Tell Me It’s Real

Author: TJ Klune

Narrator: Michael Lesley

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: DSP

Type: audiobook

Received from Publisher


Blurb: 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.


Review: This book is an absolute favorite of mine. I smile just thinking about it. It’s sweet, sexy, playful and insanely funny. The writing is brilliantly witty. I could go on and on about how in love I am with it. I did in fact rave all over about it the first time I read it. I bought the ebook and the paperback. So the audiobook seemed like an obvious next step. However, when you love a book and it’s characters as much as I love these, it’s not always easy to live up to in audio IMO. I have to say that this narrator was so freaking perfect! I couldn’t believe how amazing he was. He captured the characters so well. AND these characters are totally endearingly whacky. Everything was perfect and amazing on his end. This book is laugh out loud hilarious and listening to it in public will for sure have people looking at you because there’s no way in hell you won’t be cracking up. Seriously one of the best books ever if you ask me no matter the version you choose to pick up. Even if you don’t usually do audio books, this one is special. Do it! It’s like an instant happy for me.

Paul Lasiter thinks he’s pretty average. He’s not a gym bunny. He’s super mouthy. His best friend is an insurance agent by day, drag queen extraordinaire by night. One night at her show he catches a gorgeous man watching him. Paul thinks there’s no way a guy like him could be interested in a guy like him. Well he is but Paul doesn’t fall at his feet. Some seriously funny persistence from the hunk named Vince pays off and the two start dating. Vince falls hard for Paul but Paul has a hard time believing it’s for real.

The banter in this book is epic. No matter if it’s Paul and Sandy. Paul and Vince. Paul and his parents. Or his granny’s bigot bird. It’s all so clever and hilarious. Some of the humor is over the top and juvenile but you’re basically sucked into the characters zone and giggle along right with them. It’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read but it’s got some great depth too. Both men struggle with confidence in different ways. People think Vince is dumb and just a pretty face. Guys always want him but they don’t want him long term. Which is what Vince wants. Paul has always been a little bigger and doesn’t think he’s a catch. He has NO problem saying what’s on his mind even if he often wishes he’d kept his mouth shut. His thought process is amazing. It’s just so insane! The romantic storyline is so sweet. Like swoon worthy but mixed in with humor and hurt. So it’s a good mix.

I LOVE so many secondary characters in this book as well. Sandy is of course my favorite. He’s the perfect compliment to Paul and his sass. He’s also a very good friend. I can’t wait until we get his story. Basically whatever format of this book you pick up you will be thrilled with. The humor is constant and sometimes raunchy (which I love!). The characters seem like real people to me. I honestly feel like I know them or wish I knew them. I recommend this book all the time and now I can highly recommend the audio book as well. The narrator actually made these already vivid in my mind characters shine more brightly. Amazing book!

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