Friday, August 7, 2015

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Series Description
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

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About Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she is not immersed in penning smart romances she works full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-7 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

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Review by Yvette:

Over the course of one sleep-deprived, but laugh-filled, week, I devoured Penny Reid's Knitting in the City series, thus starting a (perfectly healthy) obsession with her writing. Reading a book by Penny Reid is like being inducted into a world of adorably quirky characters and writing that is both intelligent and humorous. She injects an unparalleled zaniness into each of her books and I'm thrilled to say that her newest release, Truth or Beard, follows suit. Charming, refreshing, lively, and entertaining – any and all of these words can be used to describe Truth or Beard. It’s undoubtedly the kind of book you read from the comfort of your own home, unless, of course, you're perfectly fine with people giving you strange looks as a result of your frequent and loud bouts of laughter.

What's not to love about the pairing of a math teacher whose Halloween costume of choice is a sexed up Gandalf the Grey and a mechanic whose unrequited crush prompts him to pretend to be his own twin? In case you’re wondering, the answer is nothing. Every minute of the love/hate relationship between protagonists, Jessica James and Duane Winston, is just plain fun, from their whip smart conversations to their heated intimate encounters, and everything in between. When I read a book, I tend to gravitate more towards either the hero or the heroine, yet with Truth or Beard, I was equally enamored with both Duane and Jessica. Their unabashed honesty and genuineness made me feel as though I got to know all aspects of their characters; there was no mystery with them because they each laid everything out for the other to see.

…Having said that, I will admit that I’m a tad bit enamored with Duane Winston. A guy who reads book, acts like a gentleman and has a dirty mind is pretty much my idea of perfection. The fact that he could say something inconspicuously sensual like "you're a siren who doesn't need to sing" in reference to Jessica's effect on him and not induce an eye roll speaks volumes to his level of charisma. Duane is so amazingly sweet and sexy, I couldn't help but swoon over his words and actions during his and Jessica's every interaction. I'm well aware this guy is a fictional character but that didn't stop me from giggling like a schoolgirl and fanning my face every time he opened his mouth. Did I mention he’s a redhead? There just aren't enough redheaded heroes and I, for one, am glad Penny Reid is taking it upon herself to fill the void.

With its large cast of eclectic characters, the budding romance between Duane and Jessica, and a subplot to add a bit of action and suspense, there is never a dull moment in Truth or Beard. Like the Knitting in the City series, the Winston Brothers series is made up of interconnected standalones – a fact that fills me with immeasurable amounts of joy because, after reading Truth or Beard, I am more than anxious to become better acquainted with the remaining Winston brothers. There are six Winston brothers in total, which means there are five books in the series I have to look forward to. Five! If I could, I would set up camp in Penny Reid's mind so I could witness every story as it springs into existence. Until then, I think multiple re-readings of Truth or Beard are in order…

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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