Ollie Always

John Wiltshire
Ollie Always
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MLR Press
Release Date
January 2016
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Named after the main character in his mother's infamous Oliver novels, Ollie's been fighting his fictional namesake his whole life. It's a battle for identity he is slowly and inevitably losing. Ex-army PTI Tom knows all about battles—the real ones that break soldiers. When he volunteers to help with the Oliver situation, Ollie hears more in the offer than Tom apparently intends, for Tom quickly informs Ollie that he's married. Which is absolutely fine, because Ollie isn't gay—that's Oliver. Tom and Ollie discover fairly swiftly that there is often a very fine dividing line between fact and fiction.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Mar 10, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
200 people found the following review helpful
John Wiltshire continues to charm me with his beautiful writing and heart-stopping suspense.

Ollie was lost and struggling to find his own identity. He was named after the main protagonist in his mother's famous book series. Ollie's life and the life of the fictional Oliver often overlapped and it was messing with Ollie's sanity.

Then Tom came along. Tom who both hurt Ollie and saved him.

This is some sloooowwww burn right here. Ollie refuses to admit he's gay, mostly because Oliver (from his mother's book) is gay. They're not the same person and Ollie tries to distance himself from the fictional character as much as possible. But that doesn't stop Ollie from enjoying the view and Tom's company. The first 60% or so is the building of Ollie and Tom's beautiful friendship, and I assumed I knew where things were headed.

But this is John Wiltshire, after all.

This isn't the same type of suspense that his other books have, but there are still twists and turns and new revelations on every page. Just when I thought things were on solid ground, I was hit with something new. Even in a slow-burn, contemporary romance, John Wiltshire knows how to keep his readers on their toes.

The suspense was emotional and left me hurting and raw for Ollie. I cried for him and was proud of him. And Tom. Oh, Tom was sweet. Even after what happened, I dare readers not to love him. His love for Ollie was a tangible thing.

I wish I could give this five stars, but the first half was so slow. It was hard to keep with it, but I'm so glad I did as the payoff was huge.

OLLIE ALWAYS is another winner from John Wiltshire and I have to say, I'm not surprised one bit.
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