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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

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‘Dating-ish’ can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She’s fed up with online dating, 2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?

But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different–and crazier–solution to her dilemma . . .

As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. 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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Review of the Cad and the Co-Ed

The Rugby Series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance

 

The Cad and the Co-Ed (Book 3)

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You can read my review of book 2 in the series, The Player and the Pixie, here on my blog. While this book is a standalone novel, scenes relevant to this story are included in the end of book 2.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Bryan Leech used to live up to his famous rugby persona. He was wild and loved a good party. He’s not really that guy anymore though, and while it makes a few of his friends and family uncomfortable, he’s happy with who he is becoming. Eilish Cassidy might seem like a spoiled princess, but she’s fought hard to finish her degree, land an internship, and take care of her little boy. She’ll do anything to protect him and keep him with her, even if it means hiding him from the boy’s father. But as Eilish gets to know the “new” Bryan, she can’t help but feel guilty, because every little boy deserves to know his father.

The best thing about this novel, by far in my opinion, is that it doesn’t fall into many of the traps of unexpected pregnancies. I am the kind of person who rolls their eyes when an unexpected pregnancy appears in a book. I’m not a big fan of those plotlines because it seems a little too convenient. There’s a kind of manipulation that I hate. But, I’m happy to report that this novel didn’t make my eyes roll in quite the same way. Yes, there are some hurdles that have to be crossed when the premise of the novel is set up this way, but it didn’t drag on unnecessarily and it didn’t feel like baby momma drama. So if you’re like me, don’t let the basic premise of the novel scare you off—it’s really well done.

Another awesome thing about this book is it’s real depiction of the day-to-day struggle to stay sober. Getting to see Bryan on his journey is incredible and the story walks this fine line of explaining Bryan’s backstory while also holding him accountable for his actions. Bryan 100% won my heart in this story and I think he’s probably one of the most likable leading men in the entire Rugby series.

That being said, I love love love Sean in this book! He’s such a complex guy and that continues in this story. Even though Sean has his own book (book 2), he remains a consistent character full of facets and quirks that I enjoy.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $4.99)

Yes! It is a very well written novel that just makes your heart squishy. Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s FREE!

Something else you might enjoy:

If you want a twist of the unexpected pregnancy plot, try Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde. It’s the second book in her Reapers MC series, but you can read it as a standalone.

Cad & the Co-Ed Release Blitz

The Cad and The Co-Ed, an all-new romantic comedy from Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway is LIVE

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THE CAD

Bryan Leech is a cad.

Or, he *was* a cad.

No one is quite certain.

Once the quintessential playboy, Bryan claims he’s done with wild parties and weekend benders. No more one night stands leading to mornings he can’t remember; no more binges and blackouts; no more exploits plastered all over the tabloids and rag sheets. According to Bryan, he’s cleaning up his act.

The only problem is, no one believes him.

THE CO-ED

Eilish Cassidy never thought she’d be a mother at nineteen or still in college at twenty-four. Cut off from every member of her family except her favorite cousin, she’s finally managed to put her life back together. Stronger and wiser, Eilish enters her last semester of university determined to stand on her own. Now she just needs to find an internship.

The only problem is, her best option—by far—places her directly in the path of her son’s father, and he doesn’t remember her at all.

THE PLAN

Bryan is determined to prove he’s changed. Eager to settle down with the right woman, he’s got his sights set on the gorgeous redhead who seems terribly familiar.

Eilish is determined to hide her secret. She’ll do anything to keep her child safe, even if that means ignoring her own wishes and desires.

But what happens when Bryan starts to remember? And what will it take for Bryan to convince the girl he forgot that she’s unforgettable?

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Meet Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. 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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Meet L.H. Cosway:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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Loving the Player in the Player and the Pixie

Rugby Series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy

 

The Player and the Pixie (Book 2)

 

If you’d like my opinion on the first book in the series, The Hooker and the Hermit, you can find it on Goodreads by clicking this link. I wrote this before I began this blog and so the format is different and the evaluation system is a bit different, so please read it with a grain of salt. The third book in the series, The Cad and the Co-Ed, is scheduled to be released Feb. 14 so I suggest reading the first two books now so you’re all caught up. While each book is technically a stand-alone novel, they are much better read in sequence. And as a side note: if buy books on Kindle, then the new book won’t be available for pre-order. If you read on other platforms it is available for pre-order, but once Feb. 14 hits, it will go off those platforms to be exclusively available on Kindle. In summary, if you read on Kindle you will have to wait to buy it till it’s release date. If you don’t, you need to pre-order it NOW.

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Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty Summary: Sean Cassidy is the player everyone hates, especially after he betrayed his teammate Ronan and violated the bro code. Sean has it out for Ronan and he isn’t above using Ronan’s little sister, Lucy, to mess with him. Lucy may have rainbow colored hair, but she’s not a child. She knows that she has problems and she’s doing her best to fix them, but when Sean blackmails her into having dinner with him, she might have added one more problem to her list. When Lucy discovers that Sean is terrible in bed, she finds an enjoyable way to kill two birds with one stone. But when emotions get out of hand, it’s Sean who has the problem of convincing Lucy to give him an honest shot at becoming more than just a player.

I enjoyed this novel so much! It probably had something to do with the unique storyline of the player being bad in bed. It’s hilarious to think of all the women who use Sean for his celebrity and have to pay for it in bad sex. I do wish the storyline had gone into a little more depth as to WHY Sean is bad in bed. It speculates a little, but it’s made out to be more a matter of technique than actually paying attention to how a woman is responding to a man’s touch. This aspect of the book reminded me a little of the movie Don Jon with Joseph-Gordon Levitt. If you aren’t afraid of sex scenes and porn, the movie has an interesting “lesson” of a similar vein.

The psychological aspects of this book are immense, what with Lucy’s problems with her mother, Sean’s childhood emotional neglect, and the whole needing to get “warm.” If you enjoy thinking about human nature, then reading this book is fascinating.

The progression of Lucy and Sean’s relationship is another strong selling point for me. While it started off with a kind of tense anger, it slowly evolved into a friendship of sorts. This incremental development to their relationship was believable and enjoyable.

Overall, this book is a great journey. It moves from Ireland to Spain to New York and then back to Ireland and each place seems to represent a different phase of Lucy and Sean’s relationship. Oh, and the sex scenes are pretty great too and they also traverse spaces.

One other small critique I had of the book is the resolution of the central conflict for Lucy. In the end, it seems too easily solved after Lucy spent weeks upon weeks, and even a few tears, worrying about it. This aspect of the plot didn’t bother me as much as it could have, though, because Sean is so earnest in his attempts at being with Lucy. I love it when a man is cute and vulnerable and needy (in a healthy way).

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $1.99)

Yes, get it now while it’s on sale! The third book in the series releases on Feb. 14 and prices will probably go up after that so hurry. And bonus, if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s free!

Something else you might enjoy:

There are a lot of reforming-the-player themed books, but none of them have a storyline where the hero is bad in bed. In fact, I can’t think of a single book where the sex isn’t just magically wonderful. Has anyone else read a book where the partners have to work at learning what each other likes?

Beard and Bread Science

The Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

Beard Science (Book 3)

If you’d like to read my reviews of the first two books in this series, you can find them by clicking on their titles: Truth or Beard (Book 1) and Grin and Beard It (Book 2).

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Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Jennifer Sylvester has spent her entire life being the Banana Cake Queen. Her banana cake is a phenomenon all her own, but her mother’s branding of the bakery Jennifer runs goes beyond just pretty packages. Jennifer wears yellow dresses, dyes her hair yellow and is only allowed to own one pair of jeans. Cletus Winston doesn’t have time for queens—he has got his hand in too many pies to be worried about banana cake. But Jennifer needs Cletus’ expertise and she isn’t fooled by his public persona. When Jennifer blackmails Cletus in order to gain his cooperation, Cletus is shocked to discover that his “scientific” approach to judging people may not work a hundred percent of the time.

This novel is essentially about looking beyond the obvious. To some extent all of the books in this series are about this, but Beard Science, in particular, seems to remind us that the persona we show the public is not all that we are… in fact it might not be who we are at all. There is a lesson for us in this story that is worthwhile and timeless, even if we aren’t all Cletuses or Jennifers. Cletus Winston is brilliant and although he is a bit dense when it comes to matters of the heart, he is smart enough to be honest, which is one of my favorite parts of this novel. Jennifer is not honest, in fact, her personal journey is one of self-realization and revelation, which is also a beautiful part of this book.

The amazing thing about Penny Reid though, is she doesn’t just create these great characters whom I love, but her writing is beautiful and evocative itself. This passage jumped out at me as I was reading: “Once the words were out a dull ache radiated outward from my chest. I had an odd, fleeting notion that my heart was hurling itself against my ribs, seeking hers.” Reid doesn’t just do humor well with quirky turns of phrases, but she’s able to convey emotion. I know exactly that dull ache that burns in my chest when I’ve said something that I regret. And to follow that up with the image of Cletus’ heart like a bird trying to reunite with his lovers is so vivid that it adds this visual component to the emotional turmoil being described. Gah! Just great!

In summary, the characters are wonderful, the writing is amazing, and the cherry on the top is that this book is also funny. If there is only one small issue I had with this book it was that it rolled through the conflict so quickly. There is so much going on—the drama is ridiculous—and there are some surprises, I think, but it all wraps up too easily. I am curious what the next book will bring. Part of what my problem was, though, was that I didn’t want the story to end. I didn’t want to say goodbye to Cletus and Jennifer and Ashley and her Viking marauder and Jethro and his flirting expert and the rest of the gang. I love this family, I love this town, and I really wish I could visit Tennessee.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)

Yes! I bought it and you should too. I think this is one that you’ll come back to again and again. At least I know I will, especially when I need a bit of a pick me up.

Something else you might enjoy:

The Rosie Project has a protagonist somewhat similar to Cletus in the use of science and logic, which gets him into trouble a little bit. It’s also a comedy, so there is that overlap as well. But, there is a different tone to this book, so you can appreciate it for it’s own merits.

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Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid
Contemporary Romance
Beard Science is the third of the Winston Brothers Series and I can’t wait to read it! It’s available today, so I’ll let you know what I think as I read it, but I loved the first two books. You can read my review of the first two books in the series, Truth or Beard & Grin and Beard It, by following the links on the titles. At this point, it’s probably obvious that this is NOT a book review. It’s a post to say Happy Book Birthday to Penny Reid and the Winston Brothers! To celebrate there is a link at the bottom of the post where you can enter to win a collection of autographed books sponsored by Penny Reid.
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Beard Science (Book 3)
Book Synopsis
Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?
Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.
And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
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Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?
Likely, the last thing you expect.
Beard Science is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.
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About the Author
Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. 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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Can’t Help But Grin

The Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid

Contemporary Romance

This is the second book in the Winston Brothers Series. The first book, Truth or Beard, is also highly recommended. My book review can be found here.

Grin and Beard It (Book 2)

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Overall Rating: 4.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Sienna Miller is used to dating the hottest men in Hollywood, but she knows beauty is only skin deep. In fact, she’s discovered that the sexier the man the more self-absorbed he is and Sienna is tired of dating men who are only interested in furthering their careers. After all, Sienna is at the top of her career as an actress and writer and anyone she dates is immediately thrown into the spotlight. Jethro Winston is HOT, but what really bowls Sienna over when they first meet, is his ability to flirt. Sienna has never met another man who is as good at flirting as Jethro, but it’s not exactly something Jethro is proud of since it brings up bad memories. Jethro knows that Sienna is the best thing he’s ever seen in Tennessee but he’s afraid to begin a relationship with a woman who is only in town to film a movie and will fly back to LA when he work is done. He knows what he wants is forever and he isn’t willing to settle for less.

Perhaps the component of the novel I love the most about this book is how sweet Sienna and Jethro are with each other. They like each other and they don’t hide it. They flirt, they hang out, and they talk. It’s a good old-fashioned romance and I love it! The conflict that drives the novel is pretty basic: do two people who are attracted to each other want the same things in a relationship? There is very little unnecessary drama, even though Penny Reid could have easily gone in that direction, she maintains the integrity of the characters as straightforward and straight talking.

Another component of the novel I love is actually a characteristic of many of Reid’s novel and that is it tries to challenge stereotypes by writing characters that on the outside look flat, but explode preconceived notions with their complexity. Reid wanted to write characters that were not white and she creates Sienna as a full-figured Latina woman who is smart, funny, extroverted and successful. She has a large family who love each other, but her parents are not maids or gardeners, but rather doctors. There is an acknowledgement of common cultural values (big families that are close), but an emphasis that ambition and success cut across all ethnicities.

Indeed, I think the entire series, while predicated on a funny play on Ashley Winston’s hick family, is to exploit and destroy stereotypes. Here is the white trash American stereotype that plays on poverty, ignorance, and inbreeding, but Reid turns it around by highlighting a smart, unique family that loves their land, their community, and turns a negative family history into one of their greatest strengths. So it’s not surprising that Jethro falls in love with confident Sienna. After all, Jethro knows what it’s like to have people meet you and make assumptions about you.

I give Penny Reid a lot of credit for tackling sensitive subjects. After all, Reid has said from the beginning that she had shied away from writing non-white characters because she’s white. But I agree with the reader who challenged her by saying, “well, you write male characters, what’s so different about that?” Jane Austen, in fact, encouraged her niece, who wanted to be an author, to stick to subjects that she knew which included writing from the female perspective. So it’s logical to assume that if, as a woman, you can write from the male perspective, then as a member of a certain ethnic or cultural group, you can still write diverse characters. And she did her due diligence. She contacted her readers and asked for those who identify with Sienna and asked for their feedback. What’s beautiful about life and about diversity is that even within the same ethnic or cultural group, there is a plethora of experiences and so the creative spirit can be set free within these paradoxes.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $5.99)

Normally I think books for six dollars are expensive, especially digital books. But, in this case, you should absolutely buy it. It’s funny, it’s smart, and it so so sweet.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you like to complicate stereotypes with a bit of humor thrown in you might enjoy PUCKED by Helena Hunting. This time the stereotypes are with dumb athletes, but I love the heroine in this one too. She’s hilarious and you can read my review of the book here.