Olive Juice (Renee’s review)

Title: Olive Juice
Author: T.J. Klune
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: April 26th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance/Dark
Page Count: 121 Pages
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


It begins with a message that David cannot ignore:

I want to see you.

He agrees, and on a cold winter’s night, David and Phillip will come together to sift through the wreckage of the memory of a life no longer lived.

David is burdened, carrying with him the heavy guilt of the past six years upon his shoulders.

Phillip offers redemption.

There is no way to write a review for this book. Stay far, far away from spoilers, readers! I am a spoiler whore. There is no spoiler tag that I won’t uncover. It doesn’t take anything away from my reading experience, and I just have to know. Do not read spoilers for THIS book. And shame on reviewers who give anything away.

Because of reasons, this is the most gut-wrenching story TJ has written, for me. From my perspective and life experiences. I didn’t Wookie Cry Face, though it was a close call with leaky eyes and I’m a stubborn woman who can compartmentalize like nobody’s business.

What is the book even about? Wellllllllll……there’s a reason the blurb is so vague. You have to go into it blind. It’s about several things, and I’m going to be vague too. It’s about two men finding their way back to each other. It’s about second chance romance. It’s about life’s tragedies and those fallouts.

There is no TJ humor to be found in this one. This is a dark book. Probably his darkest, imho, though I’m sure that’s debatable. There are no smexy times – it wouldn’t have gone with the themes here at all. Just trust on that.

TJ has proven time and again that he can write anything. This would qualify as “anything.” He’s amazingly talented. But I can’t say I enjoyed reading this book. I’m still in awe of his writing capabilities.

Above all, this book is about hope and never giving up.

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I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.