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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Duplex by Lucky Stevens - Book Tour - Book Sale - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Lucky Stevens and his new book, “The Duplex”!  For other stops on his Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Lucky and to increase your chances of winning!

This eBook is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Duplex
by Lucky Stevens


GENRE: Historical LGBT Fiction



THE DUPLEX is a thrilling tale, set in 1950s L.A., of four gay friends who hatch a daring scheme to live life on their own terms, during a time of systemic governmental persecution.

Los Angeles, 1956. Shangri-La. Palm trees, swimming pools, movie stars. And if you’re gay—persecution. In a society that demands conformity and lockstep conventionality, gay people find out quickly and the hard way, how difficult, dangerous and downright terrifying it is to be different.

So, when the constant fear of arrests, evictions, job loss and ridicule become too much, four gay friends and lovers pull together to hatch an ingenious scheme designed to allow them to live freely, without harassment.

But their secret plan is not without its flaws. Internal struggles and personality conflicts conspire to make their situation harder and more life-altering than any of them could have predicted, leading to valuable and universal lessons about the high cost of blending in—or not.



With the tone of the evening in its proper place, we exited the apartment.

As much as I adore Cliff, I figured I better latch onto Jerry. I don’t know, he just seems a little more like the babe-in-the-woods type. Besides that, it would give me a chance to get to know him. So I stood next to him and slipped my hand around his arm. I gave his bicep a little squeeze. “Ooh, al dente. Just right.” He smiled, and I smiled back. Naturally Cliff and Dot paired up themselves, and us girls held on to each fella’s arm as the men escorted us down the stairs.

As we headed to the car, I was happy to see that my landlady—her name is Mrs. Tambler—was on her patio watering her flowers. She has always been a very nice woman, but she can also be on the nosy side of the street. Because of this fact, I have had to be careful with Dot, whom Mrs. Tambler has now seen numerous times.

I have told her that Dot is my closest friend, but I am not sure she buys it. For one thing, Dot is quite beautiful and ten years younger than I am. A fact that is a plus for me, but I think a little suspicious looking for Mrs. Tambler. I also only have a one-bedroom apartment, so the idea of Dot spending the night or ever moving in is strictly out.

In any event, with “our men” in tow, I waved to my landlady good and hard in an effort to build up some nice heterosexual brownie points for any possible future mishaps. She looked more than pleased to see Dot and me hanging off the arms of two handsome characters of the masculine variety, shall we say.

The boys, for their part, were just swell. Opening our doors for us, helping us off with our coats, the works. And the fact is, I think we all enjoyed it. It was fun. And nice to be pampered for the night. The boys took care of everything.

It was the perfect mixture too, of chivalry and flirting and teasing which was all made possible by the incontestable fact that no one of the opposite sex was attracted to each other. This is a situation that is very freeing. When there is no chance of romance. No sexual tension. We just played.



While many people strive to be “normal,” four main characters find that the appearance of being normal is the only way to survive in Los Angeles in 1956.  However, their normal is more of a display for the outside to show they are following society’s rules.  This book exposes a time when being LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual) in L.A. was scary, dangerous, and terrifying.  Four friends come up with a brilliant plan to deter them from being harassed and attacked by the police and society.  They decide to rent both sides of a duplex, pretend to be two heterosexual married couples, when in fact they are a lesbian couple and a gay couple.  They added a secret door between the two homes so they could come and go with ease and no one would be the wiser that it wasn’t two perfect couples living on each side.

I really liked the story line of this book and found it quite creative and entertaining.  This idea could have easily been a new TV show drama like Will and Grace, Partners, or Please Like Me.

I found the characters to be very realistic, authentic, and genuine.  I could easily see these characters as real people.  They had real flaws, real problems, and real lives.  However, I didn’t necessarily connect with them as I have never had to go through anything like they have.  I couldn’t imagine being hunted down, entrapped, and constantly have to be on guard for my safety or worry that society wouldn't approve of who I chose to date.

I also really liked that each main character, Jerry, Cliff, Dot, and Barbara each brought something unique to the group and the story line.  Plus, each character went through many different experiences, and even readers, like me, that aren’t LGBTQIA, can still understand and/or relate to.  For example, Dot’s mom is repeatedly asking her when is she going to marry?  As a single lady in my early 30s, I certainly hear that question from family.  Dot is only 24 and I probably have been hearing that question since I was at least that young lol.  Or like Barbara and Jerry, whose co-workers are oftentimes trying to set them up with a friend or family member.  I’ve certainly gotten that one lol.

I know the LGBTQIA crowd has always had it difficult, especially in current times with Trump.  But I had no idea that they were so heavily persecuted and pressured to conform in the 1950s.  Or that the police hired guys to pretend to be gay to entrap gay men and have them arrested.  Or that it usually went even further than arrests and assaults – these victims would face losing their job, losing their home, going to prison, humiliation, violation, and ridicule.  If they were caught in any suspicion of gay activity they were charged as so and/or had those notions broadcasted as an announcement to embarrass them and create more backlash and hate.  This was just ugly and horrifying!!  I couldn’t imagine living in that kind of fear.  So, what these characters did to protect themselves was genius!!  Unfortunately, with so many personalities clashing and the pressure of having to keep so many lies it wasn’t long before it would all come crashing down.

With all the scrutiny these characters faced it showed how brave, strong, and inspiring these individuals were!!  Definitely characters worth cheering for!!

I enjoyed the fun, silly, witty banter between the characters!  There were many LOL moments – especially with Cliff being a sly, charismatic fella!

I also enjoyed that the author used old language from the 50s – like doll, rube, mete out, etc.  It made the story feel more accurate.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

I liked that this book had many, but short chapters as they were well-written, concise, and easily flowed.  Each chapter was told from a specific character’s point-of-view with four main characters in total being featured.  I liked this because each chapter was titled with the character’s name, so it was easy to follow whose story was being told.  Plus, each character had their own distinct voice which made following along smooth and effortless.

This book is on the longer side, at 311 eBook pages.  It does lavish on some details, but it is mostly to the point.  I feel even though it was a long journey to the end, every chapter and scene was needed to make this book the success that it is.

This book is not currently listed as part of a book series.  It can be read as a standalone.  Thankfully, this book does have an enjoyable, tidy ending.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it!  I think all LGBTQIA readers, historical LGBT fiction fans, and really anyone interested in an intriguing L.A. historical read with four strong characters from different paths will like this book too!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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Lucky Stevens lives, works and plays in exotic North America.  He has written three novels.  He was also a finalist in a nationwide screenplay writing contest.  He was inspired to write The Duplex because he wanted to tackle a subject that grappled with universal themes in a creative and exciting way.

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  1. Lucky ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! I enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy! :)

  2. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks so much for taking time to share.

  3. Where do you do most of your writing?

  4. Thank you so much for sharing sounds good!

  5. How did you come up with the title of the book?

  6. what is the one word you can never escape the clutches of misspelling?

  7. Sounds good. Thanks for the review insight.