Truth or Beard by Penny Reid


Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

“In all honesty, I’d enjoyed the horse ride more than the man ride. At least the horse had been a stallion. Looking back, my lab TA was more like a Shetland pony—hairy and small.”

And just like that, I fell for this book hook, line and sinker. This was my first read from Penny and I don’t know why it took me so long to pick up one of her books. I loved her humour and in Truth or Beard, Penny Reid dispenses it deftly and liberally.

Truth or Beard is the first book off of her Winston Brothers series, which is a spin-off of her wildly popular Knitting in the City series. While the Knitting in the City series is more focused on the group of women who bonded over their love for knitting, the Winston Brothers is more focused on…the Winston brood. With their gorgeous beards, good looks and strapping physique, the Winston brothers have a bit of reputation in Green Valley.

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 Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. 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. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-headed heart is she willing to risk?

You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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