Book Review: Truth or Beard

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1)
by Penny Reid

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 na├»ve 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.
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?

Series Description:
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma… and are prone to mischief.
Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (120k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

TeriLyn's thoughts: Truth or Beard comes as my first Penny Reid story and it certainly won't be my last. I adored her brand of witty dialogue and fun story telling. Although there were moments in the book I felt agitated at the hero it was never enough to lead me astray. I read this first contemporary installment with dual points of view over the course of three days and each time I picked the book up again I was excited at the prospect of reading more of Duane Winston and Jessica James.

The two of them have known each other for years. The old adage "they only tease you because the like you" when it comes to boys and girls in youth rings quite true. Jessica has no idea the torch Duane holds for her until she return to Green Valley from college. Hilarity and a bit of chasing ensues while the two navigate the new storm of feelings thundering between them. Each of them bring something great to the reading table. Duane with his serious yet swoony word play. Jessica with her fast come backs and openly vulnerable, honest disposition.

Each grew up in Green Valley and made me feel right at home in their hillbilly town. Reid writes about Green Valley in such a way you feel like you're a part of the landscape having fun along withe her characters. But while Duane holds tight to his Green Valley roots and a sense of obligation, Jessica feels determined to spread her wings with a sense of freedom - thus there lies the angst for the characters and drives the the story. Throw in some unsavory bikers, an eclectic and interesting supporting cast, smart and hot Winston brothers and you've got yourself a good time.

I look forward to reading more stories about the Winston brothers and their exploits with the opposite sex. Penny Reid has quite a knack for writing quirky, fun books - I'm glad I finally read her writing.

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