Title: The Queen & the Homo Jock King
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Sanford Stewart sure doesn’t. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy’s perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind.
Or so he tells himself.
It’s not until the owner of Jack It—the club where Sandy performs as drag queen Helena Handbasket—comes to him with a desperate proposition that Sandy realizes he might have to put his feelings about Darren aside. Because Jack It will close unless someone can convince Andrew Taylor, the mayor of Tucson, to keep it open.
Someone like Darren, the mayor’s illegitimate son.
The foolproof plan is this: seduce Darren and push him to convince his father to renew Jack It’s contract with the city.
All hail the Queen! Yes yes yes yes yes! The sequel to Tell me it’s real was everything I was hoping it would be and more.
In true TJ Klune fashion, this book was hilarious, ridiculously witty, and the sexual tension between Sandy/Helena and Darren was scorching. Now, don’t be reading this book expecting very realistic situations. This isn’t what it’s about. It’s about love, insecurities, making a new family, and overcoming fear to embrace twu wuv, all through the eyes of a fierce drag queen who falls in love with her nemesis, the Homo Jock King.
I just love Helena. Sandy is pretty badass on his own, but Helena takes the cake on this. She is unapologetically bitchy, bossy, and whiplash-inducing quick to anger and to retaliate when she or her friends are threatened in any way. Poor Darren is trying to atone for past assholishness with no effect whatsoever, until outside forces intervene to get them into a fake relationship. Oh, and they’re trying to save a gay bar through charity for crack babies. The funny in this book is unreal, with Klune not pulling punches one bit. It’s damn near psychotic! And I loved it!
The romance is very present throughout the book, and I have to say, it contains the most explicit, raunchy sex scene this author has offered to date. Dangle that carrot, why don’t you, TJ? Lord knows if we’re gonna see that again, but it was glorious!
Of course, there is Paul’s and Vince’s brand of crazy to see, Kori/Corey’ brilliance, the homophobic parrot, and Paul’s nan who’s stealing the show on numerous occasions in this book -not to leave out Paul’s parents with their kink talk. I absolutely loved this book. This author has an amazing ability to write comedy while bringing depth of emotion to his characters, without the angst overtaking the plot. And he nailed it here!
Highly recommend this to all fans of mm, but pick up the first book in the series before starting this. Everything will make so much more sense that way and you’ll appreciate the characters for who they are even more. I can’t wait for Corey/Kori’s book.