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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: 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.