Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

November 4, 2019 Blitz, Book Review 0 ★★★★★

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

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Beard Necessities by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #7
Also in this series: Truth or Beard, Grin and Beard It, Beard Science
Published by Cipher-Naught on November 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who's tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they're going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.


By Sparkles

If there was ever a story that needed a HEA it’s this one, the tale of the love of Billy and Scarlet. Beard Necessities ticked all the boxes in what I need, want and expect from a Penny Reid romance. It was fun and hilarious, sweet and sexy, will evoque all the feelings and emotions and has the bestest epilogue I’ve read in a long, long while.

“If this–just singing and kisses–was our life together, I’d die a happy man. Of course, the cause of death would likely be chronic excessive sexual frustration.”

While this can absolutely be read as a stand-alone romance, it will in no way be as good a story as if you read the whole Winston Brothers series, since all of them play matchmaker to Billy and Scarlet/Claire. Also, the “prequel” – about how their story actually begins will give you a complete background as to why their relationship is the way it is at the beginning of this book.

“Wait, wait. I have no condom.”

“I don’t care.” I did not care. Actually, part of me did care–the irrational, hysterical, wackadoodle part. The part that wanted to issue an impregnation invitation. Please. Impregnate me. Let’s make some babies! NOW!”

To say their happily ever after is overdue is the understatement of the century. I loved both Scarlet/Claire and Billy individually and together. Both of them had serious issues to overcome, and even though at more that one point I was a bit exasperated with their lack of communication, I could absolutely understand where they were coming from.

I don’t want to spoil anything away, so let me just reiterate how awesome, entertaining, hilarious and hot Beard Necessities was. I loved absolutely every second of it, their romance, all the family time and all the Cletus being Cletus times. I LOVED THIS BOOK and it was the perfect ending to one of my all-time favorite series. The Winston Bearded Brother’s and their shenanigans have a permanent place in my re-reading list and I can’t wait to see what comes next for them, because this just can’t be totally over…

Rating: 5 “Epic ending is epic” Stars

Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!


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Strolling to the desk, I set down the milk and cookies, crossed my arms and turned to face my brother. “You’re pointing out that Scarlet and I will see each other during various family functions.”


“And, therefore,” I continued reasonably, “I need to be nice to her.” I knew that already, and tonight—after watching her face crumple and feeling a part of my soul shrivel at the sight—I’d finally accepted it. I would be nice. I would be so damn nice. I’d be a saint.

But then Cletus said, “No, Billy. Not nice. Nice is for tea parties and doctor’s visits. You need to woo her.”

I blinked once. “Woo her.”

“That’s right. You need to woo the pants off her, hopefully literally, and then make that woman yours. Permanently. Once and for all. Put a ring on it. Woo is where it’s at. Jenn still has the centerpieces from our wedding if you’d like to borrow them.” During this enlightening monologue, he’d moseyed over and picked up the glass of milk and a cookie, dunked the cookie into the milk, and then took a bite just as he’d finished his listings of delusions.

“That’s never going to happen.”

“Why not? Those centerpieces are lovely. You don’t know your color scheme yet. Ask Scarlet before you decide.”

I ground my teeth. “Scarlet and I are never going to happen, Cletus.”

He shook his head firmly. “I’m disappointed in your lack of ambition, Billy. I thought we’d be on the same page. But I see now, I’m going to have to take a tough love approach.”


“I’m going to give you one chance,” he said, then pushed the rest of the cookie in his mouth and spoke around it as he continued, “One more chance is all you get. I’ve waited long enough for this and you know my feelings on delayed gratification.”


“It’s overrated.” He took a gulp of milk and picked up another cookie.

“No, Cletus. One chance on what?”

“I’m giving you one chance. One.” He pointed the cookie at me. “Tomorrow, you’re going to go find her, apologize to her for whatever that kerflufflefuck was I walked in on. Tell her you were suffering from temporary insanity, hopped up on illicit drugs, abducted by asshole probing aliens, whatever. I’m giving you one chance to make this right, and if you don’t take it, you are not going to like what happens next.”



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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. 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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