Title: Olive Juice
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 26th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 121 Pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 5+ 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.
No spoilers, okay? Because you have to go into this blind, okay? Seriously, please don’t read any spoilers because you’ll miss out on the total emotion of this story. Seriously.
Okay. That was fucking heartbreaking. Sure there’s a happy-ish kind of ending, but the reality of the story (of how this happens every day) leaves me…bereft and just kind of…shattered.
“This needs to stop,” Phillip finally said.
David thought about ignoring him.
Instead, he said, “What does?”
“This.” He sounded frustrated. “You. Existing like this. Like you have nothing else. Like everything was taken from you.”
It might as well have been, but David didn’t say that aloud. He wasn’t cruel. At least not anymore. “I don’t know how else to be,” he said, admitting more than he wanted to. “This is all I’ve got right now. I’m sorry if that’s not enough for you.” Okay, yeah, maybe a little cruel.
“That’s not what I mean and you know it.”
This is so well crafted, it’s almost like a movie script where I could see it in my mind. This beautiful, fragile, wonderful, horrible, worthwhile life together. Seen solely through David’s POV, it renders your heart in two while still giving glimpses of hope and redemption and love and perseverance.
Because the not knowing was the worst thing of all.
When you didn’t know, you were stuck in this limbo.
You didn’t know who to focus your anger on.
So it went wherever it could, that focus.
And sometimes, it went toward the wrong person.
I just want to find David and Phillip and give them long hugs.
Look, A+ for the writing. I mean it. Total aces, even though this damn near killed me, because TJ Klune knows how to weave a story. He knows how to pull your heart out, stomp it into little pieces, and then pick it up and cradle it and piece it back together…and while this hurt, it is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
If you love a good Hurt/Comfort story and can stand some heartbreak and maybe even some wookiee cry face…buy this.