by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #3
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Make 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.
‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.
Spoiler Free Review
I am desperately in love with this book and it’s odd, but charming and lovable hero, Cletus. No joke. His name is Cletus. Do NOT let the name Cletus fool you. He is so much more than his name. Gah! I finished this days ago and I am still thinking about it. 🙂
So, we have poor Jennifer, who is known around town as the Banana Cake Queen, and Cletus Winston, the oddest and most closed off of the Winston brothers. Jennifer is 22 years old and living under the thumb of her very odd and ultra-controlling parents who make the girl feel small. Cletus is odd, but extremely smart and knows much more about what is going on in town and who is doing what than he lets on. When Jennifer inadvertently catches Cletus doing something shocking, instead of hiding away, she gets and idea and she confronts him. The story unfolds from there and it is so, so good!
I loved this! The book is well-written and easy to read, but has so many twists and turns. The character development is so complete its almost unbelievable. It was fun experiencing Jennifer’s transformation from shy flower to a girl who can hold her own. Cletus looks like a crazy man, but he is calculating and smart, but quite rigid. He plans everything in advance and only does things that will benefit him. Except, he really has nothing to gain from Jennifer, until he realizes what he wants from her is, well, her. These two are fun and reading their relationship as it develops was a lot of fun, frustrating at time and truly satisfying.
I had only read one other Penny Reid book and I liked it, but now, I am a fan for life. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!
About Penny Reid
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.