Truth or Beard
by Penny Reid
Publication Date: July 23, 2015
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?
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 (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.
We met the Winston brothers in Beauty and the Mustache. (Review posted this same day!) This particular story is about Duane Winston. One of the ginger-bearded twins. He’s not the one with the smiling face, he’s the one who’s quiet and brooding. Jessica James doesn’t like the brooding twin. She likes the run one. The one who loves to smile. She’s loved him since she was 10 years old and no one was ever going to convince her otherwise. Until one Halloween. She was back in town, working just long enough to pay her debts and save to travel the world. And this night, she saw her crush and he recognized her and they shared a wonderful kiss…and then some….until the truth came out. This amazing snogging session wasn’t with Beau Winston, the subject of her heart’s pitter-patter. It was the broody Duane.And Jessica’s world tilted on its axis.
But still waters run mighty deep and they definitely do in Duane Winston.
I fell in love with this family. I especially love Cletus. And we get to see a side of the brothers that we weren’t allowed to see in Beauty and the Mustache. All these brothers are so amazing. We also get a little bit of overlap with Beauty and the Mustache. So I can’t wait to see how the other stories pan out.I really wished I could tell you all the amazing things about this book. But if I did, you’d be hearing my terrible audiobook version, because I genuinely love this entire book. If you’ve never had a thing for red-headed men before, or for bearded men for that matter, you’ll be a true redophile (according to Urban Dictionary) or a pogonophile (literally = beard lover).
Ms. Reid takes you into the heart of the Tennessee mountains where people are as well known by their middle names as they are by their first. This story is a wonderful start to these brothers and I can’t wait to read the rest of them. So would I recommend this to anyone. OH HAVE MERCY YES!!! I would recommend it to anyone who wants likes to read contemporary romance. It’s a warm so it’s not for those who prefer fade to black or for the younger set, but it isn’t erotica by any stretch of the imagination.
SEX! 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.