palmetier decides to leave his home in rural Georgia and, failing to realize this might be considered stalking, travels to Hollywood to find his soul mate, Dave G. Once in tinsel-town he meets a collection of startling, and often horny, characters in his quest. They include a studly steward, a co ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 220 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by MLR Press
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4,5 stars!

BR with Sofia, Rosa, Smith and Otila.

As I turned the last page of The Perils of Praline, I was sure that this book could cause only two kinds of reactions:

Number one:

or similar.

Number two:

or similar.

If you didn't guess my reaction, I'll help you- I'm on the second picture.

You have to be a regular reader of a gay fiction genre to pick up this book!
DON'T EVEN TRY TO TRY IT if you're a passionate FM-reader or a MM-reader with a lot of drama!!! Don't even go there!

Marshall Thornton'
Dec 30, 2012 julio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
lol ...whut

Diverting hysteria wrapped in a delicious crust of golden foolishness, baked up hot and fresh and oozing with pandemonium gravy.

Satire, or I'll eat my own slippers.
Dec 14, 2010 Jenre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read a number of earnest and serious m/m romances recently, I was in the mood for something lighthearted. This one was recommended to me by Kassa as being something fun and guaranteed to lift anyone’s spirits. She wasn’t wrong, as I found myself laughing out loud on a number of occasions at the ‘sexploits’ of the hapless, yet very endearing hero of this book.

The title alone should give you some idea of the contents as the young, innocent hero, Praline (there is a reason why he’s called af
Rosa, really
Oct 29, 2013 Rosa, really rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of satire
BR with my buddies (naturally) Sofia, Lena, Smith & Otila - thanks guys! <3

3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

Marshall Thornton’s Perils of Praline immediately put me in mind of a box of “erotic” novels I found at a garage sale as a teenager. To say it provided me with a profound education is the understatement of a lifetime; I’ll never forget those tales of horny housewives and traveling salesmen. Unlike those books, Thornton has written a sex romp that’s actually, you know, good. The main charac
Nov 02, 2010 Kassa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Praline Palmetier. He’s just moved to California to follow his dream of becoming a same sex celebrity spouse and though he’s never met his soon to be husband, he’s already in love. Praline’s watched every episode of House Bound 6 and is desperately in love with Dave G. He’s determined to find the man of his dreams and he doesn’t let little things like becoming a prostitute, arson, bad safe words, attempted suicide, or a mother selling pot stand in his way. Praline’s certain the world will s ...more
Well, what a hullabaloo that was. A chaotic exercise in American social satire that is at times very funny, until it's not.
This is truly a work of fiction without an ounce of realism in it at all, and that’s great, I love a bit of slapstick and satire. It’s a spoof of the American dream, the small town boy who goes to Hollywood to make his dreams come true. And for Praline it’s to find his one true love; reality TV star Dave G.
Praline is adorable, he is a gorgeous and naive, a stereotypical Sout
Smith Barney
So. The best thing about this. Clearly. Praline's booty-full-bubble-ass.

Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Well, I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would. I am the first to admit that I'm a sucker for a funny book. Give me some hysterical dialogue and a cute MC and I'm happy as a clam. However, this book wasn't my type of funny. It was slap-stick funny, which didn't really work for me to be honest.

It wasn't that this book was bad, it was cute and I enjoyed reading it, but I enjoyed the similar book "The Epic Love Story of Doug and Steven" much more. I think the amount of people that Pral
Eden Winters
An absolute hoot! In the midst of Hurricane Sandy and a desperate scramble to salvage a wedding, I didn't want my usual angsty read. I needed something tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted, with endearing characters and plenty of laughs. Marshall Thornton answered my wish with The Perils of Praline, a fish out of water story of a delightfully naive southerner gone to California to meet the man of his dreams. Along the way he runs afoul of a variety of men who provide an education or sorts. I cringed, I ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Otila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is definitely hilarious and silly and so damn quotable. I do think it would have been better if it were shorter, though. There's just so much we can take of our "perpetually hormonal hero".

Favorite quote: Praline, I brought you up better than that. The man has licked your asshole. The least you can do is say 'hey'.
A.B. Gayle
Nov 07, 2012 A.B. Gayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, shelf-32, gay
The Perils of Pauline was a classic in its own way and so should be the “Perils of Praline” as our hero Peter aka Praline “acquires enough adventures for a tell-all autobiography. With sequels.”

First off, it’s important to understand the difference between a romance and a comedy. Comedies can have a romance in them in the same way that thrillers or action books have that element. However, romances revolve around plot and character.

The best comedies revolve around humor and social statement. The
Oct 02, 2016 Georgie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gay Tom Jones meets The Perils of Pauline. An incredibly bawdy, and laugh-out-loud story of an innocent abroad.

Peter "Praline" Palmetier loves from afar a contestant on a TV show:
“Stalking is a felony,” Jason pointed out.
“They’ve made loving someone criminal?”
“Only if you’ve never met them.”

and leaving behind his mother (a hairdresser and part-time dope peddler):
“It’s this fever for organic products...that’s just ridiculous! One of the great benefits of dealing in an illegal product has alway
Josephine Myles
*4.5 stars*

This novel is an absolute hoot. Praline is a delightfully naive and inexperienced young Southerner who heads off to Hollywood in search of the man of his dreams, Dave G, who he’s fallen for after seeing on reality tv.

Praline hasn’t been in Hollywood for more than a few hours before he finds himself hanging naked off a balcony in fear of his life. More amorous escapades follow as Praline, who thinks it polite to offer sex in return for a favour, shags just about every man he crosses pa
Jan 18, 2013 Didi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, comedy-humor
Peter, Peter, Peter... What can I say. The one who's exposed to perils are not Peter "Praline" Palmetier, but the citizens of LA once Praline stepped foot in the city!!! *LAUGHING UPROARIOUSLY*

Highly entertaining, though not my usual cup of tea. A naive optimist young Southern gentlemen on a mission of finding his true love in LA, slaying dragon after dragon...errr, I mean one sexual activity after another. Pandemonium followed wherever he went. It's a nonstop hoot!
May 03, 2014 Sofia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buddy read with my friends (so dear) Lena, Rosa, Otila and Smith - thanks for the company girls.

Laugh out loud Satire, complete with dizzy ‘heroine’ Praline, an ingénue, who like Pauline of ‘The Perils of Pauline’ falls into ‘adventures’ spontaneously and continuously. He takes Hollywood by storm and creates havoc. Praline bounces from one adventure to another with his mantra "Everything happens for the best" always on his lips (reminds you of Pollyanna, doesn't it) and learns a few things about
Sep 26, 2012 Terrence rated it really liked it
I'm always fascinated by the stories of people who come to LA with nothing and then wind up with everything. So the basic premise was intriguing.

But this book was more than just that. It was erotic and it was comical. Of course, the cover could make for a very tenuous reading experience on public transportation. That said, I'd love to meet the model for it.

I shook my head at the outrageous situations, even the unlikely ones, that the title character found himself in due to naivete and a Lucyes
Lou Harper
Mar 13, 2011 Lou Harper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

The Perils Of Praline is a hilarious romp through half a dozen pop cultural genres and realms, including but not limited to romance, gay romance, television, Hollywood. It's absolutely over the top and deadpan in classic satirical fashion. Praline is a modern day, gay Candide.
Nov 29, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute romantic comedy.
Jun 26, 2012 Cindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2012
Peter "Praline" Palmetier has fallen in love with a reality TV star, Dave G. Praline lives in a small, southern town. He decides to go to Los Angeles to meet Dave G. because he is convinced that Dave G. will see him and decide on the spot that they are soul mates meant to be together forever. Praline can be almost described as a gay version of Forrest Gump. He has the same naivete and gets caught up in situations that no normal person would get caught up in. He makes his way to LA and that's whe ...more
May 11, 2011 ManOhMan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Reviewed by Markie:
When you stumble across a book that is entertaining, funny, heartwarming with hot sexy scenes scattered throughout, I think it's one heck of a find.

From the first chapter this novel kept me interested. Many times I laughed at the unique situations Praline found himself in. His way of looking at the world is totally unique and I felt the author caputured his voice perfectly. Place this one on your buy list.

Oh, and I love model's ass on the cover! :)

Mar 21, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was looking for a lighthearted, funny read ... and that's exactly what I got. I laughed a lot.
Fun story, great characters. You got to love Praline. He is such an innocent, naive and kindhearted character who stumbles from one disaster into another.
Plus with the story the authors pokes fun at entertainment industry, celebrities and LA.

Gabbo Parra
Oct 25, 2012 Gabbo Parra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lendable-kindle
The hot parts are scorching and the funny parts are hilarious. I had a ball.

Furthermore, I want my life to be a Lovetime movie too!

Nov 25, 2011 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol
LOL hilarious
Valentina Heart
Jan 09, 2011 Valentina Heart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
I had so much fun reading this;)
Jun 13, 2011 R.J. rated it really liked it
OMG... this was so brilliantly written...and soooo damn funny! I am IN LOVE with Praline...the gorgeous clueless sexy big-butted hero...

♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
I know I bought the earlier version of this several years ago but cannae find it. I know! Lol S'ok, now I have it with the new cover, and two 'new to me' books by Thornton, one of which is book two in this series:
Oct 27, 2012 Charly rated it liked it
Amusing, but after a while the lack of depth in the story grew tiresome

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- There a lot of funny moments in the book. It’s full of situational comedy, not to mention a slew of ridiculous but matter-of-fact narrative comments about Praline, his chosen profession(s), the city of Los Angeles, etc.
- In a serious story, Praline’s extreme naïveté would be annoying. Because this story is so obviously tongue-in-cheek,
Jan 13, 2011 Jesper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you need a good laugh this novel will not let you down. It is a hysterically funny and sexy satire/comedy that really shows the wide range of Marshall Thornton's talent.

Elisa Rolle
Jun 27, 2011 Elisa Rolle rated it it was amazing
2011 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
LD  Durham
Jun 27, 2011 LD Durham rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-fiction
A cracky, fun read with a big dollop of satire equal to its sexual exploits. A lot of fun!
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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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“Um…you’re four blocks away. Why can’t you walk?”
“I’m naked.” Sometimes the truth was like a band-aid in need
of removal; one had to get it over with as quickly as possible.
“And I’m sitting in a bougainvillea bush.”
Jason was silent. Even his silence sounded angry. Praline knew
he should have sent a text.”
“You're an opportunistic little slut, that's what you are."
"That's not fair. I had no idea she'd give me your job."
"Oh, you just fucked her husband for the fun of it?"
"Have you seen his ass?”
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