Saturday, June 17, 2017

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid (audiobook)

Title:  Truth or Beard
Author: Penny Reid
My Rating: A
Narrator: Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Winston Brothers #1
Main Characters: Duane and Jessica
Release Date: November 2015 (audiobook)
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
13 hrs 39 mins

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 advisory, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

My Review:
Overall: 4.5
Performance: 4.75
Story: 4.25

Like all of Penny Reid's books, this is one that just makes you happier for having read it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. 

This series is set around the Winston boys...there are six of them (and a sister who's story was featured in a previous series...I need to go back and read her story). This particular story features Duane. He's one of the identical twins. 

Her entire life Jessica has had a HUGE crush on Beau, the other half of this identical twin duo. Oops...you can see where the beginning of this story begins. Because Jessica has never had any feelings, but disdain for Duane. They grew up together and he was always her tormenter. He never meant it to be vicious, but that's not how Jessica saw his treatment. As a result, she really doesn't like him, although he's been half in love with her most of his life (unknowingly, to her).

The other real conflict to the possibility of them forming a relationship is that Jessica isn't planning on staying. She is a girl with wanderlust. She has huge plans of traveling the world. It's her dream, and she won't settle. And honestly...and this is why I ADORE Duane...Duane doesn't want her to sacrifice her dream either. He doesn't want to hold her back, but his roots in this community are deep. He can't leave. He has an automotive business that he runs with his brothers. They're counting on him to continue there. 

I love how the relationship progressed...from enemies to impossiblities to possibilities to all the things that love means. It's a beautiful story with so many underlying emotions. My heart...Duane owned it, all the way through. He was the perfect hero.

It was a fun book...so fun that I immediately got online and ordered the two other audiobooks that were available (and the sister's story from the other series). I think I'm going to enjoy this entire series. Yippee!

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