Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway for Queen B* and the Homecoming King (The Queen B* #3) by Crista McHugh

Are you ready for more adventures with the Queen B*? She's tackling major high school social events and an attraction to a guy that could ruin her reputation as a b*!

The Queen B* And the Homecoming King by Crista McHugh
Date of Publication: December 1, 2015


The Queen B*, Alexis Wyndham, has only three rules when it comes to dating that star quarterback, Brett Pederson:
  1. No obligations to spend every waking moment with each other.
  2. No public displays of affection while at Eastline High.
  3. And absolutely, under no circumstances, will she ever go to the Homecoming dance.
But as her life is completely upended time and time again, she begins to wonder if some rules are meant to be broken.


I'd never greeted a Monday morning with dozens of giddy butterflies in my stomach. Usually, I reserved my most dramatic sighs and biting comments for Mondays because—let's face it—they suck. But this Monday morning was different.
I, Alexis Wyndham, was officially Brett Pederson's girlfriend.
But I still wasn't ready to announce that to the world.
As we floated in a canoe among the water lilies in Lake Washington yesterday, I lay down a few ground rules to help me ease into this unprecedented (and unimaginable) situation. After all, it's not every day the Queen B* and the Quarterback become a couple. Dropping that bomb on our classmates could cause a rift in the space-time continuum.
Or at least cause my nemesis, Summer Hoyt, to have one very public and dramatic meltdown.
Rule number one: I refused to be one of those disgustingly cute couples that were joined at the hip between classes. We were dating, not merging our lives and identities into a single life-form. Brett had his group of friends and I had mine, and until recently, they never intertwined because I despised most of the in-crowd. If I hadn't gotten to know the real Brett during a class project, I would've continued to write him off as a dumb jock.
Lesson learned, but still…
Rule number two: no public displays of affection at school. Not that I had any problem with PDAs with Brett. I liked kissing him. But I also had been known to lose control when I was with him…and lose articles of clothing. And after having that awkward run-in with my mom and her boyfriend's PDA on our living room couch last week, I'd rather not make a spectacle of myself in front of everyone. It opened up the doors to ridicule.
Rule number three: I wouldn't go to Homecoming with Brett. I'd made it this far through high school without plunging into that cheesy sea of balloons and crepe paper while wearing a silly sequin-laden dress, and I wasn't going to cross that line during my senior year.


★★★ 1/2 stars

I'm a huge fan of this series. I love Alexis and her "I will not put up with this" attitude. She's a crusader for the truth and under dogs, and such a strong female character. I've loved being in her head and I loved being with her as she tackled her attraction to Brett and other problems at school and home.

I really feel like this installment in the series showed Alexis's emotional growth as she handled things going on in her life and those around her. She was tested on all fronts, at school, at home, when it came to her rules about being with Brett, and with her friends. It wasn't really that she was being active, but rather reacting to the situations around her. I was not happy about a number of things. The one that plagued me the most was the situation with Morgan and Alexis. As Alexis's best friend, I found it highly irregular she would attack and treat Alexis the way she did. She quite easily took the word of someone she didn't know that well and didn't stop to think about how ridiculous the accusations leveled at Alexis were. 

I did like seeing how things changed with Brett. Granted Alexis's romantic boundaries were pushed, not the physical ones, just the ones with actually having a boyfriend and everything that comes along with it. I didn't like how Alexis was still hung up on not letting people know she and Brett were a couple. I liked how we got another closer look at Brett and his family. I love his sisters and the way he is with them. I felt like the dynamic between Brett and his father was better visible in this book. I also felt like the dynamic between Brett and Alexis changed in this book too. Previously it felt like Brett was trying to support Alexis and show her she didn't have to be so hard all the time. In this book it really felt like Alexis was being a great girlfriend and supportive to Brett, kind of bolstering him up.

I will admit to being surprised about what was happening at home with Alexis's sister and mother. Those were some very interesting developments. I loved seeing how Alexis was able to help one of her best friends combat hate. It's a sensitive topic and can be so damaging to teenage minds and I loved the way it was handled. I can say that I really enjoyed reading this installment of The Queen B* series. I do hope there are more books to come because I feel like there's a lot more poised to happen before Alexis and Brett can relax and have an happy ever after.  We still don't know what Summer is holding over Brett's head that causes him to drop everything and run to her when she asks him to. Crista McHugh has done a fabulous job at taking a story that could be really long if told at once and breaking it into smaller books. I love the issues she tackles and the way she does them. This series is fast becoming one of my favorite young adult series to read!

*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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About Crista McHugh

Crista McHugh is an award-winning author of fantasy and romance who writes heroines who are smart, sexy and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.
She is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (including the Greater Seattle Chapter and the Seattle Eastside Chapters), and Romance Divas.
Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.
And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

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