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.
Hockey player Rex has had more success in finding love for his friends than he has for himself, which has gotten him a bit of a reputation. Abigail has had a crush on Rex from their school days together, so when he walks into her bar drunk, she becomes tongue tied but takes him home with her to sleep it off. When Rex awakens he finds himself wanting Abigail and seeing a future with her. Unsure of how to express his feelings, he offers a fake relationship through Christmas.
Abigail has been through the wringer and, understandably, has trust issues with men. She shows a strength in getting back on her feet and doing it by herself. It would be easy to rely on Rex and the money he brings into the relationship but she refuses to touch his money or ask for help.
I love Penny Reid's writing - she always creates smart characters with strong values and beliefs. They are relatable and likeable. I enjoyed the ebb and flow of the story and the banter between the characters.
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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.