#BlogTour “Beard Science” by Penny Reid

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


bearsciencereviewMy musings…

5 SAUSAGE PIE CROWNS

Holy cow, people!!! Penny Reid has completely knocked it out of the park with Beard Science and Cletus.  I am huge fan of Penny Reid.  I have read every book she has ever written, and I can hands down make the claim that this is the best book has ever published!  It hits the mark in every aspect of what makes a good romance.
Penny Reid has created a lovable cast of characters with the Winston Brothers.  I cannot get enough of the antics and shenanigans, but I think what I love most about them is how much they love and support each other.  No matter how different or crazy they are, the love between this family is evident and one I love to read about.
Specific to the novel, Cletus and Jenn are my favorite couple, thus far, in the series.  Jenn, the Banana Cake Queen, struggles throughout the novel to lift the mask that she hides behind, and she seeks help from Cletus, one of the most mentally dangerous brothers.  Watching Jenn evolve from the Banana Cake Queen to Jennifer and then to Jenn was a joy on so many levels.  Seeing her grow and develop the fortitude not only to realize what she wants but demand it is phenomenal.  Then there is Cletus, and there are truly no words that will do justice to his character.  Penny Reid has completely outdone herself with the creation of this hero.  He is crazy smart and protective and vengeful.  His mind is constantly moving, thinking, assessing, and he often uses his power for unsavory acts.  However, the reader still loves him. Why?  Because, even when he is doing something bad, his intentions are meant help the people he loves.  His complete dedication to helping Jenn, his slow descent into love, and his determination to keep it once he has found it are just more reasons to fall in love with this eccentric yet endearing character!  This man had so major swoon-worthy lines, which I would have never expected, but lord did they work!  Who knew underneath of the conniving and intelligence would be a romantic?  He is just AWESOME! One of my favorite characters of all time!
This story is so complex and has so many levels that will keep the reader enthralled from page one.  From Cletus’s insistence on being the one to destroy the Iron Wraiths to helping the Banana Cake Queen and Claire, this story keeps the reader engaged.  Even with all of these different plot lines, Penny Reid expertly intertwines them, so that the reader is engaged in one concise plot. I seriously couldn’t walk away from this book.img_7944
More than the plot, there are so many themes that are important for the public, and as a mom, these are the types of messages I would want for my daughter to know: be an individual, live your life for you, make your own choices to be happy, fight for the people that matter and value you, and be brave enough to change the aspects of your life that make you unhappy.
Penny Reid is an automatic one-click author.  Everything she rights is pure perfection.  It is smart and witty with engaging characters and stories, and every single time I finish one of her books I am eagerly anticipating the next, which is the true hallmark of fantastic writer!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.


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Synopsis:

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.

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Excerpt

“I saw what you did.”

“You saw what I did.” He repeated flatly, apparently bored with me and the conversation. His eyes were on the rear-view mirror.

But I would not be ignored. Not this time.

Gathering every ounce of courage within me, I blurted, “I saw what you did, last week, with the Iron Wraiths evidence. You took it. And now they can’t find it, and now they’re dropping the case against Razor.”

Finally, Cletus looked at me. To my astonishment, his typically green eyes had become a fiery blue and he snapped, “You saw no such thing.”

“I did.” I nodded at my assertion. “In fact, I have a video of you doing it.”

He blinked. His expression and his voice, usually so controlled, both cracked with surprise. “You did what?”

“I recorded it, on my phone.” I swallowed three times for no reason.

His gaze sharpened in such a way that startled me, as though clouds or an illusionary mist parted and revealed a slight glimpse of the real Cletus Winston beneath. These new eyes flickered over my person.

“Prove it.” His demand was sharp and quick, like a whip, and made my heart jump to my throat.

I pulled my phone from my purse with trembling fingers. I knew why I was shaking. I wasn’t used to confrontation. I was a natural pacifist, preferring peace to sass. But desperate times called for desperate measures.

He snatched my cell once I’d unlocked it and tapped through the series of screens until he reached my videos. He found the one dated last week, the one I’d taken of Sheriff James talking about my banana cake and hit play. As Cletus watched, a touch of color drained from his cheeks. He was seeing what I’d spotted last week when I reviewed the recording. One half of the screen was the sheriff. The other half of the screen was Cletus in the background, pocketing the evidence, looking around, then walking away.

Cletus made a strangled noise that sounded both frustrated and enraged. I eyed the door next to me, considering and immediately dismissing an escape. Meanwhile, he watched the recording again. When it ended for a second time, silence took its place, hard and heavy between us. I examined his profile, endeavoring to parse his thoughts.

Cletus’ expression was blank, which—I abruptly realized—was highly unusual. He always wore an expression. Thoughtful, concerned, patient, bored, interested, somber, perturbed. How odd, for a person to always have an expression . . . unless that person wore emotions like a mask, meant to misdirect the true nature of his thoughts.

“You made a copy?” His tone, laden with ice and granite, made me shiver.

He didn’t sound at all like the bumbling but affable Cletus Winston I’d known since forever. He sounded . . . dangerous.

I needed to clear my throat before I could speak. “I did. I made a few. Saved in a few places.”

The side of his mouth ticked up, but his eyes lacked humor as he turned them back to me. “That was smart. Otherwise I would have smashed your phone into a quantity of tiny pieces. Then it would have been your word against mine.”

“That’s right,” I said the words on a breath, the good sense of fear wrestling with determination.

But, damn it, I need his help! And it had to be him. It just had to. He could make anything happen. Everyone in town and the surrounding areas owed him a favor. I’d heard the rumors. I’d paid attention. I’d put the puzzle pieces together.

And now I had the most powerful man in east Tennessee right where I needed him.


About the Author:

pennyreidSEX! 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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6 Comments

  1. Great review dear. I love Beard Science too and I love Cletus and Jenn. I will always remember this book whenever I eat or see muffin, pie or sausage after this lol. Anyway, Beau seems like a fun character. Hope he will get his own story later. *hugs*

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