New Release Review | Olive Juice by T.J. Klune

It’s nice to find an amazing book. But someone to gush about it with? Now that’s priceless! You look forward to every email, every text as they read the words you’ve read and talk about the scenes and characters you’ve both come to love. I’ve talked about Birdie Bookworm a lot on my blog. We’ve been reading buddies for years, and one of my favorite things about her (aside from her sparking personality,) is that she is always up for a recommendation. We took it one step further this time and did a reading exchange. She’s reading the first book in the Five Boroughs series, Sutphin Boulevard. (Just when you thought I was done gushing about Santino Hassell…yeah. Not so much.) And I’m reading Olive Juice by TJ Klune. Since one of the definitions of ‘manic’ is ‘showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy,’ and that totally captures our feelings for the books we swapped, Manic Monday was born. Be sure to click here to read how Birdie fared with our swap. We hope you enjoy this feature!

Olive Juice by T.J. Klune
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Published on April 26th, 2017


Book Blurb: 

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.

| Review |

Olive Juice was a beautifully written story about two men who were torn apart by a devastating event, and I’m going to make this review purposefully vague so as not to spoil it for anyone. It’s clear from the very beginning of this story that David and Phillip had a very strong bond once upon a time, but something happened to change that. And over the course of one night, it seems that Phillip and David are either going to part ways, for good this time, or they’re going to reconcile. But no matter which way things end up, this single evening is going to be filled with emotions that run the gamut. This story truly was heartbreaking. There was so much love here, longing so tangible that it was enough to wreck the reader. The familiarity between these characters was enough to convey their adoration on its own. I also loved that these men were in their early 50’s. You rarely see protagonists that age, and it was nice to read about a couple who had so much history.

The only portion of the story that I didn’t care for was the part where I felt like the reader was deliberately misled. I think the events leading up to the evening taking place were emotional enough to stand on their own without trying to add the shock factor. Instead of feeling like ‘Oh my word. That’s what happened,’ I was a bit underwhelmed. Like I said before, I think what happened could have had just as much impact, if not more, had the truth been revealed from the beginning.

So, a short review for a short story, but I thought it was beautifully written and would go into more of what made me love it if I was willing to spoil the ending. But I’m not.

Final Verdict: I really enjoyed the book Birdie Bookworm picked out for me to read. Seeing what TJ Klune could do with so few words in Olive Juice, I am definitely curious to see what he could accomplish with a full length novel. And if my heart will be left intact.

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Not sure what your taste is, as I just found this blog but out of the books I’ve read by Klune so far, Wolfsong has SOOOO been my fave. So much angst and slow burn, it’s just *breathes* gah! wonderful! Bring on the fangirlgasms!


    1. Thank you! I will be sure to check it out! I plan on hitting his back list the first chance I get. I look forward to the fangirlgasms! (I think I’ve had them before, but I didn’t know the correct term…LOL)


  2. Birdie says:

    Oooh, very good review and a very true statement. I liked the way it was parceled out and we were guessing what the secret was, as though we were watching that scene as a stranger and trying to figure it out ourselves. BUT, you are very right, it would have been just as impactful had we known right from the beginning. I can see how the secrecy of it could be a turn off.


    1. Thank you, Birdie. I did really enjoy this one and can’t wait to dive into his back list!


      1. Birdie says:

        Yay! Just say the word. I’m ready for round two any time!


  3. blodeuedd says:

    Beautifully written works for me


    1. Yes. For me, too! 🙂


  4. You’re right. A book where the main characters are in their 50s is SO rare these days. Oh yeah agree with you. A book with so much going on just to create another drama can be underwhelming. Too much going on that ends up confusing at the end.
    Anyway, fantastic review. Thanks for putting this book on my radar. Sounds so good. 😁👍🏻❤️


    1. No problem! I love any time I can make someone’s radar ping! LOL


  5. This is new to me!! I love that the characters are of the older variety which isn’t seen mich. Great review!!


    1. Thank you, Grace. This really was a fantastic read!


  6. It is rare to find stories with mature characters. Great review.


    1. Thank you, Nadene. I really enjoyed this one, and I love a book when the characters act the age the author tells us they are!


  7. Sophia Rose says:

    I like the idea of Manic Monday you ladies came up with to challenge each other in your reads. I do that with my SIL and we’ve both ended up with good surprises and not so good ones LOL. Enjoy. This does sound like an intense relationship story. I think I’ve read one other from the author a while back and it was emotionally grabbing, too.


    1. It’s always so exciting to discover new books from a swap. It makes it even more exciting to have another person to discuss them with! 🙂 I am looking forward to reading more from this author.


  8. carolesrandomlife says:

    I like books with more mature characters. I don’t care for being misled in a book but this does sound like a worthwhile story. Great review!


    1. Thanks, Carole! It really was a worthwhile story, and now that I’ve gotten a taste of the author’s writing, I know I need to dive into his back list.


  9. Love this idea! Sounds like so much fun. 🙂

    Characters that are more mature are so fun to read about. Sorry about the slightly underwhelming reveal. ~Aleen


    1. Thanks, Aleen. It was a lot of fun! I can’t wait to dive into the author’s back list. 🙂


  10. You have me curious and of course, I want to know whar happened. An unreliable narrator is one thing but deliberately misleading you would irritate me


    1. It did irritate me, but luckily the rest of the story was good enough for me to get over it. LOL


  11. anna@herding cats & burning soup says:

    It is neat seeing characters that aren’t in their 20s. That always makes me happy 🙂


    1. Yes, me too. And it’s even better when the characters actually act their ages!


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