Monday, April 30, 2018

Release Blitz: Masc by Marshall Thornton (Review + Giveaway)

Length: 56,000 words approx.


Femme (Book #1) - Universal Buy Link


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?

4.5 Stars!

Masc is the sequel to Femme, and while it can technically be read as a standalone, I think you'd find it more enjoyable if you read them in order. (And really, if you manage to snag the Femme audiobook narrated by Joel Leslie, it might actually be even better). ;)

Dog and Lionel have been together for 6 months and while Dog thinks things are going great between them, Lionel believes they're doomed because they have nothing in common. While trying to find things that they can enjoy together, they choose bowling and discover that Lionel is surprisingly good at it.

Meanwhile, Dog is being harassed at work by a HR guy that loves masculine gay guys and who writes an article that puts down femme guys, something that Lionel takes offense at and makes him break things off with Dog.

I loved Dog, I felt bad for him through most of the book, first because of the harassment, then because of Lionel. While I like Lionel, I think he was a bit overdramatic and I just wanted to shake him and make him see what a great guy he had, even if Dog could be a bit clueless, he had his heart in the right place and treated Lionel right. I wasn't impressed that Dog felt the need to make the big gesture here, when it really wasn't his fault what Byron wrote in the article in the first place. I love them together, though, and I really hope Mr. Thornton will write another book in this series.

Carlos and Dog's family were too much fun and were a fantastic support system (for the most part) for the guys. I hated Byron and was really glad that he got his comeuppance, although, I wouldn't have minded seeing it happen and not just been told after the fact. Still, I was happy with the end result.

All in all, this was such a fun, entertaining read. Dog and Lionel were fabulous and it was delightful to catch up with them. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

Author Bio

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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