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Book Review: Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

Blurb: There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

I do love this author and I’ve enjoyed majority of her works but halfway through this one, I started skimming a bit because it’s just gotten repetitive. Drew’s stoic characterization isn’t really that far-fetched from the “romance novel” characters Ashley was adamantly avoiding. I was rolling my eyes over Drew’s histrionics and the whole Nietzsche fanboying was just cringe if I’m being totally honest. It’s a shame because Ashley’s character is absolutely interesting and there’s so many aspect of her characterization to really flesh out!

Also, Ashley’s brother pushing her towards Drew just doesn’t make sense to me. It feels exploitative in a way. For me, there was just not enough chemistry for me between them.

Only fun I’ve had reading this were the small bits involving Cletus. He’s funny, very likable and dreamy to boot!

I find Reid’s books usually enjoyable but this one isn’t just for me.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 372 pagesPublished July 1st 2019 by Cipher-Naught (first published August 24th 2014)

Beauty and the Mustache is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series.

About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Book Review: The Cad and the Co-Ed (Rugby Series, #3) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

Date of Publication: February 12, 2017
Genre and Themes: New Adult, Romance, Sports, Rugby
Format: 337 pages, ebook
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN/ASIN: B06W9J28CJ
Characters: Eilish Cassidy, Bryan Leech

Blurb: Keeping a secret this big is going to take lots of balls. Specifically, rugby balls.

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 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?

I haven’t been that active in Goodreads this year unlike the past three years so imagine my surprise upon finding out that there is already a third book in the Rugby series by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway! Aaaaahhhh! I freaking adore these two authors and I absolutely adore this series. Here’s my review of The Hooker and the Hermit and here’s for The Player and the Pixie as proof! Hah!

Now back to this third installment of the series! My gosh! I think I’ve read it almost non-stop! I loved Eilish character! I loved that she isn’t overly dramatic and that she’s a strong, independent woman. Byran is kind of cute I guess but he’s kinda irritating at times. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. Anyway, the story isn’t extraordinarily new but the way the authors structured it is absolutely fabulous! I super loved the family scenes of Eilish, Bryan and their cute son! This series is advisable if you’re needing a quick and a feel-good read! An absolute must-read!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About L.H. Cosway
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite 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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LHCosway
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LHCosway
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About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Book Review: Beard Science (Winston Brothers, #3) – Penny Reid

Publication Date: October 11th 2016 by Cipher-Naught
Themes & Genres: Romantic-Comedy, New Adult
Paperback, 384 pages
ISBN13: 9781942874256
Characters: Ashley Winston, Drew Runous, Jethro Winston, Billy Winston, Cletus Winston, Duane Winston, Beau Winston, Roscoe Winston, Jessica James, Claire McClure, Sienna Diaz, Jennifer Sylvester, Shelly Sullivan, Repo, Jackson James, Diane Donner-Sylvester, Kip Sylvester, Isaac Sylvester

Cletus is my favorite amongst the Winston brothers and I’m so happy that his story turned out to be the best so far in the series! I loved that we get to see the inner workings of Cletus’s brains and the way he makes the impossible possible! We also get here an flustered and out of control Cletus and the reason for that is a certain Jennifer Sylvester who happens to be as wickedly smart as him.

Jennifer aka the Banana Cake Queen has lived her life following her parents’ demands. She wanted to live her own life but she can’t because of the prison-like hold by the very people who claimed to loved her.

Until she catches Cletus doing something he shouldn’t be doing and decided to blackmail him into finding her a husband who could whisks her away from her very controlling parents.

This is just the third book in the series but it felt like I’ve known this guys for a very long time now. Aside from Cletus being my favorite brother, this installment is also my favorite and as I’ve said the best so far. I loved how Cletus and Jennifer balanced each other so well and their chemistry is just beyond! I loved the fun parts of it, the sexy ones and most especially the emotional part that even got me a bit teary,

I couldn’t ask for a better love story for Cletus. Penny Reid sure knows how to write brilliant romances that will leave you asking for more!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Book Review: The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Series, #2) – Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

The Player and The PixieDate of Publication: April 12, 2016
Genre and Themes: New Adult, Romance, Sports, Rugby
Format: 326 pages, ebook
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9781942874188
Characters: Sean Cassidy, Lucy Fitzpatrick

Blurb: How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

THE PIXIE
Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.
As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

THE PLAYER
Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.
His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

THE PLAN
Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

Warning: The following review may contains spoilers and the blurb will be longer than the actual review.

So I was imagining David Pocock as Sean with his adorable obliviousness and that huge, huge…..built! Totally swoon-worthy! I mean, he was supposed to be a first class a-hole here and his character just didn’t come out like that anywhere in the story. I mean, of course deep inside he was all good and shit but really, he’s like the best character ever! The rest were like bonkers trying to prove the opposite just didn’t make a case at all. He’s just so lovely with his soft, soft heart.

Me: Book character, marry me please.

I didn’t like Lucy’s character her at first and her ‘affliction’ was a bit of a turn-off but she kinda grew on me at the end. Also, she’s got an amazing best-friend!!!!

There are two people I wanted to kill in this story – Lucy’s big bro Ronan and her mam. Like seriously, what the feck ever! I didn’t remember Ronan being this obnoxious in the first book. I was like, huh? Was he really the MC Annie fell in love with in The Hooker and Hermit. It was like a total transformation.

Overall, I thought the story’s really smooth and consistent from start to finish. I’d loved for Sean’s aunt to turn 360 with her attitude but since the next installment’s preview will more likely be featuring more of Sean’s family – I’m guessing I’m okay with that minute detail not being resolved here. I really enjoyed reading this one and I guess, fans of the first book will do too.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About L.H. Cosway
L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite 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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LHCosway
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LHCosway
Mailing List: http://www.lhcoswayauthor.com/p/maili…
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lhcosway13/
Website: http://www.lhcoswayauthor.com

About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is a USA Today Best Selling Author of romantic fiction. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults (boy-8, girl-6, and girl-4 months), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

David Pocock’s photo c/o brumbies.com.au

Book Review: The Hooker and the Hermit – L.H. Cosway, Penny Reid

The Hooker and the HermitThe Hooker and the Hermit is one intriguing title with a superb story to boot! Annie Catrel’s job is to clean the public image of celebrities and she’s the best in the business. She’s also the face behind “Socialmedialite” – one of the most famous blogger in the net which allows her to be herself and not be the timid, recluse girl in real life. Ronan Fitzpatrick is an Irish rugby star dubbed as the bad boy of said sport is very much in need of a public image cleanup which led him to hire Annie Catrel to do the job while taking a break in New York. One thing led to another where Annie and Ronan find themselves in a “fake” relationship. But how can someone fake something so real? And when secrets gets in the way, how will one of them handle the truth?

This first reason I got this book was because of its title and secondly, the very good rating. I didn’t read a single review prior because somewhere in there – a spoiler is bound to appear. And what do you know? It was actually a pretty sweet surprise! This was my first book from both authors and I really am impressed. The story’s cute and very endearing. I loved both characters. With Annie, there’s just that authentic vulnerability in her character. Being a blogger myself – though not anonymously and obviously not famous at all, I could somehow relate with the confidence that it gives you when you’re writing stuff down and not having to say it face to face. Somehow it’s easier to say what you want to say when you feel protected in your own nook (behind your computer ^_^) and you get to say more when you’re writing it down. Ronan on the other hand is just charming to the bones. I loved his grumpy side, his bravado and his playfulness. I also loved that he’s crazy about his family. And I loved how he truly just wants to play his sport more than anything else.

There’s something very Gossip Girl about the concept of Socialmedialite but it’s only because of the blogger’s anonymity and that ends there. It’s mainly Annie’s issue that was dealt in the story more than Ronan’s. There is abandonment issue in here that is plaguing dear Annie which became the reason why she’s so alone and does not want anybody’s help at all. Ronan’s life’s an open book but there are also some things which are only known within his circle. I loved how from the very start everyone was just open about everything saved for Annie hiding her alter-ego from Ronan and Ronan’s sexual fetish. The tinge of BDSM is the main reason why I’m giving it a rating one star less. I can’t really reconcile it with Ronan’s characterization. It was all so weird and just out of character in my opinion. Other than that, I thought the story flows smoothly all throughout.

I highly recommend this book for those who are into boys in sports and their lovey-dovey being all so meek but witty! It’s a fun read and definitely worth every penny!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Published February 2nd 2015 by Smashwords

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