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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  840 ratings  ·  251 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Kenmore Books
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4.5 Stars.

Well,this is a little gem.It's the first book I've read by this Author and I was very impressed.

This surprised me in the best way,not least,because there are hardly any on page sex scenes but I didn't care because the writing is so engaging......that's not to say it isn't sexy because it is......

Lionel is deliciously femme,from his pink boy shorts,red heels,and his home made pom-poms.

Doug(Dog) is gay and plays for a gay softball team.He's obviously out to his teammates but not his
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Price drop to $0.99 today at Amazon US, 1/25/19*

Marshall Thornton is a great writer, and though he isn't as popular as some of the big-name M/M authors, he always wows me every time I read one of his books. Sure enough, as soon as I started Femme, I knew it was going to be an awesome read. In fact, I couldn't put it down all weekend!

This book was FUN! I really enjoy Marshall Thornton's sense of humor, and it was out to shine in this story. Our MC, Lionel, is femme and fearless, not afraid to

"Every single person is a sterotype until you get to know them. Getting to know someone you find out all the ways they don't fit their stereotype."

10++++++ stars for the book

10++++++ stars for the Audio

I loved it that when i finished reading it, i could not believe its over, went and bought the audio and started listening to it again, that is how much i loved it

Joel Leslie did an amazing job i can't get Lionel's voice out of my head. The humor was on point,i was laughing so hard.


I am just going

What a great surprise! we have a sensation, my dear friends! We have a NOT ROMANCE AUTHOR Marshall Thornton as a finalist of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Award in the category Gay Romance! Isn't it charming?!


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
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

So much fun!

This author is new to me but I'd heard great things about this story and all those things turned out to be true. Lionel is a vivacious character who is funny and sarcastic-two traits I admire. I'm not sure what I expected from this book, but I can tell you some of the one-liners here were so unexpected that I did that bark/shout/cackle thing. That's always a win for me. I appreciate authors who can inject valid social
~Mindy Lynn~
I am really in the minority with this one....

This started off really strong for me. In the beginning I was laughing very early on and thought, YES! I found one with humor. I also liked the two MC's early on as well. But the more I read the more unlikable both men became for me.

I am starting to realize that I am a fan of the femme types finding love with the big lumberjack kind of men. It is a new favorite trope of mine. But there was so much back and forth and so many misunderstandings that it
Xia Xia Lake
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was as nervous as a two-dollar hooker in church.

This was hysterical! I stayed until 3 AM to finish the first 50%, then spent the following day in a symbiosis with my reading chair, forgetting to do any other human worthy activities except read, read, read as I rushed through the book at a rare speed.


Plot wise the story isn't about much, and but what is there is absolutely hilarious!

I had the impression I was watching a comedy directed by Roberto Benigni. The characters' lives were complete
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review written September 4, 2016

4 1/2 Stars - Gosh, this was a true gem to happydance about

I liked the idea of this M/M romance as soon I heard about it. Marshall Thornton a very good writer who usually give us excellent stories (as the unforgettable Nick Novak in Boystown).


... So also this time. What's not to like?
This was such a enjoying sweetie story. Sexy needy bear, Sassy tough sissy and some Red high heels... — Just feel that combo. Intriguing right?

Denise H.
*** Femme waiter, Lionel, woke up that morning with a hangover, facing someone in his bed.
That someone is Dog,

hunky, gay ballplayer from the team that hangs out at The Bird bar.
* Lionel is a flamer, makes people uncomfortable,

but he's so good at being himself. * Dog/Doug is manly in his demeanor, but has an epiphany about femme guys, and it wakes him up inside. We have great characters, lovable, down-to-earth people; a family that is wading through the "coming out" of Dog and the progress of
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
2017 Lambda Literary Award Finalist!

Full reviewage on Prism Book Alliance

Marshall Thornton, you rock my world, once again. Rock. My. World.

How… yeah… how am I supposed to… what? Gah! F@#! Because, fo reals, how does one review a Marshall Thornton story? You’d think I’d know since I’ve been here several times, experiencing, revelling, sinking, loving, pumping of the ‘YES!’ fist, but reviewing?

*cracks knuckles*

I shall do my best!

I was waiting for a compliment. Instead, Dog said, “I don’t live
4.5 Stars

Funniest thing I've read/listened to in ages! I've mentioned before that Joel Leslie can be hit or miss with me...but holy hell did he knock this one out of the park. (<--- Did you see what I did there?)

I loved everything about this book; I think it's easy to get lost in the hilarity, the ridiculousness of the whole situation and dismiss the underlying message of acceptance, family, being yourself and knowing what it means to be a man. (In more than one way, too!) Plus, the character
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Funny, wise and romantic

It started with a drunken hook-up between Lionel (the very femme waiter) and Dog (the straight-looking softball player):
I kind of, sort of, maybe remembered the sex. It was fabulous. Or maybe it wasn't. I either had amazing sex the night before with a guy named Dog or I had the most mind-blowing sex dreams about the same guy named Dog.
And so Lionel and Dog fumble towards a relationship. And there's quite a bit of cute and funny fumbling as they proceed:
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Oh my GAAAAWD! This book was aDORablllleeee!

What happens when a super effeminate gay waiter meets a super straight-seeming gay softball player/nurse who's still in the closet to his family? Shenanigans!

"Dog" doesn't make a lot of good decisions, and he's not a fast thinker, but he does eventually always do and say the right thing. And he's very lucky that Lionel is patient with him - sort of. Sometimes. A lot of the times. :D Lionel doesn't put up with much nonsense and is as sassy as he is
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, mm, sports
Edited April 17, 2018 (AUDIOBOOK by Joel Leslie):
This was as much, if not more fun the second time around with Joel Leslie voicing Dog and Lionel. I remembered the mixed feelings I had about Dog the first time I read this, and I still had them the second time around. Yet, I forget how young they all really are, and how important it seemed back then to fit in with a certain group, or to act in a way that was expected of you. Hell, that still happens decades later. Again, my favorite part of this
Lost in a Book
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I want to be BFF with Lionel. He has a brand of snark that I’m completely on board for. He’s unapologetic about who he is and can rock short shorts and heels way better than I can.


He’s sweet, sassy, and busting his ass each day to finally be safe and secure.

Dog is conflicted between what he wants and want he thinks he should/shouldn’t want. It’s clear that he wants Lionel but he just can’t seem to get himself together and make smart choices. He’s very introspective and eventually
Ulysses Dietz
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By Marshall Thornton
Kenmore Books, July 28, 2016
Cover design by Marshall Thornton

191 pages

Five stars

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

Being of a certain generation, I kept hearing “What makes a man a man?”, the splendid Charles Aznavour torch-song from 1972, floating in the background as I read this witty, big-hearted and ultimately powerful little book. That Marshall Thornton chose this particular quotation from Oscar Wilde to use as an epigraph

I had a pleasure to read and review this book BEFORE it was published.

I got an audio book shortly BEFORE our vacation. And you know what? I was excited to re-read it and I enjoyed it as an audio book even MORE. Yes, in spite of my NOT a re-reader-type. I don't do re-read normally. Why should I?! There are so MANY books to read! There are really VERY few authors I re-read. And Marshall Thornton is my top re-read author.

I read Femme and enjoyed it, BUT I had my own idea how Lionel and Dog
Tully Vincent
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
I remember reading a blog post some time back where Marshall Thornton said he didn’t write romance novels. And I had to concede that as truth, as much as I love the Boystown series, there is a lot of sex and there is some love, but not a lot of romance or sexual tension. When I saw that he’d written a book that actually had the word “romance” right up there in the blurb, I had to read it.

I enjoy reading about flamboyant characters, so I was not surprised that I adored Lionel. Witty,
As Lionel would say ..... Oh my fucking Gawd! I love, love, frickin' love Femme and Joel Leslie's narration takes this 5 star story over the top to 5+ fabulous stars.

Lionel and Dog meet one night at the bar where Lionel is a waiter and Dog's softball team comes in every Sunday night. One extremely sloshy drunken one-night stand later and Lionel and Dog find themselves in a relationship ... sorta. Well, if you don't count that night at the restaurant AND the movie theatre where Dog flat out runs
Eli Easton
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is an absolute delight. Marshall Thornton is an amazing writer, more literary author than romance author, but I love when he turns his hand to romance. Lionel ('Lynette') is a self-described queen, and her voice is just a scream. I listened to the audiobook and Joel Leslie was perfect.

Lionel begins a "thing" with Dog, a softball player who is more masc and can pass for straight. The road to true love, however, is rocky, as Dog has some growing up to do before he can admit Lionel is
Joel Leslie’s performance was excellent, but after the diner and movie theater incident, I didn’t enjoy the story as much. Maybe it’s mood thing.
I'm of two minds about this book.

On one hand, it is clearly a humorous, enjoyable tale, maybe with a bit too much fluff, aiming somehow at the "The Birdcage" kind of look at the queer experience. But like with the movie "The Birdcage" - as it compares against "La Cage Aux Folles" - this is a tad too overwrought, too pat, too forgiving, with characters a bit too simplistic, to really make it a superior read for me.

I have been and am looking for a truly in-depth book about femme men, not even
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh this book is an absolute riot but still manages to carry a really important message about being true to yourself and never judging on a stereotype.

Lionel is not only out and proud, he's femme and proud and he carries his queen status high, never failing to throw out a witty quip.

Dog aka Doug, is "straight-acting" and not out to his family when he has a drunken encounter and the best sex ever with Lionel after a softball game celebration at The Bird.

After lots of hilarious mishaps, a judgey
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, slightly dumb Doug and fabulously femme Lionel.

Doug's human, he does some stupid things. Gets forgiven but doesn't learn. It felt real though, despite being out to everyone but his parents - he's desperate to fit in. He joins a sport's team to be part of a team, he wants to be 'one of the guys' and is scared of standing out, of not being accepted. His attraction to Lionel goes against all he is, Lionel is unapologetically different.
I liked how it was handled, Doug doesn't so
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This was a great read in fact I'd venture to say it is my favourite MT. Why? I think it's because it looks so deceptively simple, deceptively fun whilst underneath it packs quite a punch. Because it talks about us, who we are, who we present ourselves to be, who we allow ourselves to be. To be or not to be? - quite a tough question isn't it?
"Femme guys scared us. They scared us because we were afraid of being like them. We were afraid of being obvious. And that was part of the whoe being in the
I loved this! Like seriously loved it. This was a serious 5 read for me the entire read. There was one minor bump in the road that I am guessing should have me knocking off a …but whatever, I’m rounding up so 5’s it is!

I woke up this morning and couldn’t wait to get back to this book and then I realized I had finished it last night. WHAT A BUMMER! So much of a bummer I haven’t read anything yet today, not even on my commute, I socialized instead. Oh. My. God.


I think this is called a book
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, glbt
Oh my Gawd, I didn't see that coming...... and it hit me..... in just the right way. The story and writing were so freaking awesome! It’s a simple story, but I couldn’t get enough of it. Boy meets boy, boys have a one-night stand, and finally boys are wrapped up in each other like pretzels. It's a hilarious and incredibly populated by charming characters book . Yes, the humor is sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, but actually Femme is mostly about our expectations, about who and what people are and ...more
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, mm-romance, audio-book
YES, every bit as good as everyone says. I'm glad I saved it for when I needed a pick-me-up, and it is definitely going on my re-read shelf!

I did the audio version and Femme was absolutely perfect for Joel Leslie.
I couldn’t get past the fact that (view spoiler) ...more
How will I give both this book the true review it deserves??? From the beginning I was captivated by the writing, it flowed, it was romantic comedy at it's finest. Honestly if this was a movie IMO it would be a classic -it was that good. Yet there was a solid story, with a great message throughout and a great relationship. Real people, life problems - money, personal insecurities, family drama and being comfortable in your own skin. I was hysterical through this entire story, so invested in all ...more
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Three-time Lambda Award-winning author, Marshall Thornton is best known for the Boystown and Pinx Video mystery 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 ...more

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