Posted August 7, 2018 by Vik Booklover in Book Love, Our Reviews, ❤ Reviews by Vik ♡ / 0 Comments

REVIEW: TRUTH OR BEARD by Penny Reidgoodreads


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 perpetually level-headed Jessica James has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. 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.
When Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother’s series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

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Beards, Brothers, Bikers, Danger, Angst, Testosterone, Catastrophic Engine Failure… all the things I got from this book. Penny Reid wrote an interesting story that extends beyond just some good old fashioned angsty and sexual tension. 

Jessica James was one confused girl who didn’t stand a chance. While she had known the Winston siblings since childhood her priorities were totally messed, what with having feelings for the wrong twin… that is until a happy misunderstanding that sets her on the right path. Now she sees Duane Winston for what he is, the perfect man for her.

This was a hilarious romantic comedy set within some exciting and dangerous plot twists. While I generally loved it all I feel like there were some potholes and unanswered questions that need to be acknowledged. As this series advertised as a standalone I’m not quite sure I will get my answers, however I am prepared to live with that. 

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Vik with Penny Reid @ Shameless ’16

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

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