Review: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

August 18, 2017

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Standalone - Winston Brothers #4
Release - July 31, 2017
Genre - Friends-to-lovers RomCom
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 3.5 out of 5
Length - 400 pages

All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

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Although it would be pretty tough for one of the Winston men to beat out Cletus in my heart, I must admit that Beau came amazingly close. There’s just something about these simple men with their purity of heart and soul that leaves me in awe every single time. At first glance, Beau comes off as flirtatious and real easy-going, but once you dig below the surface, that’s when the true wonder of his depth becomes clear. Beau was amazingly beautiful, in mind, body and soul. He was a man that any girl would be lucky to have. You know, if he were real. Funny enough, he felt quite real to me. This man had so much going on and most of it was unbeknownst to him. This story had plenty of drama and surprising revelations that I’m sure will be felt for more books to come.

As for his lucky lady...

"How could I forget about her? How could she be anywhere other than the forefront of my thoughts?"

Oh. Em. Gee!! Don’t you just love it when you read a book and can identify yourself in it? That’s what happened for me when I read Beard in Mind. It’s like Penny Reid sat there and observed me for the entirety of my life and decided to write a book about what she’d seen. I am Shelly and Shelly is me. Now we may not be identical… and there were quite a few differences between our disorders… which is typical for everyone diagnosed with OCD… but I saw so much of myself in her that it was so easy to love this woman HARD!! The author gave me so much to admire, in both Shelly and Beau. I loved their strength, their confidence, and even their insecurities. These two were flawless in their flaws. And the way they shored each other up and the way they fell together was the stuff of dreams. I loved these people so much and I can’t get enough of this series of books. Give me more Winstons!!

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