Title: The Queen and the Homo Jock King
Author: TJ Klune
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Sanford *Sandy* Stewart, Darren Mayne
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
When it comes to being a TJ Klune fan, I’m a bit late coming to the party. Somehow, I escaped reading any of his book until a couple of months ago and immediately fell in love with all of them. Since then, I’ve read most of them and I haven’t looked back.
There is something quite special in the way Mr. Klune connects with his characters. Not only are they witty and sarcastic as hell, they seem to get themselves into some interesting hi-jinks that never fails to keep this readers undivided attention. When it comes to reading his stories, I admit I’m on the edge of my seat anxiously waiting to see what is going to happen next.
The Queen and the Homo Jock King is told in first person through Sandy/Helena’s point of view and it’s because Sandy is such an interesting, well-written character, he definitely kept me enthralled with the story he had to tell.
The blurb really does a great job in describing the story itself, so I won’t rehash it, but I will tell you although Sandy and Darren find themselves trying to save the club he works at as the infamous Helena, it is the relationships between all of the characters that is really the heart and soul of the story.
I loved the relationship between Sandy and his friends. Plus, it was great to see Sandy and Darren circle around each other throughout the book. Mr. Klune does a great job at writing sexual tension, so much so, there were times I wanted to shake Sandy and yell for him to get his head out of his arse and jump Darren’s bones. I also think Mr. Klune does a fantastic job at really showing us how much these characters connect on a deep emotional level. It’s obvious Sandy and Darren care for each other as they do their extended friends and family.
Although this book could easily be read as a stand-alone story, I do recommend reading the first book, Tell Me It’s Real. This way you can get the full extent of the amazing relationship these characters have for each other.
I loved The Queen and the Homo Jock King and it is a very easy book to recommend. Between the love the characters had for each other and the laugh out loud moments I had as I read the story, this is definitely a book not to be missed.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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