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Beauty and the Mustache: An Enemies to Lovers Romance (Knitting in the City Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00MRQJ5M4
- Publisher : Cipher-Naught; 1st edition (August 28, 2014)
- Publication date : August 28, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1403 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 438 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,427 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book started off funny, and I was happily chuckling along while catching the train to work. Imagine my embarrassment when my chuckles turned to tears. Hiding my face, sniffling discreetly, I was shocked that my emotions could go to such extremes. To be honest, I found the whole story a lot like that. I was high...then I was low.
Full credit must go to Penny Reid for writing such an amazing story, but I definitely think my experience was enhanced by the talents of the narrator. Her voice was easy to listen to, humorous and adaptable. I always knew when a character was changing and never struggled to understand what she was saying.
Loved Beauty and the Mustache and think this is my favourite in the series so far. Can't wait to listen/read more in the future.
I decided to start this series again, but in audiobook form and I’ve been enjoying it immensely. Penny Reid is definitely my favorite author. I am so glad that I happened to stumble upon on of her books.
I totally recommend this amazing read, whether in audiobook, ebook or physical copy.
Now this story is about Ashley Winston, it stars out with her abruptly leaving New York & flying back to Green Valley, Tennessee her place of birth. Because her mother is in the hospital and nobody knows why. The life she left behind in Tennessee when she left all those years ago, rears it’s ugly head back again. In the form of her hill billy brother, who made It their mission to make her life a living nightmare. Promising heart break and bad painful memories she doesn’t want to relive EVER.
Ashley has a plan, wake up find out what’s wrong with her mother, Fix it and go back to her life of reading and knitting with her girls back in new York. Tennessee has nothing to offer her and she couldn’t wait to leave it behind again.
But all that is threatened when she has a run in with the real life Viking of a man - DREW RUNOS - after an awkward encounter that ends with her petting his man nipples. She can’t help but fall for him and after receiving life changing news. His gentle quiet nature seems to be just what she needs.
But under all that quiet, is a man who loves to write poetry and can’t stop melting her butter ( favorite quote ever).
Not to mention that her brothers seem to not be the uncivilized, wild boys that they were all those years ago. But happen to all have jobs and some even own their own business.
With that in mind Ashley has a roller coaster of emotions and Tennessee turns out to be nothing she expected/
I just loved everything about those two, I think that penny couldn’t of chosen a better pair to belong together. This book literally made me cry multiple times, but it brought so much happiness to me as well.
I think that this book is my favorite out of all the books she has written, because I’m so glad she introduced the Winston brothers. I couldn’t help but fall in love with penny’s writing.
Ashley is on her way home to Tennessee, a home she couldn't wait to leave eight years ago after graduation. Her mom missed their daily phone calls, something that is so out of character that it worries Ash. Arriving at home she is being welcomed by her six brothers and a stranger, and boy, is that encounter awkward and hilarious. Between paying heed to the bathroom schedule her brothers have set up (as to not run into an awkward scene where one of them gives special attention to their salami) and caring for her terminally ill mother she also needs to get a grip on that pesky attraction she feels for Drew.
Ashley is a strong female lead. Feisty, warm, caring, witty and romantic. And tough because if you grow up with six rambunctious brothers a thick skin is essential for your survival. The pranks they played on her were terrible. It was lovely to see how Ashley got to know them anew, to experience how they doted on her now. Ashley is distrustful of men - a former beauty pageant contender she doesn't know many men who won't judge her by looks and her southern accent. And then there is Drew. It was a little heartbreaking that she didn't see what was right in front of her because of her hangups.
If you've read some of the Winston Brothers books by Penny Reid you know how adorable, peculiar, quirky and special they are. To imagine how the hell they raised when they were teenagers? It takes a strong mother to turn them into wonderful and good men. I felt for the Winston family when they were faced with the passing of their mother - Bethany was a mother bear with a gentle hand and the wisdom that comes with a life fully lived.
Drew? All the freaking swoons. He is one of those still waters that run deep. He is a poet with unassuming grace, friendly and his soul is as romantic as Ashley's. I want to gush about his chivalry, his sweetness, his devotion to Ashley but if you think you know Drew when you come to the last chapter of the book wait for the epilogue - his urge to possess, to consume Ashley and be consumed by her...wow. That was a one-up if I've seen one. He was a revelation until the end. This epilogue was one of the best I've ever read and a glimpse into the beautiful soul of Drew Runous.
Do yourself a favor and read the books in order (and in particular - read Knitting in the City before the Winston Brothers). Even if you are tempted to forego reading the earlier books - they will give you so much insight and the experience will be much richer.
Beauty and the Mustache is along with Love Hacked my favorite in this series and I hate rushing through the books instead of savoring them. I'll definitely re-read both series back-to-back at some point. I adore Penny Reid's writing. There is so much beauty in it, especially in this one, not just the poems themselves. The musings, the trains of thought, they are one beautiful piece of art. Thinking about this series coming to an end makes me said...but to quote a famous quote I found in Beauty and the Mustache:
'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.' - Dr. Seuss
Top reviews from other countries
Ashley goes home for the first time in eight years and finds that things are not as she left them. Her brothers have all changed, almost beyond recognition. Her momma is dying. And the mysterious Drew Runous seems to be very much a part of her family there in Tennessee.
The journey of discovery that Ashley goes on with Drew, set against the backdrop of her mother’s final days, is just exquisite. The developing relationship is like an onion: there are so many layers to it, the book peels them away one at a time allowing you to learn a little more about Ashley and the spectacular Drew.
Drew is a book boyfriend like no other. He is a cerebral, deep thinking, passionate, tortured soul who expresses himself best through his written words. He’s a poet and a writer and he makes this girl swoon! So much.
I can’t recall feeling so satisfied after finishing a book. It is just perfect.
This book straddles two series: Knitting In The City and The Winston Brothers. I can’t decide which one to read next. I can only hope they live up to the same high standard as this gem of a book.
Series: Knitting in the City #4 and Winston brothers 0.5
Author: Penny Reid
Main characters: Ashley Winston and Drew Runous
Basic story: Ashley Winston has a great life in Chicago – she was desperate to get away from her native Tennessee, and her band of idiotic brothers eight years ago. Settled in a good job with a close-knit circle of friends (excuse the pun – it wasn’t intentional), her life takes an uncertain turn when she gets the call that her mother is ill.
Returning to Tennessee to look after her mother forces her to reconnect with her six brothers – at one time her biggest tormentors. She also has to deal with family friend Dr. Drew Ruinous, an intense, poet and bearded park ranger, whom she can’t figure out. He seems to hate her on sight – at least, at the times when he isn’t looking at her like she’s a glass of water and he’s a VERY thirsty man. What’s up with that?
As Ashley learns about herself and absorbs her mother’s enigmatic advice, she comes to realise that Chicago may be where her life is, but life in Tennessee could also hold some exciting possibilities – if only Drew would finally lay his cards on the table and use those words he’s so good at capturing on paper…
Why you should read it: Because. Penny Reid. She’s fabulous and funny and whose poetry ‘will melt your butter.’ (A phrase that I will now be using constantly!) Her characters are well-rounded, complex and feature some familiar faces that you may have read about in earlier books. Good news is if you love Ashley’s brothers, they have their own spin-off series – they all have beards and are super silly and sweet! The chemistry between Ash and Drew was HAWT – he is a deep and old soul and Ashley is the right balance for him. I loved their dynamic and swooned many a time.
What you might not like: Erm…hot mountain men with lots of facial hair? Didn’t think it was my thing, but I confess I’m a convert! Especially if the dude’s a poet. I honestly can’t criticise this book – it was superb – so fun and a great study in family dynamics, with some drama thrown in.
Rating: 5/5 for me – thoroughly entertaining, sexy and smart – which is something you can rely on with Penny Reid books.
This book is part of the knitting series but leads to a spin off Winston brothers series.
Ashley goes home to care for her momma and there we meet her brothers.
This book is hilarious but also very touching. A real emotional read. This book never fails to make me cry.
I think if you have ever been involved in the care at home of a terminally ill member of the family you can relate to so much in this book. The jokes scene and the sudden urge to wake up in the middle of the night. The emotion Ashley feels that has been held together then suddenly erupts and the staring scene.
I must admit I had to Google some of the quotes in this story esp some of the things Drew says.
Drew is the silent type, I did wish a couple of things were cleared up a bit more but there is no doubt how much he worships Ashley.
There are glimpses of the knitting group, esp the lines from Sandra are hilarious.
This had taken her 8 years, and in which time she'd not been home to Tennessee to see her mother and six brothers!!
Ashley regularly phoned her momma and met up with her but not at home.
Being the only girl and having 6 brothers who to Ashley felt was their target for practical jokes of all kinds none of them particularly nice to say the least! This was the deciding factor in leaving Tennessee plus her father who was a violent man who wouldn't let his wife divorce him - mainly because her family were a monied family - and he thought every penny should come to him........
Ashley got a call from one of her brothers saying that momma was in hospital and wouldn't see any one but Ashley.
Ashley arranged time off work and drove home via the hospital where she found her mother had terminal cancer...........
When she got home she didn't recognise her bearded brothers and their friend - who Asley later found out from her mother when she came out of hospital to be nursed at home that Drew was her close friend and also her power of attorney and executor of her Will
Ashley and Drew took a long time and in a round about fashion to get together - via poetry a lot of intellectual discussions en route