Review – Beard Science by Penny Reid



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.

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When I first met Cletus in Beauty and the Mustache, I was instantly infatuated. With each subsequent Winston Brothers book, I have come to adore him more and more. My expectations and excitement for this book were at an all time high. Not only did Cletus and Jenn deliver on every level, but Beard Science has become my favorite Penny Reid book to date; I simply loved every moment.

“Love brings its own intentions, and all other plans, hopes, and dreams fade to insignificance in the face of love.”

Cletus has always been the hilarious brother with his antics and mettlesome nature, but there were signs of his cunning and intelligence. Having his point of view was fascinating, and I enjoyed seeing how his mind truly works. He is certainly not the norm for a romance hero, but that’s what makes him so appealing. I found myself constantly laughing but there are also emotional and intense moments. There is an understated side of Cletus that I finally got to experience. He was more complex than I even imagined he could be.

“… no one can control who you are–fundamentally, who you are in your heart–except for you. The decision is always yours.”

As much as I adore Cletus, I came to love Jenn just as much. In the beginning, she is somewhat odd and a little difficult to identify with. As the story unfolds, Jenn’s personality and whit continue to shine. She is the perfect match for this quirky and unique hero, even if she refuses to see it. Their banter is some of my favorite for any romantic comedy. In addition to their humor, there is also intense chemistry. There are many emotional and steamy moments between these two, and Penny Reid has definitely upped the sexy factor in her books.

Of course, it can’t be Winston Brothers without the other boys. I am smitten with all of them, and their banter in this installment is hands down my favorite to date. Billy and Beau have a more prominent role, and I am anxious for their books in the future. Penny does an outstanding job of bringing this family and the entire community to life. It is as if I know these people and their eclectic little town, and I’ve become so invested in their lives.

Instead, surround yourself with the weirds. With the misfits, oddballs, and outcasts. Because the normals, bless their hearts, have no idea how to have fun.

Beard Science is the perfect balance of emotion, romance, and humor. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to any romance fan. You don’t have to typically read comedies to enjoy this one. It will pull at your heart strings but leave you with a huge smile. I cannot wait for the next installment of this series; it has quickly become my favorite group of characters from this author.

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Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.




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