Truth Or Beard by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #1
Also in this series: Grin and Beard It, Beard Science, Beard in Mind
Publication Date: July 23rd 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…
But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-headed heart is she willing to risk?
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.
Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (120k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.
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Holy hillbilly hijinks, Batman! I couldn’t wait to get my hot little hands on this book, and I was not disappointed. Truth or Beard is smart, entertaining, and totally irresistible. It is also quirky and unique, which is something I totally look for in the books I read.
Penny Reid is one smart author (and by smart, I mean wicked smart–just read her bio). When she writes a story, she takes a beaker and mixes up a solution of sharp wit, charming humor, and endearing nerdiness to create a hilarious chemical reaction–and I am drawn to it like an electron to a proton. Not even going to lie!
The “Beard” series takes place in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and follows the adventures of the six Winston brothers.
First up is Duane. He is a total dreamboat with his hot looks, devilish smarts, and umm, agile hands (he’s a mechanic with a need for speed, after all). Duane is bold, daring, and he knows exactly what he wants. He’s a man with a plan—and that plan is to court Jessica.
Unfortunately, Jessica harbors an unhealthy crush (bordering on obsession) with Duane’s twin brother, Beau. Oh, and she can’t stand Duane. Minor details, right?
Jessica also has a plan. She is living at home and is the calculus teacher at the local high school, but only until she pays off her student loans. She is filled with an overwhelming case of wanderlust and doesn’t want to be trapped in Green Valley. I grew up in a tiny town that I couldn’t wait to leave, so I can totally relate to that feeling.
I feel like Jessica is perfectly suited for Duane. She’s smart, sassy, and able to keep up with antics the of the Winston brothers. While she can be a bit of a brat (especially where her brother is concerned), at least she is woman enough to admit it.
Maybe it is my proximity to the Smoky Mountains, but I had no problem imagining the world that Penny Reid has built for the Winston brothers. It’s a little bit Dukes of Hazzard, a little bit Beverly Hillbillies. They are as down-home country as sweet tea and biscuits but have been raised by their mama with book smarts and Southern manners. We only get a small peek into a few of the brother’s stories, so I am anxious to read the rest of the series.
I found myself laughing out loud, sometimes to the point of tears, at the banter between the brothers. I absolutely LOVED Cletus. I know that I am not alone when I say that he stole the show several times during the story. I can’t wait for his book (Beard Science-Winston Brothers #3)!
I can’t recommend this book enough. Honestly, I’m not above begging you to read this book. It is my favorite read of the year (so far). Well done, Miss Reid!