Title: The Queen & the Homo Jock King
Author: T.J. Klune
Series: At First Sight #2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 29th, 2016
Genre(s): M/M Romance
Page Count: 350
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.
I’ve not read the first in this series as yet, so apparently I may have missed some backstory, but it certainly didn’t feel that way to me. I recognized Sandy from the Corey/Kori trip taken with Tyson in The Art of Breathing, and I was so excited to see that this was his tale! Sooner or later I’ll get around to Tell Me It’s Real, but for now, just let me tell you that you NEED to read this book – this one, not those other two, but THIS one for which you are reading this review! Not want to, not might, but NEED. It is THAT good!
Sandy is a diva of the highest order. As a drag queen, she calls herself Helena Handbasket, and she is amazing! Having been introduced to his first drag queen when he and his best buddy Paul tried to sneak into a club as teenagers and were detained long enough by the bouncer, Charlie, to be able to meet her, Sandy knew exactly what he wanted to do when he grew up, and he did just precisely that. Then there is Darren, Sandy’s worst nightmare come to life. Darren is the homo jock king – that is, he’s the epitome of the term “jock” and the king of his group at the club where Helena performs.
Sandy is recruited by the owner of the club to seduce Darren and enlist his help in convincing Darren’s very conservative republican and homo-intolerant father to help secure the future of the club. Thus begins some of the most hysterical shenanigans – laugh out loud, wake your other half up from a sound sleep shenanigans.
Their romance is a slow burn, but the heat is absolutely palpable. Sandy’s reason for hating Darren stems to an incident years in the past, one in which Sandy was hurt ever so dreadfully, a fact which Darren doesn’t seem to recognize. Their first, rather public, “liaison” will have you howling as they try to outdo one another with their “romantic” words.
The premise of this was good, and the pacing is quick yet steady, so there are no fitful stops and starts. The peripheral characters are absolutely wonderful. Charlie is a doll, Paul is a dedicated best friend, Vince is a blithering idiot that will have you chuckling at his cluelessness, but he is so in love with Paul (and vice versa) that you’ll love him, too (oh, and they are the stars of Tell Me It’s Real), Corey/Kori’s quiet yet snarky personality, and then add in Paul’s parents and his Nana… there are an entire host of characters that round out this world into an amazing place that I’d love to visit. The ending is just as fun as the beginning, and this is a definitive re-read…over and over and over – it’s *that* good! Five hilarious stars for this wonderful novel!
Review Copy of The Queen & the Homo Jock King provided by Dreamspinner Press for an honest Review.