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Publisher's Summary

Tucker Wright’s Clues for Life:

What’s a four-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 six-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 crazy town in on the act, there’s only one six-letter word to describe the pair of us.

I-D-I-O-T-S.

©2021 Lucy Lennox, May Archer (P)2021 Lucy Lennox, May Archer

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Amazing performance saved the day

Wow. I’m a huge Lucy Lennox fan and adore Micheal Dean. But this one really missed the mark story wise. I was truly looking forward to Dunn’s story from reading Liars. He seemed so sweetly ignorant and funny. I couldn’t imagine though, how pervasive his absolute lack of self awareness actually was. Or how freaking ANNOYING it would be after chapter upon chapter. As the clear protagonist in this novel, it was wearing. I couldn’t find very much redeeming in his character even though he was well loved by his community.
Additionally, Tucker was bland. The authors gave him
Strong dialogue but fell short. We’re told time and time again how brilliant he is, to the point smacking us up side of the head! But I couldn’t see it. Why would he put up with the interactions over and over again!

So there you have it. Two superficial characters we should like. But I honestly spent the whole two thirds of the book grinding my teeth.

In a nutshell, here’s the saving graces:
1. Michael Dean’s performances are insanely good. Voices were clear and he gave life to every scene that often curled my toes they’re so good.
2. The surrounding cast of characters are funny and the premise of a community who knows a character is gay (and don’t mind) and in love with his best friend but don’t to tell him, is hilarious if far fetched.
3. Town of Licking thicket and all the other sexually charged and smart, funny entendres.
4. Witty dialogue that made me laugh out loud.

And the path to ruination:
1. Giving the protagonist the name Dunn Johnson and then having every single character refer to him in his full name no less that 118 times in the first two thirds of the book. Michael Dean is a SAINT for not messing that up (I heard Don Johnson in my head every time to the Miami Vice soundtrack) it was so bothersome a repetition, that I actually started counting. If I could hack it, I’d recommend it as a drinking game, although I’m not sure I’d survive it. Perhaps, the authors and the editor didn’t notice given that it’s likely not so noticeable in print, but as an audiobook? It’s pervasive and inhibiting. Kudos again to Mr. Dean!

2. Two unloveable main characters. One, too unself-aware to be likeable, and the second, so bland. I really need to feel something for the main characters in a romance, and I didn’t feel anything but frustration and pity respectively.



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Love this series

Once again May and Lucy have hit it out of the park. Dunn and Tucker are completely adorable. Dunn is a lovable dairy farmer who can’t see what is right in front of him and Tucker is a crossword loving doctor that is hopelessly in love with his straight but not so straight best friend. They are the cutest couple who are so in love with each other right from the beginning and the story of their journey to happily ever after is funny and heartfelt.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 2021-04-21

A sweet, quirky friends to lovers romance!

This is the third book in the series and can be read as a standalone.

Dunn and Tucker's relationship is quirky and so wholesome!!

I loved this cute friends to lovers romance small town romance.


Dunn and Tucker's relationship had an easy comfort to it which I enjoyed. The chemistry build up between them was intense and palpable.

The tone of the story was lighthearted and angst free.

The narration was enjoyable and engaging.

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  • Rosemary
  • 2021-03-02

Laugh out loud

Dunn and Tucks story was as funny as the first two. I started it this morning and didn’t stop it until I finished it. Highly recommended. Lucy and May are a great writing duo. You can tell that they must fed off each other’s story telling. Of course Michael Dean as always very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • ken sellers
  • 2021-03-06

Lucy and may what a FANTASTIC combo

This is by far one of the most fun series ever !!!!! I live in the south so this is so great for me but i will listen to the whole series over and over !!!!!! BUT PLEASE KEEP THIS SERIES GOING

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  • DGMays
  • 2021-03-06

** GREAT #3 INSTALLMENT!! **

More laughs than ever!!! The perfect combo of copious humor, hot & passionate romance, and newcomers to the Thicket. Great fun, HIGHLY recommend this wonderful listen by the dream team!!

Michael Dean, as always, did an amazing job in breathing delicious life into the township of interesting personalities!! So delightful!

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  • Cassie's Book Services
  • 2021-07-25

Amazing as always

Another great book by these authors, and another great performance by Michael Dean. I loved everything about this book!

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  • Stefanie M
  • 2021-07-04

Laugh out loud adorableness

The third in the series (must listen to Fakers first and Liars second), this story was just as sweet (and sexy) as the first two. I have to admit that I laughed out loud on so many occasions that my husband thought I was going crazy. The adorable town of Licking Thicket and its crazy, quirky inhabitants have found their way into my heart. Many, many wonderful moments of sheer genius in the clever, witty writing. But equally wonderful in storytelling is the narrator Michael Dean. He really brought all three stories to life. Yep, the sexy connections between the lead characters in each story are incredibly hot, which on balance makes this series one of my favorites. I'm hoping there will be a fourth, with a love interest for Carter. Well worth the purchase or Audible credit!!!

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  • Hihellocrochet
  • 2022-04-11

Looooove

I love this series so much. I laugh so much and the narrator is perfection for this lovable country characters. I’ve listened at least five times since buying it.

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  • JDHB
  • 2022-03-06

Best, best friend to lover!!

Dunn and Tucker have been friends (best, best friends according to Dunn) since Tucker moved to Licking Thicket. I like how clueless Dunn is when it comes to his feelings for Tucker. This leads to some mishaps and hurt feelings, but Tucker has a lot of patience and is unable to stay mad at Dunn for long. This book is very sweet and funny with a few teary-eyed moments. These authors never fail to produce a wonderful book, and this is definitely no exception. This book is probably best enjoyed as part of the series so you can get to know the other Thicketeers. They are half the fun of these books after all.

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  • Mr. Film Guy
  • 2021-06-19

Disappointing for the usually great Lennox

I've been a huge fan of Lucy Lennox for several years (Made Marian series, Forever Wilde series, Aster Valley series, After Oscar series, and many standalones). All have been excellent. This is the first title of hers with which I've been truly disappointed. It has plenty of small town atmosphere and the quirky characters we would expect in the Thicket, however there is NO story, as such.

(Possible spoilers ahead!) There is no villain or threat, no plot goal (something to be won or accomplished or overcome), etc. It is only about "will they or won't they". Will the two main characters realize they were meant for each other?

Most of the dialog seems to be either giddy townsfolk chit chat (way too much of that here!), or inner dialog detailing the angst of one character or the other. There was no real plot or action, nor story line as such.

I found this to be very boring, as there was nothing to "root for" and no suspense. As a listener I had zero rooting interest except, of course, that one wants to see the meant-for-each-others get together (but we know this will happen).

I suppose one can't totally fault Ms. Lennox, since we don't know how the collaboration with Ms. Archer works, nor what Ms. Archer's contribution or influence may have been. However, fans of Ms. Lennox (of which I am one) should be warned that this is not her usual excellent combination of plot (none here!), character and atmosphere.

Michael Dean's narration is, as always, flawless and spot on. He is superb with what he was given. The characters and atmosphere are good. It's just too bad there's no story (as such) here.

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  • Tymm Stewart Rogers Zeleny
  • 2021-06-13

Absolutely wonderful

Mrs Johnson is the coolest! You'll love Licking Thicket. You'll laugh and cry. Probably simultaneously. Every character is well written.