Review: Tell Me It’s Real

Tell Me It’s Real by TJ Klune
Series: At First Sight #1
Release Date: February 15, 2013
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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.


This is a classic TJ Klune book. I loved it will all my heart, but it’s not for everyone. This is filled with situations that would never happen but to throw are characters together and make us laugh out loud. There are some spectacular one-liners and characters that will make your heart happy.

I like that neither of the characters were made out to be perfect. Paul is a little bit insecure, overweight, and amazingly witty. Vince is walking sex god, except he can be a little dense at times. He’s probably the sweetest character Klune has ever written which made me want to wrap him in a hug.

The romance was very sweet. Both these characters cared for each other so much. While there was some insta-lust at the beginning, the way their feelings develop was very natural. I loved the supporting characters as well. Vince’s family brought some angst and drama to the story. Paul’s friends and family are so supportive (except for the homophobic parrot). Sandy is Paul’s best friend who is also a drag queen. He was an absolute treasure.

This book made me laugh, which is so rare to find. I loved all of these characters so much. I really want to see how Sandy’s life turns out, so I’m definitely picking up the second book.

five star

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