Aug 13, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} of Truth or Beard by Penny Reid


Tour: Truth or Beard by Penny ReidTruth or Beard by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Contemporary
THEME: Romance, New Adult, Humor


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?

Series Description:
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.


Holy moly I have so been missing out! Penny Reid has a gift, I love the humor and flow of her writing, plus her characters are fantastic. This may be my first introduction, which it was a wonderful one, but I know these characters have been introduced in her other series, so I will have to schedule a reading fest to catch up.

Truth or Beard follows Jessica James who runs into the guys she crushed on since she was young. But her crush and hero Beau also has a twin whom she’s always clashed with. But since the years have passed she has a little mistake in identity at whom she actually runs into at a party. But it’s Duane, and a connection he has held on for starts to spark. In the end Jessica has a dream, traveling the world and seeing all that’s out there, where Duane wants to stay in place.

Jessica comes back to her hometown after college to save up money for her future travels, working now as a math teacher. She has a restless spirit and is now struggling with what he goals are and now the mystery spark she cant deny from Duane. I love the twin confusion, how she has always adored the two Beau who was always the sweet one, but her connection to Duane the moody one that played pranks on her, is a bit of a surprise. Even though I love the idea of travel and adventure, I’m the type to settle and I love small towns so I couldn’t see why she wanted to escape so bad. Of course the readers will get closer on that, but when you have a hot rugged man like Duane who wants you, I wouldn’t totally think twice. The readers will love her sassy attitude and her family was entertaining.

Then there is Duane, ohhh Duane how much I love this guy. He is a charming and sweet man, who loves cars and knows what he wants in life. Duane is one of the six Winston brothers that live in Green Valley. They are all hilariously entertaining and I love every one of them. I cant count how many times I laughed in this book. Duane and Jessica have a great connection right from the beginning, their bickering was the best and boy can they build up some steamy scenes together. I think every person who reads this will fall head over heels for Duane, his devotion towards Jessica is so darn sweet, you just have to root for him to win her heart.

Overall I loved every minute, I may not of been a fan of men with beards before but I’m so digging the scruff now. There are lots of twist and turns the main couple goes on, including a sticky situation with a motorcycle club. I cant wait to read more about the rest of the brothers including Beau and Cletus! So be prepared to have a smiling on your face from beginning to end, because this book is going to entertain the heck out of your cheeks from laughter and steaminess.

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About Penny Reid

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.

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