Review: Drama King by Penny Reid

Drama King by Penny Reid

Series: Three Kings #2

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy

Release Date: December 13, 2022

Stuck with her off-limits, taciturn, hunky movie star client during a sudden snowstorm on Christmas Eve, an extremely capable and highly professional bodyguard must keep him alive and warm without letting the tension building between them get too hot.

Bathsheba (Beth) Ryan can’t thank her best friend enough for helping her land the job of her dreams. After being relegated to second-string security for politicians in DC, being hired as an undercover personal security specialist by a giant Hollywood studio is exactly the kind of action she’s always wanted.

Until she meets her first assignment.

Cyrus Malcom can’t thank his agent enough for arranging a blind date with seemingly the woman of his dreams. After spending the past several years playing all the parts and climbing all the ladders, the lonely mega movie star finds himself actually enjoying a night on the town for the first time in ages when he meets the gorgeous, funny, and genuine Ryaine O’Rourke.

Until she shows up at his studio meeting the next day with a completely different name.

A world-wide press tour and too many late-night parties later, Beth simply needs to get through a short, one-day visit during the Christmas holiday, and then she’ll be free of Cyrus Malcom’s confusing hot looks and cold shoulders for good.

But just as they leave the airport, it starts to snow . . .

‘Drama King’ is the second book in the Three Kings Series, is a full-length, contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a complete standalone.

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Cyrus Malcolm is a hot, sexy, chill superstar. He got a superhero role in a series of movies, and he gained a lot of fans because of that. There’s a necessity to strengthen his security, so he needs to get a few new bodyguards as soon as possible.

Beth moved to LA because she got her dream job. She’s getting her first assignment working as a security specialist for an A-lister whose identity she doesn’t know yet. However, the night before she’s going to start her dream job, she needs to do a favor for a friend and impersonate her friend on a blind date. Can you guess who ends up being her date?

After a hilarious first date, and a mistaken identity, Beth and Cyrus are in a team meeting realizing they’ll be working very close together because Cyrus is the mysterious client, and Beth is one of his undercover bodyguards.

I loved how Cyrus and Beth’s story started. Their first date was hilarious! So funny! Their chemistry was instant, and the banter… PERFECTION! I adored Cyrus, he knew what he wanted, and he fought so hard for Beth’s heart. He was impulsive at times for sure, but he was so sweet and caring. So swoon-worthy! Beth was a strong character too. She was very invested in her job, so it was easy to find her relatable when she tried to stay professional because she wanted to be the best at her job. Getting involved with her first client was not the best idea. But Cyrus was mining her resistance every step of the way, just by being herself.

Their romance was super slow-burn. Beth took her time to give in to their connection and attraction. It frustrated me at times because Cyrus had such a big heart! The snowstorm, forced proximity trope, took a while to reach. It was really fun anyway. When Beth accepted that she had feelings for Cyrus, and finally let him get close to her… these two were sweet, and fantastic together.

Even though Homecoming King, the first book in this series, remains my favorite, I had a lot of fun reading Drama King. It can be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend both of these stories. Penny Reid never fails to make me fall for her characters. I loved the setting, the secondary characters, the slow-burn romance, and the chemistry between Cyrus and Beth. It was a sweet fun read! Can’t wait to read the next book in this series.


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Check my Homecoming King review here.


Penny Reid is the New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.

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  1. I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I read Homecoming King last year! This sounds super fun and funny and I always love the chemistry between Reid’s characters. Definitely going to have to pick this one up soon 😃 Great review, Andie!


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