Standalone in a series : witty, sweet and clever romantic comedy



Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

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.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

“……you’d break my heart.”
“I can’t break your heart without breaking mine, and I’m terribly fond of my heart.”

We’re packing our bags and moving to Green Valley! Right now! Those luscious Winston men are just so tempting! Each different in their own way but each so delectable, witty and attentive and we love them all, but ssshh Cletus may just be our favourite…just don’t tell the others!

Penny Reid once again delivers her own inimitable brand of swoon, sweetness, emotion and a dry humour we adore! She’s such a gifted, intelligent writer and her characters reflect that. They’re super witty and smart without being obnoxious. They’re so completely real and so completely lovable! We highlighted many giggle worthy sayings and many sweet and beautiful moments.

‘She was unhappy. I’d made her unhappy. Making Jennifer unhappy was officially the worst feeling in the world.’

We’ve been chomping at the bit for Cletus’ book. The man and his sausage have always been such an intriguing presence an oddity if you will. Just what was his story? We knew he had a few skeletons in his closet and we couldn’t wait to break them free and meet the girl who might just turn his orderly world into a chaotic storm. She’d have to be worthy of him though because Cletus had our hearts! And we’re happy to say Jennifer was all that and more! This woman was just divine!

There’s so much to love about this series! First off it always puts us in a happy place where we catch ourselves giggling like fools over the banter and camaraderie between the brothers. They may rib each other mercilessly but behind it all there is so much warmth and love. These stories are like a big warm blanket on cold wintry day we snuggle into, like a big comforting hug.  Simply put, Penny Reid makes us happy!

Cletus’ mind always seems to be ticking over at a hundred miles per hour. He’s a plotter, a thinker, a silent assassin. He watches, taking in everything around him, never missing a beat. He’s calm and collected and now we know why he behaves the way he does. And we think we love him even more because of it! He really is such a sweet, sexy, pragmatic, intelligent and funny conundrum.

‘He was remarkable, and yet he was determined people think of him as mediocre.’

For all his watching, there’s one thing he’s been oblivious to and that’s Jennifer Sylvester. The woman known as The Banana Cake Queen, she of the big eyelashes, big hair, dire dress sense, a superficial caricature of the girl her parents want her to be. Jenn feels a constant pressure to please. She lacks confidence and has lost herself and lost her way. She’s her parent’s meal ticket and would do anything for their approval, much to her own detriment.

Lurking beneath all that is a smart, charming and beautiful butterfly just waiting to break free. Jennifer is 21 with very little life experience in all aspects of life. Living at home, no income despite working ridiculous hours at her parents business, Jenn needs to seize back her life and LIVE. And she knows just the person who can help her achieve her goal of finding a husband and having a family to love and adore. Cletus is that man. He can teach her all she needs to know! But will she end up schooling Cletus?

“You’ll know one day, Cletus. You’ll discover what it’s like to find the other part of yourself. You’ll know it’s her, only her, always her. Maybe not right away, but eventually you’ll know. She’ll be your beginning, middle and end. And you intentions won’t matter. Love bring its own intentions, and all other plans, hopes, and dreams fade to insignificance in the face of love.”

Experiencing the relationship develop between Cletus and Jennifer was a thing of beauty. There was a sweet innocence to them that warmed our hearts and had us swooning. Seeing Cletus completely at odds with his feelings was hilarious. Watching Jennifer grow was spectacular. This was everything you want a story to be, everything you want to experience in a romantic comedy with emotional bite! Another winner in one of our most favourite series. Now…Billy? Beau? Beau? Billy? Whose book do we want next? Oh we can’t choose….we want them all!

“She walks in beauty, like the night
of cloudless climes and starry skies;
and all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes…” – Byron

Truth or Beard



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-headed heart is she willing to risk?

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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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