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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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  • HB
  • Troy, NY United States
  • 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.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • Des Plaines, IL, United States
  • 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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Humorous, well written, & well narrated

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I loved some of this – a lot. It’s humorous, and witty, and with Joel Leslie’s narration of femme, queeny, Lionel a real pleasure to listen to. If you enjoy humorous, well written, well narrated tales with a bit of romance then this should definitely be on your radar.<br/><br/>I can fault neither the writing or the narration. Thornton created two very real characters for me. So much so that I was very upset that Lionel kept allowing himself to be such a doormat for Doug. But that can be forgiven being that he’s only twenty-three years old. I defy anyone to find an urbanite in their early twenties who hasn’t had at least one stupid relationship.<br/><br/>But it was the character of twenty-eight year old Doug “Dog” that really rankled me. Greatly. His terrible treatment of Lionel annoyed and upset me. I was frustrated when he didn’t speak up for Lionel, I writhed with anger the first time he walked out on Lionel, mid-meal, without a word of explanation and just let the restaurant and drove away. I became enraged when, after being given a second chance that I didn’t personally believe he deserved or earned, HE DID IT AGAIN at the movie theater.<br/><br/>Femme is told from both Lionel and Doug’s POV. It didn’t help me to hear Doug’s “side” of things. He’s a spineless, cowardly, jerk.<br/><br/>I’ve read a lot of the 4 and 5 star reviews, and no one else has seemed to have the problems with the character as I did. So maybe this is a case of it’s not you it’s me…but I’m sorry, not sorry, I hate Doug. I don’t think he’s even slightly good enough for Lionel. Rant over.<br/><br/>But, other than that, it was really good. And I will grudgingly admit Doug redeems himself (somewhat) in the end.<br/><br/>Obviously Thornton wrote this so well and Leslie narrated it so well that I was so caught up in the story it was like hearing a friend’s accounting of their relationship woes and joys. And there is a moral here to not let anyone not accept you totally for who you really are that resonates.

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I really enjoyed this one!

The characters, the writing, the narration, all of it! I liked Lionel and Dog together, even more so because of their differences. I adored Dog's mom and sister, the softball team, and especially Lionel's friend Carlos and Frida the Fiesta. I loved the overall message that it's so hard to be ourselves because we are too busy being the person we think everyone wants us to be. Bonus points for the LOLs at butch clothes shopping for V-Bar, Lionel's decompression after his first day of work, and pizza-sexual. Joel Leslie's narration was just icing on the cake. He nailed it!!

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  • WMG
  • MARIETTA, GA, US
  • 06-28-17

Fantastic!!!

This has been absolutely wonderful to listen to. Joel Leslie is tremendous and delivers spot on with each character. So funny, I highly recommend!!

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  • Dee Winston
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 06-25-17

Love is Love

This story was hilarious but also educating. It had me laughing and thinking. you can't help who you like. And It shouldn't matter what people think

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I Think I Have a Crush on Dog

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I feel lucky and kind of privileged to have been given it. I'm now a fan. Marshall Thornton deftly paints a pair of relatable, likable and quirky characters struggling with themselves and each other, and Joel Leslie brings them charmingly to life.

The story is sweet and poignant and funny and maddening. It's a simple light romance with not-so-simple characters and lots of twists and turns. Lionel is a very out gay man whose world is clothes, old movies, gossip, hook-ups, expensive cocktails and decorating. Dog is a closeted gay man who's into sports and beer and hanging out with the team. &amp;quot;Lion&amp;quot;el is a big Cat and Dog is, well, a big Dog. They somehow end up drawn to each other. Can this possibly work? If so, how? And why? The book tries to answer that. I think it succeeds.

The chapters alternate POV characters. Thornton changed his style completely for the two very different characters -- what concerns them, how they think and feel, even what kinds of words they use -- and Leslie changed his reading to match. It was a real treat. The dialog, both internal and external, for both Dog and Lionel, is wonderful. I imagined Thornton spending a huge amount of time getting it just right and Leslie rehearsing over and over to do it justice.

I recommend Femme highly. From this example I suspect that anything written by Marshall Thornton or read by Joel Leslie is going to be really good, but this book with them together is very, very really good.

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So much fun!

This is my first exposure to this author and what a fun listen; made amazing by the talented Joel Leslie. This is the story of the “courtship” of Lionel and Dog. I say the courtship because the story is really about labels and coming to terms with who you are versus what society thinks you should be. The MCs “hook up” at the very beginning. But a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications, they constantly break up and get together again. During this, each man makes judgements and assumptions about the other. There are also family pressures and external jerks that make it harder for the couple. The interesting aspect is the tension within the gay male community about “femme” guys versus “straight acting” guys. Like any other community, there are prejudices. The author’s humor and Joel Leslie’s excellent performance keeps the listener engaged and wanting these guys to pull their heads out. This is tricky because you will want to smack each of them across the head at some point. It is a HFN ending and I would love to revisit the guys down the road to see if it stuck.

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Fabulous story comes alive with great narration

If you could sum up Femme in three words, what would they be?

Being yourself matters

What about Joel Leslie’s performance did you like?

He portrays a cast of colourful characters so they come alive.

If you could take any character from Femme out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dog because he needs to be reassured he is okay just as he is.

Any additional comments?

This story ticks all the boxes. It's well constructed plotwise, has memorable characters whose actions are always logical (if not to the other characters at the time!) it's funny, it's moving and it will make you laugh and make you cry.

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Not to be missed!

This is our first Marshall Thornton book, and in all honesty we kind of like to read a book before listening to the Audiobook, but Femme was so good, we don’t miss not reading the book first.

This is a story of Lionel, a queeny waitress in a gay bar, that is fine with who he is, take it or leave it. After a drunken night he finds himself in bed with family-closeted Dog, a softball player, who is fine living his life half-in-or-out of the closet. These two men couldn’t be more different and although they keep finding themselves drawn back together.

Femme is a hoot, so funny; we couldn’t help ourselves form laughing out loud! On the outside these men are so different, but when they start peeling back the layers they both realize that they struggle with the same things, and want to same things for their lives. Through the laughter, Femme is a thought provoking book. Lionel and Dog struggle with being true to who they really are, coming out, and standing up for what is right.

Now let’s talk about the audiobook – so good! We love Joel Leslie, and he does an amazing job capturing Lionel and Dog. The book switches points of view, and Joel creates very distinct voices that keep both characters and others in the book, very easy to recognize. This isn’t your typical flowery romance, there are no grandiose declarations of love, but the relationship between Dog and Lionel is so real. With everyday struggles, and falling in love when you don’t even realize. And listening to Joel brings life to Femme makes you feel like it is a friend telling you a story.

Femme by Marshall Thornton is a fantastic book, but with Joel Leslie’s narration brings this story to one of the best audiobooks we have listen to this year!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jackie Thorogood
  • 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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  • Pavellit Off
  • 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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  • Dawn Mayhew
  • 08-02-17

Wow!! So different, but so good.

If you could sum up Femme in three words, what would they be?

Laughter, Disbelief, Thoughtful

What did you like best about this story?

It actually made me think long and hard about how people look and think about men who look Femme.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

I love Lionel, he was awesome and Joel Leslie did a brilliant voice for him.

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

I didn't listen to it all the first time, but I have listened more than once, and the second time I listened to it all.

Any additional comments?

I listened to a sample of this audio, and thought it was going to be a funny audio all the way through - but boy was I wrong about this. This is actually quite a thought provoking audio/book. <br/><br/>This is the first book by this author that I have read, well listened to. I have to say things happened that I really wasn't expecting. I must also say I was sitting here at times thinking... Oh no, this is not going to end well, and then the next minute I would be laughing. <br/><br/>I really did feel for Lionel throughout the book, he was out and proud, but at one stage to fit in with others, he was toning everything down, so he just blended in with the crowd, it seemed like if he acted and dressed his usual way, nobody would take him seriously. <br/><br/>Now Dog..... what do I say about him...... well, some things that I really can't say here!! He originally came across as a nice guy, but then the way he reacted to some things, and you were thinking... no, he is not really going to do that.... but he did, and then I really began to dislike him. <br/><br/>​However, the more you listened the more you realised that Dog was scared stiff of being rejected by not only his family, but also by his so called friends in the gay softball team. The main reason for this was due to the fact Lionel is so femme, and even Lionel says that people are afraid of gay men who are femme. This really did make me sit and think about things, and realise in todays world how true this was. <br/><br/>Dog is surprised about what some of his softball friends actually say about Lionel, and he then realises he was thinking the same, and to me I think he then began to feel quite ashamed of what he had done. Quite right too, dates where he abandoned Lionel was just not on. <br/><br/>I have to say, things were looking bleak for Lionel and Dog to have any kind of relationship, but then Dog realises how special Lionel is, and now all he has to do is convince Lionel that he is serious about him, and he doesn't have to hide his femme side. Is there any way of Dog doing this??<br/><br/>If you love an audio where you will laugh but also get rather miffed with one of the main characters, then listen to this audio. I must congratulate Joel Leslie for another great narration on this audio, and yet again he kept me entertained the whole way through. I have actually listened to this twice already, but can guarantee that I will be listening to it again. <br/><br/>Copy of audio was gifted by the narrator for an honest review.

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  • Mummy
  • 07-17-17

Fabulous

What made the experience of listening to Femme the most enjoyable?

The way the narrator brought the characters to life.

What other book might you compare Femme to, and why?

None It is incomparable

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favourite?

All of them. They were all so good I can't choose.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end part with the shoes.

Any additional comments?

Five Fabulous Stars for the best book I have read/listened to this year!<br/><br/>An awesome narration and an excellent story!<br/><br/>I adored this story. I think it must be the best audiobook I have listened to this year. It was like cinema for my ears and it was such an entertaining story that I listened to it over just two sittings. <br/><br/>It is actually the kind of story that would make a great film.<br/><br/>Lionel is 'queeny' or what could be described as 'rather effeminate', but he really doesn't care what other people think about him. He has made his own way in life and he has plans (to buy a car at least). Lionel adores Joan Crawford, interior decorating, fashionable clothes and mixing cocktails at The Bird, the bar where he works. He also quite likes the occasional one night stand but he is quite surprised when he wakes up one morning to find that he has spent the night with Dog.<br/><br/>Dog, whose real name is Doug, is also very surprised and slightly alarmed to find himself in Lionel's bed. Doug thinks Lionel is OK but kind of swishy. Anyone can look at Lionel and see that he is gay but Dog is very much a man's man. His own family don't know that he is gay and he wants to keep it that way. He enjoys being on the gay softball team and having a group of gay friends who actually appear to be straight. He doesn't mind being friends with Lionel even though they are very different.<br/><br/>Lionel likes Dog but he isn't going to compromise who he is. He doesn't do compromise for any one and he also doesn't hold back from telling people exactly what is what and this is exactly what he does to Chuck the team captain for the softball team, who doesn't know how to tip properly. Unfortunately this doesn't go down well and Lionel soon finds that he has set off a chain reaction which leads him to make some urgently needed changes in his life and he adjusts to these changes by trying to hide that he is gay.<br/><br/>And so in the midst of a series of unforeseen events, Lionel and Dog become closer even though this isn't without hurdles. Dog finds that he has to journey into the open from the closet and much to his surprise Lionel finds that he has to suddenly go into the closet, both of them find themselves in places where they are forced to confront what it really means to be who they truly are.<br/><br/>The best part about this story is that it has a serious undertone and tackles some difficult issues but it does this through comedy and a hilarious dialogue. <br/><br/>The characters are excellent and just so engaging. I loved them all even the irritating Chuck and Dog's obstinate Dad.<br/><br/>The narrator does an amazing job and brings an excellent story to life by giving each character a distinct voice which comes across so clearly. The ending scenes are just so superb and I would honestly love to see this book as a film.<br/><br/>There are so many different themes and issues that are shown in the story - what does it mean to be ourselves? Family, friends, love, career, jobs and community, and the way all of these are so important but can either give us life and enable us to be who we truly are, or can stifle us and prevent us from flourishing.<br/><br/>And the story tells us all of this by actually not telling us. We get to see all these issues through the story of Lionel, Dog and all the other characters. It is such a rich story which over flows with humour without being overkill. It is just perfect!<br/><br/>This is funny, endearing, engaging, gripping and really entertaining and I finished it really, really wanting more.<br/><br/> I was given this free review copy audiobook by the author via Audiobook Boom at my request and have voluntarily left this review.<br/>

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  • kindleaddict
  • 07-12-17

Wow!

What did you like most about Femme?

The Sassiness. The humour. The shoes? The way Chuckie gets his comeuppance.

What did you like best about this story?

The whole O.M.G what is he doing to Lionel now? Also the way Lionel despite the frequency that Doug lets him down, still gives him another chance. Dog's parents and sister definitely provide extra comic relief.

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

Joel Leslie is a favourite narrator and all his performances are magical. This one included.

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

It made me exasperated! It made me smile and occasionally made me laugh.

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  • Mary
  • 07-06-17

Fabulous Femme

I've never read (listened to) any books by Marshall Thornton before and I have been missing out. I didn't know what to expect, the blurb sounded interesting and I am so happy I got to listen to it. This book is so much fun. Lionel is a wonderful strong character, so sarcastic and funny with brilliant one liners. The way he deals with inept Doug (Dog) is marvellous. The dates they almost go on had me glued with anticipation because I just couldn't see how Dog and Lionel were going to get anywhere. But they do make it in the end. Masterful writing to give us such a fun book with the sub text of believing in yourself and being true to yourself and don't give in to stereotypes.

The story switches between Lionel and Dog's points of view so we get the whole picture. I have to say Joel Leslie's narration is superb. He brings such an energy to the story. The voices chosen for Lionel and Doug suit them so well I can visualise them. The secondary characters also shine. My favourites are Lionel's friend Carlos (Carlotta) and Dog's Sister Madison, they are so amusing.

This has everything I want in an audiobook, great story and brilliant narration. I highly recommend it.

I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review for Open Skye book reviews