Beard Science by Penny Reid: Review

Beard Science by Penny Reid: ReviewBeard Science by Penny Reid
on October 11th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Humorous, Romance
Pages: 384

Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

'Beard Science' is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.

Stacia says…

After reading the first book in this series, Truth or Beard, and getting to know a little more about the Winston brothers-I have been dying to read Cletus’ book. I mean each Winston brother is special in his own way, but Cletus is just flat-out intriguing.

“I don’t like to judge people. I love it.”

Cletus is witty, at times devious, very mysterious, and definitely in control. Being in control is his comfort zone and he knows how to “manipulate” people (he doesn’t like the term blackmail) to get favors out of them. He uses these favors to help his brothers or a few of the people he has allowed into his life.

“You’ll know one day Cletus. You’ll discover what it’s like to find the other part of yourself. You’ll know it’s her, only her, always her. Maybe not right away, but eventually you’ll know. She’ll be your beginning, middle, and the end.”

Jennifer Sylvester is a pillar of the word obedient. At twenty-two years old she still lives with her VERY controlling parents and allows them to make every decision in her life. They decide what she wears, if she can date, where she can go, etc, etc. I mean it’s beyond ridiculous and so it’s very understandable that she is ready to live her own live.
When she catches clever Cletus Winston on tape taking something that doesn’t belong to him she sees the perfect opportunity to get his help even if it means a little extortion is necessary. She doesn’t want anything too big… just a husband.

“He was remarkable, and yet he was determined people think of him as mediocre.”

I loved LOVED watching Jenn change into the person she always should have been. The best was watching her slowly get a backbone and stand up to her verbally abusive parents. They were really so awful to her! But the changes Jenn made started out slowly and almost had an innocence to them, like she was seeing the world for the first time-largely in part due to Cletus. These scenes were SO well-written and had me between laughter, at times swooning, and then they just warmed my heart.

“She was so beautiful, my Jennifer. And not because of her eyes, or face, or any other outward attributes. The person she was held me transfixed.”

While I have loved every book in this series, I think this one might be my favorite! I couldn’t resist falling for Cletus and all of his quirks. I can’t wait for more of the Winston brothers and I am secretly hoping Billy is next!!



About Penny Reid

SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.