Tuesday, October 11

*** RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY *** Beard Science by Penny Reid


Beard Science
by Penny Reid 
Winston Brothers #3 
Publication Date: October 11, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance


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 Review

The BEST! Penny, you evil genius. Giving us exactly what we didn't know we needed. I loved it all. Every word. Cletus and Jen were perfect for each other, for the story and for this series. As excited for this book as I have been since the first in the series was published, Penny outdid herself and made it more than I could have imagined. 

Cletus is the "brains" and the "odd one" of the Winston family. Most people view him as the harmless eccentric of the bunch. But "the Banana Queen" knows differently. She's the quiet watcher whose overprotective and overreaching parents have made her into what they want but not who she wants to be. When she can't take it anymore and after watching Cletus closely, she finds her chance. Her chance from out from under her parents thumb and a chance to be who she wants to be. Using Cletus she's determined to show him that she see's through his facade. But what neither expects is that maybe there is more to their unlikely partnership than either ever expected. And as Cletus' carefully created life rules start shifting and his plans start to change, he realizes that maybe what he thought he wanted and needed out of life will be forever altered by the one person he pegged completely wrong. 

Beard Science can be read as a standalone but as each book in the Winston Brother's series builds on the last, you don't want to miss all that is Cletus in each book. But I have to say that as much as I loved the first two books, I ADORED this one. Many books don't live up to their expectation because expectations can be so high. But Ms. Reid nailed this. It didn't only live up to my expectations, it surpassed them beyond what I could ever have hoped for. Getting to see Cletus in all his glory and then to see him humbled just a little bit was so satisfying. Plus I had some ideas about who I wanted and expected Cletus to fall for but Penny knew exactly who Cletus really needed and surprised and shocked me at how perfect his and Jennifer's love story was. 

This series just keeps getting better and better. It was romantic and smart and so sweet. I finished this book with a smile on my face and in my heart and I'm aching for more of these brother's and their stories.

Reviewed by Paige

★★☆ 5 "Cletus" Stars ☆★★

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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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