Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #1
Also in this series: Grin and Beard It, Beard Science, Dr. Strange Beard
on July 21st 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
What can I say about this book? Beardtastic? Beardnificent?
Let’s just say that I’m not personally that into facial hair, but for Duane I would so make an exception. So, I love Penny Reid’s books, she has this unique smart-dumb humor that I enjoy immensely.
“You made your feelings perfectly clear on Thursday. And like I told you, who I see is none of your ever-loving beeswax.”
“You’ll see.” Jackson lifted his voice, looking both exasperated and angry. “And then after he impregnates and abandons you, […] your life will be over”
[…] I don’t even know where to start with you and your lunacy. I know how birth control works, big brother, and -spoiler alert- putting wrapper on the banana is ninety-nine percent effective.”
“There will be no bananas!”
“There will be entire tropical rainforests of bananas! And coconuts!” I gestured to my breasts. “And, hopefully bananas rubbing against coconuts.”
He sucked in a shocked breath. If he had a string of pearls I felt certain he would have clutched them.
Her characters are usually weird (in a great way) and this time it was no exception. Jess had a hero-worship crush on Duane’s twin brother Beau since childhood. She’d get tongue tied and moon-eyed and have the social adequacy of a chipmunk, whilst with Duane she would be argumentative, competitive and pushy, all because she thought he couldn’t stand her.
We will learn quite soon that Duane is not indifferent to Jess’ charms, when they get it on in a dark backstage… unfortunately Jess was under the impression that Beau was the one doing the kissing and… other stuff, so when things are about to get out of hand or… well about to go on the hands (if you know what I mean), Duane comes clean about who he is and Jess… well Jess almost has a conniption when all her assumptions about the twins come crashing down. Because wow, that make-out/groping session was H-O-T hawwwt.
[…] what I wanted to do was throw her over my shoulder, take her to the room above the office, handcuff her to the chair, strip her naked, and listen to her moan, cry and scream my name.
It didn’t have to be my name. Also acceptable: Oh God, and Yes please, and Don’t stop, and Harderfastermore.
…you get the picture.
Oh boy did I get the picture! Now, Duane had some really asshole moments here and there…
Less than five hours ago, he’d pretended to be his brother and I’d held his penis in my hand. I’d stroked it for hootenanny’s sake! I’d given him a penis stroke under false pretenses.
But I forgave him because Jess was as much of a stubborn ass herself. I wanted to kick her caboose more than once because Duane was a sweetie pie and she made him sad. But then Duane in true man fashion makes Jess sad and I wanted to slap the beard off of him.
There’s a lot going on in the background with the other Winston Bearded Brothers (or WBB) and I could definitely see some of the future couples… or I could be totally wrong. Either way, I’m not too concerned, I know I will love whatever Ms. Reid writes.
The MC was a nice touch, or more accurately a nasty touch in itself, but cool for the plotline. I was left with this big, gigantic unknown, and I’ll try to phrase this in the most un-spoilery way but skip unless you don’t mind some surprises being ruined for you. View Spoiler »when the circumstances of Jess’ coming into this world are revealed, I couldn’t help but wonder if the one that kept looking at her weirdly might know something more, or actually be involved in said circumanstances?… Ms Reid, I need answers. « Hide Spoiler
So, MC action, fast cars, racing, a bit of family drama, an awesome, hot, sweet, bearded mechanic who is exceptionally good with his hands, and a quirky, hilarious girl learning that dreams come in many ways, and sometimes what you didn’t dare to dream is so much better than what you thought you wanted in the first place.
Recapping, they all end up happy as it should be, leaving me with a huge smile on my face and a serious work out for my abdominal muscles (from the continued laughter that is). Loved Truth or Beard by Penny Reid and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next WBB story. I say beard it on! Ms Reid, these guys are beardiliciuos.
Rating: 5 beardnomenal stars
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