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review 2017-10-30 00:00
Gifts Given
Gifts Given - Marshall Thornton Gifts Given - Marshall Thornton
imageGiven what I’ve seen, given what I’ve lived, it strikes me that love is a kind of madness. An insanity that poses as a necessity, tricking us into believing we need it as much as breath, as much as life itself. A sensible man would run from it, bar the doors, hide in a cupboard like a child, rifle through the kitchen drawers looking for a weapon to stave it off. A sensible man would have nothing to do with love. I am not a sensible man.image

It is the opening lines, and yes, this installment is inspired by love. Even if it is not THAT obvious at the beginning. Though it is difficult NOT to notice it later. LOVE is a central thread woven throughout the whole book.

Nick is in LOVE. Though I still haven't got warm with Joseph, it is fascinating to see how good the ex-priest adapted himself to his new live outside the church, to his new surroundings, to Nick's friends. And HOW quickly Joseph changed Nick! I honestly didn't even imagine something like THIS would EVER happen. There are 4 years between the first book and the last one. And totally different Nick: he has settled down, becomes a TV shows expert (he didn't even have a TV all this time!) and listens to piano music (he has a good taste though), and he quit smoking (because Joseph doesn't like it). No doubt, he becomes a better person, but I am still trying to find out how to deal with this fact. It is why I was fluctuating between 4 and 5 stars, but the writing is so good, and the story is so captivating, so 5 stars it is. But I am wondering (and somehow afraid), if the reason for changing in Nick character could be explained with Marshall Thornton's consideration to come slowly to the end of the series??!! NOOOO!
Nick, Joseph and Ross live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment (with a couch in a living room for Ross) with a great view on Lake Michigan. It is Christmas time, and Nick plans to invite Mrs. Harker to spend Christmas with them together that could become a very difficult task. She still doesn't know that Joseph is Nick's boyfriend.

Though Nick won't have enough free time to find Christmas gifts for his friends. At first his long-time friend Sugar asks him for a favor. She is also in LOVE and she wants Nick to make a standard background check on her lover. At the same time his old client Vincent Renaldi urgently needs his service as a PI for a very delicate case. And what a surprise - again this L word. Yes, people in love could do crazy things, sometimes illegal things, and criminal things if they have enough criminal energy. The job that seems very easy at the beginning turns out to be very dangerous at the end. At this place I shut my mouth. I am not going to give anything away.

The final lines frame the whole story in the Boystown number 10 PERFECTLY (and yes, Marshall Thornton is the best writer of ENDINGs):

imageLife is pain. Life is danger. Life is love. There have been times when I have hidden from life. It didn’t work. Life found me. Love found me. Try as I might, I could not hide.image

***Copy provided kindly by the author in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2017-10-24 21:01
Good crime story, that feels quite current
Night Drop (The Pinx Video Mysteries) - ... Night Drop (The Pinx Video Mysteries) - Marshall Thornton

though being set in the 90ies - with L.A. burning...very well described, felt vivid and realistic to me.


Really interesting read! I enjoyed it, the characters were well fleshed out, I liked the kind of shy and smart Noah.


There is no love story in it, just a hint of an attraction - it is explained a bit in the end.


I hope for some nicer things to happen to Noah when the series is continued though...

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review 2017-08-30 00:00
Night Drop
Night Drop - Marshall Thornton Night Drop - Marshall Thornton 4,5 stars

What a crazy genre's cocktail!


Mystery, drama, comedy and fun.

Marshall Thornton’s new novel is without any doubt a historical fiction, set in LA in the early 90s. Here I have to confess (to my shame) I mistaken it first for a apocalyptic fantasy (not my preferable genre, BTW).


1) I knew NOTHING about the riot in Los Angeles in 1992 .

2) I googled and couldn’t believe what I read: a situation close to civil war, an outbreak of violence and bloodshed that cost 63 people their lives!

Aside from the atmosphere during the riot, there is a great feeling of the 90s. Absolutely phenomenal how the author with his writing and myriad elaborate details manages to transfer his readers in this era.

Night Drop OF COURSE is a murder mystery, with a dead body (-ies). I don’t mean those who lost their lives in the riot BECAUSE of it. But just imagine, that someone in this chaos might have seen a good possibility to suppress uncomfortable truth and even to get rid of some inconvenient person(s). Fortunately our main character, Noah Valentine, as an owner of a video rental shop, has watched enough mystery movies in his life to be able to become a skillful sleuth when the circumstances required it.

At the late on the page 10 you’ll want this novel to be a movie. The focal point of life in this story is an apartment of Noah’s neighbors downstairs, Marc and Louis, a gay couple who takes care of Noah. In their small apartment they have lunch, dinners and long after-dinner conversation, here their friends come together, events and cases are discussed and opinions are shared. An enjoyable microcosm in Silver Lake, a wonderful world to escape to (with a glass of chardonnay). I pretty much enjoyed the language play and the interactions of different characters.

But what kind of movie it should become? A delicious soap opera? (it is supposed to become a series, after all). Or a sitcom? Yes, a sitcom, because there are so many situations that are hilarious. The borders between SERIOUS and lighthearted are blurred. Yes, it is funny, campy, very easy breeze-y and cruisy reading. The characters are wonderful, the dialogues are extremely good and it has THIS WOW-effect at the end. When you think you know everything, lean back and are prepared to get your quiet sweet ending, the author dropped that bombshell.

Don’t worry, it is not a cliffhanger, it is just a decent change of the genre. Again.

Now I would like to know how Marshall Thornton is going to resolve the situation he put himself into…

One more reason to looking forward to the next book!

VERY recommended.


***Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***
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review 2017-07-23 00:00
Femme - Marshall Thornton,Joel Leslie Femme - Marshall Thornton,Joel Leslie imageAudibleheadphones_icon_1

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 [b:Femme|30250833|Femme|Marshall Thornton|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1463922477s/30250833.jpg|50718844] and enjoyed it, BUT I had my own idea how Lionel and Dog SOUNDED. You know it is something that solidly anchored in your mind during reading. The VOICES. The APPEARANCES. The images. A movie in your own head. It is there. With your own casting.

[a:Joel Leslie|13846511|Joel Leslie|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png] was/is a great performer. He made this story to a special event. He made this story to a wonderful holiday read. BUT he was not MY Lionel. And he was not MY Dog. Not immediately. And I needed some time to get used to HIS Dog and HIS Lionel. But it
didn't take too long.

I had a great time with this love story. It is light as a summer breeze, delightful as a summer cocktail. An excellent selection for a holiday read, a delicate and fine piece of a modern gay romance, an ideal choice as an audio book. Well, and not ONLY as a holiday book.


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review 2017-06-26 00:00
Aunt Belle's Time Travel & Collectibles
Aunt Belle's Time Travel & Collectibles ... Aunt Belle's Time Travel & Collectibles - Marshall Thornton Honestly, have you ever thought about “how it would be great to be able to go to the past and correct some decisions we made by mistake”?

imageIf I got to do the whole thing over again, I'd have so much more sex. And I'd study harder. And save more money. And be nicer to the nice people And meaner to the mean people. And bring notes so I could tell them apart.image

If not, then I envy you, or maybe you just don't have enough fantasy to toy with the idea.


So, when Terrance getst on his 45th birthday an original Gameboy 1989 model year from his best friend Sean his first reaction is: “It's too expensive, you have to take it back.” To which Sean replies, “It didn't cost very much.” It turns out to be right. A new little place, Aunt Belle's, that has been opened a few month ago, has an amazing selection of old toys in the window. But not only that. Aunt Belle offers actual time travel. For $295. With a money back guarantee.

And it is exactly what Terrance needs. To go back and completely erase his life with David, the biggest mistake of his life. Let's start with the day they met. David MUST NOT under any circumstances get his telephone number. Only it is not THAT easy. You actually can't change your past. But you can't change your future. If you make the right decision. NOW.


I won't qualify this novel as a science fiction, in spite of The Time Travel Agency (actually it is a wooden time travel chair). The focus of the story is not set on technical effects, high tech devices or hardy understandable terms, typical for the genre. It is an easy and charming low budget movie from the category “what if” that focuses on the characters. Real, recognizable, boys next door.

A funny heart-warming and very enjoyable adventure.

I read it in one seating. And not only because it is short.


***Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***
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