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Beard in Mind

(Winston Brothers #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  18,043 ratings  ·  1,963 reviews
Semi Finalist: Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Romance 2017

All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin
ebook, 393 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Penny Reid (first published July 31st 2017)
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-four-stars
4.25 stars!!!!


I am obsessed with Penny Reid’s books! This woman writes the smartest, most heartfelt stories, and I love them all. Beard in Mind was no exception. My love for all things Winston Brothers is huge! I’ve been wanting to read Beau’s book for the longest time. I’ve thought about this for a while now, and if I were to be an actual Winston brother, I would be a Beau. I know, that sounds sort of crazy since I’m a woman, but it’s true. I’m a Beau. I was anxious to see who Beau would end
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
1.5 Stars

I love Penny Reid and I love that she wrote a book with a character having legit OCD.

That said, I just didn’t love this.

It took me forever to read it, I had no problem putting it down, and I had to practically bribe myself to pick it back up every time.

I liked both Shelly and Beau, but their romance felt sterile and stale in most areas.

There were also a lot of smaller side stories I felt distracted from the main plot. There was Beau’s issues with Duane, with Christine, with Shelly...C
Aisling Zena
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humorous-romance
4.85 stars

Review now posted 22/9/17

Penny Reid:

Did I just fangirl too much???


I was saving Beau and Shelly for a day when I would feel truly down. Because I knew that reading about these two would make my day brighter. And I was right. Hands down the highlight of an otherwise tiring and crappy day.

I do have to apologize for not giving this one the full 5 stars because although I loved it, Cletus is still my favourite. And GoodReads doesn't have decimals or more stars so I've deducted just a ti
chan ☆
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
a very different installment in this series

and despite some initial apprehension, i thought this turned out very well! i think the reason for my uncertainty when i started was that the topics handled in this book felt a lot heavier than in previous installments. i think i've said before that i don't love quirky rom coms, and that is absolutely true. but what i don't love even MORE than quirky rom coms are books that can't decide what they want to be. rom coms that throw in really dark/serious su
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

She wouldn’t be who she was now without her struggles. Life had shaped her, her fear had formed her, and I wouldn’t have her any differently.

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The WINSTON BROTHERS series is fast becoming one of my favorites by Penny Reid. I never thought a bunch of oddball quirky characters would win my heart so easily, but all I can say is that I can’t get enough of these crazy and lovable bunch of characters. I love them so much that I would become an ho
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I have so much to say about this book and these characters, I don't even know where to start. Beard in Mind features characters so unlike any that I have read about before and I absolutely loved it. Shelly was a very unique person and she had all of my emotions bleeding out of me. I was sad for her, anxious for her, and so happy for her that I sometimes looked like a complete loon for just smiling at my Kindle for awhile. And of course there were times I was laughin
Stacey is Sassy
It was good ... but ...

Well, I have come across the first book in the Winston Brothers series that I think my reading experience was better than the audio. I just think, even with excellent narration, that Shelly is hard to do justice / act out / bring to life. While I really enjoyed the audio and wouldn't dream of changing my rating, I just think my own interpretation of Shelly worked better ... for me.

This is an emotional story that is a beautiful example of love being perfect when you find yo
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebooks, romance
4 stars!

“People, all people, are blinded by their own expectations.”

Beard in Mind is the fourth book in the Winston Brothers series and can be read as a standalone novel. This book follows Beau Winston, twin brother of Duane from the first book, and Shelly, sister of Quinn from the Knitting series. Beau and his brothers Duane and Cletus own and run a mechanic shop in town. With Duane leaving the country soon to travel with his girlfriend, Cletus hires a new mechanic, the beautiful and cold
Samantha Young
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Could I love Penny Reid more? I didn't think it was possible, until I read Beau and Shelly's story. Brave, as always, Penny steps out of the boundaries of conventional romance and provides us romance readers with the much needed breath of fresh air that is Shelly. When I heard we were getting Shelly's story I was excited - how would Penny tackle her character?
Well, the answer is with care, intelligence, sensitivity and realism. Shelly's story is close to my heart and Penny nailed it. I cried, I
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Penny Reid Fans, Winston Brothers, Romance
4.5 We Are All Too Human Stars
* * * *1/2 Spoiler Free
In this life, all of us have our own issues...some more intense than others. But to each of us... they are our Own Issues, so how can we judge whether ours are more than another's...People are not perfect... it would be so boring if we were... It is our ability to overcome obstacles which make us... It makes us Brave, Strong, Courageous, and Beautiful in the doing of it.

Penny Reid has taken us on a journey where the obstacles to overcome are
McGee Magoo

We are back in Green Valley, Tennessee, y'all! And let me tell you, I'm happier than a pig in a peach orchard.

When we ended Beard Science, we knew Beau and Shelly had a connection, and we needed to know how the easy-going charmer and the odd, cold, curmudgeon got past their instant animosity.

Add to the knowledge that Shelly had unresolved issues with her family, and the wait for this became nearly unbearable.


Now that I've read it, I know things. BIG things. I'm freakin
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦Ah, Winston brother and their beards... Don't you just want to...

➦I have so many questions. Is it soft? How would it feel? You know, in places that shall not be named...

➦If I actually manage to get my mind out of the gutter I might be able to produce a somewhat sensible review here. Now, what's the bear doing?

➦Yeah, we all know what you thought. ANYWAYS. I loved this enemies to lovers story with very peculiar characters. Beau, the hero of the book, has to work side by side with
Just for today (11/26/2017) $1.99 sale

Looking for a fresh and original, sexy, sweet and incredibly touching and heartwarming story? Anything written by the very talented, quirky and ingenious Penny Reid it is practically guaranteed to be that and more because she brings so many elements together that make me want to both devour the story whole and savor it bit by bit.

I smiled, snorted, swooned, was touched, and that’s just by going over my highlights while trying to d
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4.5-5 stars <3

Omg my heart <3 Unique,emotional and intense !!! I loved everything about this story.

Beau was everything I wanted him to be and even more.Sweet,funny,understanding and he was willing to help Shelly.Shelly is a little weird but we learn why she is like that but apart from this she is also clever, so intense and she was feeling lonely.My heart was aching for her.

I adored this story and I freaking love this series, each one of Winston's brothers take a place in my heart!If you haven't
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth



Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

When it comes to Penny Reid's books I associate words like warm, smart, wonderful and one-of-a-kind. These are her stories. These are her characters. And with each book I'm becoming a bigger fan. I have no idea how she does it but her stories draw me in, grab me by my black heart and won't let go. With each story I learn something, something that makes a substantial difference in my life and that's how I love my stories.

In Bea

Title: Beard in Mind
Series: Winston Brothers #4
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: August 1, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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I loved Beard in Mind for all of the usual Winston brother reasons and more. This book was more. I've read and loved every single book in this series so far, but this one holds a very special place in my heart. For me, the storyline was the perfect package tied in an unconventional bow. The romance was beautifully raw and real. The humor was as razor s
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Although it would be pretty tough for one of the Winston men to beat out Cletus in my heart, I must admit that Beau came amazingly close. There’s just something about these simple men with their purity of heart and soul that leaves me in awe every single time. At first glance, Beau comes off as flirtatious and real easy-going, but once you dig below the surface, that’s when the true wonder of his depth becomes clear. Beau was amazingly beautiful, in mind, body and soul. He was a man that any gir ...more
Lady Heather
My Thoughts

"5 -Let me hold your tools when they're too heavy to carry Stars!"

This book.... it wrecked me.
This is nothing like anything Penny's written before, and I think it's her best work yet.
The characters are raw.
They're real.
They're amazing.
What an incredible story.
What an incredible journey.

This is my favourite book this year.
So many thoughts ... and all of them good.

If you want to read a book that has fascinating, unique characters, excellent writing, and a wonderful story-line, then
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FINALLY my turn at the pornbrary came up for this highly anticipated Winston Brothers story. Please don’t get it twisted – I, along with hundreds of other horny housewives, resemble something much like this at the mere mention of “Billy” . . . .

But seeing as his book doesn’t come out for another seventeen thousand years I had to make do with this one and thank the tiny 8 lb. 6 oz. Baby Jeebus (don’t even know a word yet) that Bear
Blythe The Word Junkie
4.5 out of 5 stars!

"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain."

Beauford Fitzgerald Winston. "Holy Moly Moses." So far, you are my favorite Winston brother. 4.5 stars!

The sweet charismatic hard-to-irritate man. Simple and straightforward on the surface, but layered underneath it all. I loved reading and discovering his own complexities and refrigerators as he have himself faced with multifaceted issues.

Unlike the rest of the books before this one, this brings a heavy topic into
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beau Winston. What a guy. He is sweet, sexy, and funny. But what I loved most about him was his loyalty. Not only to his family but to Shelly. I think his story will end up being one of my favorites of the series. ❤

There are so many wonderful reviews already written for Beard in Mind. But of course I’d like to add my two cents in. :) Penny Reid has come to be an author that I can return to at any time and know that I will enjoy her writing. I love her creativity and the care that she takes w
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★

I absolutely adore this series, I am SO happy that this fourth title in the series was a winner for me.

Beau is a brother that I have been dying to get my hands on, he's the friendly one, the one who is popular with the ladies (more so than the others), and he is always putting other people first.

Shelly is the new mechanic at Winston Bros Autoshop, and she is a strange one to say the least, Beau can't seem to work her out at all. She is rude, abrupt, and all kinds of tetchy - but
Robin (Bridge Four)
4.5 We're All Broken Stars

I like unconventional heroines and Shelly is that in spades. It’s nice to see a love story when one person is struggling with an issue and the other love interest doesn’t make them feel lesser for it. While Shelly and Beau’s story might not be for everyone because of Shelly’s extreme OCD it was a great love story for me.
“Have you considered that there’s someone out there who might not consider these things about you crazy? That someone might take the time to un
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Disraeli once said: "I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude."

And that pretty much sums up how I feel towards Beard in Mind, because every time I read a Penny Reid book I'm blown away at how she takes the ordinary—in this case enemies-to-lovers—and creates something extraordinary by grabbing hold of a subject by the short and curlies and giving it the justice it so deserves. And she knocks it out of the park with Beau and Shelly's story.

Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Let me cut right to the chase. I. Loved. This. Story. All the books in the Winston Brothers series are highly entertaining, but I think this one might be my favorite. Beard in Mind contains all the humor that I associate with the series; however, at the center is a complexity that is marvelously atypical.

One of the main characters has OCD. We’re talking about a serious mental disorder, not the flippant “I’m so OCD about arranging my clothes by colors” variety. The respectful way in which it’s ex
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There is something very unique about a book that asks you to acknowledge that you are wrong, and then strives to educate you as to why. There are a multitude of misconceptions flying around the central issues in Beard in Mind and the characters within. The word I would use to describe this book would be illuminating.

As a fan of Penny Reid and the Winston Brothers series (as well as the Knitting in the City series), I thought I knew Shelly Sullivan. I thought I understood her surly disposition a
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Even though BEARD IN MIND by Penny Reid is a Romantic Comedy, Beau and Shelly's story RIPPED ME TO SHREDS! This storyline will break your heart, mend your heart, and then at the end of it all, it will make your heart soar to places you never knew were possible. Believe it or not, this is the first book I've read in this series...I know, I know, don't throw stones okay? I have read others from the amazing Ms. Reid, so I know what all the hype is about. Her writing is absolutely INCREDIBLE! Th
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I'll be perfectly honest and say that the only Penny Reid book I've ever tried and DNF had safety issues, but a lot of my friends love thus author's books so I'll give a chance to this one!! Here is the link to the giveaway, I think the whole globe was included and this is always a joy. We are all people, we all love giveaways and book deals! No need to discriminate readers!

These are the countries
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!

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Beau Winston lives in Tennessee & comes from a family of seven kids. He has a twin & is very close with all his siblings. Beau is known in Green Valley as everyone's favorite Winston brother. He's kind, charismatic & has a heart of gold. He'd give anyone the shirt off his back, and is always helping those in need. He's just a really good person. He's also easy on the eyes. Women everywhere flock to the gorgeous, bearded hottie.

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Beau owns and runs Winston Brothers Auto Shop with
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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive

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