Title: Why We Fight (At First Sight #4)
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 14th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Page Count: 341 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Corey Ellis sure doesn’t. Oh, everyone around him seems to have found their happy ending, but he’s far too busy to worry about such things. He’ll have plenty of time for romance after he survives his last summer before graduation. So what if he can’t get his former professor, Jeremy Olsen, out of his head? It’s nothing more than hero worship. And that’s the way it should stay.
Except bigender Corey—aka Kori—is interning at Phoenix House for the summer, a LGBTQI youth center. A center that recently hired an interim director until someone can be found to fill the position permanently.
Because life is extraordinarily unfair, the director just so happens to be a certain former professor, now turned current boss.
Desperate to keep things professional as he and Jeremy grow closer, Corey makes a major mistake: he turns to his friends, Paul Auster and Sanford Stewart for help.
But Paul and Sandy have some ideas of their own….
Set in the summer of 2016, Why We Fight is a celebration of queer life and being true to oneself… no matter the cost.
My sides and my cheeks hurt from laughing. Seriously though, for a day after reading this I had workout pain in my face and upper body from the deep belly laughs I kept having while reading.
Why We Fight starts in the summer of 2016 and we’re taken back to Tucson, back to our wonderful group of friends and found family: Corey/Kori, Sandy, Charlie, Paul, Vince, Matty, Larry, Nana, and Darren. We even get a little screen time with Tyson Thompson (from the Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles).
We met Charlie’s beau, Robert, at the end of Until You and briefly got to meet Robert’s son, Jeremy. Turns out Jeremy was Corey/Kori’s former professor, and is also now their current interim boss for the summer at a non-profit LGBTQ+ center. So no matter how much both may want to start something – they have to remain professional. But when you know it’s real, that can prove to be impossible.
While Why We Fight is first and foremost a comedy, and it. is. funny, it’s also thought-provoking and surprisingly emotional. I love how TJ Klune expertly weaves those little emotional bombs in between some of the most hilarious scenes I’ve ever read in a book. Corey/Kori’s story absolutely lived up to my expectations.
“You are exactly the way you’re supposed to be. And no one can take that away from you. There may be rough days ahead. I won’t lie to you about that. But even if things don’t go the way we expect, you can’t ever give up. Because we are stronger together than we will ever be alone. This is why we fight. To have our voices heard and to let everyone know we won’t be taken lightly. They don’t know who they’re messing with. They want a war? Bring it. Because we are going to be fierce and fabulous, and they’ll never see us coming.”
Told from Corey/Kori’s single, first person, POV I loved being able to catch up with the Tucson crew, and (to a lesser extent) the Seafare crew. There’s even more hilarity when the guys go undercover once more, and a scene with an egg I’m not soon to forget. Like the final story in the BOATK series, Why We Fight includes an epilogue set in the future where we get to see how everyone is doing in the future.
Single, first person, POV with humor, medium steam, and a very happy HEA ending.
“What I’m trying to say is that while some things change, it doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the other important stuff. We’re always going to be together in one way or another. It might not always be like this, like we are now, but I promise you that you will never be alone.”
I felt scraped and raw. I said the only thing I could. “I love you.”