4.5 Star REVIEW : GRIN and BEARD IT by PENNY REID

Contemporary romantic comedy following the six bearded charming Winston brothers. Each book is a standalone

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grin and beardSYNOPSIS
Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna. 

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston. 

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often. 

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

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Grin & Beard It

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

4.5 ‘holy moly pudding pie’ stars

“Dance with me.”
“Why?”
“Because you want me to hold you, but you don’t know how to ask.”

As Sienna would say……..“Oh my dear mother of all swoony sighs…this. So. Much. This.”. THIS BOOK! We want to wax lyrical about how much we loved this story and these characters. Those Winston boys are quite the charmers and their shenanigans sure do leave us with big dopey grins on our faces. And Sienna Diaz…girrrrrl…do we have a huge crush on you!

Penny Reid again delivered a feel-good romantic comedy with a poignant message which left us on cloud nine. If you’re feeling down and need a pep up, look no further than a Penny Reid book because her precision comedic timing, her gifted storytelling, her beautiful slow relationship build, her quirky characters, the kookiness of her story, the witty banter, the love of a tight knit family and the swooooony romance will have your heart singing in no time, as it did ours!

“You are so beautiful…I don’t think I knew what beauty was, until I met you.”

Jethro Winston (not named after Jethro Tull btw) is the eldest of the Winston clan who’s carrying around a substantial amount of guilt due to his past escapades and who is constantly trying to make amends for his indiscretions. This guy is carrying a lot on those burly broad shoulders, with some of it unwarranted.

“As a carpenter I know for a fact, if you want something to last, you have to build it to last. If we wanted to establish something lasting, we can’t build our foundation on just the physical.”

Sienna Diaz is a hot Hollywood commodity. A comedian/actress/scriptwriter whose star is on a continual rise. She’s a bit of a serial dater and always manages to pick the wrong type of man…mostly the shallow celebrity kind – the ones more interested in who can further their career than who can capture their heart.

“Think of how much better the world would be if people craved compliments about the beauty of their heart rather than the beauty of their face.”

Jethro comes to Sienna’s aid when she arrives in Green Valley, Tennessee to film a movie. She’s lost and on the verge of tears when this gorgeous, charismatic mountain of a man saves the day and assists her to her lodgings. They feel a connection instantly but this was no insta love, quite the opposite. Despite the searing chemistry between them, Jethro and Sienna’s romance was a slow and beautiful build. Penny Reid nailed the balance between passion, romance and relationship building perfectly.

‘I loved how he touched me, how he cherished me.’

Jethro Winston, you tempting, sexy, romantic…you damned well charmed the knickers off with your big heart, your flirty ways and your vulnerable side. You had us grinning from ear to ear with your wit. How could we not succumb to Jethro’s charm? Sigh. And how he handled schmoozy Hollywood big shot, Tom had us high fiving along with Sienna.

“Where I’m from, they call your kind a hipster or a lumbersexual, with the beard and flannel and such.” – Without missing a beat, Jethro responded, “Ah. See, where I’m from, they call my kind a man”

Sienna Diaz was the whole package. Beautiful inside and out. Although considered a ‘plus size’ in her industry, this lady was completely comfortable in her own skin. Sienna was sexy, endearingly goofy and her sense of humour had us in fits. She came across so real and down to earth despite her success. What an absolute hoot she was…we adored her!

Apart from the romance, wit and swoon factor of this story there’s the relationship between the brothers and their sister, Ashley.  The banter between them is priceless and as mean as they could be to one another and in spite of their past issues, there is this overwhelming feeling of love between them that captivates us.

“Congratulations, Jethro. She’s sweet on you. You’ve just taken one of the world’s most famous role models of feminine independence and turned her into a giddy, flustered mess of hormones. “

We fell in love with this book , experiencing that ‘feelgood’ feeling right from the first chapter, which never waned. Penny Reid has a way of delivering emotional moments without affecting the flow of the story or the mood of the reader. She is an author who doesn’t succumb to the notion of adding angst for the sake of angst and is an author who beats to her own drum, an aspect we especially admire in her storytelling.

For lovers of a fun and heartfelt romance, a hot alpha romantic hero, a gorgeous and real heroine, lots of high spirited mischief with six scallywag brothers, we recommend grabbing this wonderful series now! Your book hearts will be smiling!

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THE WINSTON BROTHERS SERIES
(all can be read as standalone’s – each book features a different brother)

Winston Brothers (1)

Truth or Beard : Our Reviewamazon usamazon uk
Grin and Beard It :Our Review | amazon us | amazon uk
Beard Science
  our review | amazon us | amazon uk
Beauty and the Mustache – Winston Brothers #0.5 :  amazon us | amazon ukI
In this book you first meet the Winston Brothers and their sister Ashley
This can also be read as a standalone

beauty and the mustache

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