Oh my god, where do I begin to tell you all how I’ve fallen madly in love with Truth or Beard by Penny Reid. Why haven’t I read her books sooner?! I’m so mad at myself for having this book sitting on my kindle all this time and not reading it till now! It’s an absolutely, positively brilliant book in every way! Truth or Beard is sweet, sexy, laugh-out-loud too funny, and I am absolutely, positively smitten with these bearded hotties, the Winston brothers.
I love Penny Reid’s pure balls-to-the-walls boldness in her writing and her amazing, vivid imagination that makes the most beautifully quirky pictures with words on each page! All of her characters have the funniest down-to-Earth, off-the-charts unique personalities and have the most wildly inappropriate, did-They-just-say-that-out-loud-conversations that are the funniest I’ve ever read!
I just can’t sing this book’s praises loud enough ... it’s just fantastic! And big bearded good-hearted heroes will always be my book-thing!
Duane Winston has a rep. He’s a good guy, but kind of on the direct, blunt, and quick to rise to any occasion kind of guy. He has a twin, Beau, but other than being identical looking, they are pretty much opposites in the personality department.
Duane keeps all his emotions under a tight wrap, never wears his heart on his sleeve, and definitely doesn’t talk about feelings. He races cars, fixes cars and owns cars. Now that’s all Duane’s life goals in a nutshell ... except for the girl who could ruffle his feathers, tease him till the cows come home, and give as good as she can take faster and better than anyone else on the planet moves back to town. Now all Duane can think about is how to make Jessica James his sweetheart for as long as they both shall live, preferably right here in Green Valley. Now all he has to do is maybe pretend to be Beau, just for a few minutes, no harm in that right?
Jessica James has been gah-gah over the ultimate nice guy, Beau Winston, since forever, and his twin Duane has been her arch nemesis for even longer than she can remember ... but no one is going to squash her dreams of seeing the world and living the life she’s always wanted.
Well, Jess will travel just as soon as she can pay off her school debts to become a math teacher, and then she’s off to experience everything the planet has to offer. One single dreamy moment of being kissed like she was Beau Winston’s everything might keep a girl in Green Valley forever. Only one problem. That fantastic kisser who rocked her world and made seven minutes in heaven seem like way too short a time in the lust zone with all the hands and lips touching her all over then suddenly pumping the brakes, giving her that crazy 'you're up to something' grin she’s seen a million times on that face, is Duane “wow what a kisser” Winston. Not his twin. Damn that man! Now he’s gone and done it, making her fall madly in love with the big beardilicious aggravation!
Jessica and Duane are two of the greatest characters and my new favorites for so many reasons. They are warm, light-hearted and unique. Their sense of humor is refreshingly open and honest, sassy yet sincere, teasing and flirty all at the same time. I’ve never read a funnier comedic contemporary romance ever! It’s sexy, sure, but also just so darn sweet ... Duane won me right over, as soon as I stopped being so mad at him.
Duane Winston had me spitting nails one minute, and lusting after him the next, just like Jess! And Jessica was one big bundle of nervous energy whenever she was around Duane. Her heart ping-ponged around so many times I got a bit dizzy, but only in the best way. Great side characters too, like all of Duane’s brothers and Jessica’s best friend Claire, adding so many laugh out loud moments and heartfelt emotional hugs all the way through.
What an amazing, fun book to read in every way and I’m so sorry I took so long to read it ... so now that I’m thoroughly addicted to Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers Series, I’m going to have to read them all, I especially can’t wait to read all about Cletus!