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Blog Tour #bookreview Beard Necessities by Penny Reid @ReidRomance @jennw23

Hiya lovely readers hope you having a good Monday. Today’s #bookreview is a tad bittersweet as this series comes to an end but also it just left me underwhelmed.

Have you ever felt this way by one of your favorite author’s whose books you have always enjoyed but their latest left a lot to be desired? That’s how I am feeling right now. Hope you have a better time reading than i’ve had.


Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.

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My thoughts

Beard Necessities

Billy Winston is stoic, loyal, responsible, loving towards his family, friends and society in general. When it comes to Love and Romance he’s hung up on his first love, the girl he fell in love with as a teenager.

Scarlett, fiery, red haired beauty, great singer, goofy humour and a scarred past courtesy her not so good parents. She has risen from a bad past as a child and is now, as an adult, a respectable country singer. She’s got trust issues which makes her run away from the boy she fell in love with when young.

Billy and Scarlett suddenly part ways when they are just teenagers, before they even talk about the feelings they have for each other. All throughout the other books in the series we see glimpses and heartwarming moments of Billy as a brother, son, friend, respectable member of their community. We Scarlett, whose made a good life for herself away from the place she grew up in but still in touch with the Winston’s via her tie with Billy’s brother’s.

Throughout the Series I saw Billy as someone shrouded in a bit of mystery, someone i’d like to know more about. This story provided that however I missed the feels in Billy’s personal love story. It felt Billy and Scarlett missed out on all the years and love simply because they were too stubborn to talk to each other.

So when on family vacation in Italy, they are pushed together and start talking they soon get in a relationship they should’ve been in all along. This story didn’t overwhelm me, I wanted more for Billy instead he had to work again to get Scarlet to see him for him and not her savior.

The story had the warmth I came to expect from the Winston family, it provided closure to Billy’s story. I am happy that he finally got together with Scarlett. I simply expected more.

Meet 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.Connect with Penny:
Twitter: @ReidRomance
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