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Truth or Beard

(Winston Brothers #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  47,355 ratings  ·  5,261 reviews
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.

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Published July 21st 2015 by Caped Publishing
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Penny Reid
Oct 06, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Truth or Beard is currently is zero pennies on Amazon. HUZZAH! But only for a few days. STILL Huzzah! If you’ve been waiting to start the Winston Brothers series, today is the day, y’all. And if you’ve already read all about those rascally brothers, perhaps consider spreading the weird book word.

★★Grab Truth of Beard for FREE★★
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** BLURB **
Beards, bro
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 STARS!!!

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Truth or Beard has easily made it’s way to my top favorites of 2015. It’s one of those books that really had it all. It’s smart, witty, sweet, original, sexy, fun and the writing is fantastic. The characters are so lovable and great. Really, I couldn’t have asked for more in a book. As soon as I finished reading, I was craving more from this series! I can’t wait to read about the other Winston brothers.

This is the story of Jess and Duane. Duane has an identical twin brother named B
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
4 - 4.5 Stars

Oh my facial hair, Batman.

How delightful was this little book of chin curtains? *rhetorical question alert*







So, obviously, I wasted dedicated entirely too much time and had way too much fun surfing through the plenitude of wicked awesome beard memes available on the interwebs.

Either that or I have an unnatural and slightly creepy interest in Abraham Lincoln...

But I digress.

Anystache, this is how you feel when reading Penny Reid:


You're having So. Much. Fun .

(I mean jus
I've been meaning to get around to this series for quite a long time. Finally, I downloaded the audiobook and decided to find out what all the fuss was about surrounding these bearded brothers. I wasn't disappointed.

In the first book in the series, readers/listeners are introduced to the Winston brothers. Listening to the Audible version, I couldn't help but envision the men from the 'Duck Dynasty'...which wasn't exactly sexy. However, with time, I was able to overcome that and mold the brothers

Yeah, the beard thing doesn't work for me. And, when you put a ginger in a giant beard, I get this image in my head:

It's a childhood thing.

But still, I could have handled it because the girl in the story was cracking me up at first. She's snarky and has a cat named Sir Edmund Hillary who is actively trying to kill her on a daily basis. What's not to like about that?

Until.... well, let's start with this: the guy, Duane, tells her he wants to court her and take her out on nice dates, bring flowers
• Lisa •
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

"Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!"


I'm not convinced I have the right words to summarise how I feel about this book. I've said it before and I'll say it again; Penny Reid is a complete word genius and I don't think there is any review that I can throw together that would give this author's talent justice. Full of originality and fabulous narrative this English book addict willingly got carried away by this gorgeous tale set in a small stateside town. Now begins the painf
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Finding Your Siren's Song-What, What, IT'S FREE!!!
* * * *1/2 Spoiler Free>
It is important to note when reading this review, it was written by a reader who has great affection for the past works of the author. It has been stated in past reviews but for complete transparency, it is repeated here.

There, I have covered my ass.

I happen to love the way Penny Reid thinks and writes. She takes ideas, fleshes them out, gives them life, and then adds her Secret Sauce.

Secret Sauce
I loved it, even more, the second time...

Listening to Truth or Beard was an absolute treat. I haven't re-read this series until now and I'm loving that I 'know' these characters this time around. So much has changed since the first time. I'm familiar with the town, the people, and where they are all heading. I've 'seen' them endure the loss of their mother. I've 'seen' them struggle, survive and win against the motorcycle club. I've 'seen' them all meet and fall in love with their own perfect ma
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ 43%

My romance group, the Unapologetic Romance Readers, picked this as our May group read. Some of us really enjoyed it - but others fell into the camp of, "Excuse me, what is this?"

As far as I can tell, the plot of these books can be summed up as "Men Who Have Beards... and the Women Who Want to Do Them." (The men, that is - not the beards, although given the strangeness of this book, beard sex probably isn't off the table.)

Beau an
chan ☆
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
when in tennessee, read bearded romances?

i've heard a lot of good things about this series over the years, and when i saw it pop up in audible escapes i decided an audiobook was a safe bet. safe because i don't normally pick up wholesome small town romances and i'm really not into beards (have you seen my fiance? lol) but ya know... it was free and available and i was visiting my parents in tennessee.

and this was surprisingly good! it did have all the small town charm but it didn't have the chee
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I was always running after her, but this time I wasn't going to let her get away.


I loved this one! I have a feeling this series is going to become one of my favorites, these Winston boys are something special. Truth or Beard was one of those reads that had me constantly smiling, I am definitely becoming a Penny Reid fan. Her style is a wonderful combination of fun and heartwarming, with relatable characters you can't help but fall in love with.


Jessica James has returned home after college,
Sleepless Readmore
Be with a guy who still opens the car door
for you even when he’s mad at you.
5 #CatastrophicEngineFailure Stars

Jessica and Duane .. ♥

Jessica wasn't going to break my heart.
I was going to break hers.

I wasn't all in.
I wasn't even half in.
I was ready to leave the whole time,
looking for a reason.
Because every second we spent together
was better than the last.

BILF = Beard I'd Like To Fondle. Whose beard would I like to fondle? To be completely honest .. ANY of these brothers! I LOVE BEARDS. I
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
DNF This is the last time I say a read is safe without reading it first. It's not bad, just not for me.

******Update Still free on Dec 17th (18th for us Aussies)
Unfortunately I won't Finish this one. Apparently (I don't know what to think anymore)No cheating and I'd say I have a lot of fun so far but this has more OW drama than what I usually like.

WARNINGS FOR OW (view spoiler)

Title: Truth or Beard
Series: Winston Brothers #1
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: July 23, 2015
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

Penny Reid gives good words. She writes---> I read. Done deal. I have more than a little author crush. No, it was a full blown infatuation from the very start. Of course, if you've known me for any amount of time, this will be obvious to you. So as I sat down in front of the computer, my hands hovering over the keyboard, I gave myself a little pep talk
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters most, in the end.” ~ Ernest Hemingway.

If only I had one ounce of the cleverness that Penny Reid has running through that mind of hers, I would have that perfect opening line for this review but sadly I don’t.

So I have to go with good old faithful and tell you that I LOVED IT! What did I love about it? Let me count the ways…..

❤ I loved the humor. Penny’s wit is superb.
❤ I loved the sexy moments. They were heart
Geri Reads
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

In all honesty, I'd enjoyed the horse ride more than the man ride. At least the horse had been a stallion. Looking back, my lab TA was more like a Shetland pony—hairy and small."

And just like that, I fell for this book hook, line and sinker. I've always loved humor in my books, and in Truth and Beard, Penny Reid dispenses it deftly and liberally.

Truth and Beard is the first book off of her Winston Brothers series, which is a spin off of her wildly popular Knitting in the C
*1 WTF are SKINHEADS doing in this book?!! star*

I'm so glad I didn't pay a fucking cent for this.

I was hoping the bearded men would distract me. *sigh* Alas no luck.

Another favorite among many that just didn't work for me. I'm trying to figure out how to write this review without ranting my head off over a completely infuriating offensive scene that seems to have not phased anyone but me. I'm honestly so upset and bothered by it that I'm never touching another Penny Reid book again after th
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I can't even express how much I loved this book!It was so good,that I couldn't put it down till the end!!I have read Beauty and the Mustache and I have met Ashley's brothers!So when I saw that Penny Reid had a new series with the Winston brothers I was super excited!!I couldn't stop thinking about this
4,5 Adventurous Stars.

Duane and Jessica know each other since they were kids. But for many years not only Jessica was convinced she had a crush on Beau, Duane’s twin brother, but they also spend their time fighting/ pranking / annoying each other without rest.
Now, when Jessica is back in town with a teaching position after finishing college, Duane is decide to show her that they were always fighting for a reason and that he wants her. The problem? Duane has his life planned out, Jessica want
Samantha Young
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***Lucky enough to receive an ARC from the author***

Penny Reid never disappoints! I absolutely fell in love with Duane and Jessica’s story. The chemistry between the two characters is immediate and intense and hot and hilarious and just freaking fantastic. What I love most about Penny’s characters is how real they are, and Duane and Jess are no exception. Jess’s backstory was great and I adored her development. An incredibly likeable, smart and sassy heroine and she had me rooting for her from p
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015

Title: Truth or Beard
Series: Winston Brothers #1
Author: Penny Reid
Release Date: 21 July, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

I decided to write few short sentences about how much I liked Truth or Beard.
It is just so adorable, cute and so good! I’ve fallen in love with this story. I really needed something to read that would just stop me from thinking about all the bad stuff and will put me in a great mood. I am delighted that Penny Reid managed to do ju
5 **run away with me** STARS

“When I think of my future and what I want, all I see is you.”

What can I say? Any book that starts out with a ironic sexy gandalf who ends up in a case of mistaken identity and makes out with the wrong twin gets my unconditional love just because of reasons. And I dare you to challenge that logic.

Suffice it to say, Truth or Beard -the first book in Penny Reid's new Winston Brothers Series- is pure chick-flick gold. It’s hilarious, makes you swoon, leaves
Dee Montoya
***** 5 DREAMY DUANE Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author <3 <3 <3)

If you read the book Beauty and the Mustache, chances are you already fell in love with the Winston Brothers and are desperately waiting to read this first installment of the spin off series. Book #1 aka Truth or Beard is about Duane. He is a twin, handsome, Alpha Male, ginger, bearded and completely dreamy. (I could go on and on with positive adjectives to describe how scrumptious he is...)

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Jessica James is back in her h
Addicted to Books
5 I-love-redheads-with-beards stars !!!!!!!!!

Before I start the spoiler free review, Let’s ogle at the gorgeous men with beards and man-buns!

My tribute to the series :

More Beard Fun:

Finally Here is the review :

This is my first Penny Reid experience and I absolutely loved it!

Wow this is one of those books was sucked me right in from the first page. I pre ordered this book when I saw all the high ratings and it arrived on my kindle yesterday and since I am doing all kinds of odd jobs all d
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars!!!

“Everything is temporary, Duane. This,” he gestured to our surroundings, “this is temporary. Even mountains fall. Nothing lasts forever. You got a chance at happiness, even for a week, a month, a year? You grab it and you hold on to it for as long as it lasts.”

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Jessica has always known that she would leave her small town life and travel the world. After graduating from college, she has taken a detour back home for a while where she teaches to sav
S.M. West
5 "Fernweh" STARS

Simply. The. Best!!!

I’m falling for Penny Reid...

this woman just knows how to write! This is my second book by her and I'm left with this same wonderful feeling after the book is done.

Damn, this was an absolutely wonderful read! This book had everything I want in a book - lovable, layered characters, witty banter, flirty, sexy, an original and engaging plot and simply fantastic writing!!!

Here we have, Jessica James, the Sheriff’s daughter back from college but only stayi
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romcoms

A beard? sure, why not :D
I'm late to the party with this one so I'm not going to review it. I did enjoy it just fine though!
You can read my blog wifie's review right HERE

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5 Bring on the Beard Stars

“My momma once told me, you don’t need to be pushed in order to fall. I don’t think you’ll need to do much pushing, Jessica.”

What a fabulous way to lose my Penny Reid V-card! I absolutely adored everything about this book and I can’t believe it took me this long to give this author a shot. The basic premise for the story has already been detailed by other reviewers, so instead I’m going with my Favorite Things list a la Oprah and Duane.

Duane. Okay, I have to admit to no
★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

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This is the first in a new series and a spinoff from Beauty and the Mustache, which incidentally, was the first ever Penny Reid book I read. I loved Drew Runous and Ashley Winston, and I immediately fell in love with Ashley's brothers. All 6 of them.

So, it won't come as a surprise that I have been gagging for this very book since then. I mean, who wouldn't want to read about a bunch of bea
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed Beau and Jessica's enemies to lovers story. Beau has had a crush on her since their teens when she threw his pants into a tree. Boys will be boys and he thought teasing/pranking her was the way to get and keep her attention. Jessica thought she was crushing on his much nicer twin brother. After a moment of ridiculously sexy sparks, these two have a breakthrough and have to navigate their new status through their personal hang ups. I found their
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