Tuesday, February 23, 2016

ARC Review: The Queen & the Homo Jock King by T.J. Klune

The Queen & the Homo Jock King (Tell Me It's Real, #2)From the blurb:

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. 
Simple, right?

Heather's rating:

I'm going to Meryl Streep the CRAP out of this review!

OMG, guys. Like, for real!

I read Tell Me It's Real almost exactly three years ago. Almost to the day. It was my first T.J. Klune book, and I had NO idea what I was getting myself into.

I made the unfortunate (fortunate??) mistake of reading Tell Me It's Real on an airplane, and I laughed so hard that I snorted coffee out of my nose while crammed in a coach seat between my husband and a stranger. I'm a very classy lady, I know.

This time around was probably going to be different, I thought. I prepped myself to not get my expectations up too high. I mean, I've read a LOT of books between then and now, and sometimes T.J.'s books can get a little OTT for me.

So I started reading The Queen & the Homo Jock King, casually with minimal expectations (yeah, right). But then it hit me... I looked at WHERE I was reading.


This book was one delicious, cracked-out treat. And I ADORED it!

If you didn't like the first book, don't even think about reading this one. It is just as crazy, hilarious, and insane as the first, and I mean that in the best possible way. We get more conversations with Nana and Paul's parents (love them!), more uncomfortable foot-in-mouth moments, and more Sandy than ever before. The plot was pretty nonsensical, but I honestly couldn't have cared less. It was touching, sexy (yes, we get the sexiest T.J. Klune sex-scene to date, but you have to wait until the end for it), and completely memorable. I didn't burn my nostrils with coffee this time, but I kind of wanted to because it was so good.

And we get all of that, PLUS DRAG QUEENS.

I couldn't get enough of Helena Handbasket, and I loved how she made Darren wait for it! Their relationship was full of sexual tension and it was slow-burny enough to satisfy me.

This series has a total soft spot in my heart. I thought that the length was perfect (though it is really long), and I didn't think that it was too unfocused or that too much time was spend on side characters. It was the unique blend of utterly hilarious and totally heartfelt that only T.J. Klune can pull off. If you were a fan of Tell Me It's Real, run (don't walk) to buy this one.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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