July & August Reads

Hello!!! I really need to be better at posting. I’ve been looking at my pc for days and days, but I’ll be 100% honest. After spending way over 8 hours a day in front of my PC working in cooperate? Yeah, I don’t really wanna open my personal PC… But then I miss this… *sigh*

So, when I last posted I mentioned I was going to re-read the Winston Brothers series, and that’s exactly what I did in July. I devoured the full series and it still stands true that this is one of my all time favourite series. It’s not easy for all the books in a series to be consistently good, especially with such different characters, but these brothers (and sister) are amazing.

I rated all books between 4 and 5 stars (just like the first time I read them). The narration makes these books that much better. I understand audiobooks might not be for everyone, but Cletus… ❤

Right before I finished the series above, I started Hot Stuff by Max Monroe, while waiting for my first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, so I also finished it quickly and found it enjoyable. I don’t know why, but it didn’t hit quite like the first book in the series, but overall really enjoyable.

I felt like the whole conflict of the book, and the hesitancy of Lauren to tell her father she was with Garrett, lasted way too long. Not the best resolution either. But other than that, super funny book, as usual for Max Monroe.

At this point I had on my Scribd a book series that I loved, but had never finished, because it was fantasy, and I hadn’t read a fantasy book in years. Much less listened to one. So I was highly intrigued, and decided to embark on the journey of listening to whole ACOTAR series.

And OH MY GOD! I had missed fantasy and hadn’t even realized it. I missed the world building and the different world rules, and Rhys…

I had read both the first and second book back in the day, but never had read ACOWAR, and I realized I did not remember a lot of things, so this was a whole experience. I was honestly a big hesitant to listen to it in audio form, as until this point, I’ve been sticking to romance in audio, but I was honestly super pleasantly surprised.

My thoughts at this point while reading book 1 were “WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING WHEN I REALLY LIKED THIS CHARACTER?” eheh!! So let me just sum up my feelings (just skip it if you don’t want spoilers):

  • Why did I ever liked Tamlin?
  • Lucien needs to grow a spine
  • I understand Lucien cannot do more – he has nothing
  • Lucien deserves better
  • WTF Tamlin and the whole thing under the mountain?
  • Rhys ❤
  • Rhys and Feyre need to communicate better
  • Nevermind previous point
  • I love Nesta – she’s a bit**, but she’s awesome
  • Feyre… WOW
  • I like Elain in 1 scene… ONE
  • Azriel needs a happy ending…
  • … and it better not be with Elain
  • Highly intrigued about Eris…
  • Again, Lucien deserved better
  • Helion, I need more of Helion
  • Tamlin :@
  • Nessian… ❤ cute
  • We need more Mor
  • 500 years with your family carrying that without trusting them enough to be open about it. I don’t understand…
  • … so I need more Mor
  • Azriel deserves better
  • A Court of Silver Flames… oh well… it just went from mildly spice, to holy sh**
  • Emerie and Gwyn and Nesta ❤ loved the friendship

Now I have a problem… I really want the following books 😦 Guess it’s the waiting game now.

At this point my Tik Tok‘s algorithm was showing me plenty of smut… I guess spending time entering book tok because of Nessian does that to the thing. So I didn’t know what to read next. Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels) had just become available on Scribd, so I listened to it during 1 afternoon.

This was my least favourite book of the series so far, the instalove did not work for me at all. It took me awhile to feel the connection between the characters, and it did not help that Keir’s actions were not consistent. I just was not sold :(, which left me sad because I do love Lisa Kleypas books.

This is the moment I don’t quite know what happened, and I started to read a series I thought I would never ever ever touch… but more to that on my next post 😉 …

Blog Tour: Dr. Strange Beard (Penny Reid)

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Dr. Strange Beard, an all-new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is available NOW!

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second — and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.

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Review:

Oh, I had missed the Winston Brothers! I was waiting, not so patiently for this book, and I’m quite happy with the result 😀 😀 😀 .

You must know by now that I’ve loved all the books in this series. I love the family, and I love the world that Penny Reid created with these amazing people. Once again, she was able to create 2 amazing characters, with their own personalities, and quirks, and they’re both amazingly unique.

It took me awhile to get into Roscoe and Simone, but once I did, I liked everything about it. I have to say that the time jump at the beginning of the book was very confusing, but I really loved to see everyone again.

The plot, once again, was extremely unique, like all of Penny’s books, and I’m becoming addicted to them. I just want to know more!

Guys, I’m not saying anything else. If you’ve read the rest of this series, read this one now. If you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for???

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Excerpt:

“Simone, this is not one of our adventures from when we were kids. This is not finding Blithe Tanner’s cat. These men are murderers, drug dealers, thieves.”

“I know.” Boy oh boy, did I know. I didn’t want to be here anymore than he did. I was frightened. Yet allowing Roscoe to be taken on his own hadn’t been an option. “I can handle myself, and I can provide backup for you, if you need it.”

Roscoe gripped my shoulders. “Nothing can happen to you, do you understand?” His words were emphatic, his gaze disoriented, desolate, frantic. “If anything happens to you, I’ll . . .” He swallowed, apparently unable to finish the sentence.

My heart twisted to see him like this. I wished there were some way to show him what I could do, what I was capable of, so he would stop seeing me as a liability.

Well, why can’t you?

“Huh.”

Now there was a thought.

Stepping out of his grip, I walked backward to the other side of the room and took a deep breath. “Okay. Come at me.”

He blinked. “What?”

“I want you to come at me.”

“Simone,” he seethed.

“Come at me, bro.” I did that little movement with my fingers, my palm turned upwards. “Come at me or I’ll start singing again.”

“I’m not doing this.”

“Fine.”Frustrating. “I’ll come at you.”

He stood there, features set, looking raw.

Moving quickly forward, staying light on my feet, I faked right and then went left, hooking him behind the back of his leg, catching his arm to twist behind his back, and sending him to the ground — face-first — with a thud.

I winced as he grunted, my knee at the base of his spine, his arm restrained behind his back. “Sorry! But you wouldn’t listen to me.” Leaning forward, I whispered in his ear, “Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

Roscoe’s back and shoulders rose and fell with an expansive breath, like he was about to respond, but in the next moment he’d spun his legs to the right, leveraged my knee on his back to throw me off-balance, and slipped his wrist from my hold.

In my defense, my grip had been lax as I was purposefully trying not to injure him.

The next thing I knew, Roscoe had me pinned to the ground, air knocked out of me, him hovering above, and my gun digging into my ribs beneath my shirt. He’d been careful to subdue my legs, likely so he wouldn’t end up with a bruised ballsack.

His stare more probing than angry — which I took as a good sign — he said, “I didn’t teach you that. Where’d you learn that?”

Even though I was still coughing, I smiled and rasped, “Since college, take judo.”

He nodded faintly, his eyes moving between mine, looking concerned. “Are you okay? Did I hurt you?”

“No.” Endeavoring to catch my breath, I said, “I took it easy on you because I didn’t want to hurt you either, but I’m an asset, not a liability.”

“You’re definitely an asset.” Roscoe frowned, his gaze dropping to my mouth. “And a distraction,” he said, his voice rough.

“I’m a distraction?” I asked, my words still breathy.

I bucked, but he held me fast.

“Yes. . .” His stare turned inward. “You are most definitely a distraction.”

Even though I’d had plenty of time to recover and we’d been holding still for close to a minute, I was still breathing hard. This might have been because of my lingering irritation. Or, maybe it was because the length of Roscoe’s lean body was lying on mine. He held my hands on either side of my head, our faces even, his mouth just inches away.

Was it insane that I hoped he kissed me?

Yes?

No?

Let’s go with no.

He gave me his eyes again and I saw something there, a battle. He looked undecided, at war with himself, straining against something I couldn’t see.

“Roscoe?” I whispered.

Roscoe closed his eyes, and I thought he was going to let me go, but in the next second his lips descended, capturing my mouth in a tender kiss.

I moaned.

I kissed him back.

That’s what one does when Roscoe Winston kisses one. Moan and kiss. Repeat. Because not doing so would be a travesty.

His hold on my hands slacked, his fingers seeking and threading with mine. He settled his hips between my legs, his form relaxing. The weight of him was different now, warmer somehow. At least I felt warm. I also felt cherished as his tongue sought mine, again tenderly, stroking, causing my abdomen to twist and tighten into delicious knots.

He broke the kiss and a protest died on my lips as his mouth trailed down my jaw to the sensitive skin of my neck, sucking, licking, savoring me. What had felt warm and cherishing heated, and my hips tilted reflexively as he nibbled on my ear, cradling his rapidly growing erection.

We both gasped as his hips rocked in an answering yet inelegant movement. It felt perfect and essential in the moment.

“Oh God.” His hot breath spilled against my jaw, a ragged sigh. “What are we doing?”

“I don’t know, but don’t stop.”


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Beauty and the Mustache (Penny Reid)

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston:

1) She has six brothers and they all have beards,
2) She is a reader, and
3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous — local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions — or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands — to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.


After reading all the books that are out about the Winston Brothers, I decided to read the original book that gave way to those fantastic ones, the prequel, the book about Ashley, the only girl in the Winston clan.

Like I mentioned before, I did read the first book in the Knitting in the City series, Neanderthal seeks Human, and it didn’t quite blow me away, but this one I liked a lot more. Maybe because I was already so invested in the characters and I already knew Ash and Drew well, and liked them too.

But I will say that I wasn’t impressed by the way this book started out. Ashley goes home after being away for 8 years, to take care of her mom who is sick. I already knew that… what I didn’t know was how when she stayed away for those 8 years, she cut ties with all her brothers. As in, she didn’t speak with them, she hardly saw them, and she never asked her mom about her own siblings. DAMN! That hurt! Because I had read the other books first, I KNEW how amazing those boys were, so the fact that she was being all mean and shit was not right. But I had to try and pretend I didn’t know any of that, and see it from her perspective, and while I still thought it was all a bit bullshit, I got it a little bit… just a little.

Once I sort of got over this, and Ash did as well, I really liked her. I liked how fiercely she loved her mom and her friends, and even her brothers. I really liked how she strived for more, and made her own path. Drew is still a bit of a mystery, but he’s a man of a few words, so that was to be expected. Still, the fact that even though he had such strong feelings for Ash, but wasn’t willing to be in her way, warmed up to him. He was kind of dreamy!

The romance was well constructed and ran so deep. It was really amazing to see their relationship grow in such a turbulent time. Sweet and fun and sexy. Awesome!!!

But a few things were weird for me. I had to keep reminding myself that this book was written before the sequels, because there were so many things that my brain keep telling me were sort of wrong. Like the fact that no one seemed to be aware of Cletus brain power, or the fact that Billy and Jethro got along so well.

Overall, super sweet and enjoyable romance, that made me a tiny bit curious to read the rest of Knitting in the City series… I might have to give it a shot after all.

Check out all my reviews for the Winston Brothers:

Truth or Beard | Grin or Bearded it | Beard Science| Beard in Waiting | Beard in Mind

Blog Tour: Beard in Mind (Penny Reid)

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Beard in Mind, an all new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Penny Reid, is available NOW!

All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

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

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

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.

She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

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


Review:

This book was a huge surprise. Somehow, I was expecting Beau’s book to be all fun and games, and what I got was the most serious and deep book of this series. This book made me cry like crazy instead of laugh.

Once again the writing was wonderful, but this book definitly felt very differently than the others on this series. This book is mostly told through Beau’s POV, and we only get Shelly’s perspective when she’s in the doctor’s office. While I understood the need for it to be this way, I also felt like I was missing something. I wanted to see a bit of Shelly’s day to day life through her own head. I wanted to read her struggles in real time. But either way, I liked that I got at least the bits and pieces in those sessions.

I really liked the two main characters, though I wanted to see a bit more of Beau too, what I did see of these 2, I liked. I loved Shelly, how wonderful she was, how trusting and willing, even through all her issues. How she didn’t hide from who she was. She was brave and beautiful. Beau is great, but I already knew that, because I’ve been seeing bits and pieces of him for several books. But I really liked how supportive he was of Shelly. How he SAW HER! 

Obviously I really liked the connection and the romance between these two characters. But most than anything I loved that the romance wasn’t used as a cure for Shelly’s issues. Beau helped her deal and adapt, but it was her battle, her refrigerator, and he was just handing her the tools when she wanted them. I LOVED THIS MESSAGE! You have to do you, and work on you. No one can do that in your place. You can only be supportive of the other person and be there for better or worse, and that’s what these two did for each other. A thousand times yes!

Of course I would have liked more to the story, especially I would have liked some closure and some sense of answers about the future. But we are still 2 books away from the end, and I hope that the next 2 books will give me closure about all the couples I love so much.

Also, I kind of saw that shitstorm coming, but I’m so excited about it. It just made things even more interesting, eheh.

I’m gonna ask again… Why haven’t you guys started this series yet?
It is seriously fantastic!


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She’d taken the sofa, in her own house, and given me the bed. That didn’t make a lick of sense.

I crouched next to her, threading my fingers into the silky hair at her temples. “Honey.”

“Mmm.”

I bent to whisper, “Shelly.”

“Hmm?”

“I’m going to carry you to your bed. I’ll take the sofa.”

“Mmm.”

I grinned at her soft noises, at the untroubled expression on her face, and how her brow — even in sleep — still looked regal and stern.

Sliding my arms under her legs and shoulder, I picked her up. And, unfortunately, that woke her up.

She jerked in my arms. “What are you doing?”

“I’m taking you to the bed.”

“Don’t do that.”

“I don’t mind, I’ll take the sofa.” Our mouths were just inches apart, and hers was distracting.

She squirmed. “Put me down.”

Sighing unhappily, I did. I set her on her feet next to the couch. The blanket pooled at her feet and I stepped back to give her some space. It was dark, but I could see her just fine, and that meant I had to force my eyes to remain above her neck. The woman was wearing two pathetic scraps of fabric as pajamas. A thin little tank top and shorts. That’s it.

I set my jaw and turned to the side, waiting for her to walk past.

“Where are you?”

I glanced at her and realized she couldn’t see at all. She didn’t have a hand out, but the way her eyes were moving about the room gave away her blindness.

“I’m here.” I didn’t touch her, because if I did, I wouldn’t want to stop.

Shelly turned her head in my direction and took a deep breath. Still she didn’t reach for me. I didn’t know the specifics of what to expect after her Friday session, but I recalled Dr. West saying something about Shelly doing self-guided ERP exercises over this week.

“Can you see?” She licked her lips, her voice sandpapery. “Because I can’t see at all. It’s so dark.”

“I can see.” Unbidden, my eyes dropped to her body, to the swell of her breasts, the panel of bare stomach, the curve of her hips. Pinpricks of heat raised over my skin and I curled my hands into fists.

She shuffled forward and I caught her before she bumped into me, setting my hands gently at her waist.

“Let me take you to your room.” My voice was rough, for obvious reasons.

Saying nothing, she brought her hand to my forearm, her body gently colliding with mine. And then her hand on my arm slid up my bicep to my shoulder.

“Shelly.” I was running out of breath.

“I like this.”

“What?”

“Touching you.”

Oh fuck.

I held still and endured her hands moving over my body, down the front of my shirt, stopping at the hem, then pushing it up.

“Take this off.”

I did. I pulled the T-shirt over my head and let it drop to the floor.

We stood there, facing each other in the dark, not touching. Despite the session on Friday and the progress that had been made, I realized she wasn’t quite there yet. Dr. West was right, Friday was just a step, the first step. Shelly wasn’t able to initiate contact. Not yet.

Her hands balled into fists and she swayed forward, her breath struggling little puffs.

If anything was going to happen tonight, I had to initiate it. I had to be the one to touch first.

God, how I wanted her. How I wanted her above me, beneath me, surrounding me. But how could I?

“I know why I hesitate,” her voice was breathless, “but why do you hesitate?”

“Lots of reasons.”

“Give me one.”

“I don’t want to you use you.”

“I wish you would.”

That pulled a laugh from me, just a small relief from the mounting tension. My eyes moved over her body, an undeniable impulse to devour the sight of her, her legs, stomach, chest, then up her neck to her lips.

“You asked me on Saturday if sex was a big deal for me, or if it was you. The answer is both.”

She held very still, and I got the sense she was holding her breath, straining to listen.

“You are a big deal to me. I don’t want a fling. I don’t want a flirtation. I want promises.”

“What can I promise you?”

That you’ll love me. That I’ll be your priority.

She shifted her weight from foot to foot. A spike of anxiety that she might leave me like this had me acting without forethought. I lifted my hands to her waist again and immediately, her fingertips skimmed over skin of my lower stomach in response, making my muscles tense in hot anticipation. She grew more assertive as she caressed my sides, abdomen, ribs, chest, shoulders, and then back down.

Shelly stepped closer, a hint of thrilling contact between her breasts and my torso, and all the words and worries melted from my mind, died on my tongue, suffocated by the feel of her body, and the possibility of this moment.

Her finger hooked in the waistband of my jeans. “Take these off.” Her hand turned, her fingers and palm cupping me over my zipper.

Instinctively, I pressed myself into her touch even as I grabbed her wrist.

“Beau, I promise—”

She didn’t get to speak, because I kissed her, hard and wild, unbuttoning and unzipping my fly with one hand and bringing her palm inside my boxers with the other.


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Beard in Waiting (Penny Reid)

A Long scene/short story featuring two unlikely characters from the Winston Brothers series.


When I started this I thought it was a novella, but in truth it is a very very short story about 2 very unexpected characters.

Are you ready to know about who the book is? I need to talk about it, otherwise I cannot actually review this scene, eheh. So this story is about Diane, Jennifer’s mom. And… Repo… yep, Repo. If you’ve been reading the series you might be thinking right about now: “damn, these people are all related somehow“, and I say, yep, it seems so, eheh.

I didn’t really like Diane on Beard Science, even though she kind of redeemed herself towards the end, the way she treated Jennifer throughout all her life, was a huge no no for me. Yes, I hated her daddy more, because he implied all the time that she was dumb and so on, but Diane’s treatment of her daughter wasn’t that much better. So, I’m glad to say that she grew on me on this short story, because I felt like she was truly trying to be better for Jenn. But I do like Repo, and I want better for him than that club, so I hope this was the beginning of something, and that by the end, we actually see these two together and happy and NORMAL, because they both deserve that.

Overall, a very cute very short story, I wish it was just a  bit MORE.

Beard Science (Penny Reid)

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.


CLETUS WINSTON!!!

This was definitly my favorite book of this series so far, and I think that’s because Cletus Winston and Jennifer Sylvester are over the top AMAZING characters. I already thought Cletus was fantastic, I love how his mind works, how smart he is, how he analyses the situations and schemes and plots. He’s hilarious, smart and overall super entertaining.

But I was surprised to see a great match for him in Jennifer. Just like Cletus, she’s an observer, so she SEES everything and everyone, EVERYTHING. And she never ceases to amaze me throughout this book.

The plot was my favorite too, because blackmail is always fun, and the goal for each of them was great and hilarious. Jennifer wanted a husband so she could be free of her controlling parents, Cletus decided she would grow a backbone. And she does! I loved to see Jennifer flourish throughout this book, becoming more assertive and herself, letting her personality, wants and dreams shine. And in the meantime, it was so much fun to see Cletus realize all along that his preconceived notions were all wrong, and the right person for him was right there all along.

These two made the cutest couple!

And again, the family element to this series is beyond fantastic. In each book was see a little bit more of the siblings, supporting and helping each other, and I’m still so darn curious for Billy’s book…

This series is a real treat, and this book is a winner. So, guys, why haven’t you started this series yet? What are you waiting for?

Grin and Beard It (Penny Reid)

Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?


You guys might have caught on as to how much I loved her first book in this series, Truth or Beard, right?! Well… I think I loved this one even more.

I’m gonna admit that I’m a bit tired of my reviews, I seem to repeat the same words a lot. So for this one I’m doing a list of what made this book awesome.

1. The humour! It was one of my favorites things on the first book, and I think this one was even better, mostly from Sienna’s POV, because that girl was so darn funny. Granted… she was supposed to be.

2. Sienna. I love when books represent real woman. And by “real”, in this case, I mean a size 14, with curves. Sienna was called fat by a lot of people, especially in the movie industry and she never let it bother her. She was unapologetic about who she was, and what she looked like and I loved her for it. She liked to eat, she loved her body, and she didn’t take shit. HELL YEAH!

3. Jethro. I’m a sucker for second changes, and this guy got a second chance in live, and strived to do better, for himself and for his family. He was awesome and so hard working and calm and caring and balanced. AMAZING.

4. Family. The family aspect of these books is still my favorite thing, because those people love each other fiercely, they joke, they fight, they bond, but they always support each other.

5. Cletus interference… I love the 3rd oldest brother. He’s a hoot.

6. The romance was pretty amazing. I was a bit afraid at first, with Sienna being a big movie star and all, how exactly their romance was going to work. They booth adapted and did better, and they were just perfect for each other.

7. The lack of drama! Oh yeah, there is some mild drama during the book, some things here and there, but once they get together, they are together. They solve their issues, they talk, they support. I LOVE THIS.

So guys, I really likes this one, the brothers keep being amazing, and I’m loving every minute of this series. I’m now almost done with all the books that are already out, and I need Roscoe and Billy’s books ASAP!

Go read this series NOW!

Truth or Beard (Penny Reid)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | New Adult Bestseller

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?


I’ve had this book on my to read list for a long while. But it wasn’t until I received an ARC for book 4 on this series, that I thought that I had to read it STAT, and I’m so so glad I decided to start this series. I’ve now read the first 3 books of this series, plus a novella, and I’m absolutely loving this world, the characters, the relationships, the humour… I’m kind of in love with all the Winston’s brothers, and I can’t get enough of them.

A while back I had read the first book of Penny Reid’s series, Kitting in the City, Neanderthal Seeks Human, and while I enjoyed it, it was nothing compared to what I felt about this book. The writing is so much better on this one, maybe because one of the main issues I had with the other series was the vagueness of some stuff. That is definitly not a problem in this series.

I loved the humour, reading from Jessica and Duane’s perspectives was a blast. I LOVED IT! When I read the blurb, I was slightly afraid that I was going into a love triangle of some sorts, but I’m so glad that it was nothing like that… at all. The characters are all wonderful, Jessica is an amazing girl, even being a good girl, she had her moments of defying her father and brother, and I really liked that about her. I also loved that she knew herself so well, even when nobody from her family understood her wants and dreams. Obviously I liked Duane too… actually, I love all the siblings, and they’re definitly my favorite part of this series. Each has their own very defined and distinct personality, but they would do anything for each other, and that’s amazing. The friendship and bonds between them all is great.

I really really liked the romance, how certain Duane was about what he felt for Jessica, and her struggles with her own feelings, and how that might conflict with her life plans. So far, one thing is certain, once these brothers know what they want, they fight for it, and it’s a delight to read.

I’m so curious about the Iron Wraiths’ involvement in the major arc of these stories. I can’t wait to see where the motorcycle club ends, and how each member ends up too, but I’m very curious about some of them.

Guys, I’m gonna be honest here, I feel like this series is the perfect mix of good humour, great writing, great characters, amazing familial relationships, and awesome romance. So I cannot stress enough how much I believe everyone should give it a chance. I loved it.

August TBR

I did very well with my TBR for last month, and I finished most books there, except for one, that I did start. So, I hope I do as well this month… as I plan to read:

  1. The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Twisted Twosome by Meghan Quinn
  3. Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland
  4. Arm Candy (Real Love #2) by Jessica Lemmon
  5. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4; Winston Brothers #0.5) by Penny Reid
  6. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid
  7. Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid
  8. Beard in Waiting (Winston Brothers #3.5) by Penny Reid
  9. Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers #4) by Penny Reid
  10. Overruled (The Legal Briefs #1) by Emma Chase
  11. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies by Michael Ausiello
  12. A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) by Linda Kage
  13. Heartfall by J.B. McGee

Have you guys read any of these books? What are your thoughts?