Title: Olive Juice
Author: T.J. Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 4/26/2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 132
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.
How to shred me in under 150 pages
*It’s essential to go into this book spoiler free, so my review is intentionally vague*
You know when you’re watching a movie and the foreboding music and lighting signals something is afoot? You’re not entirely sure if it will be sad, scary, shocking, or horrible, but you know that you should be watching between your fingers, ready to hide your face from the screen. That’s the immediate sense I got from this book. It’s shorter, but I spent the entire time in this heightened state of alert, almost scared to keep reading while simultaneously needing to know. Then I knew. And even though I correctly surmised the source of David and Phillip’s pain, my stomach still bottomed out, my skin still tightened, and my eyes leaked when the reveal happened. I’m not a crier, especially over books. I feel the emotions, but the tears usually don’t fall. And while I wasn’t reduced to an ugly sobbing mess, there definitely were tears.
The writing in Olive Juice was organized perfectly to evoke emotions and tension. It both flowed, but had an awkward pace so I felt off kilter. No doubt that was intentional. While this isn’t a romance by most standards, and it isn’t filled with sexy scenes (in fact there are zero), the story deals in love and loss. While short, the novella is not lacking in the least. In fact, I probably felt more and had stronger reactions to the content than many of the 300+ paged books I’ve read this year. Olive Juice is truly a testament to just how powerful a carefully crafted book can be. I loved the ending, a little light in the darkness and raw with emotion. This is definitely one that will stick with you.