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The Beard by Haylee Thorne

The Beard Book Cover The Beard
Haylee Thorne
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
April 10th, 2018

How far would you go to make your dreams come true?

Mackenzie Hart’s dreams of opening her very own restaurant are dashed when her dirt bag boyfriend takes her to the cleaners. It’s the final blow leaving her desperate and destitute. Tired of being kicked while she’s down, she knows she needs to do something drastic to change her fate.

But pouring her heart out to a handsome stranger may have just changed her luck for the better. Brock Walker needs a wife. And fast. If she agrees to help him with his problem, he promises to fund her dream of opening a restaurant.

It’s an offer she can’t refuse. All her troubles will be solved. Until she meets his twin brother, Ashton and all her plans go to hell…

Jenny’s Review


True meaning of Beard = “a person who carries out a transaction, typically a bet, for someone else in order to conceal the other’s identity.”

Mackenzie Hart has worked her entire life to reach her dreams of owning and running her own restaurant. Finally she has reached it only to come home to find that her live in boyfriend has ransacked their apartment and has emptied their entire savings account, where the money she saved to buy and open the restaurant was. (I struggled with why this “boyfriend” had access to all her savings, but….) Dreams shattered, she ends up at her best friends bar to drink her sorrows away. This is where she finds Brock Walker, a shining light in her darkest day with a proposal of a lifetime, or maybe not, time will only tell….

Brock Walker is being groomed to take over his grandfathers company, but first he needs a wife. Mission accomplished when he comes face to face with Mackenzie. She’s fun, smart, beautiful, and in need of being emotionally rescued. Brock is emotionally running from fears of letting his family down. He wants nothing more than to run his family’s business and will do anything to get it, even if that means hiding his truth.

Mackenzie is on cloud nine with how things come together so quickly and finding a Prince Charming to rescue her is an added bonus. Little does she know that her life is all about to change, again. Ashton Walker, Brock’s twin brother, didn’t expect to come face to face with the woman he can’t get out of his mind. The shock he registers when he sees his brother down on one knee proposing to the woman of his dreams, is undeniable.

Ashton & Mac fight their attractions to each other, yet at the same time spend time together getting to know each other. When things become a little more complicated with their attraction, Mackenzie starts to back off before Brock & Mac’s secrets are revealed. Mac can’t chance the secrets coming out or hurting Brock and Ashton both. So what happens when she finds herself in love with two brothers, twin brothers, loving them in two completely different ways, with one giving her the option of fulfilling her business dreams and the other with fulfilling her forever dreams. This isn’t a book with cheating, this isn’t a book about a girl that can’t choose between two guys she loves, it’s about dreams vs reality.

I overall enjoyed this book. Struggled with some of it but it was things I could easily overlook. I didn’t necessarily like how rushed the ending was, I would love, and I mean LOVE, to see more to these characters. I also we wish we could have seen more of the development of the relationship with Ashton and Mac. I am however happy that at the end, all these characters were smiling as big as I was =))))