Series: Winston Brothers #7
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: November 4, 2019
Format: eARC, 500 pages
How I got it: From the author
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No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.
But you know who's tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they're going to do something about it.
Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.
But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?
This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.
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.
In Review: My Thoughts
My review for Beard Necessities could be summed up in one sentence: I can’t imagine a more perfect or fitting ending for the Winston Brothers series. This book did all the things to my heart and I loved it more than I can possibly say. But, I’m darn sure gonna try.
You know that feeling when you’re reading a book and the hero and heroine are struggling to get it right? When you just want to lock them in a room together until they work out their issues (one way or another)? When you just want to smush them together and make them kiss? That’s the basic premise of Beard Necessities from the perspective of the Winston clan. They’d simply had enough of Billy and Scarlet apart and had no choice but to intervene. In the most Winston ways ever, naturally. (Cletus is a national treasure, y’all.)
Beard Necessities is far lighter than (what I read of) Beard with Me, but it’s not without its heavier moments. Billy and Scarlet have quite the history and most of it isn’t great. It was going to take more than a little forced proximity for them to work things out. Rightfully so, to be honest. It wouldn’t have felt authentic or believable without a little struggle and angst. But while this book has some heavier moments, they’re nothing like those of Beard with Me. The darker parts of their history are referenced but don’t happen on the page thankfully. You can breathe easier if you found that stuff as hard to read as I did.
My love for this book (and the Winston family) truly knows no bounds. I’m not going to dig too far into the storyline because you really need to experience it for yourself. I laughed and cried, swooned all over the place, and fell even more in love with every member of this wonderful family. It’s hard to imagine the Winstons outside of their home in Tennessee, but the setting of Italy was absolutely perfect for this story. A fresh start deserves a beautiful backdrop, right? *sigh* It was all just wonderful, showcasing each of the characters in the best way possible.
Series-ending books are so hard for me, especially when I’ve loved a series as much as I’ve loved the Winston Brothers. On one hand I am almost desperate to get the ending, but I also hate that it’s all over. I’m not very good at giving up the characters I love. But hey, that’s what rereads are for, right? You better believe I’ll have an epic Winston Brothers binge one of these days. For now, I’m going to revel in the perfection that was Beard Necessities. Especially that epilogue, y’all. All the heart eyes. 😍
“Billy deserves happiness, as does Claire. But these two idiots, they’re too stubborn and noble to climb over the messy mountain of regret and secrets they’ve built between each other. So, as folks who love them both, it falls on us—all of us—to make the magic happen.”
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, and my soul was still Scarlet.
“Love sometimes means calling another person on their bullshit, even if doing so requires an awkward, uncomfortable conversation, like this one we’re having right now.”
“Honey, if I thought you would ever actually give yourself to me, if I could have you, really and truly have you, I’d take you. Right now. Right here.”
“You can’t force two people to kiss and make up, not when there’s years of history and hurt between them.”
Do you love the Winston Brothers as much as I do?
Is Beard Necessities on your TBR?
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