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Beard Science: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Winston Brothers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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–Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Penny Reid’s Beard Science is awkwardly and wonderfully odd, and no carefully selected combination of adjectives can adequately communicate the mind-bending deliciousness of this thoroughly enjoyable book.”
–All About Romance
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- ASIN : B01LOX4U9I
- Publisher : Cipher-Naught (October 11, 2016)
- Publication date : October 11, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 653 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 424 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,953 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reid has a knack for writing weird, quirky, sneakily intelligent, relatable characters. Cletus is all of the above, tenfold. I loved his sweet side. I loved his smarty-pants side. I loved his intelligent side. And I for sure loved his quirky, yet weird side. His quirkiness makes me chuckle, a lot.
I mostly liked Jennifer's character. I mean, some of her actions and how her family treated her, I found hard to believe. It was almost like Reid wanted to take these certain stereotypes and magnify them. I don't know if it's just me overthinking it or what, but had they not felt so extreme, I would have been over the moon over the book in general.
This book is enjoyable, albeit a little slower moving than the previous books. I did find myself wanting to push the story along as it slowed down at times. Other than that, I enjoyed this one. I can't wait to get a chance to jump into the next book.
1. Cletus isn't what he appears to be.
2. Cletus has a severe dislike of bullies.
3. Cletus likes to tinker--with cars and with people.
4. Cletus is the second most dangerous man in Green Valley.
If you thought Cletus Winston was sweet, stupid and benign, then congratulations, you bought into what he was trying to sell you.
But Jennifer Sylvester knows the truth. She knows Cletus for the judgmental, vindictive and clever devil he is. He's the only man that can help her.
Cletus has things to do. He's got wild boar hunting and sausage making to be seeing to. He's got an important talent show in Nashville and he's got a motorcycle gang to destroy. He doesn't have time to indulge the Banana Cake Queen in her blackmail schemes. But her need and his ingrained compulsion to right wrongs causes him to agree to help her. He's just going to give her the help she really needs and not the help she thinks she needs.
I love me some Winston men. *Cue sigh*
I love the Winstons and Cletus is currently sitting at my #1. My love for Billy is still strong--and good news for all of you Billy-Lovers, Billy's featured heavily in this book and he's fantastic.
Not only do we get a perfect love story for Cletus, we get hints about Beau's upcoming story, a few tantalizing glimpses into the Billy/Claire saga and we get to catch up with Jess and Duane, Drew and Ashley and Jethro and Sienna. There's a lot happening in Cletus' life and it's a joy to watch.
There was only one thing I was worried about going in to Beard Science: limp heroine. Cletus is a notorious scene stealer. Cletus could have a series strictly dedicated to his own thoughts and antics and I would be satisfied. I was sure that I would be disinterested in what ever was going on with his heroine, be annoyed that the whole book wasn't from his POV alone and completely unconvinced that he had a worthy woman. But guess what... my worries were totally unnecessary. JENNIFER IS AMAZING.
If you thought Jennifer Sylvester was pathetic and insipid, then you were wrong. Heck, Cletus was wrong and Cletus is never wrong. Her aspirations might not be to become a Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist or to take The Food Network by storm, but she's smart, observant and has a sweetness and charity about her that you wouldn't expect given her situation.
No one really sees Jennifer. No one really knows Jennifer.
Cletus shows people only what he wants them to see.
But when they are together, they see into each others hearts and find beauty and love that everyone else overlooks and dismisses.
*Excuse me while I cry*
I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t want to post any spoilers, but this book baffles me in excellent ways.
How’d that happen? - How did I go from enjoying Jennifer (the heroine) to being annoyed by her, to smirking with her, to befriending her all within the first 1/3 of the book. And from that point on, I kept on loving her. Seriously, that girl kept on getting better.
This books is epic, like Benhur EPIC - Right when I thought I knew where the book was going, it transformed into something I wasn’t expecting. And the great thing was, there was no stupidity. For the amount of plot and the character development, it really should have been Gone With The Wind long. It wasn’t, but yet, the story was so rich and fulfilling, like the most decadent cake ever. I want to go into more detail, but once again, I’m not spoiling it for anyone.
All in the family - When some authors write a series, it’s almost a chore to read because they re-introduce couples, or make their entrance into the story seem forced, like the Seinfeld finale. With Beard, it flowed, and more importantly, the secondary characters added so much richness to the plot. You have to love a family who enjoys fine sausage, and shares their sausage with the community.
Geeky Heart - I love stories where I feel I grow as a person, and Jennifer is the Janie kind of nerdy who makes the ride fun. She is more than she appears. She has depth and skills no one knows about. This is a story about looking beneath the surface, breaking out of comfort zones, owning who you are, and finding your tribe.
So in summary, I loved it. It is Cletus-worthy, which is saying a lot.
Top reviews from other countries
WHY DID I NOT START THIS BOOK EARLIER AHH!!!! This book is Amazing, with a capital A!! We first meet Cletus in book number one "Truth or Beard". He is the third oldest brother and is famous in Green Valley for his sausage (yes an actual sausage, get your mind out of the gutter haha) and this sneakiness. As Jennifer pointed out "Cletus Winston was the sneakiest, most manipulative, most powerful and as far as I'm concerned, the most Dangerous man in Eastern Tennessee".
I absolutely love Cletus Winston, I loved him from book one when he introduced us to his famous sausage. We see a different level to Cletus, within this book his walls come down and we see a more vulnerable side to him as he helps Jennifer. Jennifer is the Banana cake queen, she is known for her delicious banana cake and her "costumes". Living a very sheltered life Jennifer needs to break free from her parents. The only person she can think of to help her with this situation is Cletus Winston.
The audiobook is also amazing.
“Stay away from the normals, the small-minded people who fill their brains with small-minded pursuits, who blend in and keep up with the Joneses. Those people will tear you down and make you boring. Instead, surround yourself with the weirds. With the misfits, oddballs, and outcasts. Because the normals, bless their hearts, have no idea how to have fun.”
I thought I knew Cletus quite well but I found there was so much more to know about him. I'd never seen vulnerable, out of control Cletus before and it was such fun and quite lovely to see him this way. It would easy for any heroine to be overshadowed by the huge personality that is Cletus but even the initial, quiet and silent Jennifer was able to punch though the bearded spotlight. I liked and then grew to love Jennifer and her transformation. The only painful process being the constant longing for cakes; as I read it over six days, that's six days of needing cake.
The storyline had substance, the chemistry was subtle for a while until it simmered to boiling point. These two were magical together and I enjoyed the restraint and freedom both. There was a most emotional scene between the brothers and sister that had me misting up. I love this family who I'm coming to know quite well and I definitely want more.
This book is the best till now. Our very own, very much loved and personal mastermind Cletus Winston finally gets his HEA with The Banana Cake Queen Jennifer Sylvester.
Jennifer has had a hard life and wishes to break out of it and to do so she seeks out the help of Cletus who she has been observing over the years and who she is sure is a person who can make anything possible. :D So for seeking his help she BLACKMAILS him.
Cletus being Cletus has his curiosity piqued and gradually starts falling for the shy, soft and kind Jennifer. This book is full of awe and wow moments. It leaves you feeling empty and sad that it's over. I'm still in funk over the book!
Loved this book, characters, situations and most of all the ending and epilogue. Might re-read it soon when I have Cletus-withdrawal symptoms. Now waiting for Beau and Shelly's book....
Much like Cletus’ sausage, Penny Reid has a winning recipe when it comes to her Winston brothers series. This delicious morsel of contemporary reading hooks readers with its tasty storylines, delicious characters and an aftertaste that leaves us salivating for more.
On the menu this time has to be one of my most anticipated characters, Cletus Winston. From his very first introduction he commandeered the limelight with his scene stealing antics, and I've waited impatiently for his turn front of house.
If there's one thing we do already know about Cletus, it's that he's wiley, sneaky and has his fingers in many suspect pies - all in the name of protecting his family. He also has an persona as a somewhat oddball, which he's more than happy to use to his advantage.
Someone who isn't falling for any of Cletus' tricks is one of the Towns most underrated and underestimated residents, Jennifer Sylvester. For she is onto Cletus and as dangerous as she thinks he maybe, he's just what she needs to shed her unwanted skin.
They form an unlikely alliance, (which just so happens to be one of my favourite pairings), and what ensues is a robust, lively romance that appeals to my sweet tooth and my harm warming sentiments.
Penny once again delivers a stella dish that has me sending my compliments to the chef.