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.
Late in 2014, my obsession with Penny Reid began and it only grows with each new book I read. She has quickly become an automatic one-click and my first recommendation anytime someone asks for a fun read. The Winston Brothers make an appearance in the Knitting in the City Series, but you don’t have to read them to enjoy this one. From the first chapter when the heroine, Jessica appears wearing a slightly inappropriate Gandalf outfit, I knew this was going to be another hilarious and refreshing read. However, I wasn’t prepared for just how smitten I would become over Duane Winston. Surprisingly, he has become my favorite Penny Reid hero to date.
He was so dreamy. He was so dreamy, and I’d forgotten how much I disliked the word dreamy.
Things get sexy right away after a case of mistaken identity. However, Duane and Jessica’s relationship is quite the slower burner. Duane was so sensitive and loveable. I appreciate a hero who doesn’t have to be a jerk to get the girl. Duane knows what he wants and is confident in his feelings. Jessica is intelligent and has plan. Their life goals and ideas seem so different, but they can’t seem to fight their attraction. I loved how they want to kiss each other one moment and argue the next. It made for so many hilarious antics and funny moments. In the midst of all the humor, there is just the right balance of angst and longing.
“But love is the greatest adventure, where you risk the most for the greatest reward.”
The secondary characters play such a significant role in this book. First the names; I can’t even keep a straight face while saying, “Cletus” and “Jethro”. As much as I adored Duane, my heart will likely belong Cletus. He made quite an impression in his limited appearances. In fact, all the brothers are scene sealers, and Ms. Reid certainly has me counting the days until the next book releases in the series. Their banter and quick whit is one of many things I loved about this book.
“But work up an appetite, woman. Because you’ve never tasted fine meat until you’ve eaten my sausage.”
If you are looking for a laugh out loud and witty read, I cannot recommend this book enough. Actually, I suggest you start with Neanderthal Meets Human and get as addicted this author as I am!
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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.