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The Queen & the Homo Jock King

At First Sight
De : TJ Klune
Lu par : Michael Lesley
Série : At First Sight Series, Volume 2
Durée : 17 h et 5 min
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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.

Simple, right?

Wrong.

©2016 TJ Klune (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Tina
  • 02/08/2016

Loveee it.

Wow I 'm speechless.... Ok first Klune is one of the gods of gay novels and thanks for blissing us with one of your beautiful creation to read. Tell Me It's Real was great but this one was crazy awesome, i love the characters in the books and the amazing Way Michael Lesley makes them come alive. There were so many beautiful, funny, loving, crazy and amazing moments in this story everybody in the family is crazy I mean everyone but I love them, yep The Queen & the Home jock king was a beautiful story. certainly got me out of my reading slump, worth staying up late to listen to it 5 stars. So, I highly recommend this if you enjoyed TJ's books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07/08/2016

A Must Have for TJ Klune & Michael Lesley Lovers!

Any additional comments?

I have expectations of a T.J. Klune novel. It must be funny, it should have some emotions tucked into it too, and above all, it should be written so I can devour it quickly thoroughly enjoying every turn of the page.

This had the potential to go either really wrong or really right. Luckily, my faith in T.J. Klune remains unblemished, because this was totally right.

I love the humor, the feels (though I was a little surprised I didn't get hit with wookie cry face), and the way Klune handles bringing back some of my favorite characters.

Sandy is, of course, fierce and divine and hot mess and wonderful.

Paul and Vince, Matty and Larry Auster, Nana...they're all back and in rare form. Some of the text conversations and interactions in this story...So. Freaking. Funny.

There's some miscommunication, which drives me up a wall, but it works here for the most part and shows how well it's written that I didn't want to chuck my Kindle through a window. I especially loved how Sandy handles the whole seduction of Darren Mayne, Homo Jock King. It's brilliant, and funny, and had me snort laughing until it was hard to breathe.

In the end, the whole thing is deliciously well done, and if you are a fan of Tell Me It's Real you will not be disappointed in this.

If you listened to Michael Lesley's performance for book one in the series Tell Me It's Real (At First Sight #1) then you know you are going to laugh your butt off when listening to this. If you haven't listened to it, then what is wrong with you? Go - go buy it now. And don't forget to get this as well.

This was what I imagine it was like listening to radio shows before television and movies became popular. Truly a riveting *performance*.

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  • jeffrey
  • 04/06/2019

So much fun!

Michael Lesley is a genius!
He’s one of my favorite narrators. He’s an amazing performer.
I’ve listened to this story many times especially when I need a laugh.
TJ is a talented author and Michael brings the story to life!
The brunch scene has to be one of my favorites!!

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  • Donald
  • 20/12/2016

Not enough stars here...

I am such a huge fan of T. J. Klune's...and the talent's of Michael Lesley are phenomenal. So when this book became available, I immediately had to purchase and listen to it. I have listened to it three times now...and probably will again. Familiar with the characters from Tell Me It's Real, I loved learning of Sanford Stewart and Helena Handbasket. The journey to love was full of strife, torture, laughs, tears, and a despicable parrot!!! Again...I adore T. J.'s writing and this is definitely one that you can not miss...

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 03/09/2016

Funny sequel - absolutely PERFECT narration!

Katie and I did a buddy read/review for this because Katie is a HUGE TJ fan and both of us absolutely ADORED Tell Me It’s Real. (MS – Morgan, KS – Katie)



Sandy: “You know when you have a dream about doing something you shouldn’t and then it turns incestuous and you think, well, that wasn’t so bad and then there are marching bands?”


MS: OMG I was so psyched to see a follow up to Tell Me It’s Real (TMIR)! To me this is TJ at his finest. This book has all the fun and only a little of the angst. There are even moments when TJ makes fun of his own angst love when Kori/Corey describes her time with Tyson at school. What did you think Katie?

KS: Sandy had a very distinct voice in Tell Me.. and Art/Breathing, in this book he sounded a lot like Bear and Paul. Which don't get me wrong, love them both, but Sandy lost some individuality for me. Helena didn't take over as much as she does in other stories.

MS: I agree, Sandy did go on a lot of “Bear-like” rants in this. Hysterical, but different from the Sandy in TMIR.

MS: So… I think anyone could read this as a standalone but… they’d miss a hellovalot! Sandy is Paul’s BFF and a SUPER FABULOUS drag queen – Helena Handbasket. Sandy is the mild mannered counter to Helena’s outlandish and sometimes snarky side. Sandy/Helena have had a run in years ago with Darren – the Homo Jock King and Vince’s half-brother. Since then Darren has attended almost all of Helena’s shows but always leaves with some twink. Sandy – who hates Darren with the fire of a thousand suns – leaves with some piece of frat/jock/anybody else not Darren.


Paul: “Because you’d fight him for the right to my nipples?” Paul asked.
Vince: “Sure,” Vince said. “I’d fight anyone for your nipples. And also because Darren wants to bone Sandy and not you.”

KS: I now love Darren, but again he’s sounding very similar to Otter, who is one of my book boyfriends - so not a bad thing. But… I didn't need to be constantly reminded that they were the Queen and Homo Jock King, it was brought up a lot.

MS: Darren did get more of a personality here, but the firm delineation of Queen v Homo Jock King did get a bit overused. I think that one of my biggest “issues” with TJ’s work lately has been a distinct lack of editing. He is SO funny but the rants are getting longer and longer.


MS: When Sandy’s friends get involved there is a suddenly a need for Darren and Sandy to act as boyfriends to get Darren’s dad to help them save the gay bar… and well... it was confusing and it’s supposed to be. While “acting as boyfriends” – their deepest desires (who everyone else already knew) come to the surface and some of the old hurts dividing them get explained and fixed.


MS: There is SO much to love about this book, besides the humor there is a lot of love. We see more of Paul, Vince, Corey/Kori and a different side of Sandy.

KS: I never thought of Sandy as slutty, but he kind of came off that way in this book, but still totally lovable.


Sandy: There comes a time in every gay man’s life where he’s asked if he got rimmed in an alley behind a Mexican restaurant. It’s almost a rite of passage.


MS: Paul and Vince are crazy as ever.

Sandy: “No one has ever had anything good to say when starting a sentence here’s the thing,” I told him.
Paul: “You don’t know that,” he said. “Gandhi could have been all, like, ‘Here’s the thing: love everyone and junk.’”


Vince: “And I know I’m right, because you can’t spell convinced without Vince.”


MS: So is Paul’s gran and Johnny Depp the parrot that hates Paul.

MS: Paul’s parents are there being their weird/kinky/strange/loving selves, too.

“So they’re just sex friends?” Larry asked.
“It would seem so,” Matty said. “Should we get a sex friend?”
Larry shook his head. “I would get too jealous over something like that. Maybe we could borrow Vince’s riding crop.”


MS: We get the help from Mike the boss, and Charlie and a back-story about Vaguyna – Helena’s mentor.


MS: My hope is that our dear Kori/Corey and maybe…. a certain bartender??? – will get a story next… Corey is too great a character to not have a book to himself.
KS: Yes! We need more Izaac! I’m hoping he's mentioned so much for a reason. I love Corey/Kori and would have liked to see some conflict there, a continuance of Art/Breathing. Maybe them together?


MS: Fans of Tell Me It’s Real will LOVE this and if you haven’t read that – GO DO IT – then read this FFS.

Sandy: "And also please find out a way to send me back in time so I never have to hear you describe the term slow-bone to me ever again. If I had to list the top five traumatizing things that have ever happened to me that would be number 4. At least"

MS: The story winds and wiggles and giggles and meanders and twists and turns for 350 pages – but it’s so damn funny the time flies. 5 of 5 stars



Audio

Katie and I collaborated again on the audio review.

Morgan: Katie, what was your favorite part of the narration to Homo Jock King?

KS: I love that Tj got the same narrator back. It was so nice to hear Paul, Vince and Sandy as I've heard them so many times before. Michael Lesley is great at going between the characters and making them each unique. I love the layering when they all shriek about something or stepping away from the mic when they're yelling from other rooms. All nice touches.

Morgan: I thought Michael Lesley did a fantastic job with keeping all the voices unique and separate. Who was your favorite character based on the voices?

KS: Not necessarily because of his voice but Paul is always my favorite. I've had the pleasure of meeting the author so when I read Paul I hear Tj's voice. So it was really hard for me to hear another voice on Paul, but I've been won over (for the most part).

Morgan: I loved how the narrator used pacing and inflection to add to the humor in this story. When he does the very many monologues he slows down, then speeds up in a way that had me laughing at loud and giggling in public! What was the funniest scene you listened to?

KS: Tj is the master of awkward dinners, so the brunch was great. I mean Tj does them often, but they are always hilarious. Nana and Paul bidding on Darren was pretty great, as well as Sandy on the phone with Paul in the bathroom while at lunch with Darren and his father.

Morgan: Is there anything you wish were done differently? Anything else that caught your attention you wanted to talk about?

KS: Name pronunciations bothered me more than I'd like. I know different narrators but I didn't like the different pronunciations of Corey/Kori. I didn't like the Izaac pronunciation either. Overall so fun, and had me struggling to not laugh out loud at work. Love these characters so much.


5 of 5 stars – absolutely recommended!

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  • Smitten with Reading
  • 03/01/2017

A+ rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.75
Performance: 5.0
Story: 4.75

There was so much happy to this story. Seriously, the audiobook was 18 hours of me sitting and listening and giggling while my family looked at me like I was nuts (and I couldn't even explain because they wouldn't understand me even reading this book, much less why I enjoyed it so much...but honestly, that's a common occurrence with my reading, but I digress). This book was all the things. It was so freaking funny, but at the same time had poignant moments that broke my heart.

Sandy and Darren....my heart, but they weren't all that made this book what it was...fantastic. No, the cast of characters were amazing, too, their quips fantastically humorous, and the bonds between the group made this story everything I ever could have hoped and so much more.

And it must be noted early in this review that the narrator, Michael Lesley, is brilliant. He does the breathy voices of Sandy/Helena so perfectly while still managing the depths and outrage of Darren and his fellow jocks. It was truly narration perfection!!! The pauses, the gasps, the sounds of outrage and nervousness...Michael Lesley mastered them all. It was truly one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to...which is why I spent hours laughing to (seemingly) myself with headphones in my ears because I didn't want the audiobook to ever stop...even after 18 hours.

And that brings me back to Sandy and Darren...two characters who seem at the beginning to truly despise one another. But there are reasons...heartbreaking ones...why things are so bad between them. And it broke my heart for both of them. Darren aches for Sandy...it's so obvious within the story, but Sandy can't forgive the hurt. *sob* Seriously, it's all so good and emotional, but the fact that Sandy is an over the top drama queen (surrounded by equally over the top other drama queens) keeps the story from getting too deep and depressing. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Seriously...laughing out loud...I did it throughout the ENTIRE book. It was so fun and funny. One of the most enjoyable and outrageous books I've ever read. I need to buy it in print and see if that translates to just reading the book. BUT regardless, I can't recommend the audiobook enough. It was everything happy and sunny and fun...with a truly beautiful love story too.

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  • Chris Snyder
  • 02/10/2016

Another Amazing Story! I Couldn't Stop Laughing!

TJ Klune does it again! This story had me rolling on the floor. Switching back-and-forth between funny and poignant, it's the feel-good story of the year. Michael Leslie does a fantastic job of narration. He has a great breadth of character voices, and his inflections are spot on! He could read me the phonebook any day.

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  • K.S.
  • 19/09/2016

As always - klune is amazing

I have listened to all of klunes stories and they are all amazing. I was a little doubtful of this one since drag is not my thing. But klune manages to make the story lovable anyway. Its Funny and Extreme just as most of the other books. I do not know how he does it but i Want more! And the narrator is amazing too - the story could have been ruined with the wrong narrator since the drag part of the story makes it a difficult job but he is perfect and over the top just as he should be. Any klune fan should listen to it and to Those Who does not know this author in the mm romance department are just lucky because they May listen to Them for the first time - i would start with Bear, otter and the kid.

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  • Leezard_Love
  • 28/03/2020

Loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Sandy/Helena Handbasket cracked me up with his sassiness. The story was funny, sexy, and sweet. Highly recommend this series.

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  • Aerielle
  • 22/09/2019

Fake relationship at its best

I adore Sandy (Helena) to pieces! He is so snarky! I just loved it. Darren is the perfection dude bro ! The whole premise for this story is ridiculous but it’s funny and entertaining! Great narration as always by Michael Lesley!