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Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
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it was amazing
Recommended for: Penny Reid Fans,Winston Brothers, Romance

4.5 Lure of the Winston Beard Stars
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Men and their Beards are nothing new...Yet, recently there has been this new allure of this draw...and Penny Reid has created a series with men who not only have them but are what all others attempt to be... men who are unique yet solid. The ones who would look naked without them... and when naked, perfect with them. Men who have an inner code of right..who have had their own conflicts and come out the other end better...and who hold family dearest of all.

We first met these Winston Men in Beauty and The Mustache. It was love at first sight for me. I was a goner. There we saw these brothers all different yet the same in their devotion to their mom and sister. We were given insight to the family dynamic...who was serious, playful, part rebel and how these different brothers supported each other. It was a very strong start of a love affair for these men. Difficult to contain, with legions of readers clamoring for more.

More came in the form of this series... with the first official entry of Truth or Beard. This brought the Winston Brothers to their rightful place. Front and center with a love story to curl your toes. There was the push/pull of Duane's and Jessica's history and how they came together. There was also more insight to the family dynamic and a hint to Jethro and his conflicts. It is in this book where we get the full on dose of all that is Jethro... and Lordy... it is something to want for your own.

For Jethro is in redemption mode. He has had his own "Come to Jesus" moment in his life. He has seen the error of his ways...How flirting and hooking up without serious care can hurt others...His past with women had been very clear... he would have fun, make breakfast and send them on their way...no harm no foul...Yet when he was younger, his past with a motorcycle crew was not so harmless...things happened which to this day, haunt him.

When Jethro finally came to terms with all of his past; hurts inflicted to others and even his family...he turned the corner.
Made serious decisions:

Work to prove to his brothers he had changed.
Study hard and become a forest ranger.
And
No more women until he found the one to marry.

Jethro has been on his path for quite some time. Five years of time. Things are going well or at least on their way...everyday he is showing by his actions he has changed. Most of his brothers have seen his growth. He knows he is a work in progress, yet he feels good... solid and strong in who he is.

He is driving his route to the Ranger's Post when he comes across a car in a ditch with a woman doing some type of war dance on the paper on the ground...stomping and kicking. He turns his truck around and comes back to see how he can help. This woman was all kinds of his type when he was having his flirt on... Long hair, dark eyes, tall and more curves then straight lines. Everything to get his motor started. As he got out of the truck and came over to her, he could hide his smile as he gazed at her. He tipped his hat and said Howdy Ma'am. She seemed to relax seeing him in his uniform and smiled... showing him the cutest dimples saying a Howdy Partner back...which made Jethro fight laughing even harder...When it was clear she was lost and on her way to a place close by, Jethro offers to take her to the location and have her car handled later. As these two talk, it has a flirty undercurrent from her...and he is trying not to revert to his past flirt ways..but the charming slips out and they are exchanging free and easy ... and it feels so good. He takes her to her location, asks for her name and has to say good bye.
Side Note
This scene of the meeting, bantering , quick wit, and chemistry between them is pure Reid. It captures every single thing you will need to see how these two connected perfectly... it really was wonderful....it caused me to have an hours long grin plastered on my face while reading this entire book in one sitting. REALLY.


Our gal Sienna Diaz is stunned, surprised and delighted. As a famous movie star of Major proportions... meaning she is an award winning, multi movie franchises and paparazzi capturing with her every move Star ...to meet someone with NO AGENDA is so refreshing, it caused her to let her guard down and just be... be herself. The Sienna she has not been able to be for a very long time....

And oh it felt so good, too good... because when she finally realized Jethro had no friggin' clue as to who she was... and all that flirting was directed at her... the woman he saw before him, not a possible connection for another Hollywood project... she did a bad thing...she gave him Sarah as her name...Oh, she knew eventually if she even got to see him again, he would probable figure out who she was...they were filming in this area after all... that was why she was even here...But oh, the joy... the feeling of being with him was just so great. He looked at her with all her curves as if she was just the sweetest thing ever...and their conversation had all her sparks snapping...it was fun.

Sienna is a wonderfully fun character. She speaks her mind, has dealt with the cruelty of stereo-typing normal sized women as not worthy or sexy. Men have never been a problem... she takes what she wants and then is done. She has made her career through her own talent of writing and then acting. She sees what she wants and works to make it happen. She loves her sister yet is torn by her management style...all well meaning but too relentless.

So this is the crux of it all...Jethro has met this woman... from just this one meeting, she has him thinking about things he has put to the side for a very long time. He thought she was just wonderful and was definitely taken with her. When fate has her lost again, he finds her and from there... they both feel the chemistry...

And our gal has now a problem...a huge Elephant in the room of her heart...she knows she has to tell him who Exactly she is...because if she doesn't...she knows things are going to turn bad.

I am now going to be very cruel...because I am not going to give you any more...This story was just too good to breakdown all of the complexities...because Reid gave us everything. She gave us Sienna... a woman who is just as strong in her representation as Jethro-We get Jethro's brothers, their women and all the family-crazy that comes with it. She gave us so much heart, it overflowed...and she gave us huge doses of Cletus, hints about Billy and his secret love...oh, so much Winston...just the best.

I will give you this tease, though..because it sums up everything we need to remember in our own lives:
"Men live simply, but are not simple. Boys are simple, but do not live simply."
Oh yes, there is so much more I could have quoted... but for me... this is the telling of what is so attractive about these Winston Men.

Penny Reid has promised us more...Woot, Woot... Cletus and Abbi- Beard Science October 2016.

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~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~
5/16/2016-It's not everyday you are sneaking a peek at your personal email during a work event and see you have THE ARC you have been waiting for....
You look around to see if anyone is noticing your internal whoops and hollers going on inside your head...
So far, no one has a clue...heh, heh...
Little do they know, I have mentally left the building and have hopped on the Penny Reid train of joy...
~~~~~~~~~
OMG...the blurb is up and it is fantastic...
A film star who will make us think of Melissa McCarthy...
With Jethro always seeming to be in the right place at the right time...
And both of them captivated by each other....

I CANNOT STAND IT...

hanging head for outburst...

I will try to contain myself... for this is a July 2016 release....
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You know that old slogan for Lay's Potato Chips;
Betcha Can't Eat Just One...

Well, now I have a hankering for more Winston Brothers...

Jethro... figure out your woman
Make it happen quick...

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Reading Progress

February 17, 2015 – Shelved
May 16, 2016 – Started Reading
May 16, 2016 –
17.0% " Starting this is like going back to a friend's house and learning all about the new gossip of friends you love to hang with. You haven't had a chance for a while... and now you are catching up.... delicious :D"
May 19, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Piper (new)

Piper OMG!! As I began to read your post, Wendy, I thought, "I better hurry the hell up and get reading the series prior to this one and the first in this series." Then I read the release date and sighed in relief. Good for me. Bad for you and all who are anxiously waiting. ♫ "Anticipation..... is keeping me you waiting." ♪♪ On the positive side- the way time is FLYING by- maybe it won't seem so long. :D


Wendy'sThoughts Piper wrote: "OMG!! As I began to read your post, Wendy, I thought, "I better hurry the hell up and get reading the series prior to this one and the first in this series." Then I read the release date and sighed..."

hahahahaha this is why I adore my Piper! and I have used that song lyric all the time- love the musical notes- Fantastic touch...xoxox :DDD


message 3: by Brandi (new) - added it

Brandi Ooh, I can't wait! :D


April WTF!! 2016 :( I saw your update on my feed and then I saw the release date :(
Oh well, it gives me time to get all caught up with Penny Reid then ;D


Wendy'sThoughts Brandi wrote: "Ooh, I can't wait! :D"

I know...the Winston brothers rock!


Wendy'sThoughts April wrote: "WTF!! 2016 :( I saw your update on my feed and then I saw the release date :(
Oh well, it gives me time to get all caught up with Penny Reid then ;D"


I know...i just saw the blurb and had to put my 2 cents out there. If you start reading her now...the Knitting in the city group and then work your way to the others. ...you will have the best reading experience!


April Wendy'sThoughts wrote: "April wrote: "WTF!! 2016 :( I saw your update on my feed and then I saw the release date :(
Oh well, it gives me time to get all caught up with Penny Reid then ;D"

I know...i just saw the blurb an..."


Sounds great!! Sound definitely start with Knitting series first ?


Wendy'sThoughts Yes...because that was her first series...you will get the taste of her writing. The book which intro the Winston Brothers is tbe beard and mustache one..so try the knitting and if you like how she writes go from there


April Thanks Wendy ;x


message 10: by NinaReader (new) - added it

NinaReader Seems like it's forever from now.


Wendy'sThoughts NinaReader wrote: "Seems like it's forever from now."

Yay I know...but just the idea of a woman like that with Jethro makes my heart sing...and then to have Penny Reid bringing her special sauce to it....it is in marinating stage...♡♡♡


Wendy'sThoughts Elle the ClosetRomanceReader aka Leftie aka Shoebelle wrote: "Enjoy, Wendy!!:)"

Thanks Elle! Mwah!


message 14: by Dee (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dee Montoya I simply adored this book and so happy you did too Wendy.


Wendy'sThoughts Dee wrote: "I simply adored this book and so happy you did too Wendy."

Oh my goodness.. the series Kills, Dee. Thanks xoxoxo


message 16: by Geleen (new) - added it

Geleen Faye Yes, yes, I fell in love with Beauty and Mustache too! I think I'm going to read it again for the third time now. Awesome review, Wendy! You lay it all down there, I am so excited to read it! And of course, Cletus is going to have his own book soon! *swoons*


Wendy'sThoughts Geleen wrote: "Yes, yes, I fell in love with Beauty and Mustache too! I think I'm going to read it again for the third time now. Awesome review, Wendy! You lay it all down there, I am so excited to read it! And o..."

Oh Geleen, thank you so much! I just adore that book...and yes re reading it and then having these Winston books to enjoy one after the other is heaven. I have been in love with Cletus from the very begining and can't wait for his...This was so sweet and unique so I didn't want to give too much away. Xoxox


message 18: by Geleen (new) - added it

Geleen Faye Wendy'sThoughts wrote: "Geleen wrote: "Yes, yes, I fell in love with Beauty and Mustache too! I think I'm going to read it again for the third time now. Awesome review, Wendy! You lay it all down there, I am so excited to..."

It's available now, so I might get my hands on it soon! :)


message 19: by Candace (new)

Candace Fantastic review, Wendy! :)


Wendy'sThoughts Candace wrote: "Fantastic review, Wendy! :)"

Thanks so much Candace ♡♡♡


message 21: by Sweden (new)

Sweden Reese Such a compelling review, Wendy!


Wendy'sThoughts Sweden wrote: "Such a compelling review, Wendy!"

Sweden, thank you....you say the best things, heart goes pitter pat :DDD


message 23: by Judith (new)

Judith Fantastic review,darling,xx


Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan! Brilliant review Wendy ;) xoxo


message 25: by Wendy'sThoughts (last edited Jun 01, 2016 04:53AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Wendy'sThoughts Sasha elle a.k.a. Mrs. Liam Callahan! wrote: "Brilliant review Wendy ;) xoxo"

Thank you so much Judith, this series is a delight :D


✦❋Arianna✦❋ Fantastic review, Wendy! ;)


Wendy'sThoughts Arianna wrote: "Fantastic review, Wendy! ;)"

Xoxoxox thanks Arianna ♡


Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾ Wonderful review, Wendy! xx


Wendy'sThoughts Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾ wrote: "Wonderful review, Wendy! xx"

Lana, thanks :D Reid's writing is my catnip, hahahhaha


message 30: by Penny (new) - added it

Penny Reid Love your review!! Thank you for reading my weird books <3 <3


Wendy'sThoughts Penny wrote: "Love your review!! Thank you for reading my weird books <3 <3"

Nothing could keep me away, Penny....thank you for writing them ♡♡♡


Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog AMAZING review My Love!! :)
Happy you enjoyed the book so much.
xoxoxo


Wendy'sThoughts Patty ❤️❤️ Belongs To ❤️Kellan❤️Jesse❤️Lautner❤️Miller❤️Garrett❤️Dean❤️Liam❤️Beck❤️ and Archer❤️❤️ wrote: "AMAZING review My Love!! :)
Happy you enjoyed the book so much.
xoxoxo"


♡♡♡My Patty, thanks. Reid is nirvana xoxoxo Happy Monday!


♥Sharon♥ Lovely review Wendy! As you know I loved it too. :)


Wendy'sThoughts ♥Sharon♥ wrote: "Lovely review Wendy! As you know I loved it too. :)"
♥Sharon♥ thanks... and Great minds think alike, tee hee !


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