by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #3
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
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Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?
Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.
And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?
Likely, the last thing you expect.
‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.
“My well-ordered world was in chaos, undone by a short woman baker.”
I was very excited when I got the ARC for Beard Science, I couldn’t wait to read it!
Beard Science is a heartwarming and with a lot of humor read, Cletus Winston will make you swoon and even make you fall in love with facial hair. I absolutely loved him and the more I learned of him and his complexities, the more I was drawn to him!
Well, Jennifer herself is a little fragile to begin with. Several times the exchanges between Cletus and Jennifer left me smiling. They just had that type of chemistry together. Watching their friendship evolve was so sweet! Jennifer’s friendship with Cletus helps both of them to grow as individuals and to realize that they are not limited by their past choices. I appreciated how their relationship developed and progressed, the pacing felt realistic.
Cletus possesses a special charm…this story is a typical romance about a self-confident alpha-male and the innocent female’s initiation by a man of the world. The steam factor was medium. The lack of explicit sexual scenes on the page directs focus more on the development of the romantic relationship. I have to confess though, I wish it was naughtier and spicier!
“The entire point of me being here, of these lessons, was to help this woman learn how to stand on her own, make her own choices, not make them for her. I wasn’t going to be another person she trusted who took without asking, who made her decisions and perpetuated the vacuum of ignorance.”
This is a feel good story, with relatable characters and flawless writing style. Fans of sweet, light, fun romances and characters with a lot of heart will enjoy this happily ever after story.
Hero 5/5 | Heroine 5/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 |Writing Style 5/5 | Steam 3/5 | Romance 5/5 | Angst-Suspense 3/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 5/5 | Secondary Characters 5/5 | Drama-Conflict 4/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists4/5 | Pacing Fast | Action 4/5
ARC was kindly provided to me in exchange for my honest review. Thank you.
About Penny Reid
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.
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