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Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers #5)

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Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 350 pages
Published July 30th 2018 by Cipher-Naught
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Kelli Simone is Daisy Payton's (of Daisy's Nut House restaurant) daughter. Her dad owns the mill where Billy Winston works. She shows up a couple times in…moreSimone is Daisy Payton's (of Daisy's Nut House restaurant) daughter. Her dad owns the mill where Billy Winston works. She shows up a couple times in Beard in Mind, where she's back from college in D.C. and waitressing at the restaurant. She's described as Roscoe's best friend until sometime in high school when they quit talking to each other.(less)

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Penny Reid
Jul 02, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)

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With the Winston Brothers series, Penny Reid has created a fascinating group of family and friends, each book and couple adding to the appeal and uniqueness of series.

Dr. Strange Beard is a sweet, sexy and touching addition to the series this time following Roscoe –the attractive veterinarian with a prodigious memory and the youngest Winston brother. Roscoe has spent the last ten years avoiding the woman who broke his heart for fear of making additional painful memories of her, but it’s impossi
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!!

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I love these Winston Brothers! Roscoe Winston is the baby of the group and his book is one I’ve been waiting for. Each time a new book in this series comes out I get all kinds of excited, and for good reason.

Roscoe is a special Winston. He’s sweet, quiet, sensitive, and a veterinarian. He’s also never truly gotten over his first love, Simone Payton. Luckily for Roscoe, Simone only comes into town every once in a while and he’s become a master at avoiding her. Until now. She’s back i
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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The Winston brothers are special. Each one in his own quirky way. It's a feat to give them matching partners, ladies who complement and enhance their multi-dimensional characters and aren't only accessories but as multi-layered, quirky and strong. Penny Reid does it every single time.

Roscoe is the most sensitive of the lot. Gifted or cursed, depending on the point of view, with a mind that doesn't let him forget memories - good or bad. One memory
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Winston Time and Remembrance Stars
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I have decided Penny Reid created her own new genre of romance when she birthed these Winston Brothers. There is something extremely unique about these men and women. They have their own view points, ways of communicating and seeing things. When we see their concerns, on the whole, all of the immediate issues can seem complicated and maybe impossible to surmount...but in the end... when everything is reduced down to the n
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors because I find her books to be unique, but in a subtle way. They aren't just fluffy romance, not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you're reading a book from Ms. Reid they make you stop and think. She brings in real life issues in small ways that don't distract from the story but still make you pause and reflect on them.

And not only are her stories unlike any others that I've read, but
Shannon Gorilla McGee Winston



We're back in Green Valley, back with The Winstons, but we're five years out from Beard in Mind (Beau's story). In that time, Roscoe Winston has finished school and started practicing veterinary medicine. He's also finding himself shadowed and tormented by his childhood friend and first love, Simone.

Simone is on a mission. A secret mission. And while she's on this mission, she's going to make it personal by finding out why her best frie

Title: Dr. Strange Beard
Series: Winston Brothers #5
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: July 30, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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Oh how I loved visiting the Winston Boys, their significant others, and the rest of the residents of Green Valley. This series is like a true best friend. One that you don't get to see very often, but when you finally do, there's no awkward pause in conversation or adjustment. I slipped right into this book with a smile on my face, and I was laughin
I need to come right out and say it for anyone who felt, or currently feels, the same way : if you are struggling with the start of DR. STRANGE BEARD, don't give up hope. I was really starting to suspect I had stumbled across my first Winston Brothers fail but Reid delivered in the end. Well, no, actually, well before the end. But all I'm saying is that any doubts I had, any struggle to connect, were both resolved by about the middle point. And I hope this encourages you to push on.

Why did Rosco
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-19, 2018, 3-star
Ms. Reid is one of my favorite author. I read books from her Knitting in the City series and I long for a group friends like she has given us in those stories. I read Winston Brothers and I long for a family like the Winstons. the characters she has created in her stories are so passionately in love with everyone else and the devotion, respect they show each other just makes me go "awwwww" every time i read her books. it's easy to fall in love with them. but sadly, I am disappointed in this book ...more
Jan 15, 2017 marked it as to-read
Roscoe, you're such a rascal.

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Penny Reid’s words move me…

***4.5 Stars***

I’ve met Penny Reid and she is a bright and bubbly person who was a pleasure to talk to. I’ve read Penny’s words outside of her books and I like the way her mind works. I’ve been immersed in Penny’s worlds through her books…and her words move me. She has a voice that I wish was mine. Her ideas, beliefs and feeling shine through in her characters. The strength
Wow! My heart is so full! I loved this book so much! These characters were so much more than I was anticipating. I thought I had an idea of who Roscoe was from reading the other books in this series but he was nothing like I was expecting in all the best ways. He was complicated and sweet, misunderstood and sensitive. As much as I love Roscoe and the Winston family, the real star of this book for me is the heroine, Simone. I can honestly say that she is one of my favorite book heroines ever. Tha ...more
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All men are fugly as soon as they demonstrate an inability to carry on a conversation about issues that matter… Or if they poop with the bathroom door open. No one wants to see that. Even I—ye old goddess of crime fighting—have accepted that some mysteries in life are better left unsolved, such as the facial expressions associated with a boyfriend’s constipation. Hard. Pass.

…the element of surprise was my favorite, even if it wasn’t on the periodic table.

Roscoe was a man-maiden.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 “Years” Stars

Typical Ms. Reid which means anything but a typical storyline. I was kept guessing the whole time. I was swept up in their slow building relationship along with the rest of the family.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. A is for Alpha B is for Books
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*****FOUR STARS*****
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DR. STRANGE BEARD, the fifth and latest installment of the Winston Brothers series is Roscoe Winston’s story and it’s a friends-to-lovers/unrequited love romance. Roscoe is another quirky but utterly lovable character like his siblings. I was rooting for him to get his girl!!

Roscoe and Simone were the best of friends in High School, but Roscoe had always harbored a secret crush for Simone. One day he decides to confess his feelings for her b
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to do my best to keep this spoiler free. I'm sure there will be reviews with loads of spoilers because SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN in this book. SO MANY!!!! If you find yourself reading chapter three and you don't shout out in exclamation then we should probably not hang out.

Similarly to when I read "Datingish" I went into this book with very little expectations, my feelings going in were I just really really want to know what's going on with Billy and Claire and want to get there. Maybe Pen
Aisling Zena
Sep 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
Called it!!

SNIPPET on Penny Reid's Facebook:

Am I alone in thinking Simone will be Roscoe's?


Kindling Micky
4.5 stars

DR STRANGE BEARD was a swoon-fest brimming with feelings, my feelings, leaking all over the place. It took me a pause to get into to into the book properly but once I was in, I had my whole mind and body shoe-horned into it. The timeline in this book is interesting in terms of previous characters, it took me a little adjustment but I enjoyed all Winston updates.

I can’t say Roscoe has been at the front of my mind in previous books, I recollect little of him, I now find him utterly unforg
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book a couple of days ago but its one of those books that you want to savor. It’s just so very amazing! After reading it the characters keep moving around in your mind and you keep replaying scenes.
Simone is the girl you wish was your friend. She is strong, loyal and funny. I picture myself having conversations with her over mojitos.
And Roscoe? Oh my heavens! My biggest wish is that everyone finds the kind of love he has for Simone. His devotion ramps his sexiness up exponent
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, poignant and thoughtful. This one resonated with me more than usual.

As I devoured this one it struck me that at some point in the last couple of years, Penny Reid's books stopped being all about the funny, lightweight quirkiness and started being more poignant, more thoughtful and so much more bittersweet. That's not to say they're not quirky and original and witty too because they absolutely are, but they are so much more than that.

Dr Strange Beard is a second chance story between R
Maria Rose
First Impressions:
Wow! Surprises and twists and OMG that ending and Full review to come when I can pick myself up off the floor.

Actual Review:
Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid is the fifth story in her Winston Brothers series. Since there are six brothers (and one sister, Ashley, whose story was told in Beauty and the Mustache), we are coming to the end of this fabulously entertaining series. It’s Roscoe Winston’s turn, and this second chance romance features an almost ch
Aug 03, 2017 is currently reading it
Am I the only one who thinks Roscoe could be gay?
Penny did an incredible job representing the multiculturality of Sienna and Jethro's relationship, I think she would do an excellent job writing an MM romance.


Whatever, I'm dying to read it.
I love this series.

Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

I’ve loved each and every book in this series and with time moving on since our last visit to Green Valley, the youngest Winston is all grown up and, thankfully, less of the idiot Beau declared him to be in the last book when it comes to women.

description ...bare-chested, somehow taller than before, and so fucking magnificent. I mean, ladies. Holy cow. Get thee a Winston, stat!”

Whilst I continue to adore the Winston family and the craziness they create, Dr. Strange Beard didn’t quite hit the h
Natalie The Biblioholic
I absolutely loved learning about Roscoe!! From the moment I heard about him in previous books to when I knew he'd be getting a story of his very own, I've been holding onto this strange curiosity to really know him. Every one of the Winston brothers (and sister) have their own special quirks, characteristics that are unique to the individual and sets them apart from the rest, and I was intrigued by what Roscoe's would be. I was immediately captivated with the way that the author illustrated h ...more
❝Heartbreak, that hopeless, empty, all-encompassing sensation, dimming and numbing everything but the focus of your desire and the pain of the unobtainable, hit me in the chest and stomach. A one-two sucker punch, I almost grunted at the impact.❞

I've wanted Roscoe's book since this series began. He's been this sexy, mysterious, and endearing character who always stood off to the side never appearing to get fully involved. And now, we know why. Roscoe remembers every encounter with people, in
My heart is so full of love for Roscoe and Simone! There is so much that happens in this book that I can’t help but love it all! It was a ride I tell you. Why can’t I be apart of this fantastic fictional family?!

I was going in blind with this one. I didn’t read any teasers and I just kept on scrolling whenever I saw someone talking about them. If you think about it, we don’t really know a ton about Roscoe. Sure he’s in the previous books, but to me, he’s a veterinarian man of mystery. As I was
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
4.25 Stars

I love this series.

I love Green Valley. I love the Southerness of both the town and the people in it.

And I love the Winstons.

Some more than others. I'm looking at you, Cletus. I always look forward to catching up with everyone whenever a new Beard book comes out. There is a coziness about them and simply put, they make me feel good. For me, there's no higher compliment than that.

Dr. Strange Beard is Roscoe's book. Roscoe is the youngest of the Winston clan, the quiet one and a vet. Tr
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🙌4 stars🙌

Another fantastic story from Penny Reid, I have said it before and I'll say it now, this is one of the best series I've ever read and I mean what I say!I'm so in love with these brothers and their stories.


Roscoe and Simone have history, they know each other for a long time.I adore them, they gave something different in this series.Roscoe is sweet and complicated.He tried to hide his feeling for Simone.Simone is also a lovely heroine.

Overall, it was a great and unique story.Like I said t
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars. Roscoe and Simone are two extraordinary characters. Ms. Reid did a wonderful job of detailing what makes them unique and there is no doubt that each of them was crafted with care and responsibility.

I love that I can continue to get surprised by the writing and prose that compose a PR book. She brings something fresh to a genre that is frankly saturated by options and alternatives that can sometimes feel repetitive. None are quite as unique.

That said, I wasn’t able to connect to Ros
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