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‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, s ‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston. No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying. Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.


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‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, s ‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston. No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying. Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny Reid

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4.5 stars I’ve read every book in the Winston Brother’s series upon release. I’ve been reading this series for over 4 years now, and Billy Winston has always been the brother I’ve been most curious about. He's different than his brothers and sister. You can tell he’s carried more than they have, but you're never sure what or why. Finally, you find out… And let me tell you, this was not an easy read. At times, it was a lovely story about first love and made my heart so happy, at other times, I was d 4.5 stars I’ve read every book in the Winston Brother’s series upon release. I’ve been reading this series for over 4 years now, and Billy Winston has always been the brother I’ve been most curious about. He's different than his brothers and sister. You can tell he’s carried more than they have, but you're never sure what or why. Finally, you find out… And let me tell you, this was not an easy read. At times, it was a lovely story about first love and made my heart so happy, at other times, I was devastated over many different things. Billy Winston is a protector. Even though he’s not the oldest Winston brother, he’s the brother that is always there for his mom and siblings. He works hard, goes to school, plays football, and helps his mom. He is the person you want in your corner. Scarlet St. Claire has one thing in common with Billy. Her dad is also a Wraith and an awful human being. But Scarlet doesn’t have a great mom like Billy- she’s on her own. But being on her own is better than being with her parents, so that’s what she choses. She deserved so much better than the hand she’d been dealt. Maybe her struggles had made her strong, resilient, but she didn’t deserve to be burdened with them. Scarlet’s story broke my heart. Her parents were truly the worst. I already knew that from reading the other books in this series, but this book just solidified it. One thing that made me super happy was seeing Scarlet and Cletus’s friendship. It warmed my heart. And Scarlet and Billy together was everything… Until it wasn’t. After reading this book, I’m even more anxious to get to the part 2 of Billy and Scarlet. No one deserves a happy ever after more than these two. I can’t wait to watch Billy rekindle his love with Scarlet. I have hope that it will happen. This book is part 1 of their story, and it’s not a romance, as the author says. It’s a tragic love story. And if you’re sensitive to certain topics, beware (especially abuse of any kind).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

    *****FIVE +++++++ STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet. Wow!! I wasn’t expecting this one to be so heartbreaking and where has Billy Winston been all my life?!! I want the next book, like YESTERDAY!!! How are we supposed to wait till November?! Up until now, Cletus had been my favorite Winston brother, but now I’m having a hard time choosinAuthor}If *****FIVE +++++++ STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet. Wow!! I wasn’t expecting this one to be so heartbreaking and where has Billy Winston been all my life?!! I want the next book, like YESTERDAY!!! How are we supposed to wait till November?! Up until now, Cletus had been my favorite Winston brother, but now I’m having a hard time choosing between him and Billy. I think that this is going to be the dilemma of many fans of this series. ”BEARD WITH ME” is another exceptional installment to such an amazing series. I am so in love with Penny Reid’s talents as an author. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next. Billy is second oldest out of the seven Winston siblings and he is every bit the older brother to be looked up to and adored. Star quarterback on the high school football team. Serious about his schoolwork because he has plans of going off to college on a full scholarship. But most of all, he loves his family something fierce and does everything he can to help his mom take care of all his younger brothers and sister. He does it effortlessly and without a single complaint. Scarlet St. Claire is a beautiful young girl with the voice of an angel and soul to match. Her parents are lowest of the low and capable of true evil, and luckily they did not influence the way she turned out or maybe they inspired her to be the exact opposite of them. Scarlet’s dad is the President of the local outlaw MC, the Wraiths. He is a despicable man who is capable of horrific cruelty. Scarlet left her father’s compound and has been living out in the woods on the Winston’s property. Getting by with food she receives at school and other necessities from the goodwill. As long as she’s not accepting handouts from anyone, her father leaves her alone, for a while anyway. Despite her circumstances, she still finds the joy in life in the smallest of things. Her little portable cd player and music provide her an escape from her worries. When Billy hears her singing and finds her camped out on his land, something stirs in his heart. He becomes mesmerized and has a burning need to care for Scarlet and to keep her safe. The relationship between these two grows through their shared appreciation of music. Although they fall deeply in love with each other, they must keep it a secret or else suffer the wrath of Scarlet’s diabolical father and his men. So many secrets swirl around these two and their families. Secrets if revealed, have the power to destroy their love. Billy and Cletus make the ultimate sacrifice to keep some innocent people safe. Now their hearts are shattered. How does this epic love story conclude? We will hopefully find out in ”Beard Necessities”. Here are my overall ratings: Hero: 5+++++ Heroine: 5++++ Plot: 5+++++ Angst: 5 Steam: 3 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5+++++ ”BEARD WITH ME” releases on September 16th!! Winston Brothers fans are sure to call this one of their top favorites!! Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2KqqV41 iBooks: https://apple.co/2twGVeA Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/DrStrangeBeard Nook: https://bit.ly/2LwwIKa Kobo: https://bit.ly/2yU5zdo Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/y76ze2x4 Paperback: https://amzn.to/2LXgohE Link to Blog Tour Post: https://wp.me/p6ztVM-5Nf

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Emerald Book Reviews McCurdy

    Beard With Me by Penny Reid ‘“Will you sing for me again, so I can find you?”’ I thought for sure that I would be in a complete mind melting, emotional brain fog of epic proportions after having finished this book, but somehow, at the end of it all, my mind is completely focused and eager to absorb more, my heart is admittedly still very, very tender but it also retains a vital shred of hope and yes, my thoughts are going a thousand different directions, yet the Beard With Me by Penny Reid ‘“Will you sing for me again, so I can find you?”’ I thought for sure that I would be in a complete mind melting, emotional brain fog of epic proportions after having finished this book, but somehow, at the end of it all, my mind is completely focused and eager to absorb more, my heart is admittedly still very, very tender but it also retains a vital shred of hope and yes, my thoughts are going a thousand different directions, yet they are all seemingly concentrated, towards this one agonising, beautiful, breath-stealing love story, that deals out tears and laughter in equal measure.   Technically it is a prequel, or an origin story I suppose, but I honestly feel like that is selling this book far too short.  It is a volatile saga of pain, loneliness, fear, willfulness, hope, strength, selflessness, courage and above all else, love. Familial love. Love for yourself.  Falling madly, deeply, irrevocably in love. Excruciating love. Lost love. All-Time love. ‘“Now that I know your heart, I’ll forgive you anything.”’ We all know that author Penny Reid is a certified wonder when it comes to writing romance, comedic timing, quirky characters, eccentric heroes and adorable heroines but what she also showcased here in Beard with Me, is her ability to handle more heart-wrenching topics with aplomb and sensitivity.  These issues are not used as a mediocre tool to elicit sympathy for her characters, they are there to show us just how incredibly resilient, strong and remarkable these people are. Not people but kids. Reading this story, I often forgot what age Billy and Scarlett were because they are so jaded, heartbreakingly sad and too mature for their years.  Individually they are exceptional, to say the least. But, together, they are everything. ‘“You deserve the best, Scarlett.  Only the best. And, I swear, I will always mean every one of our kisses.  Every single one.”’ I’m not going to lie and say this book was an easy read, because it wasn’t.  We got to see every side to Billy and to Scarlett. The raw, wounded sides and the sweep-you-off-your-feet and melt your heart sides.  My lip trembled and my eyes misted over more often than not but it was also a good kind of pain to experience because along with the pain came the fun, friendship, comfort, belly-aching laughter and the fast, tumultuous hurtle into soul deep love. There was a perfect balance of the good with the bad.  The sweet and the sour. I went into this book with serious reservations and jumbled nerves, about what lay ahead, but I came out of the story with a full heart, a clear mind and an eagerness for the conclusion to these two phenomenal characters’ happy ending. Because even after all of this, in how it all began with harsh words and ended in a killing silence, that’s the one thing that keeps these characters going when it all feels insurmountable...hope.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dilinna

    Omg omg omg....I was jumping and jubilating till i saw the publication date has been moved to 2019😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭. Why Penny why???? I have been waiting for this book since 2016! I need my Claire and William Shakespare Winston's story right now!!!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miekenstein

    Well, this was not a fun and easy read. I read it in six or seven chunks. I had to stop reading when I started to feel it getting too heavy. I took a break because I got really sad that Bethany died many, many books ago. I took a break because I overwhelmed with sympathy for Scarlet and the other children in the book raised by terrible human beings. I even took a break for poor Lea. Mostly, I took breaks to try and figure out how to get fictional Lisbeth Salander from Sweden to Green Valley, T Well, this was not a fun and easy read. I read it in six or seven chunks. I had to stop reading when I started to feel it getting too heavy. I took a break because I got really sad that Bethany died many, many books ago. I took a break because I overwhelmed with sympathy for Scarlet and the other children in the book raised by terrible human beings. I even took a break for poor Lea. Mostly, I took breaks to try and figure out how to get fictional Lisbeth Salander from Sweden to Green Valley, Tennessee, so she could torture or murder several gang members in a fictional motorcycle gang. (I'm also open to Lisbeth torturing AND murdering them, and I'm still working on how to make this happen. I just need to get a bigger cork board and buy more string.) Even with all the sad stuff, Beard with Me is not a 100% downer. Parts of it are extremely fun. Seeing the Winston family, and other characters from Green Valley, in their younger years is interesting and makes you love them a little bit more. I especially enjoyed how the Winstons always had each other's backs and how much they loved each other from their earliest years. All in all, this book was sad for me, but not in a "they all die at the end," type of way (because they don't). This book is sad in the same way as when a friend confides in you terrible things that happen to them as a child. You cry for what happen to that child, but it makes you respect the adult for surviving. I'm really hoping Beard Necessities has a happy ending, because I need a happy ending.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 What Needed To Be Told Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free-It's Live!!! One of the amazing talents of Penny Reid is to create worlds which feel real to the reader. She has this way of making us believe wherever her books take place, they are places we would find if we looked hard enough. I have no idea if there is a real Green Valley...but as long as Penny Reid writes about the Winston Brothers and those who live there, I will believe. Now with this in mind, Ms. Reid created a very complex family tree and backstories 5 What Needed To Be Told Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free-It's Live!!! One of the amazing talents of Penny Reid is to create worlds which feel real to the reader. She has this way of making us believe wherever her books take place, they are places we would find if we looked hard enough. I have no idea if there is a real Green Valley...but as long as Penny Reid writes about the Winston Brothers and those who live there, I will believe. Now with this in mind, Ms. Reid created a very complex family tree and backstories for this Winston Family and their friends, families, and foes. Throughout all of the books, in the ways we learned about each of the brothers, we had hints of the past...how violent, how cruel and how past traumas shaped them...for the good and bad. These hints were not too detailed but did give the reader a sense of how serious these experiences were... So it was only a matter of time and bravery for Ms. Reid to take a moment and share all that she had carried in her heart about these characters...When you create characters so real that they seem to breathe and live off the page in our minds, I can only imagine the constant nudge to have their truths released and shared. In Beard with Me, you are given the developing Winston's and the other characters during their coming of age. We are flies on the wall with the journeys the Winston Brothers have which will impact everything. We meet Scarlet St. Claire, Billy Winston, Ben McClure and then have huge doses of Cletus with nods to Beau, Dwane, Jethro, and the sister, Ash. The Wraths also make their presence known. Ms. Reid made it very clear this is NOT a Romance but a Tragic Love Story. She is absolutely correct...but in many ways a budding type of romance is planted. The focus of this Love Story is between Billy and Scarlet. It is the type of story which is innocent, fun, sweet and heartwrenching. As you read this, you will run the gambit of emotions. You will be cautious, watchful then hopeful, and gleeful. You will also be horrified, angered, in pain and feel helpless at times. There will be humor, incredible strength and bravery. And there will be kindness, sly teasings, sweet-talking and just the beauty of Reid's writing. You may know at some moment this will cause you great pain and empathy for many of the characters but you will continue to read because you are so invested. I felt my eyes watering as I read through, my heart hurting as if this story was happening to people I actually knew... But all of these emotions weren't a surprise to me because when I read Reid, she takes me THERE...She takes me to the joy, the pain and the results she wants...Happily. This can totally be read as a stand-alone. It has a beginning, middle, and end. We do this journey and understand the intensity and truth of real love for another. PERIOD. And that IS story enough...for any reader or author. Yet, for those who have been a Reid Reader...one who has been following the Winston Brothers from the very beginning...this is a special insight into Billy Winston's history, of why he is who he is...his journey into manhood and his past with a woman he truly loved. It also gives us the backstory of this special woman, information which is so critical. For the Winston Brother readers, Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #6) will be released November 4, 2019. This isn't that far away...and if you are new to this series, then if you wish, there is enough time to catch up. Either way...you win. I would be remiss if I didn't repeat the warning Ms. Reid gave for those who have triggers in her Author's Note: "If you have a trigger— any trigger at all— chances are this book is going to trigger you. Just assume it has all the triggers, put it down, and move on to the next book in your TBR. -Penny Reid" That is advised by a Human Being who truly cares. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City4/ Winston Brothers, #0.5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers, #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers, #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #5.5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #6) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... And the series that started it all: Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City #1.5) Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City #2) Love Hacked (Knitting in the City, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City, #4; Winston Brothers, #0.5)https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Happily Ever Ninja (Knitting in the City, #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Dating-ish (Knitting in the City, #6) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Marriage of Inconvenience (Knitting in the City #7) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Epic Love has to Start Somewhere... Two People Meet... They can Meet When Young... Or they can meet when in Their Teens... All Hormones, Wishes, and Dreams... Yet whether they meet as Children, Teens or Adults... It. Will. Not. Matter. Epic Love is Epic Love... Scarlet St. Claire is a Survivor Extrodinaire... She has Learned the Hard Way... To Make the Best out of things She Cannot Control... Whatever Taught her these Skills... Did Not Kill her Ability to be the Wonder She Is... Now Billy Winston... He has Other Skills... He Figures out How... To Make Circumstances Bend to His Will... These Two Amazing People... Have only One Thing Which Confuses Them... Each Other... They will have to figure it out... Because Billy Wants to Tell Scarlet to... Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #5.5)-September 16th, 2019 A gifted copy from the Author was received with gratitude in exchanges for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  8. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Cletus had the decency to squirm in his seat. "Lie is such an ugly word. I prefer fiction.” I was the only child of Razor Dennings that he’d claimed. His recognition of me as his spawn meant I would forever be followed by a cloud in the shape of a tornado with horns. Billy Winston had somehow tapped into the thermostat of my body and set it to Arizona in the summer. I’d never been to Arizona, but I was pretty sure they had those days where it got Favorite Quotes: Cletus had the decency to squirm in his seat. "Lie is such an ugly word. I prefer fiction.” I was the only child of Razor Dennings that he’d claimed. His recognition of me as his spawn meant I would forever be followed by a cloud in the shape of a tornado with horns. Billy Winston had somehow tapped into the thermostat of my body and set it to Arizona in the summer. I’d never been to Arizona, but I was pretty sure they had those days where it got so hot the thermometers broke. As my momma’s friend Ellie Leffersbee said whenever she saw or heard or experienced something she found momentous, I was stirred like a gin and tonic and shaken like a martini. I would’ve called him a sonofabitch, but his mother was a nice lady. Cletus, looking thoughtful and not an ounce afraid, scratched his jaw as best he could given the fact his arms were being held. “No, Darrell. You are my role model, obviously. It has always been my sincerest desire to be an aging impotent biker with dysentery and the laughingstock of East Tennessee. Teach me your ways, Diseased-Wang Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” My Review: I adore Penny Reid and would worship at an altar of her discarded printer ink cartridges. Her writing has a distinct and perceptive eloquence with a perfect blend of entertaining levity, thoughtful insights, compelling drama, heart squeezes, looming peril, and extra quirky and highly endearing characters. She gives each unique character a profound depth, which illuminates their strengths as well as exposing their vulnerabilities. Beard With Me ranks as one of her best and is one of those rare books that warrant a ten-star rating, despite the lack of closure for the main characters’ storyline. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anna Banana

    My feelings at this very moment? Well lets just say when I finished this book I tossed my kindle to the side and felt...lots of anger. Anger for a lot of different reasons. Anger for these characters and what they'd been through but also anger and frustration for how this ends, for the reason for why Claire and Billy are not together, FOR ALMOST 20 FREAKING YEARS. SO yeah, one could say I'm feeling mighty pissed. I'm trying to calm down so bare with me as I try to write my thoughts out in as unspoiler My feelings at this very moment? Well lets just say when I finished this book I tossed my kindle to the side and felt...lots of anger. Anger for a lot of different reasons. Anger for these characters and what they'd been through but also anger and frustration for how this ends, for the reason for why Claire and Billy are not together, FOR ALMOST 20 FREAKING YEARS. SO yeah, one could say I'm feeling mighty pissed. I'm trying to calm down so bare with me as I try to write my thoughts out in as unspoilery way as possible. The things I liked: 🎵 Seeing all the Winston brothers as kids. Roscoe especially warmed my heart every time he showed up on the page with Simone. I just love them so much and it was so sweet seeing them as kids. Seeing how Billy (and Ashley) help raise those boys. 🎵 All the music talk. I loved Scarlett's singing, I liked the songs she chose and I liked how music and singing is what brings Scarlett and Billy together. It's the foundation of their relationship and it's interesting (and sad) to think about when you think about the present day and how much music is a huge part of Scarlett/Claire's life and so in a way, Billy is still a huge part of her life even though they don't talk anymore. 🎵Any and all moments with Bethany. That woman made me cry just by showing up on the page and I really didn't think she had that kind of power over me. But she does. 🎵There was a cute moment with Duane and Billy at the end (about crushes/Jessica) and it warmed my heart so damn much. Surly, young Duane asking Billy for love advice is the type of content I live off of. Things I didn't like/Could've been better: 🎵Even though there were little moments where I enjoyed reading this, for the most part it didn't pull me in. It felt like I was reading just to read but I didn't want to, if that makes sense? I wasn't entranced with their story like I thought I'd be. In fact, at times, I felt kind of bored. I knew that this was about their past and going in, it's what I wanted but two chapters in I realized that I'd rather this be their present day because it just wasn't pulling me in the way I'd hoped. I feel like I could've put this down and just forgotten about it and never finished it and I would've been ok with that. And that's a sucky feeling, especially since I've been waiting for this book for ages. 🎵This book was really long and honestly, I don't think it needs to be. I think this could've stayed a novella and still gotten across the points of their story. I can't figure out how this book is so long when in reality, nothing really happens and it only spans 1 or 2 weeks in total. 🎵Ben grosses me the hell out. It made me insanely uncomfortable how this 19 year old college guy is hitting on and repeatedly trying to stake his claim on Scarlett. Even after he finds out her age, he STILL tries to make a go for her and it was very, very uncomfortable for me especially knowing that she eventually marries him. It honestly makes me sick to my stomach. I know he's a "good guy" but many times during this book, I got the feeling that he's not as "good" as he appears. And I hate that he uses that "good boy" persona to get away with things, to say things that are not ok. Ack, I just don't like him and I don't like the way he was preying on Scarlett (who is 14 years old!) 🎵The reason Billy and Scarlett separate...I'm not going to say any spoilers but I will say that it makes me madder than a skunk dipped in perfume(blame this pun on Scarlett and the insane amount of puns used throughout this book). It's a temporary reason to separate but to me, it's not a sufficient reason to NOT BE TOGETHER FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS 🎵I kind of dislike how all of the heroines' in Penny's books are the same. They are all smart in math and science, they all speak in similar mannerisms...they just feel so similar. Just once, I'd like to read about a heroine who is smart and NOT smart as hell in science and math. Maybe this is my own feelings coming to front but I hate that sometimes the underlying message I get from these books is that if I'm not smart in math and science then I'm not that smart. I love seeing women be smart in math and science because I think it's a great message to spread out there. We CAN be scientist and the like but also, I think it's important to note that you can be really bad at math and science and still be smart as hell. Anywho, even though this book didn't meet my expectations I still really want to read their final book together. I would say that if you're someone who needs to know everything in a story, then you should read this. But if you're ok with knowing the important parts and not all the little details(that aren't important but just add to the story), then skip this and wait for the final book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰

    Bumping for the blog! Check out the excerpt & enter in the giveaway for the set of Beard Brothers paperbacks that are signed by the author herself! CLICK HERE God gave us free will so that we'll stumble and learn how to pick ourselves back up. But He also gave us folks who love us, to clear away the obstacles before we trip and fall. Let's just start with the obvious, this is the prequel to the long, long, looooonnnnnggggg awaited Billy-n-Claire HEA that everyone and their cousin has been waiting for since forever.HEREGod Bumping for the blog! Check out the excerpt & enter in the giveaway for the set of Beard Brothers paperbacks that are signed by the author herself! CLICK HERE God gave us free will so that we'll stumble and learn how to pick ourselves back up. But He also gave us folks who love us, to clear away the obstacles before we trip and fall. Let's just start with the obvious, this is the prequel to the long, long, looooonnnnnggggg awaited Billy-n-Claire HEA that everyone and their cousin has been waiting for since forever. We all know they have a small ocean's worth of water under their bridge and this book gives insight into where and how all that water got there. If you've not read the series, this is a fantastic place to start, actually, because not only does it cover Billy and Scarlet/Claire but all of the Winston brothers are featured to varying degrees from Cletus and his... Cletusness to the twins and their yin/yang thing to Roscoe and his preciousness. However, it is not the easiest book to read. Scarlet and Billy have monstrous fathers who play pivotal roles in their development. I knew that but I did not know the details of Scarlet's backstory, most of which is awful. So, if you're triggered by abuse this might not be the best read for you. On the other hand, Billy's backstory didn't surprise me and probably won't surprise fans of the series. He's responsible, altruistic, loyal and intense through circumstances beyond his control foisted upon him at a young age. Case in point: I redoubled my resolve. She deserved someone looking out for her first, someone who'd set aside selfishness for her sake. So, yeah, I would keep her safe, even if it meant sending her away. My heart broke (again) for both of them and I am beyond ready for them to be exceedingly selfish when it comes to each other. Enough with the doing the right thing and always putting others first nonsense. It's your time, #Clairilly! Carpe diem! My only quibble is the lack of a more comprehensive backstory; the whole thing takes place in 2003 when they are 14 and 16. They fall in love in a week which was a surprise to both of them and extremely gratifying for me to read. But I know there are more heartbreaks, more disappointments, more sacrifices and more missed or wasted opportunities and I wish a couple of them would have been included as well. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It applied to life and hopes and dreams and expectations too. Needless to say, I would like Beard Necessities and my equal and opposite reaction, like, yesterday. I find Green Valley extremely comforting even when things are tense so while it might seem counterproductive to long for the final installment (a) I will always have this series and (b) there are not one but TWO spinoffs in the works!!! One of which involves Cletus and Jennifer and undoubtedly some shenanigans so I'm owning my greediness. I'm ready to soak in a tub filled with Billy and Claire's happy happy joy joy until my fingers get pruny. Recommended with the caveat mentioned above. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Hutchinson

    I understood, to a certain extent, what I was going into. For a while now I've watched Penny's tweets and warnings go by as she tried to tell us that this addition to the Winston series would be different. Not a romance, no hea, it would likely hurt, and make us cry. So I prepared accordingly and had tissues on hand and a fluffy dog nearby for hugging. I have watched readers beg for more of Billy. Not me. I was and always have been a Drew Runous loyalist. I didn't care much I understood, to a certain extent, what I was going into. For a while now I've watched Penny's tweets and warnings go by as she tried to tell us that this addition to the Winston series would be different. Not a romance, no hea, it would likely hurt, and make us cry. So I prepared accordingly and had tissues on hand and a fluffy dog nearby for hugging. I have watched readers beg for more of Billy. Not me. I was and always have been a Drew Runous loyalist. I didn't care much for Billy. I didn't dislike him, he was just always so serious, and stubborn, and unflinching... I suppose if I were being honest, he reminded me of me. And not in ways I was proud of. So while Penny was warning all of us to beware of the feelings being felt, she failed to mention the enormous amount of beauty in this story. It's most of the book. Beauty, that is. The only ugly parts are when Darrell is involved. Every time he infiltrated the story I hated him more. Every mention, every memory, every event. I have never hated a fictional character more than I do Darrell Winston. I understand on a much deeper level, Cletus's vengeful plans. This story, this history of something so big and so deep, it has changed me. I don't often say that about books. I keep that kind of rhetoric limited in use so as not to wear it out. Billy still reminds me of me, but he's redeemed the parts of me I never could figure out. And Scarlett is breathtaking in her courage and hope. And Cletus is all I had hoped he'd be as a teenager. To see them as they were, to know what they become, it's a ride rich with gratitude.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4-4,5 stars This is an emotional read, I was aching this was an intense story. The Winston family is by far my favorite!I love this family and each one of the boys. "If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet." This wasn't an easy read but it was intense and I loved it!Scarlet is so strong and I wanted to hug her. Billy intrigued me, a lot and I loved him.Billy and Scarlet shows how is the first love.They take us in an emotional and sad roller coaster. I cannot wait for the next book I ne 4-4,5 stars This is an emotional read, I was aching this was an intense story. The Winston family is by far my favorite!I love this family and each one of the boys. "If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet." This wasn't an easy read but it was intense and I loved it!Scarlet is so strong and I wanted to hug her. Billy intrigued me, a lot and I loved him.Billy and Scarlet shows how is the first love.They take us in an emotional and sad roller coaster. I cannot wait for the next book I need more!     

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Beard With Me Series: Winston Brothers #5.5 Author: Penny Reid Release date: September 16, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: general fiction After finishing Beard With Me, I struggled with my feelings but decided to go with four stars. I wanted to give four stars very badly because in some ways I enjoyed my time back in Green Valley very much. It really kills me to admit to myself that for me, I liked it overall, but didn't love it. So I've adjusted to a more accurate 3.5 stars. My anticipation level was off the charts for Billy and Claire's backstory ever since book one inNo2019ReidRelease#5.5Me Title: Beard With Me Series: Winston Brothers #5.5 Author: Penny Reid Release date: September 16, 2019 Cliffhanger: No Genre: general fiction After finishing Beard With Me, I struggled with my feelings but decided to go with four stars. I wanted to give four stars very badly because in some ways I enjoyed my time back in Green Valley very much. It really kills me to admit to myself that for me, I liked it overall, but didn't love it. So I've adjusted to a more accurate 3.5 stars. My anticipation level was off the charts for Billy and Claire's backstory ever since book one in the Winston series. Those tortured looks across the room filled with pain and unresolved feelings...I was ready to discover where it all began. I wasn't particularly overjoyed at the thought of reading the tragedy and devastation that would somehow destroy their relationship, but I'm a big girl. I prepared the tissues and straightened my spine. Witnessing some of the chaos that the Winstons' father created, their brokenness at the time, and Scarlett's intensely difficult life was truly upsetting and heartbreaking. In fact, after reading some of the events in this book, I don't believe I've despised a fictional character more than Darrell Winston. I thought I hated him before, but if fictional homicide were a thing he would have been incinerated by my death glare burning onto the page. On the other side of the coin, getting some real time with Bethany Winston was a treasure. If there's one thing the Winston siblings unanimously agree on, it's how deeply their mother's wisdom and love profoundly affected their life. Her kind and gentle spirit, her generosity and pureness of heart imbued each and every one of them with admirable character as they grew into adulthood. Any woman could have grown bitter and angry at having to struggle so hard as a single mother, or having to overcome the physical and mental abuse their husband inflicted on the entire family, but she remained strong when her children needed her. I savored every scene with Bethany and I think all fans of the series will as well. Scarlet St. Claire (or Claire McClure as she's known in the other Winston books) is a survivor who has been conditioned to believe good things don't happen to girls like her. Her home life growing up amidst the criminals in her father's MC is not only miserable, it's dangerous. She's learned from an early age that the only person she has to depend on in life is herself. She's either ignored, pitied, or ridiculed for her grubby appearance and "belonging" to the Iron Wraiths. So she erects a protective shield around herself and lives one day at a time waiting for the next disaster to strike. Sure, people might pity kids like Carla and me, but they didn’t ever actually care about us. Pity was not compassion. I understood that, I got it. Billy is overwhelmed with work, school, football, and struggling to hold the frayed threads of his family together. Pulled in a million different directions, his responsibilities have influenced his surly, closed-off attitude. Inside, he's hurting badly but unwilling to lay his burden on anyone. He's also somewhat of a jerk for his judgement of Scarlet and his inability to see her as an individual in dire need of help. It takes some gentle nudging and exposure to the proud and resilient girl before his hardened heart starts to crack. I loved how Billy and Scarlet's friendship and feelings for one another matured through their mutual interest in music. His awe at her hidden talent for singing and their music lessons were the absolute sweetest. Scarlet and her voice were the same. Momentous, incredible, and unheard. Here's what didn't entirely work for me. Ben's attraction to Scarlet, and his mixed signals even after discovering he was mistaken about her age. Due to the fact that he's a fully grown man in his first year of college, I admit it didn't sit right with me that he was behaving this way with her. I can't even imagine someone his age being attracted to a sophomore in high school, let alone someone who should be a freshman. She may be older than her age in experience and hardship, but the fact remains that she is a fourteen-year-old girl. So additionally, the scenes where she and Billy are struggling to control their lust were not doing it for me. I'm all for some kissing and a soul-deep emotional connection, but the sexual fantasies she was having felt unnecessary. The other thing was that the characters' voices did not have a strong enough young adult feeling. Some of the inner dialogue especially gives you the experience of a new adult or full adult book. But that's just my personal subjective opinion and maybe you'll completely disagree. In summary, for any fan of the Winston Brothers series, I'd still highly recommend reading the intro to Billy and Scarlet/Claire's second chance romance, Beard Necessities. Yes, there are some difficult sections to read that will cause some heartache, but I think it's important to understand the full scope of what they went through in order to find their HEA. It's not absolutely necessary, but I believe it will enhance your experience to read both parts. I'm eager to read their reconnection with all of the angst and healing it promises to hold. It felt like bleeding and making no effort to cauterize the wound. It felt close to madness. I knew, with absolutely certainty, I’d dream of her and her spirit and her voice for the rest of my life. The belief was soul deep, in my bones and muscles and skin, but particularly in my heart. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  14. 4 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    "I knew, with absolute certainty, I'd dream of her and her spirit and her voice for the rest of my life. The belief was soul-deep, in my bones and muscles and skin, but particularly in my heart." Reid's ability to “flip the script” and write this breathtaking, angst-filled story was both shocking and expected. Her talent has been proven time and again. With each book she sets the bar higher as she pours more of herself into her characters and their stories. 'Beard With Me' was overwhelming, wonderou "I knew, with absolute certainty, I'd dream of her and her spirit and her voice for the rest of my life. The belief was soul-deep, in my bones and muscles and skin, but particularly in my heart." Reid's ability to “flip the script” and write this breathtaking, angst-filled story was both shocking and expected. Her talent has been proven time and again. With each book she sets the bar higher as she pours more of herself into her characters and their stories. 'Beard With Me' was overwhelming, wonderous and crushing. My chest ached and my eyes burned. Billy and Scarlet/Clare's story had a tragic beginning. Full of promise and lies. Full of pain and solace. Full of firsts and last times. Billy's quiet strength, loyalty and resounding need to protect those he loved, was exactly what Scarlet needed. He was her shelter from the pain, her promise of better, and he filled her emptiness with expectations and hope. Billy was her first kiss, her first love and was supposed to be the one she grew old with. Yet it was because of his strength, loyalty and undeniable need to protect her, that he couldn't grow old with her. He had to let her go. Blown away. I am blown away by the fact that this story was never planned on being told. This would have been a travesty, because this book feels integral to the entire Winston Brother's series. It explains so much, it explains who Billy is and why he is. I am glad I read it now, after having read all of the others, because there were many "a ha!" moments. I loved the little 'Easter eggs' that Reid placed throughout the pages of this book. It was like I was in on inside jokes with the author as she placed these morsels throughout this story. Billy had always been this entity that stayed just on the fringe of each story. He was either talked about or had what seemed to be a small role in the other sibling's stories. But Billy was never small. He never stayed in the shadows. He was there, supporting them and encouraging them, and giving up who he was and who he could have been for everyone he loved. I get it. I understand now. This entire series has been leading up to 'Beard Necessities' - to Billy and Scarlet's story, and I now know why. And as much as I WANT/NEED that book, I am afraid. I am full of trepidation not just because I know it will break me, but because it is the last book in the Winston Brother's series and I don't want them to end. In an apocalyptic situation, I want this series with me! ❤️ ”If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet.” I was provided a review copy by Penny Reid; this did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kennedy

    “My heart feels broken and yet so full. This might just arguably be Penny Reid's best work yet.” - The Review Loft From NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author, Penny Reid, comes the beginning of an epic love story. GRAB IT NOW! 'Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic sit “My heart feels broken and yet so full. This might just arguably be Penny Reid's best work yet.” - The Review Loft From NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author, Penny Reid, comes the beginning of an epic love story. GRAB IT NOW! 'Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story. No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching. Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston. No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying. Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire. AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE: https://pennyreid.ninja/book/beard-wi...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    Penny Reid rewinds the years for our latest visit to Green Valley, taking us back to a time when Claire McClure is Scarlet St. Claire, Billy Winston the star quarterback, Roscoe believes in fairies, and Cletus is just...Cletus. It felt like the beginning of something terrible and beautiful and dangerous and wonderful.” For any lover of the Winston Brothers series, Beard wiclass="gr-hostedUserImg"> Penny Reid rewinds the years for our latest visit to Green Valley, taking us back to a time when Claire McClure is Scarlet St. Claire, Billy Winston the star quarterback, Roscoe believes in fairies, and Cletus is just...Cletus. It felt like the beginning of something terrible and beautiful and dangerous and wonderful.” For any lover of the Winston Brothers series, Beard with Me is a must-read, piecing together the puzzle that is Billy and Claire. And whilst we all knew they had history, I wasn’t quite expecting it to to run as deep as it does. I will always mean every one of our kisses. Every single one.” Despite enjoying this hugely and adoring both Billy and Scarlet, there was one sticking point for me and that was the character voices which I didn’t feel were in keeping with their ages (Billy is 16, Scarlet 14, Cletus 15). And whilst they may think and act older than their years due to life experience and circumstances, they were basically adults in teenage clothing. This wasn’t how we ended.” But I can forgive that because Penny Reid has brought us a story that explains why Billy is the man he is and breaks your heart a little in the process. And with high hopes that she’ll fix that in Beard Necessities, November can’t come soon enough. Copy received courtesy of Social Butterfly PR for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    maggieandteddy

    omg. what am I gonna say? Billy !!! My heart. So many questions answered. Now I have more questions. In previous books, I knew almost nothing of Scarlet. There were very brief hints. But I wanted more! I was so focused on Ashley and her brothers. I was so concerned for Scarlet. Billy and the Winstons had her back. Who had theirs? I tried to brace myself while reading the back story. I really enjoyed the funny moments, but I was totally shocked at the evil. There's a lot of heart too. Mama Bethany has a heart of omg. what am I gonna say? Billy !!! My heart. So many questions answered. Now I have more questions. In previous books, I knew almost nothing of Scarlet. There were very brief hints. But I wanted more! I was so focused on Ashley and her brothers. I was so concerned for Scarlet. Billy and the Winstons had her back. Who had theirs? I tried to brace myself while reading the back story. I really enjoyed the funny moments, but I was totally shocked at the evil. There's a lot of heart too. Mama Bethany has a heart of gold. She's such a sweet woman. She's very gentle with helping Scarlet- when she needs it the most. I guess that's all I can say until... Beard Necessities P.S: Cletus is freakin' awesome as a teen. He was developing his "game" even back then! P.P.S.: Bethany Winston is my mother. <3 *edit- Sorry! I need to add that I received this advance copy from the author. Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07... Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B... Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Beard-Me-Wi... Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/beard... Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bear... Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bear... Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view... Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/d... Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Here it is, the highly anticipated origin story about Billy and Claire (Scarlet), easily the angstiest ship in the Winston Brothers series. And wow, there's a lot to unpack here. I wished she'd stop making everything so hard. I wished she'd just let me take care of her. Tricking her into doing the right thing, the smart thing, made me feel like an asshole. A lot of this story worked for me and also a lot of it didn't. I was mostly just going through the motions (sad motions because there is some unfortu Here it is, the highly anticipated origin story about Billy and Claire (Scarlet), easily the angstiest ship in the Winston Brothers series. And wow, there's a lot to unpack here. I wished she'd stop making everything so hard. I wished she'd just let me take care of her. Tricking her into doing the right thing, the smart thing, made me feel like an asshole. A lot of this story worked for me and also a lot of it didn't. I was mostly just going through the motions (sad motions because there is some unfortunate content to work through but still, not hooked) until about 70%. At which point things take a turn and I was so so so so here for it. The last 30% isn't all greatness, of course, and it certainly isn't all sunshine and rainbows. As warned, as we all knew to expect, this isn't a romance, there is no HEA. Not yet. But it was still probably my favourite part of the whole story. "Have you ever wanted something you know you can’t have?" "All the time." I also have a sorta mild discomfort with some of said romance. At least at this stage. Well, not just the romance; this book — and series — is rife with uncomfortable things, dark things, violent things. For all the quirky, home cooked, sweetness and charm, of the south, which Reid definitely infuses these books with, there is a darkness to this series, too. But my issue with the romance is that, well. These kids are young. There's nothing graphic, it stays pretty solidly PG-13, but there is a weirdness to reading about people being attracted to a fourteen year old. Even if the other protagonist is only sixteen. Reid addresses this, not only through Billy but another character, but still. I would've called him a sonofabitch, but his mother was a nice lady. It was strange, but also delightful, to see Cletus in his younger form.. and yet still very much the same Cletus. Most of my highlights were from him, naturally. Literal highlights I mean, on my kindle. Though I suppose the high points also included him. I'll admit, though, that it was hard to remember that these characters were much younger than we're used to them being. Both because of circumstance and attitude, I think. Either they weren't written young enough or I'm just too used to their future selves. Not sure which. Maybe both. And maybe that's where, as much as we all wanted this prequel, maybe it would've just been better in a smaller doses. Like flashbacks within a book. But either way, I'll be glad to reunite with Adult Winstons and Adult Claire. Though I did love seeing Bethany, the Winston matriarch, again. "Cletus Byron Winston! Are you crazy? You asked your twelve-year-old brothers to get you a keg?" "If by 'crazy' you mean genius, then yes I am." The end of this book is achingly tragic and sad as we expect, not just because of the Billy and Claire situation, but because of the Billy and everything situation. My heart breaks for him. There are so many characters to dislike, either because of their bad intentions or because of their good intentions that still make them unlikeable, but at the core I love the Winstons, always. The upside of reading this, too, is that I'm extra pumped for my full series reread now. All the little easter eggs, all the foreshadowing, I'll be able to relive with new eyes, now that we have this story. "The last thing I ever want to be for you is a regret." I'm so looking forward to Billy's happy ending and definitely Claire's. These two deserve it. But I know it's going to be hella rough along the way. And, complicating matters, knowing it's going to be the end? I fully expect much tears to come in this final book. 3.5 stars ** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. **

  19. 4 out of 5

    Curlyhairlass19

    I need some time to just sit in silence and take all this in. To finally know the truth as to what really happened between Billy and Scarlet has shaken me to my core. Penny spared nothing. There were times my heart swelled with butterflies over first love feels. There were times when bile would rise up in my throat or tears would cloud my eyes to where I couldn’t see. One thing I know for certain is that Billy Winston owns my heart. I now fully understand him from all the other books, and I just I need some time to just sit in silence and take all this in. To finally know the truth as to what really happened between Billy and Scarlet has shaken me to my core. Penny spared nothing. There were times my heart swelled with butterflies over first love feels. There were times when bile would rise up in my throat or tears would cloud my eyes to where I couldn’t see. One thing I know for certain is that Billy Winston owns my heart. I now fully understand him from all the other books, and I just love him with everything in me. He was such an old soul at 16 years old. He took care of and fiercely protected everyone in his family. He literally put everyone’s needs ahead of his own. And Jethro...oh Jet. I literally had heart pangs for him. I can’t talk about Scarlet without a lump forming in my throat. What she had to endure from her Father..no human should have to. The walls she built to protect herself, cope and escape were truly heartbreaking. Billy pierced right on through it all. He was her safe place. This quote broke me: “If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dali

    Penny Reid gifts her readers with a love story that encompasses all the feels. It had humor, melancholy and lot of heart and heartbreak. I found myself both wanting to quickly devour and slowly enjoy this very beguiling beginnings story. At the tender age of fourteen, Scarlet St. Clair has found a way to semi-escape her father’s sadistic rule. Who cares that she’s living in a tent, doesn’t have running water, and enough money to buy new clothes or food? She’s made sure she’s invisible to every Penny Reid gifts her readers with a love story that encompasses all the feels. It had humor, melancholy and lot of heart and heartbreak. I found myself both wanting to quickly devour and slowly enjoy this very beguiling beginnings story. At the tender age of fourteen, Scarlet St. Clair has found a way to semi-escape her father’s sadistic rule. Who cares that she’s living in a tent, doesn’t have running water, and enough money to buy new clothes or food? She’s made sure she’s invisible to everyone. All except Billy Winston who has discovered she’s living on his family’s property and therefore putting all of his family all at risk from the local MC club’s ire. After his older brother left to join their abusive father and his criminal motorcycle buddies, it was up to sixteen year old Billy to take care of his mother, younger brothers and sister. He was focused, he had a plan: work hard, study harder, and get a football scholarship. He never expected to find a girl with the voice of an angel in his back yard who would irrevocably change him and steal his heart. OH WOW! How I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars! All the stars! One for everything I loved about this story. It has all the feels and all the elements of epic love. Simply breathtaking. As with all her books, Penny Reid produces an intelligent, sweet and touching tale with characters you will love (or fall for even further if you’re already a fan of the series) with an enthralling backstory plot that sets the stage for the next highly anticipated installment in the series. The Winston family are such an interesting bunch of quirky and loving people. Even at a young age their personalities are uniquely outstanding. After reading about them as adults, I loved getting to know their younger selves. Beard With me is book #6 of the Winston Brothers series by author Penny reid. It’s a standalone, full length poignant love story that made me smile, swoon and hope, written from both points of view. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/32K3jjB * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook * Instagram * More reviews

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)

    4.5 stars I have been a longtime fan of the Winston brothers’ shenanigans, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from a story that goes back in time to when they were teens. What I found is that Beard With Me enhanced my appreciation of things I already knew, and it spoils nothing for newbies to the series. It isn’t just about the beginning of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire’s complicated relationship; it’s also the heart of the loving Winston household. Billy is the last brother to have his turn in the fictional spotli 4.5 stars I have been a longtime fan of the Winston brothers’ shenanigans, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from a story that goes back in time to when they were teens. What I found is that Beard With Me enhanced my appreciation of things I already knew, and it spoils nothing for newbies to the series. It isn’t just about the beginning of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire’s complicated relationship; it’s also the heart of the loving Winston household. Billy is the last brother to have his turn in the fictional spotlight. I have always been drawn to him and yet there is so much I don’t know. He is the responsible Winston, the family caregiver, the one everyone looks up to, the one who keeps his feelings close to the vest, and the one who regularly sacrifices his happiness for others. This book explains why. Scarlet is massively endearing. It is impossible to overlook her cheerfulness, self-deprecation, and innate goodness despite her bleak circumstances and insecurities. She is a gifted singer, and through her the reader gets to experience the transformative power of music—both in its influence on her and its affect on Billy. Billy and Claire are often faced with the difficulty of choosing between self-preservation, fulfillment, and self-sacrifice. I loved all the sweet, awkward, and, yes, even the heartbreaking moments they share. Don’t expect the witty or laugh-out-loud humor that one associates with this series because the tone of this book is more serious. Some parts are downright difficult to read. However, you can’t have the brothers in the same room without some whimsical moments. A young Cletus is a sight to behold. I really enjoyed seeing Bethany (Momma Winston) in her prime. Her perceptive compassion transcends basic kindness. Beard With Me isn’t the end of Billy and Scarlet’s story. I haven’t a clue how things will end up between them, but I do know that with Penny Reid behind the wheel I’m bound to enjoy what will surely be a bumpy journey. I’ve already added Beard Necessities to my TBR list. Recommended for fans of: Tight knit families Music Camping Hot chocolate with marshmallows *I received an early copy of this book to voluntarily read.*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm very conflicted about this book. Because I enjoyed it for the most part, but I don't honestly think I got the point of it. While I was reading I was left wondering where exactly this story was going to lead. It's such a time jump from this book to where Billy and Claire end up when we see them in the present time in the Winston Brothers books so now I ju NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK I'm very conflicted about this book. Because I enjoyed it for the most part, but I don't honestly think I got the point of it. While I was reading I was left wondering where exactly this story was going to lead. It's such a time jump from this book to where Billy and Claire end up when we see them in the present time in the Winston Brothers books so now I just have a lot of questions. Which I'm assuming will be answered in their full novel. In this book Scarlet is fourteen and Billy sixteen, both in high school and both with their own issues. Scarlet is practically raising herself and busy trying to stay away from her father and Billy is feeling the burden of trying to keep his family together all while going to school, football practice, and working. Both with tortured souls they find each other in the worst of times, but with music they're able to come together at least for a little while. Ms. Reid was not lying when she said this was not a romance and there was no HEA. This was more like a soul crushing story made worse by the fact that I've already been rooting for these characters to get some happiness. So to go back and see them at their worst, it hurt. But in a way that was somehow made okay because there were so many sweet moments thrown in. And those sweet moments, with Billy softening around Scarlet really held this story together for me. Because I struggled to actually connect to them at every other moment. Scarlet particularly. I think one of my bigger issues was that she was fourteen in this story and yet everything about her, and even Billy, felt too mature. I could understand that she was very mature for her age but there was nothing about her that spoke of being a kid. The book didn't hold my interest like I was expecting and it made it a little boring. The length didn't help at all either and I really think this story could have been told in less amount of pages. Especially since we didn't really get into the thick of Billy and Scarlet's tragedy until the last 30% and then everything was suddenly happening very fast. The pace just felt off, too slow in the beginning and then too fast at the end. And again, left me with so many questions. Overall, I do recommend reading this book and I think any fans of these characters will love it. I had some issues with it but I sill enjoyed reading it and I'm glad that I did. And now I have a lot to look forward to from their novel. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy

    This story contains all the fun and humor that is typical of a Penny Reid book. It also contains much more. In the past, we got glimpses of the depth of emotions Ms. Reid could reach when we understood the relationship between the Winston kids and their mother. Furthermore we gained an understanding of the opposite whenever Darrell was involved. While those relationships and subsequent trickling effects evoked emotion, this story - Scarlet’s story, touched me at my core. To say that Scarlet had This story contains all the fun and humor that is typical of a Penny Reid book. It also contains much more. In the past, we got glimpses of the depth of emotions Ms. Reid could reach when we understood the relationship between the Winston kids and their mother. Furthermore we gained an understanding of the opposite whenever Darrell was involved. While those relationships and subsequent trickling effects evoked emotion, this story - Scarlet’s story, touched me at my core. To say that Scarlet had a difficult life would be an understatement. Even through all that happened to her, however, she was strong and sure of who she was. She is by far my favorite Winston heroine. Billy had always put others and their needs ahead of his own. He loves and cares for his family and takes on a big responsibility in doing so. Those two were meant for one another. The way they fit was so natural and organic that I found myself enchanted by their developing relationship. While I enjoy my books a little on the hot side of the spectrum, the delightful sweetness in this pairing and its manifestation in the slow pace to intimacy was perfect. I wouldn’t change a single thing. The plot was absolutely riveting. I devoured this book and went through so many emotions from anger to joy to humor and everything in between. Ms. Reid’s writing is fine art. There’s no other way to describe it. She was meant for this craft. If you can’t already tell, I loved this book and it will definitely be joining my favorites shelf. I caution, however, that certain situations may be a trigger for those sensitive to themes containing abuse. Complimentary copy received and voluntarily reviewed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    …and exhale. I feel like I’ve held my breath for the last 30 minutes reading this book. It’s been a journey, beautiful and tough in equal measure and I am left needing more from Billy and Scarlet, so much more. When will their next book be (rhetorical question). The warning at the beginning of the book is right, there are triggers for days but call me up to the challenge and in I went. Clever Penny lulled me in with ease for a while until my adrenaline started pumping, my eyes filled …and exhale. I feel like I’ve held my breath for the last 30 minutes reading this book. It’s been a journey, beautiful and tough in equal measure and I am left needing more from Billy and Scarlet, so much more. When will their next book be (rhetorical question). The warning at the beginning of the book is right, there are triggers for days but call me up to the challenge and in I went. Clever Penny lulled me in with ease for a while until my adrenaline started pumping, my eyes filled and my heart hurt. This is an emotive story to the power of 10 and everything about Scarlet in particular, is tragedy with hope; it was that hope that kept me going in this book. Amongst the tough and tragic is an engaging story of first love. What evolves between Billy and Scarlet is so tangible and everything lovely, that as a reader, I was on their side. Just as you get carried up in the lovely, it doesn’t matter because the story builds your trepidation, ready for the fall. Bonus time is that Cletus as a teen was pretty fun and this is a balm that will see you through the journey that this story takes you on. BEARD WITH ME was discomfort sliced with beauty and it has left me discomforted now after reading. That said, I am glad I did and I feel that through all these Winston Brother stories I have read, I really was in the dark about the depth of what had gone on between these two. This is a story worth your time and unsettling. Penny Reid wrote what is essentially a YA story but it felt more like contemporary romance because that is where I’m used to seeing this family. I am a mixed ball of feelings and I know I’m going to be thinking about this for a while when really I just want to move on. It’s hard not getting the ending you want, but I am ready to wait for it even so. I voluntarily read an early copy of this book, thanks to the author.

  25. 4 out of 5

    tai

    check out my review on my blog! there’s a giveaway for paperback copies and a sneak peek of the book! https://tainasbookadventures.wordpres... "If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet." Anyone who knows me enough knows I have been anticipating Billy and Claire's book for a long time now. During all these months of waiting and wondering, rereading the other books in the series and then wondering some more, I cannot lie and say I wasn't scared - terrified is a bett/> check out my review on my blog! there’s a giveaway for paperback copies and a sneak peek of the book! https://tainasbookadventures.wordpres... "If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet." Anyone who knows me enough knows I have been anticipating Billy and Claire's book for a long time now. During all these months of waiting and wondering, rereading the other books in the series and then wondering some more, I cannot lie and say I wasn't scared - terrified is a better word - to find out what happened between Billy and Claire. You see, these two had so many hints dropped throughout the other books in the series, that It was hard not to wonder and plot and be excited. I am so pleased to say that this exceeded all of my expectations, went beyond anything I could've imagined. Let me start off by saying that yes, while this is a standalone and can be read before reading any other book in this series, I personally would recommend reading the other books before reading this one. Why? Well, half the reason why I loved this so much was because we were able to see a side of these characters that we had never seen before, and already being fond of them just made it 10x more special to me. So yes, while you can read this one whenever, reading it already knowing them gives you that extra something, that extra feeling, that I don't think you would feel otherwise. When it comes to the characters, finally getting a peak at what is going on inside Billy and Scarlet's brains after all of the other books where we only saw them as side characters was definitely a highlight for me. I always had an idea of how these characters were, what their personalities were like.... but, in so many ways, they still surprised me. Scarlet is, without a doubt, one of the strongest characters I know. To say she has had a crappy childhood would be the biggest understatement, but throughout it all, she remains positive. She doesn't let it kill her spirit. She still wants to make people smile and listen to their laughs by telling them jokes, she remains herself. And that just really spoke to me and made me love her even more. We got glimpses of her strength in the other Winston Brothers books, like when she helps Jessica rescue Tina from the compound in Truth or Beard, or of her kindness, like when she helps Jennifer in Beard Science while barely knowing her, no string attached, but the magnitude of those traits really shines in this book, and it genuinely inspired me. Billy, on the other hand, has always been the biggest puzzle for me. He was always one of my favorites, mostly because with the things we were already aware of about him, it was hard not to have a soft spot for his selfless and caring heart. This shows tenfold in this book. Everything he gave up to take care of his family, all the responsibilities he has to accept, responsibilities that no sixteen year old should have to carry on their shoulder. His love for his family shines throughout this story to the point where it blinds you.. That's the strength in which he loves his family. "Billy Winston, you're one of the good ones. You take my breath away. You've stolen my heart." No other quote describes my feelings for Billy as well as this one. Oh Billy. <3 With all of those responsibilities he carries on his shoulder daily, Billy has a hard time loosening up. Trusting. Being his age. But as he starts to spend more time with Scarlet, you see his armor be shed little by little, you see him loosen up and smile and you see him act sixteen years old, not thirty six. Billy and Scarlet are the definition of fierce first love. They fall for each other head first, and in an incredibly short period of time. But that's the thing with these two: it makes sense. Two broken teens, with so much burden on their shoulders at an already young age, who never met anyone who truly understood what they went through. Not until they meet each other. And the most beautiful thing about their relationship is that they become each other's comfort and safe place. Billy teaches Scarlet that it is ok to have dreams, while with Scarlet, Billy is finally able to loosen up. Finally able to forget his burdens and just be his age. Their story is beautiful, but so sad. It is sad because you can't help but think about what would've happened if circumstances had been different for these two. You can't help but look into their future and wonder if, things had gone differently, if their situation was different, maybe they would've been growing up together, maybe they would've built a family at this point. And thinking about these things not only makes me sad, but also excited for what comes next. For their happily ever after, that is more than deserved at this point. They truly earned it. Another thing I loved about this book was seeing a glimpse of the Winstons at a young age. Specially Cletus. Hearing about Cletus at fifteen and reading about it are two completely different things, and this was most certainly an experience for me. Seeing Bethany too, was such a highlight for me. I loved her so incredibly much in Beauty and the Mustache, and having more of her kind and strong self in this book was without a doubt a plus. I truly believe this is one of Penny Reid's best books. I've read almost everything by her so far, and this is definitely up there with one of her bests. A gift to anyone who loves the Winstons and would love to know about about their origins. About the past that shaped them into becoming the wonderful men we know and love. Without a doubt, this book just made me more excited for Billy and Claire's HEA. No one deserves to have a happy ending more than they do, and I am beyond excited to see them finally be with each other again after so many years so yearning and longing. I am so happy to see that most of my questions have been answered (I still have so many though!), but I am also so ready to see these character happy and together, finally. TW: please be aware that this book contains triggers. None of the scenes are explicit, but there are trigger warnings for physical abuse and animal abuse. Be careful! *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth Connolly

    A sweeping tale that breathes in the past and exhales the future. As a fan of all things Green Valley, this book is EVERYTHING. It's the origin of the Winston Family, and every reader of the series will love getting their grubby little hands on every single detail. The book contains so many comments sprinkled throughout that’ll make you smile, nod your head, and remember. Synapses will be firing and you’ll be connecting dots all over the place. You can see these future characters so easily in th A sweeping tale that breathes in the past and exhales the future. As a fan of all things Green Valley, this book is EVERYTHING. It's the origin of the Winston Family, and every reader of the series will love getting their grubby little hands on every single detail. The book contains so many comments sprinkled throughout that’ll make you smile, nod your head, and remember. Synapses will be firing and you’ll be connecting dots all over the place. You can see these future characters so easily in their younger selves. The Winston Family of the past is written flawlessly and only makes you fall deeper in love with them as a whole. The action and story develop so organically and fluidly that you feel like an observer. Like a time traveler visiting Green Valley, peeking in windows and hiding behind bushes...just taking it all in. Watching this epic love story begin, get its bearings, drown in sweetness, and finally lose its footing and come tumbling down. Much of the plot has been alluded to throughout the Winston Brothers series thus far. You know it's coming whether your heart wants to believe it or not. This book took so many of the Billy and Claire puzzle pieces that were scattered around and fit them into place. There are still some missing, and I'm greedy for those coming up as well. While Beard With Me is a departure from the Winston Brothers series of family dramedies, it still hits all the high notes: the love, the family, the humor, and the heart. The happily ever after is just coming a little later. So hold on just a little longer. AVAILABLE NOW!!! WoooHoooo! Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07... Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B... Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Beard-Me-Wi... Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/book/beard... Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bear... Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bear... Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view... Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/d... Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    I needed it…but, maybe not all of it I’m feeling battered and bruised after reading Beard with Me. For a lot of the story, I was contemplating just skipping to the end to get the info I needed. Thank goodness I didn’t read just that ending. I cried A LOT in the last chapter. The biggest problem and why I contemplated giving up, is that this story is pretty much YA. I’m not a fan of YA with all the high school drama, hormones, finding yourself and growing confidence in your decisions…stuff. I needed to read Bear I needed it…but, maybe not all of it I’m feeling battered and bruised after reading Beard with Me. For a lot of the story, I was contemplating just skipping to the end to get the info I needed. Thank goodness I didn’t read just that ending. I cried A LOT in the last chapter. The biggest problem and why I contemplated giving up, is that this story is pretty much YA. I’m not a fan of YA with all the high school drama, hormones, finding yourself and growing confidence in your decisions…stuff. I needed to read Beard with Me but I’m not sure I needed it to be full length. I wish there had been a CliffsNotes version, to be honest. I needed to understand William, see Billy the QB and know the Winston's ugly and tainted history. Sure, I was kind of interested in Scarlett/Claire but it's all about Billy Winston for me. I know some of the history and obviously we know bits and pieces of the Winston's history but I never imagined it could be this ugly. Beard with Me left me with some pretty dark thoughts. I absolutely HATED what these kids faced and lived through. I was having some pretty damn violent feelings toward the Wraiths and one douchewaffle, in particular, was in my sights. I'm glad/ content/ satisfied to know Billy and Scarlett's history but I will be even glad...er/ content...er/ satisfied...er to get to the happy ever after, sighs and smiles I've come to expect from the Winston Brothers series. This book made me feel...A LOT!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Blog Tour Post (live 10.4): http://bit.ly/2mKmqeh I have no words to really describe Beard With Me other than magical, endlessly loving and pure heartbreak. This story was absolutely magnificent and full of poignant feels and typical word sorcery that Penny Reid is known for. It is so smartly written and engaging that I did not want to stop reading for a minute. But it is also an emotional maelstrom where I was torn in so many different directions. I laughed, I cried and I weeped but moreover I was left desp Blog Tour Post (live 10.4): http://bit.ly/2mKmqeh I have no words to really describe Beard With Me other than magical, endlessly loving and pure heartbreak. This story was absolutely magnificent and full of poignant feels and typical word sorcery that Penny Reid is known for. It is so smartly written and engaging that I did not want to stop reading for a minute. But it is also an emotional maelstrom where I was torn in so many different directions. I laughed, I cried and I weeped but moreover I was left desperately needing more. I have loved this series from the beginning and could not jump aboard another Winston brother novel fast enough. I loved this story and can't wait for more! Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula 

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    “The last thing I ever want to be for you is a regret.” Oh, Penny Reid, damn near decimated our hearts with this one. With bruised and battered hearts, we sat pondering the story of Billy and Scarlet, two sweet beautiful souls, and our hearts ached for them both. This is a story you take time to reflect on; you really feel for these characters. Penny Reid outright warns, ‘this is not a romance’, and indeed it isn’t but what it is, is a love story, a story of strength and resilience, about bravery and k “The last thing I ever want to be for you is a regret.” Oh, Penny Reid, damn near decimated our hearts with this one. With bruised and battered hearts, we sat pondering the story of Billy and Scarlet, two sweet beautiful souls, and our hearts ached for them both. This is a story you take time to reflect on; you really feel for these characters. Penny Reid outright warns, ‘this is not a romance’, and indeed it isn’t but what it is, is a love story, a story of strength and resilience, about bravery and kindness amongst all the hate and cruelty in a world where two children who should have been protected by their fathers, live in fear of them. ‘It felt so good. It felt more than good. It felt like the beginning of something terrible and beautiful and dangerous and wonderful.’ This agonisingly heartbreaking story harboured a pain that spanned nearly twenty years and was a difficult story to read. We can only surmise the pain the author went through bringing this story to life, and we applaud her for telling it in all its raw, gritty, ugly and beautiful glory. Billy Winston – this boy – he made us believe that not all hero’s wear capes. He was written to perfection. To say we ‘enjoyed’ Beard with Me would seem a bit insensitive considering its content, but we did enjoy the insight into two characters who have intrigued us for so long, though nothing could have prepared us for their story. Nothing! It was utterly heartbreaking; many tears were shed. “You deserve the best, Scarlet. Only the best. And I swear, I will always mean every one of our kisses. Every single one. “ It did take us a little while to settle into the story which was no fault of Penny Reid’s, but more that we kept pausing to figure out how the pieces fit together later in the story. We then chatted and decided we were going to forget all that came after and concentrate on being present in this story, which was the right decision because it enabled us to become instantly swept up in the story. “This is a terrible story.” “Yeah. It is.” Billy Winston has always piqued our interest, an integral member of the Winston family, who always seemed to be on the periphery, and Scarlet (Claire) have been in our hearts since book one. What was their story? Why was there so much animosity between them? What occurred in their past that left such a lasting painful reminder more than twenty years on? Well, it’s all here and all we can say is…bring on Beard Necessities in November because we are desperate to follow this story to the end. Never have we wanted a couple to find love and happiness. These sweet souls deserve it! ‘…looking back, it seemed inevitable that I’d end up here, loving her.’ Beard with Me has many taboo subjects and we had to keep reminding ourselves of Billy and Scarlet’s tender ages, 16 and 14 respectively because they appeared so mature. Scarlet’s upbringing will reduce even the hardest heart to tears. Billy’s selfless nature will make a cynic believe. Despite the shitty hand she was dealt, Scarlet remained funny, sincere, sweet and innocent with a beautiful heart, who had painstakingly built a wall to mask her emotions and guard her heart and it would be Billy Winston, a beautiful, loyal and kind-hearted man managed to slip through the cracks. ‘I knew with absolute certainty; I’d dream of her and her spirit and her voice for the rest of my life.’ It was wonderful catching up with the Winston family in the early days – Cletus entertained us and later broke us, Jethro’s complexity enthralled us, Duane and Beau put a smile on our faces and little Roscoe stole our hearts. It was also lovely to spend time with the achingly sweet family matriarch Beth and explore her relationship with Ashley. But it was Billy and Scarlet who left their mark. Billy who had to fight through his life, Scarlet who had to fight every day to survive. ‘…this moment would have been an extremely meaningful one for understanding the sweet, noble, beautiful, but deeply complicated boy at my side.’ This was the story we always wanted but were in no way prepared for. We were rendered speechless breathed in with every word. Although acutely painful, it still maintained the warmth and wit synonymous with Penny Reid’s stories. The Winston’s with their quirks and quick tempers exude the family loyalty and love that continually steals a little more of our hearts with each book. Available to purchase below Amazon US Amazon UK Come and say hi, at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

    4.5 stars – I AM NOT OKAY!!!! Words can't describe how much I need Beard Necessities in my life. Right now. If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet. I stayed up until 1AM finishing BwM up, and it was so worth it. I knew I would love Billy and Scarlet, and Penny Reid didn't disappoint. Even though this origin story wasn't quite as angsty or heartbreaking as I expected (except in the last 15% of the book, which was hit after hit to the heart), I lov/>If 4.5 stars – I AM NOT OKAY!!!! Words can't describe how much I need Beard Necessities in my life. Right now. If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet. I stayed up until 1AM finishing BwM up, and it was so worth it. I knew I would love Billy and Scarlet, and Penny Reid didn't disappoint. Even though this origin story wasn't quite as angsty or heartbreaking as I expected (except in the last 15% of the book, which was hit after hit to the heart), I loved getting to see how Billy and Scarlet met and fell in love for the first time as teens. Their friends-to-lovers story is sweet, slow, and so beautiful. I hurt for their family struggles but the love they found in each other made me so happy, even when I knew it wouldn’t end happily. If you love the Winston family, you will be seeing them in all their glory in BwM! This origin story gives us a great insight on how this family grows up and especially how Billy loves and takes care of all of them. I really just wanted to give this boy a great big hug for all the sacrifice and work he puts into caring for his family. My heart ached for Scarlet and her loneliness. It's not easy growing up as the daughter of an MC president, with parents who couldn't care less about you. But she finds a new family in Billy and the Winstons, which makes it all the more heartbreaking when you know that her love story doesn't end well, at least for now. Can you tell how much I love Scarlet and Billy? They are on their way to becoming my favorite couple of the series, and we haven't even gotten their actual book yet. These are two wonderful humans who deserve the best of things, not least of which is a second chance at love, which I am SO READY FOR!!! Quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change in the final version. Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review. Amazon Ebook: https://amzn.to/2zpVkf1 Liked this review? Subscribe to Booklovers For Life for more!

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