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New Book by Penny Reid: Beard in Mind

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is LIVE!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is coming August 1st!

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

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**Blurb**
All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.


This is book the 4 book in a series of standalone novels by Penny Reid scheduled for release on August 01, 2017. If you’d like to read my reviews of the previous books in the series, see the list below:

Truth or Beard (Book 1)

Grin and Beard It (Book 2)

Beard Science (Book 3)

This series is a spin-off from a Knitting in the City book, Beauty and the Mustache.

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)

Grin and Beard It

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.

The Surprising Depths of the Winston Brothers

Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid

Side note: This is a new series from Penny Reid. Known for her Knitting in the City series (this one makes my top 3 favorites of all time), it’s about Ashley Winston’s brothers (Beauty and the Mustache, Knitting Book 4). I haven’t reviewed the Knitting in the City series on this blog, but I have read each of the books multiple times, with my all time favorite Neanderthal Seeks Human clocking in at about four times. If you haven’t read it, please do so. You won’t be disappointed. I laughed, I cried, I giggled like I was 13 again. To say it is an awesome book and series is to say chocolate is good. Also, I took a knitting class because of this series. If that doesn’t convince you to read it, I don’t know what will.

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers Book 1)

Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary:

Jessica James has had a schoolgirl crush on Beau Winston since she was, well, a schoolgirl. Beau’s twin brother, Duane, is another matter completely. So when things get hot and heavy at the Friday night community music night, Jessica thinks her dreams have come true. Of course they haven’t, and you don’t have a twin story until you have a case of mistaken identity. However, as Duane forces Jessica to rethink their shared childhood, Jessica realizes that she may have been telling herself she was in love with the wrong brother the whole time. As Jessica and Duane go a courtin’, motorcycle biker gangs, long distance relatives, and troublesome older brothers make what could be a simple happily ever after into something a bit more complicated.

What I loved and what I not-so-loved?

This book was totally unexpected for me. After reading Beauty and the Mustache, I shared Ashley’s vision of her brothers as dirty, red-headed hicks. This idea did not dissipate even towards the end of Beauty and the Mustache, as Ashley realizes her brothers have changed over the years. in Truth or Beard, Duane had a lot of layers, and Reid confesses on her website (I think that’s where I read it) that this novel was a change of pace for her because so much of it is written from Duane’s point of view. I have loved that about Reid’s novels—getting to know the male characters from their own thoughts and feelings. But in some ways, this was a double-edged sword. I felt a little disconnected from Jessica. She was clearly cute, and painfully honest, but the different components of her personality didn’t quite gel together into a cohesive person. She wants to do the right thing, but she also wants to rebel against her Baptist upbringing. She speaks her mind clearly, but also seems easily befuddled. She loves kissing boys, but she isn’t interested in sleeping with them. None of these things is unrealistic or makes me dislike her character. But there seemed to be a bit of distance between her and me that may be due to Duane. It’s like I couldn’t bond with her because Duane kept interrupting our girl time.

The beautiful thing about this novel was that it tried to resolve some of the tension between honoring your family and honoring yourself. That’s a hard thing to do when your dreams take you away from home. But Jessica and Duane seem to navigate those waters well—communicating openly with their families about their hopes, while leaving their plans flexible for revision.

The Bottom Line: Would I recommend it to my BFF?

I’m not sure. I hate to say this because I love Penny Reid, but there is a lot going on in this novel. From the motorcycle gang, to the other brothers, to Ashley and Drew, I’m not sure my BFF would get as much out of it if she hadn’t read Beauty and the Mustache, which she hasn’t. And it’s like I can see the future books building out of this first novel, which is a double-edged sword (damn that sword!). It made it difficult to see the trees from the forest… or maybe it’s the forest from the trees. What I can say for sure is that if you are a fan of Penny Reid then this book (and series) is a MUST.