[647]: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

23314731 Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers, #1
Caped Publishing | July 21st, 2015
Adult Fiction | Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


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 know, I know. I’m reading this series out of order. But the beauty of  The Winston Brothers is that the order doesn’t matter. Just read them lest you’ll miss out on this breed of bearded hotness. Also, have I mentioned how much I hate facial hair? Like, I make my husband shave as soon as I feel the prickles of his stubble. But for some reason, I can’t get enough of bearded men in my fictional world. Weird, huh?

This is the first book to The Winston Brothers series. It’s the story of  Duane, the other half of the twins in the family. While Beau can charm the habit off a nun, Duane, on the other hand, can exact the same results but with him being all broody and surly. Jessica James has been in love with Beau all her life. But in a case of mistaken identity, she found herself sexually molesting the wrong brother. To her horror, she’d mistaken Duane for Beau. She’d hated Duane for as long as she’s been in love with Beau. But after the shock wore off, Duane and Jessica acknowledged that there was something there no matter how firmly resolved Jess was to denying it.

What Jess doesn’t know was that Duane has been in love her from afar. He thought it was time for him to man up. But when he did, Jess was skittish at best for reasons other than that she in want with the wrong brother. See, Jess has grand plans of getting out of their Tennesse town and seeing the world. That’s why she doesn’t get involved in relationships. She doesn’t want to be tied down. So they make a deal. One year then they cut ties. Just like that. Snorts. As if that agreement ever works in the history of relationships. The world has other plans. Jessica slowly falls in love with Duane. Or maybe she’s always been. Maybe her resentment all these years belies the fact that she was obsessing over Beau because he was the safe one. They have other problems, though. Duane got himself tangled with the Skulls, the motorcycle club his dad was the president of years ago. Thanks to Jethro, he might have no choice but to break up with Jessica just to keep her safe. Other than the fact that the Skulls have threatened everyone that he loves, Duane also refused to be the reason for the death of Jessica’s dream.

You know, the plot may sound simple and something that’s been recycled into something else, but Penny has a way of giving life to her stories and characters that make them fresh to the readers’ eyes once again. Her novels have an immersive quality to it that’s a number one requirement in romance novels.  What I enjoy best about these novels is the family dynamics between siblings. They all have each other’s backs no matter what. I especially love Cletus and the way he watches out for all his siblings. He’s hilarious and slightly obsessed with his sausage (don’t ask). This series is so much fun. If you haven’t read any of Ms. Reid’s books, then you’re missing out on fantastic stories you’d want to keep going back to when you’re in need of a feel-good, laugh-out-loud reads. Highly recommended!