ARC Review: Beard Science by Penny Reid

Posted October 11, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 7 Comments

ARC Review: Beard Science by Penny Reid

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: Beard Science by Penny Reid
Beard Science
by Penny Reid

5 Stars

Released: October 11 2016
Series: Winston Brothers #3
Published by Self Published
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“I love this book, I love this book…”
~ Under the Covers

Jennifer Sylvester has a problem, in fact she has a couple; her overbearing controlling parents and her title “Banana Cake Queen.” She wishes she could ditch both of these things, but for that she’e going to need a little help. Cletus Winston. The scariest man in town, not least of all because no one knows exactly how dangerous he is, behind his affable facade is a master manipulator and she has just the leverage to get him to work his magic for her. Cletus can’t believe the Banana Cake Queen is blackmailing him, usually he is 10 steps ahead of everyone else, but Jennifer has managed to do something not many can do: surprise him.

I’m still feeling a little incoherent with pleasure, so please forgive me if this review consists of me repeating “I love this book, I love this book,” because at the moment that is what is racing through my mind. Because, you guessed it…I loved this book. And I went in to it with sky high expectations, which usually results in a painful plummet to Earth, Beard Science however, didn’t put me into free fall, instead, I’m still coasting on air flinging stars at it like it’s a dartboard.

So what is it that I liked so much about this book? In a word; Cletus. Possibly one of the most unexpected heroes that I have read, he’s a banjo playing, beard wearing hillbilly, with a Machiavellian mind and the best sausage in Tennessee. He’s like a super villain who has decided to use his power for good. But, I found it wasn’t just Cletus, who I fully expected to rock my world, who had me glued to my kindle, it was Jennifer as well.

Reid excels at writing heroines I adore so I don’t know why this surprised me, but Cletus is a strong character and it would be easy for his to overshadow his heroine. But Jennifer managed to be vulnerable, strong, funny and clever and her handling of Cletus put a smile on my face. Cletus and Jennifer weren’t the couple I expected, but the more I read, the more they seemed to fit, their strengths and weaknesses complimenting the other. I couldn’t get enough of them.

If you like your contemporary romances with a pinch of sexy, a handful of humour and a dollop of romance, all mixed together with Penny Reid’s signature charm than you need to give this book and indeed this series a read, it won’t disappoint.


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About Penny Reid

Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.

I'm originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family. I work full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. I work a lot. I'm also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-5 and girl-3), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.

I don't like to sit still unless I'm writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group... or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I'm trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.

The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months.

If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.


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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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7 responses to “ARC Review: Beard Science by Penny Reid

  1. Ana

    Thanks for your review. I love Penny ‘s books. She always delivers great heroes and heroines and such a flawless writing. Can’t wait to read this one.

  2. HI Suzanne!!!

    I have to wait to read this book and it’s freaking killin’ me. I love this series and Cletus. I swear anytime I hear the word sausage I start laughing. I still that has to be one of the funniest scenes in all of fiction.

    Thanks for the review and OMG– I’m dying.

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