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{July 10, 2012}   Wrestling with Jesus by Stephen Osborne

Plot: Everyone is surprised when Randy starts dating a professional wrestler ten years his junior. But he loves Kyle: he’s sweet, gorgeous and the sex is great. Everything seems perfect until the day Kyle visits a hypnotist. Under hypnosis, the young wrestler starts quoting Jesus in aramaic. Soon his picture adorns tabloids and everyone wants to talk to the “reincarnation of Jesus”. Their relationship and Kyle’s career will be forever changed.

This review is based on an ARC provided by Netgalley.

This isn’t a great novel but, like professional wrestling, it is good campy fun. The plot is a bit silly but that’s part of the charm. I was especially fond of Kyle who is both sweet and passionate. His relationship with Randy really works; opposites attract, I guess.

It was entertaining but it could have been much more. Wrestling with Jesus had the potential to be a unique, hilarious read but unfortunately it isn’t even really funny. The only scene that really surprised a laugh out of me was Kyle’s mother explaining how he had been conceived (two words: holey ghost). I suspect the characters were meant to be witty, but they were mostly mean. I was really starting to feel bad for Kyle. How many times can he be called stupid in a single book, in a single chapter? And even when they weren’t being mean, the dialogue was at best cheesy.

If you’re a fan of professional wrestling and sexy boys or you just want something completely different from your usual m/m romance, give Wrestling with Jesus a try. Otherwise there is better out there.

2012 (#71)

Title: Wresling with Jesus

Author: Stephen Osborne

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Year: 2012

ISBN: 978-1613724507


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