Book Reviews

Fools (Licking Thicket 3) by Lucy Lennox and May Archer

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-April-2021

Book Blurb

Tucker Wright’s Clues for Life:

What’s a 4-letter word for an utterly oblivious, totally commitment-phobic, heartbreakingly gorgeous man with a pet pig named Bernadette? 


That’d be D-U-N-N, as in Dunn Johnson, my very best pal and fishing buddy since I moved to Licking Thicket. 


What’s a 6-letter word for a nerdy, crossword-loving town doctor who’s doomed to be hopelessly, thoroughly, irrevocably, in love with that straight best friend for the rest of his born days?


That’s T-U-C-K-E-R, as in me. 


But when I agree to let Dunn be my 24/7 dating coach, and he decides to get our whole nosy town in on the act, there’s only one 5-letter word to describe the pair of us.




Book Review

Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined how much I was going to love the little town of Licking Thicket. Not only are these books laugh-out-loud hilarious, the main characters are people I’d love to know, and the secondary characters are ones I’d enjoy hanging out with. All in all, I think I could live in Licking Thicket or even one of its closest neighbors, Pecker Lurch or Great Nuthatch, and be a very happy individual.


That was enough. I couldn’t sit here and listen to any more of this nonsense. If Tucker wasn’t going to put him in his place, I would. “He can’t,” I said. “I’m coming over to snake his drain.”

The entire coffeehouse went dead silent like someone had turned a giant off switch on the back of the building.

“Finally,” Mama muttered.” ~ Dunn and his mother


Dunn might just be, hands down, the most oblivious person I’ve ever encountered. Bless his heart, as has been said by many people over the years in the South, Dunn is just positive that he knows what’s best for finding his best best friend, Tucker, a man to love him. Of course, every person Dunn sets Tucker up with is straight-up horrible and Tucker is getting madder and madder at this “game”. Especially when the whole town throws their opinions into the ring.


“How is it, Dunn Johnson, that you know me so well in some ways and so little in others? You know I don’t eat spicy food. You know I’m going home to eat a truly worrisome amount of sweets from the freezer—”

“The one in the garage labeled ‘Bacteria Samples’ that’s actually full of baked goods. Genius.”

I pressed my lips together. Vienna had never cottoned on to my stash, but naturally Dunn knew. Dunn knew everything… except the most important things. ~ Tucker and Dunn


Tucker has been in love with his best best friend, Dunn, since almost the moment he moved back to Licking Thicket and they started hanging out. He knows Dunn means well, but some of the conflicting (and frankly confusing) signals being sent Tucker’s way are making him crazy. Just when he thinks he is going to have to completely end his friendship and maybe even leave the area, Tucker gets what his heart has been dreaming of for years now. And, it’s not just parental rights to Dunn’s pet pig, Bernadette.


Good Lord. The man was all but pissing around me in a circle. Who the heck got that territorial over a friend? And motherfucker, why did I find it so hot? I needed an intervention, I really did. Or maybe meditation. Or maybe… ~ Tucker


Tucker and Dunn made me laugh, made me sigh, made me need a few cold drinks, and hit it out of the ballpark with their love story. I’m very sad that there’ll be no more stories taking place in this small Tennessee town, but I’m looking forward to the spin-off coming in the fall. I can’t begin to thank the authors enough for this book and the series. I will reread these many times over the years, I just know it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 275 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-February-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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