Tell Me It’s Real by T.J. Klune 4.5 Stars!
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Paul Auster doesn’t. Paul doesn’t believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother’s homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
Enter Vince Taylor.
Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.
But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it’d-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he’s forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince’s family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he’s perfect the way he is.
TJ Klune is taking all my money but its okay. I will have his books to reread when I don’t have any food,
This is a funny treasure of a book that I will reread again and again. So, even though I wish the price was a little lower, it is a great investment.
I love me a plain and chubby hero. Seriously. I do and they are so hard to find. I also love when a world is a known one so for romances with gay characters I prefer the leads to already be out.
This book is silly in the best way. It is a romp and very self aware with the best jokes, situations, and dialogue.
I read passages out loud to my husband and giggled and so did he.
The setting and the secondary characters are amazing. Kooky and zany everywhere and yet real.
Paul is wonderful. Vince is wonderful.
There is a tender exploration of imperfections. I love that neither intellectual or body perfection trump the quality of character in this book. So good!
It is a slow burn that is sexy as hell.
Bye! I am off to buy more Klune books!