Early Bird Review | Olive Juice

Olive Juice

About the Book: 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.

M/M Contemporary Romance
Dreamspinner Press | April 26, 2017
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2017 Birdie Award Winner

I hate to call this book beautiful, because it was one of the most gut wrenching books I’ve read, but it really was beautiful too.  It was so emotional and intimate.  TJ Klune’s writing is gorgeous.

I can’t really get too into the plot, because I think it’s important you go on the ride with the characters.  The way TJ wrote the story, you really need to dive in not knowing what happened that caused the estrangement between David and Phillip.  So, instead I’m going to just talk briefly about how Olive Juice made me feel.

Normally TJ’s books are deliciously long and wonderful.  I’ve always loved every word he writes.  They were always perfect!  Now, with Olive Juice, I wish there had been more!    The entire story took place in an evening, and it was paced perfectly for that time frame.  It couldn’t have been longer and kept the integrity of that one night, so I know that it was exactly as it should be.  I just wanted more than that night.  I would have loved to read the next morning.  I would beg to read down the road five years.  I would love an answer, but I think there was something so honest in where it ended.  It was real.  It was life.

Of course, just like all TJ Klune books, you could feel the love between Phillip and David like it was a physical thing.  Sadly, it also came with something that was heartbreaking.  We got the redemption of their love, but we had to read the destruction first.  And it was real.  You don’t only understand it.  You’re invested, and at least I know I felt like I understood both Phillip and David on a basic level.  I hurt for them.

And I feel like I’m speaking in riddles, which makes this review so hard to write.  It’s literally taken me days just go get some thoughts down on this screen, and it’s because I can’t really talk about what happens.  I’m limited in conversation about the plot.  Just, please read it.  It’ll be hard.  It’ll hurt.  You may even cry.  I did.  But you’ll have to admit that it was well written and terribly beautiful.

Thank you to Dreamspinner Press for providing a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.


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8 Responses

  1. Ohh wow great review now I am very intrigued about this book, it does really looks and sounds like a heartbreaking book that will make me utterly cry. I am so ready for a book too do this too me. I might give it a try plus this book is actually a new one for me I never heard about it until now. Thank you so much for the post.


  2. […] This was a major departure from TJ Klune’s usual novels.  It was a beautiful story about a real world tragedy.  Anyone who reads Olive Juice should do so without knowing much about the plot.  That was how I read it, and I thought it was so heart breaking, but somehow hopeful.  I swear, there is nothing that this author can’t write. (My Review) […]


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