Series: Winston Brothers #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 31, 2016
Format: eARC, 498 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.
But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.
Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.
Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Well, I am SO LATE in writing this review I’m actually embarrassed. I’ve also now read the book twice, so I figured it was high time to put some of my thoughts about this book out into the world. Starting with this one: I loved it.
I’m totally in love with the Winston family. I suspected as much after I was first introduced to them when I read Beauty and the Mustache alllllll those months ago, but it’s definitely been confirmed now. They’re each so unique. They have their quirks. Some, you might say, are even a little strange. They also obviously have a fierce love for each other — even if they express it in sometimes odd ways — and one they find their person, they love them the same way, too. Life hasn’t been all that easy for the Winstons, but they have each other and that’s gotta count for something.
In Grin & Beard It, it’s Jethro’s turn for love. I adored Jethro. His is one of the more complicated pasts amongst the Winston brothers, and while he certainly made some mistakes in the past, I wanted to see him happy. Movie star Sienna might’ve seemed an unlikely pairing for a guy like Jethro, who holds everything close to the vest, but they were so perfect for each other that I can’t imagine him with anyone else.
As much as I adored Jethro, I felt the same about Sienna. Yes, I took exception to her NOT disclosing her true identity to him sooner, but I also understood why she chose to keep it secret. After being wanted so long for her star quality, it was wonderful to finally have someone who just liked her for her. For who she was inside. Not for some quotable line in a movie or for what she could do for them or their career. Sienna was someone who loved her job, but hated the celebrity aspect that came with it. Finding a “regular guy” like Jethro was just what she needed. A real man. *eyebrow wiggle*
I loved getting lost in Grin & Beard It so darn much. (Both times.) The chemistry between Jethro and Sienna was off the charts. The sexual tension sizzled. I love love loved their flirting and banter. Theirs was a slow-paced romance and it worked so well. They were as funny as they were charming and they gave me all the feels as they worked towards things together.
Penny Reid can do no wrong. Her books are the ones I find myself reaching towards when I need to escape from real life and enjoy some sweet, sexy and funny fiction. I even picked this one up on audio so I can reread (relisten?) to it again in the future. It’s something I plan to do with all of her books — or the ones I haven’t already — because they’re such a joy. Grin & Beard It was a wonderful addition to the Winston Brothers series. I really hope you’re reading this series, and if not, at least thinking about doing so. These books are the best!
Driving while crying is like eating while crying, or having sex while crying: weird, wet (not in a good way) and dangerous.
“And you’ve got such a beautiful voice. Seems a shame to waste it on Ranger when you could be saying Jethro.”
“You think I look like a doughnut?”
“No, but I do find myself wondering what you’d taste like.”
This was weird and I was weird. I wasn’t used to being weird. I was used to making other people feel comfortable and important. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to unweird myself.
“Dance with me.”
“Because you want me to hold you, but you don’t know how to ask.”
I needed to feel him, taste him, consume him. In much the same way I’d hoped Jethro would be insatiable for me, I was—in that moment—insatiable for him.
“More like she’s the sun, and she makes every minute better than the last.”
He made love like he walked. Like he spoke. Like he lived. With complete confidence and artless self-assurance. It was straightforward, passionate, and beautiful.
Are you reading Penny’s books?
Are you as enamored as I am?