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Beard Science

(Winston Brothers #3)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  25,760 ratings  ·  2,979 reviews
Finalist: Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Romance 2016

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, Jennife
ebook, 1st Edition, 384 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Cipher-Naught
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 photo 44252284-fa5d-4a5e-aaa4-794da37abc8e_zpsmgwwltcq.jpg..O Cletus, are the man. Yep, Yep, I lurve me some Cletus.

Could Penny be more on point? You know you're in the presence of a comedic genius when you read a book that makes you snort-laugh so hard you spit coffee at your e-reader. At. Every. Second. Page.

I was captivated by this book. It oozed with witty and intelligent dialogue. I have never aspired to write novels but if Penny Reid taught writing, I'd enroll in that class.

To say we've all been waiting for Cletus's story would be
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!!


From the moment I read the first book in the Winston Brothers series, I knew Cletus Winston was the brother I wanted most to read about. There was something about Cletus, and honestly, I thought Penny would make his book last since so many of us wanted it. I’m thankful that the wait wasn’t too long and his book was third in the series. Beard Science was a fantastic addition to this series, just like I knew it would be.

We all know about Cletus Winston. He’s the sneaky brother. The one
chan ☆
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
swoon to the moon

it's official. i am forever impressed by penny reid's ability to craft a romance. if you told me at the start of this year that i would be this interested in a quirky rom com series i absolutely would not have believed you. but that's a testament to her writing, because this shit is fantastic.

i don't want to go into exhaustive detail in this review about plot and characters because 1. ain't my style and 2. this is the third book in a series. but the story follows the Winston bro
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Penny Reid Fans,Winston Brothers, Romance
5 Cletus, Winston Brothers, Reid Magical Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free-Holy Whiskers, It's on Kindle Unlimited!!!
I have recently come to the realization that writers have access to another skill other than putting words together on a page and telling a story. Some are more attuned to this skill than others but all do it....and when it is done at its highest is something that cannot be denied...It is the ability to create magic! And one of the most proficient and artful users of this s
Rachel Reads Ravenously
5 leprosy stars!

“ You’ll know one day, Cletus. You’ll discover what it’s like to find the other part of yourself. You’ll know it’s her, only her, always her. Maybe not right away, but eventually you’ll know. She’ll be your beginning, middle and end. And your intentions won’t matter. Love brings its own intentions, and all other plans, hopes and dreams fade to insignificance in the face of love.”

So let me start off with why I am the worst Penny Reid fan ever. I’ve read all but one of her bo
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading by: Phuong ✯
I think I might be starting off on the wrong foot with this series, but the fact of the matter is that this was still a ball of sweetness and cuteness overload.

The most astounding part of this book is the character development. Seeing Jenn grow out of her Banana Cake Queen shell and become her own person was honestly quite empowering. Of course, none of that would’ve happened without a little nudge nudge from a certain bearded man with a somber nod, Cletus.

He surprised me. I was expecting either
Jenny - Book Sojourner

'Beard Science' was quite simply... AMAZING! To say that I had high hopes for Cletus's book would be an understatement. My anticipation level was off the charts. And Penny Reid NAILED it! Cletus and Jennifer's story rocked my socks off. I can't imagine this story going any other way. I absolutely fell in love with Cletus and Jennifer. Well, I was already in love with Cletus, but mostly as a quirky sidekick who would always keep me on my toes. But Cletus in love brings it all to a whole n
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

This was really cute.

Penny Reid writes great quirky, period. I always love her characters and their banter and all of the fun and unique elements to said characters and their stories. She really is talented.

That said, I also couldn't help but feel like I was left waiting the entire book for something to happen romance-wise. It took forever for them to finally get anywhere and sometimes Cletus'...calculating thoughts took over what would have otherwise been heated scenes.

Still, overall
L.H. Cosway
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 wonderful, heart-warming and hilarious stars!!!


Beard Science is just about as delicious as this picture. Maybe even more delicious. Yes, definitely more delicious. Okay, I'll stop saying delicious now because I'm probably starting to creep you out.

I loved this book with all my heart. Cletus and Jennifer were real and lovely and infuriating and funny and passionate and strong. I basically just want to live in a world made up completely of Penny Reid characters. You should read this book if you
Em Lost In Books
this one remains as hilarious as it was the first time I read it.

these books are so predictable and yet i am in so love with them. I know they'll meet, they'll fight, and they'll fall in love before reaching that happily ever after. But its the situations, and the dialogues, and the "oh so lovely!" writing that make this book so good. I don't think i will get over this Cletus Winston and his lady love.

P.S: I just love how Penny Reid quotes different authors at the start of the every chapter. t
5 **just perfect** STARS

“You’ll know one day, Cletus. You’ll discover what it’s like to find the other part of yourself. You’ll know it’s her, only her, always her. Maybe not right away, but eventually you’ll know. She’ll be your beginning, middle, and end. And your intentions won’t matter. Love brings its own intentions, and all other plans, hopes, and dreams fade to insignificance in the face of love.”

There really is no excuse for how late I am to write and post this review. I went
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been four years, but my re-read was as enjoyable as the first time. Cletus is still my favorite Penny Reid character, and I can't wait to jump into Engagement and Espionage


Cletus, my love!

Loved your devious and vengeful mind. Smart guys are a definite turn on for me. Smart guys that are devious and creative in their vengefulness are even more of a turn on.

There are a handful of main characters that manage now and then to be unique. Not only in their back
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. I've got a healthy respect for devious and clever minds and Cletus definitely encompasses a good dose of both. I found myself quite entertained by his antics and how intricate they are. He has this way of looking at the world that is so unique. His personality and voice as a character is very distinct. I give props to the author for making him real to me. Not perfect by a long shot, but very human: flaws and merits alike. Jennifer was special in her own right. At first, I wasn't sure ...more
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

But then he looked at me. Just simply looked. And I blinked my surprise. The many different “Cletuses” fell away. No artifice, no mind games, no jokes, no walls—it was just the man. The raw truth of him—of his soul—was beautiful. It was precious to me.

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FINALLY! I had the chance to get back to this book and finish it! While I must admit, I found this story to be a bit too long and if it had been trimmed down a little, I would have given it
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romcoms
Lurved! And now I'm caught up and ready to review any upcoming releases in this series! :)
Review for this baby on the blog HERE
Also, I can't get over the teaser Nancy made for this one. Just look at him, I can't even.
I might be asking my hubs to grow a beard. lol

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my favorite contemporary romance of all times

There are no words to describe how much I LOVE THIS BOOK I have read it so many times and it still feels like the magical first time.
I have read this book as audio, ebook, and paperback and I still can't get enough of it.

5 plus stars

When you bargain for something that you want and instead get what you need....
pure book magic...

Me trying to do this book justice with my review...

or trying to do this review business well..

That is usually the case wh
ALL The Stars

The Banana Cake Queen has just over a million followers on Instagram. Jennifer Sylvester has zero.

Penny Reid has done it again! I absolutely adored everything about this book. So much so that the second I finished it, I started reading it all over again. Ms Reid has an almost lyrical quality to her writing that I've yet to experience with any other author and it goes without saying I'm absolutely hooked.

“You’ll always have the advantage of me, Jenn. Because I’m lost witho
Dee Montoya
FIVE STARS******* (are not enough)

(ARC kindly provided by author)

The word that comes to mind to describe this book is: SENSATIONAL!!!!

Beard Science made me wanna laugh, cry, dance, and eat insane amounts of chocolate. Cletus was complex and romantic and Jennifer was so sweet and endearing. Their story was an explosion of awesome; anything and everything amazing you can think of, this book had it. I think Penny Reid writes books with the sole purpose of making people happy, and for me it is alway
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
A lot of people love this series and then there’s me. I don’t hate it; I don’t love it and I think is fine but the whole thing is very reminiscent of the trends that were popular the year it was written and it’s both endearing and underwhelming. There are some things that did not age well but I find it cute here.

I liked both Cletus and Jennifer and I adored the family dynamic. Each member of the clan is unique and so wholesome. I’m not opposed to continue with the series after this book, since
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
5 Penile Engorgement Stars

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

Every now and then you get a book in your hands that surprises the hell out of you. This was the case with Penny Reid's Beard Science. My friend Christie raved about the last one so I really wanted to see what the fuss is all about. Now let me tell you, this was my first Penny Reid book but it definitely won't be my last and I really need to catch up with this author's other books. This story can be read as a standalone but trust me when I
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Rachel Reads Ravenously
“Bullshit was the adult version of Santa Claus.
For reasons I'll never comprehend, the general population seemed to enjoy wallowing, spouting, and believing in bullshit.”

... Thank you, Cletus, for being the first male-lead created by Penny Reid... who is just my kind of infuriating, judgemental, sassy, adorable asshole, you shit-eating-grin provider extraordinaire. FI-NA-LLY.


Wow. Beard Science is the 4th book I read from her. I one-starred the first three. Not because I fe
Claire Contreras
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading this at 2am.


I'll be back with my favorite highlights, but as usual Penny delivers a witty, smart, lovely story that I'll be smiling about for days and definitely re-reading in the future.
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it

I loved Cletus from the very first book in this series so I was just about dying to get my hands on his own book. And he was amazing just like I knew he would be. He's just so awkward that it's adorable and you can't help but want more of him. I really liked learning more about him and getting to see his diabolical side as he blackmailed and tricked people into doing what he wanted.

Jennifer was honestly only okay for me. I liked her character most of the time, but there were many times that I g

Title: Beard Science
Series: Winston Brothers #3
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: October 11, 2016
Cliffhanger: No
HEA(view spoiler)

By now everyone knows how obsessed I am with Penny Reid's books. You're probably sick of hearing me talk about all of the books I've read and loved. So it will not come as much of a surprise that I fell hard for her latest addition to the Winston series. Going in, I will admit that though I was looking forward to reading this, I wasn't quite as excit
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-hero
I don't think I have enough words to express how damn perfect this book was. As expected. Cletus is truly memorable!

Stacey is Sassy
I definitely needed to hear this one...

I find it funny that Cletus isn't as complex as what he seems. When you 'meet' him in his siblings' stories, he's this kooky and wise man who knows everything. In Beard Science, you realise that he's just a fantastic performer. He uses his skills to distract, manipulate and control situations. What we've come to love in the other stories is just reinforced in this story ... Cletus loves his family and will do ANYTHING to protect them.

I found my listening ex
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
***5 Captivating Stars!***

I always start a Penny Reid book like this:


I love PR books. They are simply delightful! Like a nice warm apple pie with a dollop of whipped cream. You can't rush through these books. You have to take your time. Absorb the meaning between the lines and savor every word that comes out these characters mouths. Whenever I read a PR book I almost always come away with a feeling of indulgence and satisfaction.

The Winston Brothers has become one of my favorite series to date.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
4.5 ‘Sneaky’ stars

Stay away from the normals, the small-minded people who fill their brains with small-minded pursuits, who blend in and keep up with the Joneses. Those people will tear you down and make you boring. Instead, surround yourself with the weirds. With the misfits, oddballs, and outcasts. Because the normals, bless their hearts, have no idea how to have fun.

Cletus Winston’s book!!!!!

This is my favorite book in the series so far! Cletus has been my favorite brother followed by Billy,
McGee Magoo
There are a few things you should know about Cletus Winston.

1. Cletus isn't what he appears to be.
2. Cletus has a severe dislike of bullies.
3. Cletus likes to tinker--with cars and with people.
4. Cletus is the second most dangerous man in Green Valley.

If you thought Cletus Winston was sweet, stupid and benign, then congratulations, you bought into what he was trying to sell you.

But Jennifer Sylvester knows the truth. She knows Cletus for the judgmental, vindictive and clever devil he is. He'
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