Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid
Series: Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries #1
Also in this series: Marriage and Murder
Published by Cipher-Naught on July 14, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Jennifer Sylvester made her deal with the devil . . . and now they’re engaged!
But all is not well in Green Valley. A chicken choker is on the loose, 61 dead birds most "fowl" need plucking, and no time remains for Jennifer and her devilish fiancé. Desperate to find a spare moment together, Jenn and Cletus’s attempts to reconnect are thwarted by one seemingly coincidental disaster after another. It’s not long before Cletus and Jenn see a pattern emerge and the truth becomes clear.Sabotage!
Will an undercover mission unmask the culprit? Or are these love-birds totally plucked?
'Engagement and Espionage' is the first book in the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries series, is a full-length cozy mystery, and is a spin-off of Penny Reid's Winston Brothers series. This novel is best read after 'Beard Science,' Winston Brothers #3.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Engagement and Espionage, an all-new fun and witty cozy mystery featuring The Winston Brother fan favorites Jenn and Cletus Winston from New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid is available now!
The epicness of Beard Science, Cletus and Jenn’s origin story, was so epic that I was both elated and afraid to start Engagement and Espionage. I shouldn’t have fretted though, because Ms. Reid delivered again in the most wonderful of ways.
In general, I don’t particularly enjoy reading series of books about the same couple, but if someone could make it work for me, it’s Penny Reid. Obviously.
Also, although I think this could be read as a standalone it would be kinda ludicrous not to start at least with Beard Science, but I believe that for maximum enjoyment quotient the whole Winston Brother series should be read beforehand (or the first 3 books to start).
I already knew I loved both Jenn and Cletus, but these feelings were cemented here and I’m pretty sure I’m this close to building my first shrine to a literary character, and it will be devoted to Cletus.
Man! I never imagined Cletus could up his hotness levels that much, but just you wait till you get to that phone call.
His devotion, pure love and his total commitment to being the best version of himself to deserve Jenn’s love was absolutely amazing.
Jenn couldn’t have had a bigger heart if she tried. I’m not going to lie and say I wasn’t a bit miffed and frustrated with her and her inability to keep saying no to people, but I guess there’s a learning curve for everything new you do and she gets there eventually.
They are so adorkable together that I simply don’t have the words to describe how happy reading about them together makes me.
Filled with mystery and a bit of suspense, shenanigans galore and some really, really hot sexy scenes, Engagement and Espionage was everything I was hoping for and more. I love how Ms. Reid always makes me think about things with a new perspective, how she engages my emotion and thoughts so completely I absolutely can not put her books down.
In so many words: this book is fucking awesome perfection and everyone should read it.
Rating: 5 “New heights of epicness” Stars
“Don’t stop.” She reached for my belt again, this time completely undoing it, the button of my pants, and my zipper at world-record speed.
Her phone buzzed. Then it chimed. Then it buzzed and chimed two more times. Then it rang again. Reba.
Cursing, Jenn pulled the phone from her pocket, once again her face illuminated, murderous rage in her eyes. Her finger moved to the power off button. She blinked, hesitating. Her eyes widened, her body stiffened, and she gasped.
Something about her tone, like she was horrified, and maybe a little afraid, cut through the heavy haze of lust inertia, and my hands stilled. Shaking myself, it took me a few moments to realize she was showing me the phone screen, and another few to bring the content of the text messages into focus.
Momma: Jennifer Anne Sylvester, pick up your phone. If you’re with Cletus, I need his help. Please.
Momma: ALL THE CHICKENS AND ROOSTERS ARE DEAD! PICK UP YOUR DAMN PHONE!
Momma: I’m calling you in a second, pick up the phone. Mr. Badcock’s chickens are dead. All of them. I got here and he’s running around, deranged, yelling about his dead chickens! I called the police and they’re on their way. Please, please, please pick up the phone!
At some point, I must’ve taken the phone from Jenn and stepped away, because I glanced up upon reading the messages for the third time, finding the phone in my hand and Jenn fixing her skirt.
“This is nuts.” Her big eyes searched mine imploringly. “Who could have done this?”
I shook my head, having not yet managed to fully shift head gears—you know, from that head to the one on my neck—and my gaze dropped to the wet patch on the front of her dress just visible in the swath of light. My erection throbbed.
So we’re . . . not having sex?
“Why? Why would they do it? And WHO?” She snatched her phone back, her tone bewildered, distracted, and distraught. She was distraught because of the dead chickens, like any normal person would be.
I was distraught also, but my distress had nothing to do with farm animals.
“We have to go.” Jenn grabbed my hand and began walking toward the direction of the hall. Meanwhile, it took me until her hand found the door handle to realize my zipper and belt were still undone.
“This is crazy.” She paused as I zipped up, her tone halting and distracted. “Poor Mr. Badcock. And those poor chickens.” A sound of distress escaped her throat. “This is terrible.”
It was terrible.
And I was going to hell.
Because all I could think was, Talk about a cock block.
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Meet Penny Reid
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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