Series: Winston Brothers #3
Published by Cipher-Naught on October 11th 2016
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?
Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.
And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?
Likely, the last thing you expect.
'Beard Science' is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.
Dear Penny Reid,
You can stop trying to dominate my list of favorite authors now. I get it. Your writing is hilarious, smart, effortless, and super romantic. Given your prolific body of work, it’s just not fair to other romantic comedy authors out there. Now you’ve gone and shoved your brilliance in my face once again with Beard Science.
Cletus has always been my favorite Winston brother. He’s a wildly underestimated enigma as well as a hysterical genius. With his quirkiness, keen observation skills, composure, and crafty scheming, I could not wait to peek inside his brain. My curiosity was beyond satisfied, and I’m more in love with Cletus and his sausage than ever. What surprised me, though, is that Jennifer—a.k.a. The Banana Cake Queen—is largely responsible for my enjoyment of this book.
Cletus has a very scientific approach to finding a partner, and true love isn’t part of the equation. Jennifer comes along and shakes up everything he thought he knew about evaluating a person’s character. Jennifer owned my heart from the very first chapter. Controlled by her parents in every regard, she’s invisible, weak, lonely, and the town joke. Desperation and circumstances bring her and Cletus together, and I thoroughly enjoyed their connection. Theirs is of the slow burn variety of falling in love, which happens to be my favorite type of romance. Jennifer’s transformation is also lovely.
The book seems on the long side, and I could have done with just a touch more sexy times given the book’s length and the strength of Cletus and Jennifer’s chemistry. Nonetheless, you can add a tally mark in the Penny Reid “winning” column because Beard Science is delightfully heartwarming and highly amusing. I haven’t gotten nearly enough of this series, Penny, so I’m excited to see what you have in store for the rest of the Winston brothers.
With warmest regards. Your fan,
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