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19 hrs 48 minsOnce upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.Wh19 hrs 48 minsOnce upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizard, Morgan of Shadows.When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.Or so he thinks....

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The Lightning-Struck Heart Reviews

  • ☆ Todd
    2018-10-11 19:27

    No words. Should have sent a poet. Okay, I lied. I may have a *few* words (I am still me after all,) but in all seriousness...        I. Loved. This. Magical. Book.    (Literally)From start to finish, I was never bored, not even for a single paragraph of its considerable 400+ page length.Sam of Wilds is a 20 y.o. wizard's apprentice (to Morgan of Shadows,) with more blurty, unfiltered goodness in him than one could possibly imagine. And it was a (slightly blinding) sight to behold.Sam's best friend is Gary, a hornless gay unicorn. And folks, he is a fierce, snarky BITCH, so watch out or someone's going to lose a testicle.Gary's also a wee bit vain. Just a touch.Sam's other best friend is Tiggy, a nine-foot-tall half-giant, who may not be the brightest marble in the bag, but he protects Sam and Gary with a fury best not tested. It's a good way to be wearing your insides on your outsides. And quickly.Then we have Sam's would-be love interest, 25 y.o. Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, who makes everyone in the kingdom swoon.But Sam most of all, who very secretly attends meetings of the Ryan Foxheart Fan Club. That plot point was crazy funny.“The one and only time that I went...”“Of the four times that I've been...”“On my eighth time there...”“Of the twenty-six times that I've attended...”Hilarious.But there's the small matter of Ryan's engagement to Prince Justin (who you will immediately want to junk punch at first sight) standing in the way of our two heroes' happiness.The interactions between Sam and Ryan are freaking priceless. Price. Less.They both seem to be vying for the coveted title of Most Clueless Where Attractions Are Concerned. Yes, I capitalized it, because it's a thing. ;- ) (Sam does that a lot in the book as well, which I found cute and endearing.)“You capitalized that, didn’t you,” Morgan sighed. “I did,” I said. “That’s how you know it’s epic.” Gary’s rage glitter subsided. “The most epic there could be.”Sam doesn't believe that Ryan even knows he exists (he's ooooh so wrong) and, without fail, squeaks and runs away whenever he sees Ryan, which had been happening for 5 years running.But when a dragon kidnaps Prince Justin (yay and good riddance to bad rubbish, I say), the King requests that Sam accompany Ryan on a quest to rescue Prince Justin."Yaaaay." *slow-clap*And thus Sam's Plan to Avoid Ryan at All Costs comes to a swift and abrupt end. Yes, again capitalized, because it's a thing.God, their back and forth was a true thing of beauty, as spending week after week together begins to solidify the previously-uncharted longing in their hearts.But, sadly, there's still Prince Justin, who they've been sent to rescue."Dear Dragon, I've heard Justin is quite delicious. Bon appetite! I'll supply dessert. *Kisses*" So, yeah, while the book has an unending supply of longing and want, neither Sam nor Ryan are the home-wrecking or cheating type and they avoid revealing their true feelings at all costs.I'm sure, that like myself, some readers will comment as to a lack of relationship building; however, as the story was written, I didn't see how that could have really come about -- without them cheating.So I understood and just went with the happy, blurty, fairly-uncomfortable flow between Sam and Ryan, enjoying the ride and allowing events to play out.And, Christ, how Sam was tested during that journey.Now was Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart climbing slowly out of the river, water cascading down his body, dripping over miles and miles of muscle. He wore nothing but a thin, white undergarment that stuck and clung to his groin and thighs. He reached down, the muscles in his back flexing as he scooped up water in his hands and brought it up and over his head. His nipples were pebbled. His chest was covered in a smattering of wet hair. He was lines and corded muscle, definition and carved from stone. If I had let my eyes linger, I would have sworn I could see the outline of his cock through the wet fabric. My skin felt tight and flushed and I wanted. There was green and gold, and it was so fucking bright that I almost had to shut my eyes from the weight of it. “I swear he’s doing this on purpose,” Gary whispered hotly. “I swear I want to do him on purpose,” I breathed. Gary choked and I didn’t care. I would never have him. I knew this. It wasn’t meant to be. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t be creepy and have this one fucking moment where I could pretend and wish and hope and dream and yes, now I had an erection and it was fucking awful.HAWT!Okay, that's all for possible spoilers, folks. I refuse to be "that bitch", so no more plot points, but I will lastly divulge that:1.) Sam and Ryan do (as expected) get their happily ever after.         -- and --2.) The sexy scenes, once they finally, finally FINALLY get together, are almost worth the wait and very worthy of the rest of this very good book. ** I only say 'almost' because I tend to be an impatient bitch, but if they had cheated, it would've ruined the entire experience for me, so I'm truly thankful that they didn't.In this book, the banter is non-stop, which I personally loved. For me, that was a good thing, keeping me fully-engaged.But be warned, much the same as some readers felt that TJ's "Tell Me It's Real" was way over-the-top, there's much the same feel in this book.So if I had to make a guess, if you loved Paul and Sandy's banter in "Tell Me It's Real," then I *think* you will love this one, too. However, if you hated that type of humor, this book has *way* more of it than TMIR ever dared dream, so keep that in mind when deciding to read.But honestly? I wouldn't have changed a thing and can't wait to read the next book, which there had better be or somebody's gonna die in a Shit Storm of Glittery Unicorn Rage.Yes, I capitalized it, because it's an honest-to-God thing, people! ;- )It's been a while since a book this long has kept my enrapt attention, so a full 5 motherfucking *Dashing-and-Immaculate* stars for this ridiculously fun, epic tale.---------------------------------My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.---------------------------------** UPDATE 10/2015: TJ has a *FREE* 50'ish page Tina DeSilva follow-up story for The Lightning Struck Heart on his blog! *tingles*Tales From Verania: The Tragic Life of Lady Tina DeSilvahttp://tjklunebooks.blogspot.com/2015...---------------------------------

  • T.J.
    2018-10-22 15:18

    Amazon Pre-Order: http://www.amazon.com/Lightning-Struc...DSP Pre-Order: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/stor...And so it begins again:Coming July 20th, 2015 from Dreamspinner PressThe Lightning-Struck HeartBy TJ KluneA romantic comedy of stupidly epic proportions.(Or quite possibly just epically stupid.)Cover by Paul Richmond****Blurb:Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident.Of course, this catches the attention of a higher power, and Sam's pulled from the only world he knows to become an apprentice to the King's Wizards, Morgan of Shadows.When Sam is fourteen, he enters the Dark Woods and returns with Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, and a half-giant named Tiggy, earning the moniker Sam of Wilds.At fifteen, Sam learns what love truly is when a new knight arrives at the castle. Sir Ryan Foxheart, the dreamiest dream to have ever been dreamed.Naturally, it all goes to hell through the years when Ryan dates the reprehensible Prince Justin, Sam can't control his magic, a sexually aggressive dragon kidnaps the prince, and the King sends them on an epic quest to save Ryan's boyfriend, all while Sam falls more in love with someone he can never have.Or so he thinks.****

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-09-30 17:07

    *3.5 stars*Soooooo much to say about this one! First of all, I'm a MEGA T.J. Klune fan. I love his particular brand of humor and I think that he is an extremely talented writer. I preface with that because all of you should know that my rating and review is coming from someone who is a self-proclaimed T.J. fangirl.So what do you need to know about this one? What is the deal with this story? I'll break it down for all of you. The characters.If you have read a T.J. book recently, you are already well acquainted with the characters in this book. No, these are not people who we've seen before, but they are strikingly similar to some of T.J.'s greatest from his previous books. In the same way that Bear, Ty, and Paul had no filter and sort of just blurted out ridiculous things, so does Sam, the main character here. He is the same funny, everyone loves him but sort of wants to kill him, person as we've seen before in many of T.J.'s books. That isn't a bad thing, but it rings very familiar. I really liked Sam, even though he was willfully oblivious to the point of painful. It was also a little annoying how everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, loved him, but I still found him to be a great protagonist. However, my favorite characters were Tiggy (I SMASH!! You'll see...) and Gary. I just LOVED the idea of a horn-less unicorn who was into some weird, freaky-deaky sex stuff. Gary, you bad boy you. He just cracked me up! I also loved Ryan, (aka Knight Delicious Face). I toootally got the appeal, and I also wanted to squish his sexy face and bone him. The humor.Now, this is where my warning comes into play: THIS BOOK IS FOR T.J. KLUNE FANS ONLY. The humor is non-stop, every page is just ON, and if you found previous T.J. Klune books to be over-the-top, you will not like this one. This book is even more over-the-top, with each page sort of getting more and more ridiculous. The banter is constant. I looooved the back and forth between the characters, I loved the nicknames, I loved the humor, but even I, a HUGE T.J. Fan, could see how it could becomes tiresome. In my opinion, it was incredibly enjoyable to read a book that was so light and fun. The world-building.I'd call this fantasy ultra-light. Though this is set in a fantasy world with knights, wizards, and magical creatures, there are a ton of pop-culture references (from our world), and the world-building is shaky at best. I think the fantasy realm is meant as another vehicle for T.J.'s imagination, and this book is not meant as a heavy-duty fantasy novel. For example, the King jokes around with Sam like he is Sam's bestie and not a ruler of the kingdom. There is NO formality in the castle, and everyone gets in on the puns, joking, and sexual innuendoes. The plot.Now this is where I found this book to be a little... sticky. This book is super long, clocking in at 400+ pages, and I think it could have been cut down a lot. The beginning, especially, is really repetitive. While there is a story arc, the book is mostly just one zany happening after the other. I also wish the editor had been a bit more careful because I found numerous grammatical mistakes, which always irks me. The romance.The romance element of this book grew on me more and more. For almost the entire book, Ryan is engaged to someone else. That made the relationship-building element a little difficult for me to get on board with. However, over time, I grew to be totally team HaveHeart and a big Foxy Lady (you'll see...), and I was SOOO ready for these two guys to just get their act together! I also understood the attraction between the two men a little more as the book went on. Sex content.Ladies and gentlemen, there is almost no sex in this book. Be prepared. Just one tiny scene with some nookie, but if you are looking for some detailed action, look elsewhere. Moral of the story.If you love T.J. and you can't get enough of his particular brand of humor, you will simply adore this one. It is lighthearted but heartfelt, and though I think it could have used some tweaking, it was a classically funny T.J. read with a beautiful HEA. *Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
    2018-10-17 23:35

    ➦Oh, T.J. Klune, I'm sooo happy I discovered your books. This one here is just awesome. I laughed so hard. I will be listening to the audio book again in the future. I saved it. uhuh. Anywhoooo.➦Oh yeah, so. Wizards, unicorns, a dragon? Sign me up! (Val, you heard that, right? Dragon.Just one. But he's fabulous.) The story follows Sam, who is an apprentice to the wizard. He does magic and shit. “I don’t have time for all the relations and courting and wooing bullshit,” I said. “I’m a wizard. I have quests.”“Uh, you’re an apprentice,” Gary said. “And you’re sent on errands.”➦He has a best friend who is a hornless gay unicorn.➦Oh, I'm sorry, that was incredibly racist of me. A zebra is a horse. And a unicorn most certainly is NOT. “Horse?” Gary snarled. The pretty unicorn act dropped immediately. Red sparks shot from his nose. “Did you just call me a horse? Listen here, you two-legged bag of shit. I’m not a motherfucking horse. I am a unicorn, and I am magic and a beautiful creature made of fucking sunshine and rainbows and good feelings.” ➦Anywhooooooooooo. Sam is in love with a knight. Just one teeny problem. That knight is betrothed to the prince. HUUUUUUGE bummer. ➦Then there's a dragon. I will not name him because there's gonna be this huge reveal about his name. Apparently dragons are very VERY particular about names they pick for themselves. Yes, so this dragon comes and abducts the prince and now Sam and his friends along with the knight embark on a journey to save him. ➦I lurved this book hard. T.J. Klune's type of humor is just my thing. This book was hilarious but at times even touching and I couldn't help but fall in love with all the characters. ....Especially with Gary. #truestory GARY is my new imaginary friend. ....He whispers in my ear to go ahead and use rainbow colors on my book edits. ....Like, don't be afraid and select neon green today. ...meanwhile my blog buddy Arianna keeps telling me "BIOTCH, THAT'S UGLY!" when I show her my teasers. Thanks. You kill my spirit. And Gary will snort glitter all over you. #truestory

  • wesley
    2018-10-22 18:34

    First of all, I just want to let it be known that this book deserves to have a sequel, no matter how obvious it was that it certainly will. But just so there’s no sliver of doubt and I can have peace of mind, I’ll say it again: The Lightning-Struck Heart must have a sequel. No, scratch that. The Lightning-Struck Heart cannot not have sequelssss. You hear me T.J. Klune? Huh? Huh?! (I’m not really good at taunting authors.)Now that I’ve finally let it out, onto the review!If you are a hardcore fan of fantasy books, magic, wizards, and medieval kingdoms, you may think, “Pffft! Puh-lease! I’ve seen (or read) it all.” But if you haven’t read this book, I can assure you that you haven’t seen it all. And that’s probably my cue to throw the book right on your smug face. Although, I’m not really a fan of violence and that’s kind of cruel to the book, and I only have my iPhone for a reading device so that would be unwise and stupid. But you get the point, yeah?To say that this book is epic and awesome would be an understatement. So to give it justice, I’ll follow Sam of Wilds with the whole capitalization thing such that this book officially is The Most Awesome and Epic Fantasy Book of All Time! God, that felt great.In all honesty though, I’ve never had the pleasure of reading a book of this caliber. It felt like being high all the time. Okay, not a good metaphor but still! Everything was just amped up – like every time your favorite song comes on the radio and you can’t help turning the volume to max. And I dare ask: How does T.J. do that? This was beyond any normal level of hilarious and witty. I was worried I’d have bad gas from the nonstop laughing. I was practically crying and wheezing. It was like this book was written especially for my generation. Make no mistake, the book was set during the medieval times but it was more like being in an alternate universe where the medieval people are updated with everything happening on social media and the contemporary gibberish of our era.“You mad, bro?”“Love you, boo!”“Dat. Ass.”“Baby. Look at me. Hey. Baby. Listen.”“Ooooh, girl!”“Don’t need no mens.”And the sarcasm? The banter? The cursing and the dirty talk? The sex puns? Never forget the sex puns.Genius and uncensored! Exasperatingly funny, but genius nonetheless. I think this broke all literary conventions. It was practicing poetic license at its finest.And I see where your mind is going. I know you’re thinking, “If the 171K of words is mostly this kind of shit, where’s the story? Is there any substance at all?” Yeah, I read your mind, buddy. I’m also a wizard. No, I’m not. But if you’re worried there’s no concrete plot, I’m quoting Sam when he reflected on the many (and I say that exaggeratedly) twists he went through:That night, I lay on my back on the roof of the keep, watching the stars above, wondering just how in the hell my life had gotten to this point.Then I realized it was mostly my fault, and that made me sort of depressed and happy all at the same time.I told myself that it was because I was extraordinarily complex.I’m stopping there because you don’t want to know the rest of what he said (spoiler: he contradicted the whole thing). But I do agree (before he contradicted himself). Despite the shenanigans and the madfuckery that this book contain, the story was extraordinarily complex. It was unpredictable and unconventional. Each chapter practically a subplot of epic proportions. And the characters? Dynamic and non-stereotypical. All of them, even the secondary characters, were unique and bursting with vibrant personality. Reading their banter was endearing. Well, in the case of Sam and Ryan – frustratingly arousing and coated with deep sexual tension. I never expected to be affected by it so much, I had the case of blue balls for 3 days. Yes, imagine! Or don’t imagine. But foreplay with just words? Talk about enlightening!Okay, I got a little sidetracked there. But yeah, if you’re worried about the storyline, don’t. I assure you, this has the right mix of humor and a great plot going on. You have to hand it to Sam though. I was mostly drawn to him. Yeah, he was badass and all kinds of awesome but that’s not the reason you will love him. Even though he will probably be the greatest wizard of all time, I was warmed by his vulnerability. He is an underdog through and through and I can't help but empathize with him. He is the epitome of martyrdom and the face of unrequited love. He is a walking irony – powerful and helpless at the same time. He is the heart of this story because it’s his very humanity for which you will feel that deep, resounding connection.We’ve all been down that road at one point in our life. The endless pining and the insecurities? Been there, done that.“There’s someone out there for you. Someone who will love your hair and your words and your eyes and the way you scrunch up your nose when you’re thinking hard on something. He will love you for all of the things that you are and all of the things you aren’t. He’ll love you beyond all reason and will be convinced that you hung the sun and the moon. He will see the stars and wish for only you. Someone will love every single part of who you are, and my gods, I can’t wait for the day to meet him to tell him thank you.”As much as this book made me laugh, I can’t count the number of times I also cried because don’t we all deserve that love? I realized we were (or are or will be) Sam of Wilds at some point in our also badass lives. We also wish the same things he did. We also give it everything we’ve got. Because of this, Sam will probably be one of my most favorite protagonists of all time.T.J. Klune, you are my new hero! Thank you for sharing your literary gift to the world. If there are Sam Girls, then I can unabashedly say that I am most definitely a T.J. Girl from here on. Secret fan meetings? I'm so down with that!

  • Susan
    2018-09-30 19:30

    BEST BOOK EVER!!I freaking LOVED this book. This book is hilarious. But it was also beautiful, sweet, and it broke my heart in the best way possible(because there is so much pining, it was awesome).“It’s you,” I said, not able to look away. “It’s how I feel when I’m with you. How I think I’ve always felt. You’re my lightning-struck heart. Ever since I’ve known you, you’ve struck my heart, and now I have to let you go because you’re not mine to keep. I need someone that I can be strong for. But I need someone who can also be strong for me.”I cannot express my love for Sam enough. Sam, a 20 year old wizard apprentice. The most powerful there is actually. Sam, who doesn’t know how to shut up, ever. And his pining for Ryan was just EPIC.Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart was climbing slowly out of the river, water cascading down his body, dripping over miles and miles of muscle.“I swear he’s doing this on purpose,” Gary whispered hotly.“I swear I want to do him on purpose,” I breathed.“You okay, Sam? ” Ryan asked, and his voice was husky.So I blurted out, “I’ve got wood.” Gary turned his head slowly to gape at me. “Oh dear gods,” I muttered. Then louder, “Wood. I brought the wood. I’ve got so much wood. Wood. Fuck. Firewood. I’ve got firewood. For the fire. Because it’s going to get nipples out tonight. Cold. It’s going to get cold out tonight. Sweet molasses.”And Ryan, I loved Ryan. He was awesome.I’ve heard of you… people.”Oh gods. Mama cocked her head at him. To most, it wouldn’t have seemed like anything. But for those that knew her, Mama was coiling to strike.“What do you mean by you people?” she asked.I had to stop the bloodshed before it could start. “He means—”“Pimps,” Ryan said. “Is that what you’re called? Pimps? Brothel owner? Whoremaster? Queen of the Fuck Palace?”And how can I express my love for all the other amazing characters..Gary, the gay hornless unicorn. “When were you tied up? ”I asked again. “It was that centaur we met last year. In the elf realm.”“You said you were just friends!”“We were. We were just the kind of friends that tied each other up and pushed our penises together.”Tiggy, the half giant.“You want mouth full of knight,” Tiggy said. “Knight take your flower and eat it.”Kevin, the dragon.“Why are we even out here!”“Bonding,” Kevin said. “ You said that we needed bonding.” Then he leered at me, his lip curling, tongue snaking out between his fangs. “Or perhaps you meant bondage? Is that what you meant, pretty? You need me to tie you up and choke you on my dick? Make you scream as I twist your little nipples? Make you—”“That’s not what I meant at all.”The king.“Okay, so, how would you feel if you looked like you had boobs?” “Is that a hypothetical question? ” the king said.“Hypothetically… no. More like that’s what I painted somehow and will now be a part of the finished product because I don’ t know how to fix it. Nor do I know if I want to.”“Am I busty?”“Very. You also have three of them.”“Good. Proceed.”I have so much love for them all.Yes, the romance mostly consists of pining for each other without any sexy times (there are sexy times, don't worry!). It took Ryan a while to get his head out of his ass. Especially since Sam had no idea how Ryan was feeling.Until the truth corn of course. No way around it after that.”When you do anything, I get hard, really. Even your ridiculous sex puns. You remember when you wrapped those Dark wizards in stone at the restaurant?”“Yeah,” I managed to say.“I wanted to tell you that you gave me an e-rock-tion.” Ryan bent over and banged his forehead against the table. “Why, why, why did I say that out loud? Please. Someone. Anyone. Kill me.”It takes a long time for these two to get together, but it was worth the wait. I sighed, I swooned, and to steal Gary’s words, I got a heart boner.This book had everything I ever wanted in a book. A fairy tale with a magical hero who is socially awkward yet also very awesome in his ramblings, cool sidekicks, extremely funny situations and a lovely HEA.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2018-10-06 20:32

    There aren't enough stars for this...The Lightning-Struck Heart or, as it was originally titled, Unicorn Star Fucker, is a fantastic story of love, friendship, longing, loss, and hope.Is this funny? Yes. Yes, it is. It's fucking hilarious. Straight up - I was obnoxiously laughing so hard and so loud for so long that I actually began to feel sorry for the people around me. Sorry they were being subjected to my overt hilarity and sorry they were not reading this magnificent and wondrous book so they too could laugh uproariously.Does this book make your heart ache? In part. Yes, it will, a little. What can be more sad than wanting someone so desperately, but knowing you can't have him?"...I’m sorry I made an oath. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do. And I’m sorry that I can’t break it. But you have to believe me that it’s always been you. I promise. I promise." His voice cracked and my hands shook. "I promise, because when I look upon these stars, there is nothing I wish for more than you."Is this just an OTT Fairy-tale on crack? No. No, it's not. Or, well, it's not only that. There are so many nuances to this. It has humor, heartache, and, most importantly, lessons to be learned about life, love and sometimes letting the things you love go even at the expense of your own heart and soul.And, oh, the characters!Wizard Apprentice Sam Haversford aka "Sam of Wilds" is maddening, fantastic and wonderful in all his blurty over-the-top goodness. Sir Ryan Foxheart, is dashing and wonderful and...an asshole. But not an irredeemable asshole. Which is good.The sidekick characters are utterly sublime! (Gary, the hornless gay unicorn, Tiggy, the half-giant, Sam's parents, Morgan and Randall the wizards, Kevin the dragon, Mama, Sam's fairy drag mother, the King, Pete, the guard...gods I could go on and on...) They all steal the spotlight every time they appear on page again and again. I literally loved every single minute of this.If you are a fan of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, Top Gun, and The Princess Bride - then you will love this book. You will want to have this book's babies.If you are a fan of T.J. Klune's, and love his characters Derrick "Bear" McKenna (BOATK), Paul Auster (TMIR), and Sandy Stewart (TMIR) - then you will love this book. You will beg for more (by the way, T.J....MORE PLEASE!!!) Literally.Never fear, dear readers! You get an HEA, but it's also left open for more adventures. And, oh, how I want them. I literally want them so much. Literally.I didn’t think I could love this story anymore, then I got the audio. Michael Lesley takes this funny, makes your heart ache, cracktastic fairy tale and made it infinitely relatable to anyone who loves humor, sarcasm, sassiness, and even sadness.This is fantastic in all senses of the word. Run, do not walk, to buy this audio!HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book ReviewsAudio Review Gay Book ReviewsRead: 07/2015, 08/2015, 09/2015 (2), 12/2015 (2), 02/2016, 08/2016, 11/2016, 01/2017, 03/2017

  • Tara♥
    2018-10-16 15:19

    BR reread for Christmas with Susan, Marte, Doodle, Elsbeth, Heidi and Julie. Perfect holiday reading. Next up the audio! This book is just the best fun and pure comfort reading! 1st read - 20-23 July 20152nd read - 18- 28 December 2015_________________________________________“You know I captured you and you’re my prisoners, right?"“Did he?” I asked Gary.“Well, we are tied up,” Gary said. “And not in the fun way.”“I don’t want to know when you’ve been tied up in the fun way,” I told him.He rolled his eyes. “Sam, you are such a prude.”“Guys?” Lartin said. “I have a plan? That I need to tell you about? You need to listen.”“I am not a prude,” I said to Gary. “Just because I don’t talk about… you know. Sex stuff. That doesn’t make me a prude.”“Your face just turned red when you stuttered on the word sex,” Gary said. “I almost believed you.”“I didn’t stutter.”“You kind of stuttered,” Lartin said. Because he was an asshole who I was totally going to kick in the balls before the day was up.Ridiculous, over the top, non stop punning and racing dialogue and I. LOVED. EVERY. SECOND. About a quarter of the way through this I got very Monty Python feelings, Monty Python on crack. So you know? Mental. Almost 400 pages of mental. Is it too early for a reread do we think?So Monty Python. Specifically The Holy Grail, hence the giffage. I couldn't get it out of my head especially when the gang came upon monologuing villains or argued with each other or even not using horses (cause it's racist don't you know?) made me think Python and I really think there should have been coconuts, the lack of coconuts was disappointing. “My name is—”“Don’t care,” I said.He glared at me. “Don’t be rude.”I sighed. “Sorry. Go ahead.”“My name is Wan the Dark Hunter,” he said, squaring his shoulders.I waited.He looked at me, clearly expecting a reaction.I waited some more.“So,” he said, “that name should have inspired fear in you. You don’t look very fearful.”I shrugged. “I don’t know who you are.”Also very disappointing that no villains got their limbs cut off. Sam, Gary and Tiggy are my new favourite everything. Their adventures are adventures I really, really want to go on but I'm way happy to just be a causal observer. For reasons. But really all the characters make this the over the top joy that it was. The only one that I wanted to be killed with a ball of hell fire was Justin and he served a purpose. A ridiculously UST purpose. If you have read any TJ Klune before you will recognise some similarities between the cast of this and previous book characters, but because of this setting, we get to see characters with absolutely no leashes and therefore they get to be totally outrageous. Outrageous like Gary the gay hornless unicorn. I can't even with Gary. I loved everything that came out of his mouth, even when he and Kevin were being utterly inapropro and scarred my brain he was still full of awesome. “Oh calm the fuck down, Griselda,” Gary snapped. “We’re the only ones here, you ancient she-beast. You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.”^^^Quotes like that made me lose my shit laughing. Gary is highly quotable and I have an urge to drop random quotes of his into real life conversations. That is one such quote. Replacing the name obviously! I have literally highlighted most of this book. It is literally the most highlighted book I've ever owned. So The Lightning-Struck Heart is funny as all get out but as is TJ's way, there were ninja feelz and these ninja feelz felt more ninja than usual. This is many things, it's mainly comedy yes, it's comedy romance and a frustrating comedy romance at that. But it's also about loyalty and friendship and family and a lot of the time, the moments where Sam is hurt it was friends and family who brought the feelz and it was really very beautiful. “There’s someone out there for you,” he said. “Someone who will love your hair and your words and your eyes and the way you still scrunch up your nose when you’re thinking hard on something. He will love you for all of the things that you are and all of the things you aren’t. He’ll love you beyond all reason and will be convinced that you hung the sun and moon. He will see the stars and wish for only you. Someone will love every single part of who you are, and my gods, I can’t wait for the day to meet him to tell him thank you.”But mainly this has made me think about the logistics of a dragon and a unicorn doing the nasty. It's pretty much all the nookie we get until like the last 5% so it stays with you. I really need to stop thinking about it. Like I need to stop bad. Stupid Kevin. Stupid Gary. I can't wait for more from this world and it has, for sure, been set up for more but to tide me over I need a TMIR reread and a Monty Python and The Holy Grail rewatch. “Spaghetti face!” Tiggy cried. “Wizard Spaghetti Face.”“He capitalized it,” Gary said. “Now it’s forever.”“That’s a stupid fucking rule,” I grumbled.

  • Barbara
    2018-10-01 23:35

    BESTBOOKEVAH!!5 HaveHeart4Evah StarsA absolute winner for me! Love evey single minute I spend reading it.An epic storyline awesome, silly, sweet, constant sarcasm, a sense of humor that makes me nearly pee my pants laughing!It's a beautiful story and I recommend this book to everyone. EVERYONE.Thanks to my friend Isabel for the rec because she is Awesome like that, and to T.J. Klune who is an Absolutely Extreme Talented Writer! YEAH! I capitalize it … now it´s forever!Note : I´m a Samgirl, also a GarKev4evah!Thanks to Todd for telling me about: Tales From Verania: The Tragic Life of Lady Tina DeSilvahttp://tjklunebooks.blogspot.pt/2015/...

  • Bibi
    2018-10-18 21:16

    Extremely funny book except I found it farcical and stereotyped; like a 400+ page slapstick SNL impersonation of the LGBT individual. I'm sorry but I was not amused and had it not been for the presence of Kevin- the dragon- this would have been rated one star.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    2018-10-13 15:35

    My original review from 2015 of the book can be found here.Previous rating: 3.5 starsAudiobook re-read rating: 3.5 stars for the story, 5+++ stars for the narration = 4.5 stars overall*I'm going to focus the majority of this review on the audio portion. If you want to read a more detailed review on the story then check out my previous review of the ebook.* Now, I've said this before and I'll say it again- I'm a HUUUUUUGE T.J. Klune fan. HUGE. I've read nearly everything he has written (I might have missed one book), and I've never given him less than 3.5 stars. He is one of my favorite authors of all time, but this series... yeah, it didn't quite work for me the first time around. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I found the characters too similar to those from Tell Me It's Real and Bear, Otter, and the Kid, and the plot to be too long with too much meandering. Of course, I adored the humor (as all die-hard TJ fans would), but I felt exasperated by the end by how long it took the MCs to get together. I was ready to put this whole series aside with a shrug, but all of my friends have NOT STOPPED TALKING about the audiobook narration of The Lightning-Struck Heart. When the audiobook first came out, I was not familiar with Michael Lesley so I wasn't willing to take the chance. I hate giving bad ratings to authors that I personally like, so I didn't want to hate the narration and give the book less than 3-stars. However, I decided to take a chance with the audiobook of Tell Me It's Real (also by Michael Lesley), which is a comfort-read of mine, and see how it went. And it was awesome. So, I figured, what the hell. I've listened to a LOT of audiobooks (over 250), and I can safely say that Michael Lesley's narration of this book is among the best I've listened to. He was just outstanding, like he OWNED this book, and I am truly stunned as to the quality of the work. Michael mastered no less than 20 separate and unique voices (there are a LOT of side characters!), and put his ALL into the narration. It also helps that Michael has just the right cadence, the right delivery, and the right vibe for this story. He sounds young enough to pull off the younger characters but can pitch his voice just so for the older ones. He can do sexy voices, creepy voices, and funny voices. His voice for Tiggy was GOLD (<---my favorite of any of the voices in the book)! When I met Michael Lesley in person, he told me that he likes to do accents. I was a little dubious, because a bad accent can be... sad... but his accents were so perfectly done. Sure, it helps that this book is a fantasy so the people don't actually have to be from anywhere in particular, but he made those accents feel natural. TJ Klune hit the jackpot with him, and he should be thanking his lucky stars that such a perfect-fitting narrator came his way. My final rating is a full star higher because I really enjoyed the book in audio and Michael Lesley deserves heaps of praise for his work. Still, narration aside, the book is funny, charming, and romantic, even if it won't rank up there in my favorites from TJ. I'm hoping A Destiny of Dragons wins me over even more. *Copy provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest review*

  • Mary
    2018-10-03 21:27

    It's simply a brilliant book. You fall into the world on the first page and it grabs you and holds you and you're riveted for the entire 382 pages and when it's done you wonder where the time went. I can't wait to read it again and I hope there will be many, many more. Wildly recommended.

  • Stacey is Sassy
    2018-10-23 15:35

    Big call...but I will say this is my favourite audio for 2016When a brilliant author teams up with a brilliant narrator, The Lightning-Struck Heart is what you get. It was brilliantly, awesomely, fantastically magical. I loved the characters, storyline and setting for the story. It was easy to follow and the only times I had to rewind were when I missed a bit from laughing so hard.I'll be honest (and hopefully not offend), this was the campest story I have ever read/listened to. The humour is rude, crude and socially unacceptable...I LOVED IT! So, the story is about Sam the apprentice wizard his best mates Garry the hornless unicorn and Tiggy, the half-giant. Sam is set to be the King's wizard but is still in training. The group spend a lot of time being kidnapped and having to escape from the clutches of men who fall in love with Sam.Poor Sam, if only he could be kidnapped by his one true love Ryan...but alas Ryan the King's Knight, is betrothed to the yucky Prince Justin.The Lightning-Struck Heart is a fantasy romance about two men who want and need each other but have every obstacle in their way. The journey towards their happiness is filled with humour but also a little heartache. We are introduced to some very interesting characters, especially the dragon (with a deep Scottish accent that I loved), Morgan of Shadows, the Dark Lords and Big Momma - the drag queen brothel owner.T.J. Klune writes a brilliant story and Michael Lesley is one of the most entertaining narrators I have ever heard. His ability to change his voice, act like a horse...I mean unicorn and be the characters was awe inspiring.I loved The Lightning-Struck Heart. I don't read a lot of m/m and I know it is not for everyone, but there is only one intimate scene right at the end. If you don't mind campy humour this is definitely worth a try and I suggest you give the sample a go.T.J. Klune...I'm a fan. Onwards...***Sorry, this review is a bit dodgy. I'm on holidays at the beach and my motivation is pretty low to non-existent but I HAD to tell you about this story.***To buy The Lightning-Struck Heart from Amazon - http://amzn.to/2h94EKt I’m an Aussie chick who loves to read and review romance, drink coffee, be a Style Setter and stalk David Gandy. To see more of my reviews, fashion, food and pervathons -

  • Wendy
    2018-09-23 23:19

    Re-read this ...again....because I just can't wait for "A Destiny of Dragons" !!!!I am not even gonna try and explain the whole storyline of this book. It is way too complicated and ridiculous to explain. What I will tell you, is that everybody should read this book !! I can honestly say that this book will probably be my favorite read of 2016...and the year has just begun. That's how awesome this book is.If you want to step into a world of magic and creatures and romance , all while laughing your ass of at every page, than you should start reading this one ..right now !!This book is about Sam of Wilds a 20 year old wizard appretice and his two best friends...... Gary, a snarky and sassy gay hornless unicorn and Tiggy a sweet and very protective half-giant, who loves to smash things.Then there is also the man Sam has been crushing on since he was 15 years old (and with crushing I mean jerking of while fantizing about him). The dashing and immaculate Knight commander Ryan Foxheart.“Look. This has been… fun.” Lie. This had been nerve-racking and I needed to go masturbate. “But I have to go. I’ve got stuff to do before I head out again.” Masturbate. “Wizard stuff. Like… secret wizard stuff.” Masturbate.”Too bad Ryan is about to be married to the prince of Varnia, prince Justin...the same prince, Sam will serve in the future, when he becomes king.When Justin gets kidnapped by a dragon, it's up to Sam, Gary, Tiggy and Ryan, to go and rescue the man. Which is the start of one of the funniest "adventures" I have ever read about.Like I said....I can't go into the plot much further, because really....it's too much to explain and I probably  wouldn't make much sense. It was sooooo good and it made me soooo freaking happy :) I think TJ Klune himself is magical .....Can't wait for the other books in this serie !!!!If I could give this one 10 stars I would, but I will just give it the 5 well deserved ones ;) I haven't laughed this hard in a long time :)))Can't wait for the other books in this serie !!!!

  • Jenni Lea
    2018-10-12 19:26

    Third read and I still love this as much as the first time. ***********************************This was even better on the second read!*******************************This was epic!Full review to come.

  • ~Mindy Lynn~
    2018-09-23 17:24

    Thoughts after reading the first page:There were plenty of times while reading this I thought out loud:SO many times! The book is full of those moments and they were amazing. I have never read anything as unique as this book was. The story was pure genius and I am not at all surprised it came from TJ. Because his writing is:I love his books. The characters in this book were:Gary and Tiggy being my absolute favorites after Sam of course. But the rest of the side characters where just as awesome. So many different personalities in one book and they were all written extremely well. But what had me thinking:Was the banter between the characters and the humor that had me laughing out loud. The permanent smile this book kept on my face until my cheeks ached. But also the friendship between Tiggy, Gary, and Sam. I loved how close they were and how much they adored and loved each other. Loved it! Feelings after finishing the book:And then there were hints that there will be more books!That needs to happen!

  • Lisazj1
    2018-10-17 19:11

    Re-Read Audible version 2.23.17: Even better the 2nd time around *as unbelievable as that may be* and that is without a doubt due to the brilliant audible performance of Michael Lesley! The huge array of characters and absolutely distinct personalities he had to give voice to was staggering and he delivered genuine perfection. I can't stress enough how stunning it was to hear these so-loved characters given life through their own voice, each one so completely what I imagined them as. Except for the ones that were unimaginable. *looking at you Dimitri* As stunning as it truly was, it was of course screamingly hilarious as only Verania and all its inhabitants can be. The only thing that was different for me here was how much more emotional the last part of the book was than I remembered, getting to hear everything in Sam's voice. I definitely got teary-eyed more this time around. But for all that, most of the tears were from laughter and I'll never be tired of this world. If you love this story, or even if you've never read it before, please treat yourself to the audiobook. It's not to be missed! Kisses to Josy for talking me into it! xxx *Original review*This was the most batshit thing I have ever read. It was like T.J. Klune won a bet to write the most over the top, outrageous and ridiculous thing he could possibly come up with. And he won BIG, baby. It was The Most Awesome Thing Ever *and it's capitalized so it's official* *I swear I've laughed so much I've lost it*.Let me be clear. I am not in the least fond of over the top humor. For example, I'm the only person I know who doesn't like Will Ferrell. Not a fan, at all. But every damn thing about this got me. Sam the wizard apprentice and his best friends, Gary the hornless gay unicorn and Tiggy the half-giant, the gay fairy King, Kevin the sexually aggressive *and perverted* dragon, the fan club meetings in disguise *don't ask* and of course Knight Delicious Face. And that's not even close to everything that was so awesome. *sigh* This is excepting my sore abs, because throughout the whole book, I laughed so hard, the kind where your whole body shakes and you don't even make a noise, while tears run down your face and IT WAS GLORIOUS! *also except for the times I couldn't draw breath*I loved this so hard, my first T.J. Klune book and I'm an instant fangirl.

  • Isabel
    2018-09-23 16:28

    This book is absolutely perfect! I've cried and cried... cried laughing, cried with sadness and I cried with happiness!There is nothing in this book that I didn't love, there wasn't a single moment that I wanted to skip some pages, and there is this joy for reading such a fantastic story, fabulously written that captivated me from the beginning and that made me read it almost without pause.All characters are amazing, even the Darks! All so peculiar and sensational! I love the MC's, Sam and Ryan are beautiful, but I must say that I adore Gary and Kevin!!! I will re-read it soon, I want to feel everything again!Here it is something really awesome: http://tjklunebooks.blogspot.pt/2015/...

  • Annika
    2018-10-13 22:29

    Oh. My. God.What in the ever-loving hell was that? This book is so silly and ridiculous, it isn't even funny. And that is a total lie, because it's absolutely hilarious. Non-stop slapstick, banter, bickering, sassing, puns and innuendos.This book was...... absurd ..."You're about to feel my wrath.""Gross.""Not like that! Stop making it weird.""I'm talking to a hornless unicorn named Gary. It's already pretty weird.""Point."... offensive ..."He was important to the Darks, Sam. No official ranking. I guess it's easiest to say that he was beloved, in his way. People had an affection for him, even if he was a bit out there."That... sort of made sense. "You mean like that special uncle that everyone just loves but is still kind of creepy because his touches last just a bit too long but he's always really apologetic about it and then he brings you pie?"Morgan sighed. "I don't even know why I bother anymore."... dirty ..."Is that what you want, pretty?" the dragon asked. "I'm a dragon, and maybe, if you're lucky, I'll be dragon my balls across your face later."... oddly sweet ..."I love you," he said, kissing me sweetly.I couldn't stop the smile if I'd wanted to. "Because I'm awesome."He rolled his eyes. "Yes, Sam. Because you're awesome.""Good," I said. "I love you too, even if you are an asshole.""Heart boner," Gary moaned. "Throbbing heart boner."And those characters...I looked at them. A hornless gay unicorn built out of rainbows and bitchiness. A half-giant who wanted to smash everything. A dragon who winked and flicked his tongue at me. A prince who I wanted to protect but also punch in the face. A knight I had a heart boner for."We're doomed," I moaned again. "Doooomed."Granted, the love interest and the adversary weren't the most memorable ones. The rest of the rabble, however, all the more. I've taken a particularly big shine to Morgan, Sam's asexual, sarcastic mentor, and Tiggy, the protective-destructive, mentally slow half-giant. ♡The downside of all this craziness: It was terribly exhausting, and I couldn't read more than a few chapters at a time. About halfway through, I started skimming most of the conversations because sometimes, they were just too much for me to take. Bottom line: It took me quite a while to get through this, but in the end it was totally worth it. Though you'll definitely have to be in the right mood in order to enjoy the madness that is this book.

  • I~❤️~Books
    2018-10-16 17:12

    ❤️❤️❤️ I LOVED THIS BOOK! ❤️❤️❤️⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5 AMAZING STARS⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  • .Lili.
    2018-10-09 15:23

    Finished the audio. Thoughts: it was hilarious. Listen to it. *************************Book review. Not much to say besides, "It's Klune."No one does over the top like this man. He makes me cry from heartbreak and joy. This is some good shite I tell you!:D~Pre-release review~Another TJ Klune book!CAN. NOT. WAIT!

  • Ann
    2018-10-13 23:11

    ALL of the STARS. Every fucking one of them.I spend a lot of time in my car commuting. I hate it. I like my job, I love the people I work with, but again, my commute? I hate it sooooo hard. So, when the commute from hell started a few years ago I got started listening to audio books. What better way is there to sit in traffic than to listen to a man tell me a story and at some point or 10 talk dirty to me? There is no better way, just so you know. When the request came through for a review on The Lightning-Struck Heart I was ALL over that shit. I loved Michael Lesley’s narration of TJ’s Tell Me it’s Real so I was pretty happy. Then I started listening and I had so much fucking fun I was ecstatic!If you’re a fan of TJ Klune when his manic humor is on high, then this book was written for you. Besides the absolute hilarity of his writing, he manages to sneak real feels in there giving the story and characters depth that sneak up on you like a tackle hug, make you happy in your heart and grin like a loon. This wasn’t just a story, it was an odyssey and it was ridiculously fun. I fell in love with every character, even the ones I should hate. I loved hating Tina at the fan club FFS.As I said, I listened to the audiobook version and I do honestly believe that Michael Lesley IS the voice in TJ Klune’s head. I am truly amazed at how he managed to have a completely unique voice and tone for each character. You could take out every “he said”, “she said”, etc. and I would still have had no trouble distinguishing between who was talking at any given point. It was like being in the middle of a one man play that is so elaborate you forget you are only listening to one man. I laughed out loud so many times I’m going to have to listen to this one at least two more times to make sure I didn’t miss parts of the story for the LOL’s.I was trying to figure out who my favorite character is and I gave up shortly into listening. Sam had me wrapped around his magical little finger and then Gary came along and I would follow his Unicornian buns anywhere. I was telling a friend about The Lightning-Struck Heart not long into listening. I walked into the office and he asked me what I was snortling about and I told him all about Sam and Ryan and Gary and Tiggy and etc. and etc. Now this friend is relatively new to the wonder that is the MM romance world. I’ve bought him some of my favorite books and steered him in the direction of authors I think he would like and he’s so damn happy about it all. He had no idea these stories and this world even existed. For me it’s amazing to have someone in my RL to talk books with on a daily basis!Anywho, I babble. SO, I was telling him about this one and said, “Please, you have to listen to Gary for a second.” It was a scene where he and Sam were having a debate/discussion about Sam being gay fairy married and he looked at me with wide and happy eyes. I immediately went online and bought him a copy. We’ve been texting back and forth constantly ever since. He just met Kevin, I can’t wait to see what he has to say about Kevin. This is one of those treasures I’m going to keep in a safe place forever. It’s officially my Go-To, Feel-Good, Fuck-All-Y’all-I-Gotta-Fantasy-World-That-Needs-Me-To-Love-It-Right-Now Epics. And yes, all of that is capitalized because it’s a thing.** a copy of this audiobook was provided for an honest review **

  • Ingela
    2018-10-11 19:32

    Review written February 21, 20164 1/2 Stars - Indescribable and Incomparable. Simply crazy Fun and Fabulous. The Lightning - Struck Heart, a (M/M) book many friends talked about. A 400 pages novel published last summer (2015) by T.J. Klune, whose touching and hilarious funny M/M romances I already knew I liked. (Add an impressing average GR rating of 4.58 stars.) A "must read" in other words. — Yes ... they were all rigth. I'm impressed.I listened to the 19:48 hrs audiobook narrated by Michael Lesley and I'm totally exhausted but glad I did it. Kind of a EPIC "read"...*********************************************First I need to say that this is an incomparable story and a wildly fun adventure book. A book about love, friendship and life's important questions and matters. « Once upon a time, in an alleyway in the slums of the City of Lockes, a young and somewhat lonely boy named Sam Haversford turns a group of teenage douchebags into stone completely by accident. »Very short (I'll not even try to explain much more) is this novel about the young sorcerer-apprentice Sam 'Wilds' (former Haversford) in Verania. Sam who has a tremendous ability to get into all kinds of struggle, clutter and mess, despite the fact that everyone loves him, in this fantasy world. Here are also all Sam's hilarious special friends. Sam's two besties; the witty quite flamboyant gay (without a horn) Unicorn Gary and the big-hearted (but slightly stupid) Half-giant Tiggy. In the center of this story is of course also Sam's secret big crush, the gorgeous Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart and unfortunately also Prince Justin, Ryan's betrothed. Halfway in to this story is a new friend, the horny and naughty (but enormous romantic) Dragon Kevin, taking a natural place in this lovely gang. Those six aren't enough there are a big bunch of more wonderfully created second characters (view spoiler)[ — like Sam's mom & dad, the old wise Wizard Morgan, the even older mighty Wizard Kendall, the very nice King of Verania, a transvestite shady brothel madam, some nasty fairy dark creatures as The Darks (which loves long monologues), some cute funny creatures (like tiny Fairy Dimitri), corn-eaters, and so on. — Loved them all, haha!(hide spoiler)].*********************************************The Lightning - Struck Heart is a loooong story (almost 20 hours of listening). —Puff & Huff!— It is basically a fairytale comedy fantasy and in many ways that sort of adventurous crazy story that even any younger teen fantasy/fairytale admirers would giggle and like about if there weren't for those (explicit) sex-jokes. There is of course (..it is after all written by T.J. Klune!!) a consistently adult gay romance theme in the bottom main topic. Not much heat workshop, more occasional shimmering sweet kisses, but after all there are a lot of hints and fantasies. If anything is this a very talkative story. (Imagine theater..) The charm is actually ultimately all this talking, talking, talking. There are joking, funny bantering, wacky discussions and long conversations that never ends — they all like to chatter and are sometimes quite near the limit of long-winded. Haha! I chuckled, giggled and felt the sweet fairytale atmosphere. Wow!!‘I turned slowly to Tiggy and Gary, my heart thundering in my chest. They were grinning at me, wide and toothy. “You… didn’t.” “Oh, Sam,” Gary said. “You should never underestimate a unicorn and a giant.”*********************************************The audiobook edition and the narrator..The audiobook narrator Michael Lesley is simply great (a perfect choice) and I guess he did this even funnier because this IS a fantastic funny read (or listening) for us adults, still young at heart and with the imagination there, to laugh with and truly enjoy. My only complaint is that there are way to much of "Gary said..", "Tiggy said..", "X said.." and that bothered partly my listening. (About that topic: (view spoiler)[ I wish, when doing this audiobook, they had just skipped a lot of those unnecessary and often meaningless small "someone said" words. I felt this narrator so well created his very clear unique voices for each character and I'm sure I had understand 99% anyway without all those irritating mentions of who said what.(hide spoiler)] )‘My dad growled, “If you touch my son, I'll cut off your arms and beat you with them.” “Wow,” I said in complete adoration. “That was graphic and amazing.” My mom said, “And I'll cut off your legs and shove them so far up your anus that you'll taste your feet at the back of your tongue.” “Dudes,” I whispered to everyone. “That's my mom.” Morgan said, “And I'll make your nipples explode.”Besides that mentioned little weak part is The Lightning - Struck Heart (obviously) a wonderful and fabulous well done audiobook. Applauses for Mr. Lesley. (I guess he had a hilarious time.)*********************************************I'll admit that I was restless at times and I needed a couple of weeks to do those twenty audiobook hours. For me was this perfect as a daily one or two hours episode book. Sometimes there are too 'much' jokes, to much talking and it becomes a bit lengthy. So very crazy at times and I felt dizzy... But all in all, this is a hilarious funny and a well done story. Read (or listen) and enjoy. I guarantee laughter and giggles. RECOMMENDED!! I will never forget all incomparably charming characters here. ~ I love you; Sam, Gary, Tiggy... There isn't enough time or place to mention all of you so just like in a (well prepared) acceptance speech:No one mentioned no one forgotten, THANKS!*********************************************I LIKE - indescribable, incomparable, but so much fun.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alvin
    2018-10-16 20:18

    This is a story of a Wizard Apprentice named Sam who pines for the castle's Knight Commander, Ryan. Unfortunately, Ryan is betrothed to the kingdom's Prince Justin.And then Prince Justin was taken away by a sexually aggressive dragon. So the King asked Sam, Ryan, and their friends: a hornless gay unicorn named Gary and a half giant named Tiggy to rescue Justin. Since Sam & Ryan are forced to work together, the UST is crackling. XD Get it? Crackling? Lol!First of all, I would like to say that this book is the MOST ENTERTAINING I've read so far this year. It's funny, silly and crazy. The characters and their banter is awesome. Everything was clicking. When I started this book, I immediately felt how great the story will be. The author's writing is just phenomenal.Some issues though, there were times that the characters' voices become similar. And the banter is at times too much. I like Tiggy, but after the early chapters, all he says is he wants to smash something. (Very Incredible Hulk btw lol)And also if you hate MCs that can't get their heads out of their asses, you might despise Sam & Ryan. Lol!But overall, it's just AWESOME. I missed Klune's writing. And I dig light-hearted and funny stories. And this one is really great at it. A must read.RECOMMENDED!4.5 STARS!Can you feel meLike I feel youCan our hearts still be together?This is our time,Don't you waste itWe can sing this song foreverNow I can feel your pulseKick starting this lifeless soulLike a lightning bolt to heartYou woke me up, woke me up"Lightning" by Cash Cash featuring John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dollshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-yf...

  • Mare SLiTsReaD Reviews
    2018-10-20 15:07

    This boook!!!!!!SO MUCH THIS BOOKIf you havent read this book DONT WAIT. OK in some parts it was super cheesy, cheesy enough that I was snort laughing so hard and I didnt care who was looking at me. I wish I snorted rainbows and candy. Fuck you Gary. In the face. I want to be able to do that!!!!And for my favorite part EVER EVER EVER in the HISTORY OF READING was the Truth Serum. DUDE I have never laughed so HARD IN MY LIFE! Just a small teaser" What's wrong with my mouth?" "Nothing" Ryan said. "Except for the fact that it doesnt have my dick in it and holyfuck , this needs to stop." He looked horrified. Dudes ^^^^^^^^ FUCKING DIED ^^^^^^^^^^TJ Klune is the best for shits and giggles and awes and tearsMare~Slitsread

  • Gail Carriger
    2018-10-20 20:29

    For those who know my taste you will know this has many things I like. Adorable snarky gay boy main character. Lots of awesome magic. Really fun fantasy setting. But honestly...It's hilarious.No seriously, I was reading it last night and actually crying with laughter. I haven't laughed this hard since Ridiculous!. Possibly not even then.The Lightning-Struck Heart is really that funny.

  • Cristopher
    2018-10-18 17:23

    oh..my..gods..What have I just read / listened to?!This book paired with the audiobook is EVERYTHING!“It was upon these stars that I had rested my hopes and dreams, my anger and frustrations. I wished because as a child, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You don’t know any better. I wished because as an adult, sometimes you don’t know what else to do. You know better, but you don’t care.”Its magical. Its hilarious. Its entertaining. Its awesome. Its heart melting. Its big on crazy. It made me LAUGH sooo hard and much.Its hands-down the funniest book I've ever had the lucky chance to read to date.I just wanna thank the author TJ Klune and the narrator Michael Lesley for saving me from the depression I was in. (ICOS, its your fault, you had to end.) You two did such a wonderful job my shoulders were shaking with glee the whole time I was in this journey. (Okay, prob not the whole time, but most of the time!)And was it all just funny??Oh boy.. It also have THE FEELS! The feels man, the one that would make you sigh, and look at the stars and wish they wouldn't hurt anymore, the one that'd make you want to get a blanket and wrap them and pat their heads and say everything would be alright at the end. But then they'd drop a one liner that would just make you laughing again hysterically. And you'll squeeze your eyes, pinching the bridge of your nose, and ask "why do I even bother?" Lol***ANYWAY.. The story is about this guy Sam Haversford who grew up from the slums and found himself in the castle as the King Wizard's apprentice Morgan of Shadows after accidentally putting teenage dicks into stone.All he wanted was to be a great wizard, and make his parents, Morgan and The King proud. Until he met Knight Ryan Foxheart. His ultimate crush and the main cast of all his masturbatory fantasies. Convinced that Ryan is totally out of his league, he didn't attempt to make his feelings known and would always run away whenever the Knight is within his proximity.Until one day, the Knight got engaged with the Grand Prince Justin. Of couse, Sam broke his heart.Because this story is CRAZY, the Grand Prince Justin got kidnapped by a dragon. Yes, dragon. The King arranged a rescue party, including Sam, Ryan, Gary and Tiggy.Gary and Tiggy you asked? Oh. They are the MOST WONDERFUL BEST FRIENDS EVER that I really wish I have! GARY you see is a gay-hornless-talking-diva-bitchy unicorn. Yes unicorn, and yes hornless. And TIGGY is a nine-feet half giant who smash when his friends are hurt. Yes half giant whose voice I absolutely love! They are 90% responsible for all the laughters and funny and crazy this book have. And I ADORE the shit out of them.So the crazy party went. And sooo the adventure/riot begins. Sam trying so hard not to fall for the Knight. And then, the Knight, unexpectedly trying so hard to stop his feelings as well..But could they..?***This book is about a love that you could never have but learning to smile despite of.. Its about being strong and continuing on even if it hurts. Its about taking chances and hoping...but learning to let go.“Sometimes we do things for the greater good, even if it causes our hearts to break.” ~Zal the Bard.SOOOOO.. Yes. It aint all about laughters. Its also tears (a bit of). And fire geckos, naked fairies, stupid dark wizards, talking lizard, truth corns and many more.. Crazy eh? And yea. It has HEA as expected. ;)I just LOOOOVE how its masterfully mixed and I have absolutely enjoyed every bits of it. There were ZERO dull moments, and it kept me entertained in ways I didn't expect. I mean, I really had no idea a book could make me guffaw until this. So if you're feeling down (like I was when I started this), this could help making things a bit brighter. :)This is my second book from Mr Klune, and he's never let me down yet. He's turning out to be one of my favorite! :)To Mr Lesley and Mr Klune, hats off. Applause.5 STARS!

  • Elsbeth
    2018-10-05 20:19

    - Narrator: Michael Lesley SWEET MOLASSES!!! (Yes, I capitalized it) This was AMAZEBALLS (And I capitalized this again)!!Have no words... Review to come.

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2018-10-02 19:31

    5 OMFG Stars!!What the hell was that??? Seriously???There really isn’t much to say since it's already been said. Do you want to laugh? Do you want to have fun? Do you want grand adventure and swoony romance, all the while having the time of your life?If you haven’t already subscribed to Klune’s brand of humor, then please sign up right here. This was a mile a minute of snark, banter, and glee, as it delivered so much on all the things I love in a fantasy romantic comedy; things I didn’t even know I wanted or needed. Every character - main and supporting, small and large - brought their own very special crazy that only exponentially increased the enjoyment factor. (I'm definitely a Tiggy girl!) Though this obviously doesn’t take itself too seriously, it still has plenty of heart - there’s definitely no shortage on the feels.I had my doubts (yeah, I know I shouldn’t’ve) but the genius here is truly impressive. I’ve never been so thoroughly entertained!!

  • Meags
    2018-10-21 19:14

    5 StarsThe Lightning-Struck Heart is a grand fantasy-adventure, featuring an adorably hilarious wizard's apprentice, his epically awesome parents, his best-friends in the form of a fabulous and fierce gay unicorn and a sweet half-giant, a kind-hearted King and his petulant (but redeemable son), two wizened older wizards, a sex-crazed vegetarian dragon, and a dashing and immaculate young knight. You couldn’t ask for more. It’s TJ Klune so the writing is obviously of the highest standards. In my eyes, this dude can do no wrong. His stories speak to me, with their perfect blend of heart and humour, and choc-full of the most outrageously fantastic cast of characters the literary world has ever seen.The fantasy elements were also stunning, showcasing a rich and detailed fantasy land, full of mythical creatures and magical beings that effortlessly captured my heart, yet also provided a laugh-a-minute with their ridiculous antics and sassy banter. I laughed hard, to the point of tears on several occasions. I certainly highlighted more than in any book I’ve ever read, re-reading passages over and over again just to absorb the hilarity and genius as much as humanly possible. It was comedy brilliance, pure and simple. But don’t be fooled, as laugh-out-loud funny as this story is, there are also some great feels. The romance between wizard's apprentice Sam Haversford and Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart is the slowest of slow burns, with lots of not-so-subtle flirting and not-so-secret longing. There is frustration and heartache – on my behalf as well as theirs – but in true fairy-tale fashion, there is also the most magical and epic of happily ever afters in store for these two oblivious idiots.I feel like The Lightning-Struck Heart was personally tailored to meet my every bookish want and need. Seriously, I have not a single complaint or wish for change in any way, shape or form. To me this was the perfect book, and I have no doubt it will remain a favourite for the rest of my days.