Author ~ TJ Klune
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 27th February 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King
Together with their families and friends
request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, I suggest you get on it before jumping into this one. If you have, then the rest of this paragraph won’t sound all that crazy to you. This latest in the series chronicles the three weeks leading up to Vince and Paul’s wedding and includes awkward moments with family, friends and coworkers, diva fits, dude-bros, a bachelor party that unleashes the glorious horror of Sexy Paul, breakfast porn sexting, wedding nerves and doubts, and a bet that just may strike an entire wedding audience - including the reader - with Wookie cry face or jaws dropped in disbelief (or more likely both).
In true TJ Klune fashion though, it’s not all shenanigans and you may find yourself whiplashing between tears of laughter and tears because there are some serious feels dished out as well. Paul still harbors insecurities about himself and has moments of disbelief that Vince really wants him. Vince tries to hide it, but the mess that his father made of his life still comes back to haunt him every once in a while. Luckily each man has the power to completely disarm the other and bring them back with a look, or words or a semi-public BJ. There are some beautifully moving moments between Paul and Sandy, Paul and Darren (yes Darren!), and Vince and his soon to be in-laws the Austers.
This series has grown on me since the first book and this was a perfect topper to Vince and Paul’s story. It’s told from Paul’s POV and although Paul initially grated on me a bit in the first book, I’ve grown to adore his awkwardness and rambling. The flashback to Paul as a 7 year old just made me want more of his childhood (which is a lot like his adulthood). Vince is Vince. He is possibly the sweetest, most honest, most oblivious man alive and now that the car radio is stuck on NPR and he has found a thesaurus – well watch out! Again, while it’s a lot of fun and games, the message of family and acceptance that runs throughout the series is incredibly touching. The big, crazy family unit that has come to entail all the characters we’ve been introduced to so far, are all so amazingly supportive and not afraid to tell each other just what they’re feeling even if it is wholly inappropriate and filled with innuendo.
If you’ve enjoyed the series up to now, you’re going to want to grab this and read it straight through. Nothing is off limits in this series and TJ Klune even takes a couple cracks at himself with references to the almost ludicrously over the top plotline of The Queen & the Homo Jock King. Happily, this isn’t the end of things. I loved the little clue in the end about what’s in store for Corey/Kori and if that’s in fact what we’re in for, I am counting the moments until it arrives.
Meet TJ Klune
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, over two decades later, the cast of characters in his head have only gotten louder. But that’s okay, because he’s recently become a full-time writer, and can give them the time they deserve.
Since being published, TJ has won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Romance, fought off three lions that threatened to attack him and his village, and was chosen by Amazon as having written one of the best GLBT books of 2011.
And one of those things isn’t true.
(It’s the lion thing. The lion thing isn’t true.)
TJ can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.