Homecoming King (Three King #1) by Penny Reid _ Release Blitz & Review

Title: Homecoming King
Series: Three Kings #1
Author: Penny Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 14, 2021
Rex “TW” McMurtry’s perpetual single-hood wouldn’t bother him so much if all his ex-girlfriends didn’t keep marrying the very next person they dated, especially when so many of those grooms are his closest friends. He may be a pro-football defensive end for the Chicago Squalls, but the press only wants to talk about how he’s always a groomsman and never a groom. Rex is sick of being the guy before the husband, and he’s most definitely sick of being the best man at all their weddings.
Bartender Abigail McNerny is the gal-pal, the wing-woman, the she-BFF. She’s dated. Once. And once was more than enough. Privy to all the sad stories of her customers, ‘contentment over commitment’ is her motto, and Abby is convinced no one on earth could ever entice her into a romantic relationship . . . except that one guy she’s loved since preschool.
The guy who just walked into her bar.
The guy who doesn’t recognize her.
The guy who is drunk and needs a ride home.
The guy who has a proposition she should definitely refuse.


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

[I received a digital arc for an honest review]

Homecoming King
 is the first in Penny Reid’s Three Kings romantic comedy series. The fake relationship trope between a small town bartender and a pro football player who happens to be her childhood crush.

Rex McMurtry was Abigail’s elementary, middle school and high school crush. When he shows up at her bar one night and ends up more than a little wasted, she’s shocked. But she makes sure he’s safe and takes care of him, even after he pukes all over himself and her car. She assumes she’s never going to see him after, and is apprehensive when he shows up again and wants her to pretend to be his wife. She needs the money to pay off debts left to her from her no good ex-husband and he needs a wife to make the social aspect of his career easier. When lines between fake and real are crossed, will Abigail trust their feelings and see them as too good to be true.

We were kissing.
For real.
I mean, for fake-real.
A real fake kiss that made my head spin and my lungs ache.

Abigail is a solid character, realistic and relatable. She’s a bit quirk, down to earth and honest. I enjoyed her relationship with her best friend and loved her relationship with her boss Walker, they had a found family going on that I was there for. Her reasons for being stand-offish when it came to men were completely understandable, but her back and forth inner dialogue when it came to Rex was a little tedious. Rex, what we saw of him, I liked very much. He was gruff, lonely, caring, and passionate, just the perfect combination of those traits.

“Falling for you was like gravity.”

Goodness, this was so close to being perfect but fell flat on crucial aspect. Single POV !!! WHY 😦 When Rex comes out and says how he feels and how can she not know, umm maybe because even the reader doesn’t, so we are just as blindsided as her. He was constantly avoiding and ignoring her which I can assume is because he felt too much for her, but we don’t know that since we don’t get his POV. Therefore, that whole confessing our feelings scene didn’t work for me because we don’t know how he feels AT ALL. It’s hard to root for two people to be a couple when you only know one of them . He says I love you to her, and you’re questioning it just as much as she is. I just think if we had been given Rex’s POV I would have fallen head over heels for him.

All in all, Homecoming King was a light romantic comedy with the slowest burn ever, minor steam, low drama, high school crushes, fake relationships, and fantasies come true.

—-Written by Amanda—

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