Wednesday, December 15, 2021

REVIEW: Homecoming King by Penny Reid

Title: Homecoming King
Series: Three Kings #1
Author: Penny Reid
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 14, 2021


I absolutely adored Homecoming King. It's one of those books that you start, thinking you'll just kinda get a feel for what it's all about and then you'll put it down and pick it up a few hours later, but in reality, you start it and find yourself up until you have to go to work the next morning, desperate to not have to put it down, but also money must be made to pay the bills. 0.0

Homecoming King is a new world in the Penny Reid worlds and after reading about Abby and Rex, I cannot wait to read the other two Three Kings novels. So what made this novel so engaging? Well, first and foremost, Penny Reid writes such smart, funny, and wise characters and so it's impossible not to love her novels, right?! Even knowing that, I have to say, I absolutely fell in love with Abby. She has to be one of the kindest, most honest, sweetest characters ever. She was humble and quirky and fun and even though I wanted to throttle her for how blind she was to Rex's emotions, I loved her. She really was a great foil to Rex--a character I imagined to be a lot like Grumpy Cat. He was such a grump. And seemingly stoic. And so closed mouth about how he felt...until he wasn't. And then, of course, I loved him too.

These two former childhood classmates, bartender and pro footballer, unlikeliest of sweethearts, were so good that I willingly lost precious sleep to just see how and why and where they'd end up. Snatch up this latest Penny Reid novel and try to savor it more than I did, if you can. Though, you'll probably be a lot like me--completely unable to stop reading once you start.


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.


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