Lionel and Dog are back in this follow-up to the Lambda finalist, Femme. Almost six months have passed and, after taking an online quiz, Lionel believes their relationship is doomed because they have nothing in common. To save their relationship, the pair joins a gay bowling league and discovers that Lionel is an excellent, if somewhat eccentric bowler.
Meanwhile, Dog gets profiled in a work newsletter. He’s excited that he’s out at work but doesn’t immediately see that by fawning over Dog’s masculine nature he was also putting down all femme guys. Lionel takes it personally which leads to a crisis in their relationship. Attempting to make it up to Lionel, Dog attempts to make a grand gesture which backfires spectacularly.
Will the two manage to put things right? And will a night in jail, a morning of drag bingo, an afternoon of day drinking, and a month of moping make things better or worse?
This was amazing. So much fun. I loved this characters so much. Each of them were so charismatic that it was impossible not falling in love with them and the book itself.
The plot was great. The book was fast paced and hilarious. It was a joy to read it, I was laughing so hard all the time that I had a few occasions when people was looking at me for laughing out loud In public but I don’t care. I loved seeing where things were going for Lionel and Dog and I loved how realistic were their struggles as a couple and as individuals.
What I liked the most about it were the characters. Lionel is a remarkable main character that I’m sure anyone will love. Sure he isn’t perfect, he makes a lot of mistakes but that’s what makes him a great character. The same with Dog, he is almost as great character as Lionel and as imperfect as he is as well. One of the reasons I like Lionel a little bit more than Dog is because he’s the one that came with the greatest quotes and the funniest parts of the story.
The secondary characters are also amazing. I have a little ambivalence towards Carlos. He is fun and I loved the moments he share with Lionel but there were a few things that bother me about him, not exactly about him as character or person but him as a stereotype. Dog’s family was also something that I loved, they are so much fun.
Overall it was a great book. It is less romantic than Femme and a lot less steamy but the humor that got my heart is still there and as good as I remember it. Absolutely recommend it to any reader who likes humorous books.
Marshall Thornton is known for the Lambda Award-winning Boystown Mysteries. His comedic novels include The Ghost Slept Over, My Favorite Uncle and the Lambda Finalist for Gay Romance, Femme. Marshall holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and has had plays produced in both Chicago and Los Angeles and stories published in The James White Review and Frontier Magazine.
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