Hi! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Penny Reid’s latest, Beard Science. Wanna know why I loved this book so much? Keep reading! … and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!
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Beard Science by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 11, 2016
Format: eARC, 384 pages
How I got it: From the author
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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.
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.
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.
I have a thing for the Winston brothers. I’m not even gonna lie. The one whose story I was waiting the most eagerly for, however, was Cletus. I’ve been totally intrigued by him in the previous books in this series. He’s odd… unintentionally hilarious… and manipulative. I couldn’t wait to learn his story and meet his match. Now that I’ve read Beard Science I can admit I have a Cletus Crush… and his pairing with Jennifer couldn’t have been more perfect.
I absolutely adored Jennifer. She was sweet, vulnerable and totally likable. She’d been manipulated by her parents for years. (I loathed her parents, btw. No one should ever be treated that way by the people who are supposed to love him or her unconditionally.) She’d been pigeonholed and oppressed. (Did I mention I really disliked her parents?) She had been made to feel stupid and worthless. It was really upsetting to me. I all but stood up and cheered when she decided to take control of her life. I loved watching her take these small, but important steps to shed the persona her parents forced up on her and become her own person. Cletus was… Cletus. There’s more to him than meets the eye and I loved him. Yes, he was strange. (Or maybe I should say “unique”…) He was very set in his ways and not really open to compromises. He was dead sexy, loyal and protective to those he cares about, hilarious and even sweet underneath it all. I crushed on him hard. I loved being inside his head. It was an interesting place. Cletus just might be my favorite Winston brother — if I played favorites, that is.
The romance in Beard Science was wonderful. It was my favorite kind of slow-burn-takes-them-awhile-to-realize-what’s-happening romance. By all accounts, these two could not be LESS suited for each other, yet they were magical together. I can always count on Penny to provide some serious belly laughs (and at least a little awkwardness) and this book delivered both. These characters and their story definitely left a mark and I’ll think about them for a long time to come. Like the other books in the Winston Brothers series — and all of Penny’s books, to be honest — I have plans to reread this one over and over and over again. I loved the feels, the humor and, well, every single thing about it. Cletus and Jenn have definitely earned a place in my heart.
I tried my best to pretend unkind words were actually just erroneously expressed compliments, as it just made everything nice for everybody.
Cletus Winston was the sneakiest, most manipulative, most powerful, and—as far as I was concerned—the most dangerous man in East Tennessee. Problem was, virtually no one else seemed to realize it. Everyone in town thought he was odd, but mostly harmless.
I only had time for twenty-four people (tops) in my life, and I already had six siblings. Twenty-four people was an average of two birthdays a month. Ain’t nobody got time for more than two birthday celebrations a month. That’s a lot of cake, and I’m particular about my cake.
“Here’s the honest truth, Cletus: I’m not a romantic. I’m not looking for someone to sweep me off my feet. Knights in shining armor do not exist. I don’t even need him to be particularly clever or handsome. I just want a good person, a…gentle person. I want someone with a good heart, somebody steady, reliable and kind. Someone who would make a good father.”
“You surprise me, and I am not accustomed to being surprised.”
“Cletus’s famous sausage is famous.”
“You are exceedingly irksome.”
Cletus, however, had me on spin cycle. He agitated every single one of my emotions. I was all over the place. I’d never realized that feeling so much all at once was possible.
“That’s right. You seize that woman, Cletus. You make her yours. And then after, you give that woman your sausage.”
Do you have a favorite Winston brother?