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Beard Necessities

(Winston Brothers #7)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  10,956 ratings  ·  1,374 reviews
Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

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 o
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published November 4th 2019 by Cipher-Naught
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Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Penny Reid Fans, Winston Brothers, Romance
Unlimited Amount of Stars and Hearts
Congratulations-2019 Best Romance
Semifinal Round Nominee, Review Spoiler Free

In 2014, Penny Reid introduced to the world the Winston Brothers in her crossover book, Beauty and the Mustache. She took Ashley from our Knitting in the City group and brought her back to the family home in Tennesse. Little did we all imagine how impactful it would be to our hearts and minds.

And in my humble opinion, I think a lot of other savvy author
Starr (AKA Starrfish) Rivers
This was getting to be a 5 star book for me when I started it off.


The last book Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #6) by Penny Reid was background on the MCs when they were "kids" even tho they behaved twice their age at least. See review here:

The first 40% or so of this book was very promising, tugged on my heart strings every which way for Billy. Reminded me of the PAIN (I enjoy these heart rending books) in Pure Awakening (Pure/ Dark Ones 6.5) by Aja James and Pure Providence (Pure/ Dark Ones #8.5) by Aja James . Also about an epic couple who has a past that prevents them from sharing a pr
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2 stars

If Beard With Me reminded me of why I loved Reid’s books, Beard Necessities reminded me of why I stopped reading her books in the first place. I devoured Beard With Me in HOURS, and Beard Necessities took me days to read. It was boring, the pacing was completely off, it was nauseatingly cheesy, and worst of all I lost interest in ALL of the characters. Characters I’ve loved for years. This was my most anticipated book of the last 5 years and I was beyond disappointed with the result.

Em Lost In Books
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, 2019, 2010-19
I was waiting for this ever since I read Beard Science, but this fell short of what I expected this to be. :(
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

We’d climbed mountains to get here, crossed stormy seas. I was under no delusions our future sailing would be smooth. But hopefully, given the last few weeks and all we’d fought for, resolved, and shared, whatever path we traveled, we’d be together from now on.

Sadly the ”Winston Brothers” series comes to an end with this last installment, ”BEARD NECESSITIES”. It’s been a fun journey with this hilarious and eccentric bunch of unforgettable ch
Korrie’s Korner
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
10 epic Winston stars for Beard Necessities!

I have no words only this painful lump in my throat, and the tears streaming down my face in the grocery store parking lot in my town. I love this family. Every single person in these books have left their mark on my heart, and I’m afraid it’s permanent. Penny has truly outdone herself with this book, and I can’t imagine the feels that it must’ve given her to finally pen, The End. I didn’t want this to end, but alas, all good things must come to an end

❝The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts and my soul was still Scarlet.❞

Wow. Just wow! I ended this book with a face full of tears and a tinge of melancholy in my heart. This series is more than “just a series” to me, and as this chapter closes on the Winston clan, I am left an irrational sense of emptiness. I remind myself that these are just characters in a story, but then I laugh at the ridiculousness, because I know I’m lying as I try to deny that they have becom
Bex |
It’s the end of an era, folks. After seven books, the Winston Brother series draws to a close—but fear not my gentle readers, Penny Reid truly saves the best for last. With an epilogue that will soothe your weary soul after reading Beard with Me , she uses kid gloves and makes the inevitably bittersweet ending as painless and as uplifting as possible. And for that, I am grateful.

Thankfully, Beard Necessities isn’t as heartbreaking as Beard with Me . Yes, there are some painful exchanges, b
Stacey is Sassy
Done... 😭😭😭

I absolutely loved my revisit with the Winston Brothers but geez it's sad to say goodbye to this lovable, crazy, and sweet family.

Again, the narrators do an AMAZING job and I thought the casting was spot on.

I'm glad everyone is happy in their relationships and I loved seeing all of the families growing. I didn't listen to Ashley's story and I'm kind of kicking myself for it ... after all ... Drew. 😍 Maybe in the not too distant future, I'll have to revisit those Knitting in the City g
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
As the Winston Bros. series has evolved, I've become wary of Reid's ability to pull off Billy's and Scarlet's "epic" love story. With each brother's installment, the mythical proportions of The Love Story just kept getting bigger and bigger, and after reading the convoluted and disappointing Beard with Me, I admit that I began reading this final book with some trepidation.

Not all of this book suffered from emotional hyperbole, and I'll discuss below the parts of the story that worked best for me
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
❤❤ 5 STARS❤❤

I have no words, sigh this is simply one of the best books I read and one of my favorite in the series!Penny Reid is genius and this one is amazing!There are so many things I loved about this book, the story line the unique characters and all the set up!


“You are the architect and artist of my own personal paradise. Now, when I close my eyes, I won’t need to imagine what heaven feels like. I’ll know.”

Claire/Scarlet and Billy have been through a lot, and my heart was broken and I was
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Oh, my heart. I couldn’t be happier for Billy and Claire (aka Scarlet) getting their second chance at an HEA. I loooved all the Winston family shenanigans (hello, Cletus!) and that epilogue made me SO damn happy, my heart was bursting. As bittersweet as this finale is, I couldn’t think of a lovelier ending for the Winston Brothers series, but I am also so thankful we’re getting a Cletus and Jenn series later on!

“But Scarlet,” he said my name reverently, gently, like it was a prayer he repeated o
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
"Love isn't about giving up. It's about never giving up."

I have no words. Well, maybe a few.

Firstly, it was everything I wanted it to be. The perfect amount of swoon with just the right amount of hard work to get the HEA we've all been clamoring for since forever.

If you're a fan of the series; it's a must read.
If you're a fan of romance; it's a must read.
If you're a fan of plain old fashioned good writing; it's a must read.
If you're a fan of examining the human condition, warts and all; it's
First I can't believe I am here writing this review... Beauty and the Mustashe was released 2014 and that is how all started... five years ago ..this connection and love for Winston brothers.

I have never been to Tennesse but I think I would love it. It has many of my favorite things; Dolly, whiskey and Cletus Winston.

Cletus Byron Winston....Oh, how I love him. And this farewell to these characters was easier knowing that he and Jenn will get their own series. Plus there is the new spin-off ser
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“I mean this with all my heart,” he said, the words gravelly and fierce. And then he kissed me.

I actually arrived to the Winston Brothers’ party a little late and have only been a part of their world for about three years. That being said, three years is a looooooooooooooooooooooong time to suffer from a case of blue balls waiting for Billy’s book. Now that it’s here? Words fail me – so here are some .gifs that should help get the point ac
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, arcs
5+++ stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

-"Love isn't about giving up. It's about never giving up."

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Billy Winston is the second oldest of the Winston brothers, and lives in Green Valley, Tennessee where he’s a congressman. He’s known for being fearless, brave, and selfless to a fault. He always puts others first, and his family decides it’s time for him to find happiness and love. His interfering, meddling siblings mean well when they play matchmaker on a trip to Italy where his ex Cla
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
I’ve been with the Winston brothers through thick and thin, and Beard Necessities signals the end of the road. I’m totally not crying. You’re crying!

You really shouldn’t read this book without reading Beard with Me first, and if you’ve read Beard with Me then you know the emotional train wreck that is Billy and Claire’s relationship. Their history is riddled with secrets, misunderstandings, and stubbornness. The tension between them is so thick you can cut it with a knife, but it is obvious to
Erin Benson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book gets three stars, because it was a good book. But compared to the other books in the series, it was a disappointment.

I really feel like I missed a book along the way, and I don’t mean that facetiously. I hope that if I did miss a book, someone will tell me. I feel that way because this book was a lot of telling, but not enough showing. Book 6 ended with Scarlet being fettered away, and Billy taking the beating in order to protect her.

In this book, we have Scarlet telling Siena the deta
Blythe The Word Junkie
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance junkies
4.4 out of 5 stars!

"...sometimes the only way to win is to surrender"

And after how many days of binge-reading into this series, I have finally arrived to this one.

I believe there were many instances I wanted to strangle both characters at the same time. Their push and pull was borderline frustrating. Though, I did enjoy the elaborate Cletus' plan and all the forced proximity.

But of course, when they finally got the memo, finally trashed the big wall between them that is their years-built mistru
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Reading this book felt like the day I started Harry Potter 7. You’ve been waiting and anticipating for so long (because I’ve shipped Billy and Scarlet from the start and desperately wanted their book), but you know you’re going to reach that last page and there’s going to be no more Winston Brothers, so there’s a bit of mourning involved, too. I love all of Penny’s books, but this is by far my favorite series. Green Valley is just such a great world. The angst in this one is at like an 11 out of ...more
Samantha Young
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing


I loved it. I have no other words. Expectations were high for the conclusion of Billy and Scarlet's story and they were not only met, but surpassed. I felt gratified, giddy and yet bereft to say goodbye to the Winstons. Thankfully, with books, it's never really goodbye. Penny's books are at the top of my re-read pile for whenever I need a happy, escapist fix, and I'm already looking forward to re-reading the Winston Bros.

Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oct-2019
Gah. GAH. Why is it over? WHY? :(

Billy and Scarlet finally get their HEA and it was so, so worth it going through all the heartbreak. Both of them had some really good and really bad reasons to not pursue the other although the love never stopped. For the first time, in forced proximity, made possible by the meddling of cunning Cletus and his crafty siblings, they actually have to communicate and the result is a lot of solved issues and reveal of secrets. Yes, they could have been solved and ai
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, in-english
Edit - Nov 19, 2019:

I loved, LOVED this.

First, a bit of Billy in Florence. The pictures were taken the day after I finished this, on Nov 20. It was like a sign: after weeks of rain, finally a sunny day. I had to go out and take some pictures. I even took the physical Cletus with me.



[This is the original they were talking about.]



I'll go see the original David when I'll have the physical copy. This is a copy outside the Palazzo Vecchio.


*wink wink*


Now the book.

The ANGST, the
Ghost Orchid
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
My main issue was that there were parts of this book that I felt didn't live up to my past experiences when reading a Penny Reid book. I'll always love the Winston Brothers' world, but with characters such as Jennifer and Cletus to live up to, I don't see myself falling in love with the main characters of this one in the same way (particularly Claire/Scarlet).

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Re-read April 2020

This is still amazing, I love the Winston's SO much, this is the perfect ending to a delightful series.

“I promise, if you’ll have me, I’ll sing with you whenever or wherever you want. But only with you, Scarlet. I only want to sing with you.”
― Penny Reid, Beard Necessities

This book is a gift. Seriously. Penny Reid gave us Christmas in November by writing this beautiful final book in the Winston Brothers series, an homage to Green Valley and a Magnum Opus years in the makin
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
"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."

(This is how I pictured the house of Duane and Jess)

ITALY! I didn't read exactly how this last book is structured before, but when I read that they were all actually going to Italy to Jess and Duane and spending several weeks there in Tuscany, I was thrilled! Unfortunately, this feeling was changed by one thing or rather one p
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
When this landed on the old Kindle there was no stopping me; William Shakespeare Winston’s day has been a long time coming and after reading Beard with Me , this day couldn’t come soon enough.

description You are beloved, not just in Tennessee, but by everyone.”

I’ll get my (minor) grumble out of the way first, I have to admit I was expecting a little more hurt considering how Beard with Me ended. However, that’s not to say I’m disappointed, far from it as Penny Reid whisks us off to Italy
An epically brilliant conclusion to an incredible series. With Beard Necessities, Penny Reid has produced a soul-warming and captivating story.

The very appealing Winston Brothers all paired up except for Billy who has been in love with Claire McClure for almost two decades. After being separated by painfully harsh circumstances when they were young, their resentment and secrets have kept them apart.

Too much time has passed and their siblings along with their significant others have devi
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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused

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