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Beard with Me

(Winston Brothers #6)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  2,854 ratings  ·  657 reviews
‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story.

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, s
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 16th 2019 by Cipher-Naught
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Penny Reid This book is 110k words (~400 pages) and is a full-length standalone love story, but is not a romance.
Cassie May Romance means HEA/HFN guarantee. Lovestory, not so much. You don'T ge the promise of a "good" ending.

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Penny Reid
Aug 16, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)

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Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

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I’ve read every book in the Winston Brother’s series upon release. I’ve been reading this series for over 4 years now, and Billy Winston has always been the brother I’ve been most curious about. He's different than his brothers and sister. You can tell he’s carried more than they have, but you're never sure what or why. Finally, you find out… And let me tell you, this was not an easy read. At times, it was a lovely story about first love and made my heart so happy, at other times, I was d
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE +++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet.

Wow!! I wasn’t expecting this one to be so heartbreaking and where has Billy Winston been all my life?!! I want the next book, like YESTERDAY!!! How are we supposed to wait till November?! Up until now, Cletus had been my favorite Winston brother, but now I’m having a hard time choosinAuthor}
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Beard With Me by Penny Reid

‘“Will you sing for me again, so I can find you?”’

I thought for sure that I would be in a complete mind melting, emotional brain fog of epic proportions after having finished this book, but somehow, at the end of it all, my mind is completely focused and eager to absorb more, my heart is admittedly still very, very tender but it also retains a vital shred of hope and yes, my thoughts are going a thousand different directions, yet the
Sep 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
Omg omg omg....I was jumping and jubilating till i saw the publication date has been moved to 2019😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭. Why Penny why???? I have been waiting for this book since 2016! I need my Claire and William Shakespare Winston's story right now!!!!!!


Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, this was not a fun and easy read.

I read it in six or seven chunks. I had to stop reading when I started to feel it getting too heavy. I took a break because I got really sad that Bethany died many, many books ago. I took a break because I overwhelmed with sympathy for Scarlet and the other children in the book raised by terrible human beings. I even took a break for poor Lea.

Mostly, I took breaks to try and figure out how to get fictional Lisbeth Salander from Sweden to Green Valley, T
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Penny Reid Fans, Romance
5 What Needed To Be Told Stars
* * * * * Spoiler Free-It's Live!!!
One of the amazing talents of Penny Reid is to create worlds which feel real to the reader. She has this way of making us believe wherever her books take place, they are places we would find if we looked hard enough. I have no idea if there is a real Green Valley...but as long as Penny Reid writes about the Winston Brothers and those who live there, I will believe.

Now with this in mind, Ms. Reid created a very complex family tree and backstories
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

Cletus had the decency to squirm in his seat. "Lie is such an ugly word. I prefer fiction.”

I was the only child of Razor Dennings that he’d claimed. His recognition of me as his spawn meant I would forever be followed by a cloud in the shape of a tornado with horns.

Billy Winston had somehow tapped into the thermostat of my body and set it to Arizona in the summer. I’d never been to Arizona, but I was pretty sure they had those days where it got
Anna Banana

My feelings at this very moment? Well lets just say when I finished this book I tossed my kindle to the side and felt...lots of anger. Anger for a lot of different reasons. Anger for these characters and what they'd been through but also anger and frustration for how this ends, for the reason for why Claire and Billy are not together, FOR ALMOST 20 FREAKING YEARS. SO yeah, one could say I'm feeling mighty pissed.

I'm trying to calm down so bare with me as I try to write my thoughts out in as unspoiler
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
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God gave us free will so that we'll stumble and learn how to pick ourselves back up. But He also gave us folks who love us, to clear away the obstacles before we trip and fall.

Let's just start with the obvious, this is the prequel to the long, long, looooonnnnnggggg awaited Billy-n-Claire HEA that everyone and their cousin has been waiting for since forever.HERE
Heidi Hutchinson
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf, favorite
I understood, to a certain extent, what I was going into.

For a while now I've watched Penny's tweets and warnings go by as she tried to tell us that this addition to the Winston series would be different. Not a romance, no hea, it would likely hurt, and make us cry.

So I prepared accordingly and had tissues on hand and a fluffy dog nearby for hugging.

I have watched readers beg for more of Billy. Not me. I was and always have been a Drew Runous loyalist. I didn't care much
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4-4,5 stars

This is an emotional read, I was aching this was an intense story. The Winston family is by far my favorite!I love this family and each one of the boys.

"If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet."

This wasn't an easy read but it was intense and I loved it!Scarlet is so strong and I wanted to hug her. Billy intrigued me, a lot and I loved him.Billy and Scarlet shows how is the first love.They take us in an emotional and sad roller coaster.

I cannot wait for the next book I ne

Title: Beard With Me
Series: Winston Brothers #5.5
Author: Penny Reid
Release date: September 16, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: general fiction

After finishing Beard With Me, I struggled with my feelings but decided to go with four stars. I wanted to give four stars very badly because in some ways I enjoyed my time back in Green Valley very much. It really kills me to admit to myself that for me, I liked it overall, but didn't love it. So I've adjusted to a more accurate 3.5 stars.

My anticipation level was off the charts for Billy and Claire's backstory ever since book one inNo
"I knew, with absolute certainty, I'd dream of her and her spirit and her voice for the rest of my life. The belief was soul-deep, in my bones and muscles and skin, but particularly in my heart."

Reid's ability to “flip the script” and write this breathtaking, angst-filled story was both shocking and expected. Her talent has been proven time and again. With each book she sets the bar higher as she pours more of herself into her characters and their stories.

'Beard With Me' was overwhelming, wonderou
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Penny Reid rewinds the years for our latest visit to Green Valley, taking us back to a time when Claire McClure is Scarlet St. Claire, Billy Winston the star quarterback, Roscoe believes in fairies, and Cletus is just...Cletus.

description It felt like the beginning of something terrible and beautiful and dangerous and wonderful.”

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Elle Kennedy

“My heart feels broken and yet so full. This might just arguably be Penny Reid's best work yet.” - The Review Loft

From NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author, Penny Reid, comes the beginning of an epic love story. GRAB IT NOW!

'Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story.

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic sit
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
omg. what am I gonna say? Billy !!!
My heart. So many questions answered. Now I have more questions.
In previous books, I knew almost nothing of Scarlet. There were very brief hints. But I wanted more! I was so focused on Ashley and her brothers.
I was so concerned for Scarlet. Billy and the Winstons had her back. Who had theirs?
I tried to brace myself while reading the back story. I really enjoyed the funny moments, but I was totally shocked at the evil.
There's a lot of heart too. Mama Bethany has a heart of
Here it is, the highly anticipated origin story about Billy and Claire (Scarlet), easily the angstiest ship in the Winston Brothers series. And wow, there's a lot to unpack here.

I wished she'd stop making everything so hard. I wished she'd just let me take care of her. Tricking her into doing the right thing, the smart thing, made me feel like an asshole.

A lot of this story worked for me and also a lot of it didn't. I was mostly just going through the motions (sad motions because there is some unfortu
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I need some time to just sit in silence and take all this in. To finally know the truth as to what really happened between Billy and Scarlet has shaken me to my core. Penny spared nothing. There were times my heart swelled with butterflies over first love feels. There were times when bile would rise up in my throat or tears would cloud my eyes to where I couldn’t see. One thing I know for certain is that Billy Winston owns my heart. I now fully understand him from all the other books, and I just ...more
Penny Reid gifts her readers with a love story that encompasses all the feels. It had humor, melancholy and lot of heart and heartbreak. I found myself both wanting to quickly devour and slowly enjoy this very beguiling beginnings story.

At the tender age of fourteen, Scarlet St. Clair has found a way to semi-escape her father’s sadistic rule. Who cares that she’s living in a tent, doesn’t have running water, and enough money to buy new clothes or food? She’s made sure she’s invisible to every
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars

I have been a longtime fan of the Winston brothers’ shenanigans, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from a story that goes back in time to when they were teens. What I found is that Beard With Me enhanced my appreciation of things I already knew, and it spoils nothing for newbies to the series. It isn’t just about the beginning of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire’s complicated relationship; it’s also the heart of the loving Winston household.

Billy is the last brother to have his turn in the fictional spotli
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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I'm very conflicted about this book. Because I enjoyed it for the most part, but I don't honestly think I got the point of it. While I was reading I was left wondering where exactly this story was going to lead. It's such a time jump from this book to where Billy and Claire end up when we see them in the present time in the Winston Brothers books so now I ju
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This story contains all the fun and humor that is typical of a Penny Reid book. It also contains much more. In the past, we got glimpses of the depth of emotions Ms. Reid could reach when we understood the relationship between the Winston kids and their mother. Furthermore we gained an understanding of the opposite whenever Darrell was involved. While those relationships and subsequent trickling effects evoked emotion, this story - Scarlet’s story, touched me at my core.

To say that Scarlet had
Bookphenomena (Micky)
…and exhale. I feel like I’ve held my breath for the last 30 minutes reading this book. It’s been a journey, beautiful and tough in equal measure and I am left needing more from Billy and Scarlet, so much more. When will their next book be (rhetorical question).

The warning at the beginning of the book is right, there are triggers for days but call me up to the challenge and in I went. Clever Penny lulled me in with ease for a while until my adrenaline started pumping, my eyes filled

check out my review on my blog! there’s a giveaway for paperback copies and a sneak peek of the book! https://tainasbookadventures.wordpres...

"If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet."

Anyone who knows me enough knows I have been anticipating Billy and Claire's book for a long time now. During all these months of waiting and wondering, rereading the other books in the series and then wondering some more, I cannot lie and say I wasn't scared - terrified is a bett/>
Beth Connolly
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping tale that breathes in the past and exhales the future.

As a fan of all things Green Valley, this book is EVERYTHING. It's the origin of the Winston Family, and every reader of the series will love getting their grubby little hands on every single detail. The book contains so many comments sprinkled throughout that’ll make you smile, nod your head, and remember. Synapses will be firing and you’ll be connecting dots all over the place. You can see these future characters so easily in th
Stacey is Sassy
I needed it…but, maybe not all of it

I’m feeling battered and bruised after reading Beard with Me. For a lot of the story, I was contemplating just skipping to the end to get the info I needed. Thank goodness I didn’t read just that ending. I cried A LOT in the last chapter. The biggest problem and why I contemplated giving up, is that this story is pretty much YA. I’m not a fan of YA with all the high school drama, hormones, finding yourself and growing confidence in your decisions…stuff. I needed to read Bear
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I have no words to really describe Beard With Me other than magical, endlessly loving and pure heartbreak. This story was absolutely magnificent and full of poignant feels and typical word sorcery that Penny Reid is known for. It is so smartly written and engaging that I did not want to stop reading for a minute. But it is also an emotional maelstrom where I was torn in so many different directions. I laughed, I cried and I weeped but moreover I was left desp
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“The last thing I ever want to be for you is a regret.”

Oh, Penny Reid, damn near decimated our hearts with this one. With bruised and battered hearts, we sat pondering the story of Billy and Scarlet, two sweet beautiful souls, and our hearts ached for them both. This is a story you take time to reflect on; you really feel for these characters. Penny Reid outright warns, ‘this is not a romance’, and indeed it isn’t but what it is, is a love story, a story of strength and resilience, about bravery and k
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
4.5 stars – I AM NOT OKAY!!!! Words can't describe how much I need Beard Necessities in my life. Right now.

If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet.

I stayed up until 1AM finishing BwM up, and it was so worth it. I knew I would love Billy and Scarlet, and Penny Reid didn't disappoint. Even though this origin story wasn't quite as angsty or heartbreaking as I expected (except in the last 15% of the book, which was hit after hit to the heart), I lov/>If
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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 adults, wife, daughter, knitt

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