‘Is it Real?’: 5 stars from A.B. Gayle
Excerpt: If you’re expecting a traditional m/m romance, this isn’t the book for you, but if you’re looking for an amusing, heart-warming, thought-provoking book this is. While Patrick, her narrator, is awed by the romance that blossoms between his dour, idealistic, intelligent boss and his hero, a flamboyant pro-wrestler, he also explores the true nature of pro-wrestling and discovers the potentially deal-breaking fact that the fights and characters are all scripted. Note, I didn’t say “fake” and the difference is very much at the heart of the book.
Elisa’s reviews and ramblings: by Elisa Rolle
Excerpts: … a “classy” novel, probably a step or two above the ordinary production of this time. … Adam and David’s love story starts slowly but goes deep …
Reviews by Jessewave: 4.5 stars from Aunt Lynn
Summary: Though not for everyone, I really liked this unusual tale of pro-wrestling and the unlikely romance between two opposites.
Three Dollar Bill Reviews: 4.5 stars from Book Utopia Mom
Excerpts: The entire thing is highly stylized, radically casual, and completely in character for the narrator. It won’t work for everyone. It completely worked for me. … The book is about identity – identity of self, identity of public personae, the conflict of how you recognize it for yourself and how you respect it in others – and uses the world of wrestling as a backdrop to that. … this thematic exploration is done with such a deft, comedic touch that I got utterly absorbed by the book and couldn’t put it down.
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Currently 18 ratings, 12 text reviews and an average of 3.61 stars.
- Simsala gave it 4.5 stars, and said: The unusual writing style made the story come alive and real with many laugh out loud moments.