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Book Review: Beard Science by Penny Reid


Beard Science by Penny Reid 
Series: Winston Brothers, #3
Genre: Contemporary | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: eBook, 384 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 11th 2016 by Cipher-Naught
Penny Reid: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


Finalist: Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Romance 2016Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

“Knights in shining armor do not exist. I don’t even need him to be particularly clever or handsome. I just want a good person, a . . . a gentle person. I want someone with a good heart, someone steady, reliable, and kind. Someone who would make a good father.”

I was always hesitant to read this book since it’s friends to lovers but I’ve seen twitter friend going on how amazing this series is. I haven’t read other books from this series but it was a freebie and standalone. Nadia was also one of the people who got me to read Addicted series, so when I was planning my The Readathon Diaries TBR I decided to pick this book for “outside of my comfort zone”

Our heroine Jennifer doesn’t know how to make decisions for herself, even about the way she looks. But she does know that she wants to get married and when the opportunity shows up with the form of Cletus, she decided to take it. She is a lonely and her parents constantly puts her down. People only know her for her banana cake. I can’t say I cared for either of her parents since they never cared what Jennifer wanted.

“It’s not me. I’m not the Banana Cake Queen. I don’t like being a brand, I don’t like the attention, I don’t like having my picture taken, I don’t like serving people cake and having them gawk at me. I never wanted it. I never wanted any of it!”

I like that neither Cletus or Jennifer were interested in each other in the beginning. I like how the so called good girl had to blackmail someone she saw as the sneakiest, most manipulative, the most powerful and dangerous man in East Tennessee. Their relationship changed them and I like how they had kind of friendship before any feelings for each other.

All in all great read if you’re in the mood for some slow burn contemporary romance. I wouldn’t say it’s part of my favorites but it did have quite a few heartbreaking moments.

3.5 stars

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