Sam reviews The Queen and the Homo Jock King (At First Sight) by TJ Klune. Published by Dreamspinner Press on February 29, 2016 and is 531 pages long.
This eBook was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Sequel to Tell Me It’s Real
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.
Ever since I saw that TJ Klune was going to release a book about Sandy/Helena I was ecstatic. I loved book one Tell Me it’s Real and was dying for Sandy’s story. The Queen and The Homo Jock King went above and beyond anything I was expecting.
As we read in Book 1, Sandy despises the Homo Jocks especially their King or so he tries to believe. However, when Jack It becomes at risk to being closed Sandy will do anything in his power to keep it from happening. Even if that means seducing the one man he would rather stay far away from.
Darren, aka the Homo Jock King, seems to do anything to get a rise out of Sandy. He doesn’t always mean to but it happens. Could it all be because he has underlying feelings that he can’t figure out how to deal with. Sandy makes him crazy plain and simple.
Sandy’s plan is simple, seduce Darren in order to save Jack It. Unfortunately, this plan fails from the moment it begins. The tables are turned and Sandy has no choice to go along with it even if he knows that this could be the worst idea he has ever had.
Will Sandy and Darren be able to come out of this in one piece? Or even better will they stop trying so hard to stop the inevitable?
Over last couple months TJ Klune has become a favorite author mine. No matter which book of his I have picked up I have absolutely loved it. He has the ability to bring a great story to life while it making you laugh hysterically. The Queen and the Homo Jock King is heartwarming, exasperating, funny and so much more. The writing is flawless and it flows easily. The secondary characters are fantastic. They bring so much to the stories. They are all crazy and you can’t help but adore them all. I am hoping the Kori/Corey’s story will be next.
If you have read the first book Tell Me It’s Real then you know you don’t want to miss out on this one. If you haven’t read book 1, I highly recommend doing so first to understand the background of the characters.
10/10 pots of gold
When TJ Klune was eight, he picked up a pen and paper and began to write his first story (which turned out to be his own sweeping epic version of the video game Super Metroid–he didn’t think the game ended very well and wanted to offer his own take on it. He never heard back from the video game company, much to his chagrin). Now, two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder, wondering why he has to go to work as a claims examiner for an insurance company during the day when he could just stay home and write.
He dreams about one day standing at Stonehenge, just so he can say he did.