4 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Beth Jumper Contemporary Dreamspinner Gay High but not hopeless Hurt/comfort m/m Novella 20-160 pgs (20k-40k words) second chance at love

Audiobook: Olive Juice by T J Klune Narrated by Derrick McClain


Dreamspinner Presents

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.



I volunteered to review this book without reading the blurb describing the story, and I’m so glad that I hadn’t. Because this story is so much more than what was stated!

David is a broken man, not by anything he has done, but in his mind what he didn’t do. What he could have, should have, would have done if he knew what would happen on March 22, 2012. In the time since that date he has lived every negative emotion, taking it out on himself and then also Phillip. So when Phillip texts David that he would like to meet, David thinks the worst.

TJ Klune has delivered a story of how someone deals with grief, anger and guilt. All the while drawing you in to understand just what has happened and why. You slowly start to care for David and hope that there is some ray of hope for such a broken man.

This is not a HEA story, but it is a story that reminds you to hug the ones you love and tell them that you do love them every chance you get.
4 of 5 stars

Derrick did a great job of telling the story in a way that you didn’t hear him reading it, you experienced it as it went along. He did a great job of adding the emotion David was feeling so that it seemed like you were in David’s head as it went along.
4 of 5 stars


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