The Queen and the Homo Jock King, by TJ Klune
Series: At First Sight, Book 2 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 29, 2016
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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.
SASS. SO MUCH SASS.
(Yes, that gets its own tag)
Enemies to Lovers
I must confess, I still believe in TJ Klune. He’s one of the few authors who can get me to read a 500+ page novel in one sitting, and still wish for more at the end of it. The Queen and the Homo Jock King is hilarious and sassy as only a TJ Klune novel can be, but it’s also filled with emotional scenes that have you gasping and on the verge of tears.
This is a story about a girl named Helena. Oh, it’s not? Sorry, my bad.
It’s a story about a man named Sandy. Who is also Helena, his drag queen alter ego. And it’s the story of Darren, king of the homo jocks, seducer of twinks. They
fall in love fight a lot.
But oh, Sandy(-slash-Helena), I feel like I’ve been wanting you all my life! He’s a strong, fierce character who doesn’t take shit from anyone, who sees what he wants and gets it, and who is just as confused and desperate for love as the rest of us poor souls.
What I love about this novel is the way TJ controls your emotions like a conductor in an orchestra. He makes you laugh (a lot!), he makes you sit up in outrage on behalf of the characters, he makes you want to cry. And while this is a (slow-build) romance between Sandy and Darren, it’s also a novel about unconventional family, and about being brave.
For the most part, the transitions between Sandy and Helena are as seamless as a pair of spanx. But every so often, I had a jolt as the character shifted tracks with all the force of a drag queen on a rampage. Which is to say, sometimes the book felt a bit schizophrenic as the line between Sandy and Helena blurred.
But if you need a vacation tonight, then you should absolutely grab this book and settle in for a lot of laughter and sass.
(Plus, Corey/Kori is my fave ever, and the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reference to How to Be a Normal Person had me literally cackling with laughter.)
Favorite Quote (one of many!): “Well, we did just use Britney lyrics to have the beginning of a conversation.” [Or to help write a review, as the case may be. All lyrics in italics.]
TJ is best known for writing the Bear, Otter, and the Kid series, a contemporary M/M romance about a young man struggling to raise his kid brother alone while trying to come to terms with his sexuality.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.