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Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1) by Penny Reid REVIEW

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Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1) by Penny Reid REVIEW

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.
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-headed 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 (120k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

Review

This is the first in a new series and a spinoff from Beauty and the Mustache, which incidentally, was the first ever Penny Reid book I read. I loved Drew Runous and Ashley Winston, and I immediately fell in love with Ashley’s brothers. All 6 of them.

So, it won’t come as a surprise that I have been gagging for this very book since then. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read about a bunch of bearded, gorgeous, intelligent, sweet and incredibly unique brothers.

Truth or Beard tells the story of Duane and Jessica. Duane and his twin Beau are identical in looks but very different in personalities. Whilst Beau is charming and delightful, Duane is very aloof.

Since they were kids, Jessica has had a massive crush on Beau, and a massive rivalry with Duane.

After four years at college, Jessica is back home in Green Valley, Tennessee and her future plans are to save enough money whilst teaching calculus at the local high school, and then leave her home town to travel the world. Her dreams have always consisted of seeing everything that she has been reading about in magazines, and going wherever her heart takes her next. She suffers from an extreme case of Wanderlust.

“I wanted to experience the world, not just one tiny corner of it.”

After a childhood of playing pranks on each other, Jessica never in a million years thought that she might see Duane in an entirely different light, but that is exactly what happens after a case of mistaken identity and it’s as if she is seeing her past with a pair of new eyes. She is completely thrown for a loop.

When a shady biker club get thrown into the mix, and Duane has to simultaneously try and save his family from a dodgy deal, and attempt to make claim on a woman who will be leaving within the next 18 months, he is stuck between a rock and a hard place which made for a brilliant, funny and emotional read.

Duane may come across as closed and guarded and a little bit moody, but I think I fell in love with him in his very first scene. He was adorable and the fact that he had been pining over this woman for all these years and she was completely oblivious just made my heart ache for him.

Jessica was as quirky as they come, she had a wild side that was fun and endearing and her love for travel made her a very unique character. Her struggle with balancing her dreams and her unexpected feelings for Duane was very real and I completely empathised with her.

The brothers all make an appearance and they are just a great group of men, I really can’t wait to read all of their stories. They are all so individual but together they make a wonderful team.

An excellent start to the series, and as always it’s a pleasure to read a Penny Reid book.

This is a standalone novel, told in dual POV.

About the Author

Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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More in this Series

Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4) Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3)

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