ARC Review: Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

Posted August 28, 2014 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

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: Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid
Beauty and the Mustache
by Penny Reid

5 Stars


Released: 28 August 2014
Series: Knitting in the City #4
Published by Self Published
Pages: 400
Format: eARC

Recommended Read

“…my emotions [were] so wound up in it that I found myself vacillating from laughing out loud to weeping in the space of one chapter…” ~ Under the Covers

Ashley has come back to her home town in Tennessee to check up on her mother, which also means seeing her six bearded, slightly shady brothers. But, coming home after so many years of absence many things have changed, some toward the good and some toward the heartbreaking. She never expected her formerly delinquent brothers to actually amount to anything and her mother’s news leaves her reeling; her whole world crashing to an abrupt stop. Then their is the enigmatic Drew, the man her brothers view as one of them and her mother sees as a seventh son…but Ashley’s feeling towards him are distinctly not familial.

Where to even start with this book. I. Loved. It. It’s not that it is just so well written that it makes it all look effortless, or that it contains more hot bearded men than you can shake a stick at, it’s that it had my emotions so wound up in it that I found myself vacillating from laughing out loud to weeping in the space of one chapter – my emotions were twirling like the waltzers at a dodgy fairground; spinning round as you clutch on tightly, then when you gain your equilibrium, you get spun round all over again.

Amidst my whirling emotion Penny Reid also lead me on a journey of self discovery and I discovered things I never knew about myself, for example:

1) I wish I liked poetry more than I actually do. When reading about someone else reading poetry it all sounds so wonderfully deep and romantic. When I actually read it I just think they sound like pretentious twits and wish they would speak plainly so my poor plebeian mind doesn’t explode with irritation.

2) I wish I had read Nietzsche and could quote people at will, when in reality the only quote I, and probably any other self respecting person who has ever played a video game know is “And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you”. Heady stuff.

3) Men in beards are sexy. I never thought I would say it, but Penny Reid has converted me to beards and not even lovely neatly trimmed ones either…my life may never be the same again.

With each book released in the Knitting in the City series I fall in love with it a little more, I loved the romance in this book but I also loved that it didn’t over shadow the much more heartbreaking things that were going on in this book. As although this was just as funny as the previous books in the series, it was also had had some graver elements added in, which is probably why at points I was an emotional mess of crying and chortling, not a pretty sight!

This can all lead you to one conclusion, I really loved this book, it gripped my from the first to the last page. Between the humour which was Penny Reid’s style of oddball-hilarious to the truely touching moments that occur in this book, and not just in the romance, this book really is worth picking up. Where else would you find a poetry and Nietzsche spouting hero with muscles like a god and a beard that will convince you that excessive facial hair is sexy? No where that’s where.

*ARC provided by author


About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. 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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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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Great review, I have already purchased and will start reading tomorrow.


Thanks Suzanne


Sounds like a good series!

Jennifer @ The Book Nympho
Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

I have book 1 on my Nook to read. Sounds like a fun series.