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Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid

Beard in Mind Book Cover Beard in Mind
Winston Brothers #4
Penny Reid
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
August 1st 2017

Alls fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean missing out on what matters most.

Maria’s Review


➦Ah, Winston brother and their beards… Don’t you just want to…

➦I have so many questions. Is it soft? How would it feel? You know, in places that shall not be named…

➦If I actually manage to get my mind out of the gutter I might be able to produce a somewhat sensible review here. Now, what’s the bear doing?

➦Yeah, we all know what you thought. ANYWAYS. I loved this enemies to lovers story with very peculiar characters. Beau, the hero of the book, has to work side by side with Shelly, a new female mechanic. She is closed off but when she talks she is blunt to the point of rudeness.

➦Naturally, being a nice do-gooder, Beau is pissed off to no end with such behavior on her part. Once he starts digging, however, he realizes that there is a reason for Shelly’s rude demeanor. Will finding out the truth help him understand Shelly better and pursue a relationship with her?

➦I have to say that I really enjoyed the complexity of the characters – they are unique and fascinating, especially the heroine. The transition between enemies and lovers was very well done, albeit a bit too slow for my taste. But I suppose it was fitting given the situation. 

➦Did I think some things were a bit drawn out? Sure. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I enjoyed this book very much. There were some elements consisting of family drama and that’s generally not my cuppa. But other than that this book revolved mainly around the slow build up of a relationship between two main characters. Take that plus some unexpected laugh out loud moments and you got yourself a great enemies to lovers romance with unique characters that you’re unlikely to forget anytime soon!


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About Penny Reid:

Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. 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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