Thursday, December 5, 2019

NEW REVIEW: Beard Necessities by Penny Reid


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!



Shel: I finished Beard Necessities and have been mulling over this review since last night. I mean how to you really do the ending of a series you've loved justice? I don't know but I'm going to try my hardest. Court: Especially such an epic one. I know. It's way harder than it looks, people.

Shel: The story of Billy and Scarlet (aka, Claire, but I'll forever think of her as Scarlet) was such a good one to end on. Having the mystery of why Billy was the way he was solved in Beard With Me (by the way, read this if you haven't) meant that we could just sit back and enjoy the show...and what a show it was. The novel picks up where Roscoe's ended and so we start in the hospital with Cletus running the show (so you know hilarity will ensue...and it does). The entire Winston clan, with the help of their significant others, is in on the plan to get Billy and Scarlet to their HEA. It's not easy. Billy is as stubborn as they come but thankfully with a little help from the family, the years of them longing for each other are over and they can finally, FINALLY, have the happiness they should've had from the very beginning. Court: Girl, this family is just the best. No matter what they've went through (and obviously, with seven + books it has been a lot...their love and devotion to one another always shines through. I wax poetic on our characters having such a great cast of people having their back, and this one is no different. 

Shel: This novel was full of laughter and love and I could not think of a better way to close out this chapter. Having a chance to get a glimpse of all of the siblings and their happiness and then an epic epilogue really made what could've been a bittersweet final novel nothing but sweetness. I look forward to the new adventures Penn Reid will take us on and have a feeling that these Winston brother novels will be well loved with all the rereads I plan on doing between reading the new reads she has planned. Court: YES! From the stories we have loved and especially the COVERS! this series has been a special part of our life, and THANK YOU Penny Reid, we love you! I have a special place for her lovely words and sense of humor, and definitely cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.

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.


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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.” “Correct.” “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.” “Cletus—” “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.” “Pardon?” “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.” BN-BT-GIVEAWAY.jpg

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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.
Connect with Penny
Twitter: @ReidRomance

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