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Publisher's Summary

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.
Finalist for the 2016 Lambda Award in Gay Romance
Starred review at Publisher's Weekly
Runner-up 2016 Rainbow Awards Gay Romantic Comedy
©2016 Marshall Thornton (P)2017 Marshall Thornton
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By HB on 07-02-17

Great Heels, Better Romance...

The red heels on the cover are appropriate for Femme, but the Really important part is that well deserved gold Lambda Literary Award medal for “Best Gay Romance” finalist.

Femme is an enjoyable, funny m/m romance that starts when the MCs wake up the morning After... It is also a book about the masks we wear & the stereotypes we fit ourselves & others into, and how much more amazing things are when we move beneath/beyond those layers in our interactions w/ others. People in the story behave as badly as real people often do, but Marshall Thornton doesn’t drag us through angst & mud to get that across. Instead the characters are wonderful and Joel Leslie does an excellent job bringing them to life.

I decided to listen to "a few minutes" of Femme before bed - 6 hrs & 23 min later: the book was over, the sun was up & sleep never quite got more important than "a few More minutes” of the story! Oops... Definitely a repeat listen.

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By Kelly on 06-27-17

A lovely romance

Would you consider the audio edition of Femme to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book, only listened, but the narration was SO GOOD. The voices of Dog and Lionel were very distinct and perfect for each character. The narration can have only made a really good book better.

What other book might you compare Femme to and why?

It reminded me of the At First Sight books by TJ Klune. Not quite as over the top wacky as Klune, but if you liked those books, you'd probably like this.

Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I adore Joel Leslie's narration. He does a great job with making each character sound distinct. I'm always happy to see that he's narrated a book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed through much of this book. There is a lot funny in it. There were a few times I wanted to give Dog a good ding around the ear, too.

Any additional comments?

The book is both fun and thought provoking. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The characters, even when they do dumb things, are sympathetic. You want them to get their happy ending. I'm sure it's going to be one I'll listen to again.

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By Jackie Thorogood on 07-17-17

Sassy and funny

Where does Femme rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Femme has to be high on my list, because of Lionel sassy comments

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lionel is sassy quick witted, just funny <br/>Dog. Poor Dog who has no clue what to do, or how to handle Lionel,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Dog leaving Lionel on thief first date, I felt for Lionel, but true to form he order every dessert on the menu, then charged it onto Dogs card.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have done if I could,

Any additional comments?

Joel Leslie once again, brought the book alive with his timing. Just a great listen to book.

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By Pavellit Off on 09-14-17

Freaking awesome!

Where does Femme rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Right on the top!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lionel is the star of the show. He is one-of-a-kind, dramatic, bold, often unfiltered approach to life!

What does Joel Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brought the emotions by the characters out so well. Perfect performance! Could not be better! Not to mention that he managed to keep two completely different voices throughout the book so masterfully- switching between dual POVs with different voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could be able to do it!

Any additional comments?

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 how they should act. Very much about labels, about stereotyping! What is the deal with not liking femme guys? 'Yeah, for a lot of straight people it isn’t surprising. Lionel is clearly gay, and if you have a problem with gay guys, you have a big problem with Lionel. But, what about gay guys? Why do we.......? Femme guys scare us. They scare us because we are afraid of being like them. We are afraid of being obvious. And that is part of the whole being in the closet bull. Not liking femme guys is really about not liking ourselves.' I really need to brush up my femme side.

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