My first read in 2018 and I’m so excited to share! Beard In Mind by Penny Reid is her fourth book in the Winston Brothers Series and I’ve loved them all, but Beau and Shelly’s story is my favorite-of-faves so far! I think this Series gets better and hotter with every book I read! Such unique and genuine depth in her phenomenal characters and such a heart-touching read! I know I say this a lot, but it’s out-of-this-world amazing! It’s full of wonderful surprises and unexpected twists! Holy Moly this is so so so goooood!
I love how this unpredictable, beautiful story plays out to an amazing, uber-romantic HEA and how I cried happy sappy tears all the way through! How the twisty road to love for Shelly and Beau is full of misunderstandings, pot-holes, self-discovery, and healing. I love how the two main characters are so attracted to each other, dying to be loved and craving to be made a priority to someone, yet they are so overly self-protective and afraid to show their true hearts ... don’t get me wrong, they are gorgeous and confident on the outside, but don’t judge these two by the pretty covers ... both are shielding their “faults” and “brokenness” on the inside. It’s magical how they unwind each other from their tangled ball of emotions and fears to become each others' missing puzzle pieces of acceptance, strength, and love. As the story goes, you can’t hide from love and they certainly can’t control their love ... being perfect all the time is boring, and Beau and Shelly are anything but boring!
Shelly Sullivan is the most fascinating character and the most puzzling to Beau Winston. Shelly has a great first impression with her model good looks and superior talents as a mechanic but everything about her seriousness jumbles the brain and makes me obsessed with her. She intrigued me like no other ... Shelly has such a perfectionist attitude with a blunt, concise way of talking that usually puts people off, especially Beau, but I found her refreshing, humorous and tender-hearted. Shelly may be crusty and defensive on the outside but she’s so caring and overly sensitive to her bones. I love her! And I could relate to her and her troubles quite easily. She may be a perfect package on the outside but inside she has her demons to conquer one day at a time.
Beau Winston made my heart explode! Ka-Boom! He is a sweet, charming, cool, collected, bearded and sexy man, the whole kit and kaboodle with a family loyalty cherry on top ... but his outside persona image only scratches the surface of his warm, caring still waters that run deep in this beautiful man’s heart. Once Beau sees what true love means and finally figures out the sexy enigma wrapped in greasy mechanics coveralls, who gives him the stink eye when he messes up, or she calls him on his bullshit with her brutal honesty ... the tall glass of gorgeous, Shelly Sullivan has Beau wrapped around her perfectly cleaned torque wrench ... now, what is he going to do about that? Make her his as fast as he can!
All I can say is I can not wait for the next book in this series coming out this summer! I’m over the top dying to get more of these bearded hottie Winstons! So I’ll just have to go back and reread them all again!