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- Publisher: Cipher-Naught (July 21, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 21, 2015
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- Language: English
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I had heard such great things about Penny Reid's books. The premise of this book seemed so great, light, funny and beards and all! So it was like a slap in the face to realize that Truth or Beard is yet another romance book where sexual assault and slutshaming is romanticized.
Jessica is ridiculously naive and juvenile in her actions and thoughts. It was Duane however whom I hated. He pretends to be his brother Beau, engages in a sexual situation with Jess and when the thing blows up in his face, what does he do? He basically blames Jess about the whole thing, physically holds her down and tells her to calm down, when Jess is rightfully pissed. Because apparently it's still the woman's role in situations like this to calmly take part in a reasonable conversation about what just happened and take part of the blame. I was just so incensed about this whole thing.
Duane proceeds to slutshame his ex-girlfriend later on and putting Jess on a pedestral. He can't have sex with Jess, because this is a girl he's about to marry. WHAT? There's a skinny dipping scene where they are both naked and Duane warms Jess up by hugging her without asking for a permission in a situation where Jess is obviously mad at him. Eww.
For some reason it was the emergence of some ridiculous biker sideplot that made me drop the book, I just couldn't anymore. I hear there's skinheads later on, isn't that just peachy.
So I hated the book, just HATED it. Authors just shouldn't write this kind of cr*p in this day and age.
First of all everyone knows I avoid intimacy with others after meeting. Yet I've got some exceptions. Like in this scenario. Jessica has had a huge crush on Beau (1 of 2 Winston twins) forever. Like seriously forever. Yet this crush didn't stop her from dating and kissing lots of guys. Maybe she only had one lover yet that's OK with me at least she didn't wait around. Duane tricks her and makes her believe he's Beau while laying a whopper of a kiss on her. We learn Duane has had a crush on her for years yet thought she hated him. She actually sorta did. Once all the animosity was torn away they realized that love hate relationship was some heavy physical and emotional chemistry.
I loved Duane. Here's a good loyal guy. Good to all of the people he cares about. So yea the "truth or dare kiss". It's one of the reasons I had this avoid. It wasn't anything at all like it was portrayed by those mean natured reviews. Hell there Jessica is cozied up to Beau in front of Duane after telling him she hates him. So he took a dare kissed his ex and felt zero except disgust. Ran immediately after Jessica on the next dare and showed who he wanted. Did not bother me folks. At all. Then some made comments about her innocence physical wise. Hell they both only had 1 lover.. Just one.
Yes Tina is her cousin well people she hasn't seen or talked to her in 8 yrs and before that barely. That's an acquaintance not a cousin. He proved page after page thru being told he's not gonna be chosen for the long hall that he's in it always with Jessica. He definitely stole my heart and I loved this story so much.
Gosh he wanted to court her. So sweet so sexy and I am absolutely addicted now to this authors writing. I may just need to read her blind. No more getting scared off from reviews.
Omg that bonus chapter from Drew and Ashley.. I'm so ready to go back and read their book. Now I've got 3 series or more to catch up with. Yay. Binge time baby. Oh sigh arcs and work.. Well anyway I'm gonna skip sleep.
#TopFav this year. #Devoured
Now that Jessica is back in town, Duane decides that he is going to make his move on her. Jessica has had a massive crush on his twin brother, Beau for YEARS. Beau is the sweet one, while Duane has always been the one to drive her nuts by teasing her and giving her a hard time. In fact, Jessica has always believed that Duane just plain ole didn't like her. Well, you know what they say about the little boy that was constantly teasing you on the playground?
Yep, he's got a crush on you. Once he decides that he and Jessica need to be together, he vows to make it happen honorably and properly. Unfortunately, Jessica cannot keep her hands to herself and she makes it very hard for Duane to take things slowly. Ms. Reid throws in a little bit of suspense plot involving a local MC that several characters have ties to. I thought this was a great addition to the overall plot because it shed some light on the depth of several characters like Claire (I cannot wait for her book).
I loved the longtime connection that Jessica and Duane have with each other. Even though they've given each other a hard time all of their lives, they have incredible chemistry that screams relationship. Is the path to a relationship like this one ever smooth? Not so much. Duane knows that Jessica wants to travel and he is firmly entrenched in Green Valley with no intention of ever leaving. He has family and a business and a little bit of trouble that pops up (see MC plot) that he feels ties him to home. Of course, he does not want to hold her back in any way because he truly does care for her deeply. I have to say that Duane is completely swoon-worthy.
I'm a little bit of a newcomer to Ms. Reid's books but every one I read, I fall deeper in love with her writing. I absolutely cannot wait for more from this series! As if I couldn't have fallen more in love with the whole family, Cletus was one of the most entertaining characters ever written. Ever.
If you love a book with romance and humor with a nice bit of sexytimes thrown in, you'll LOVE Truth or Beard!
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And yeah, it was just a hunch and I might not be always right. But luckily, I really enjoyed reading Truth or Beard. To be completely honest, it didn't blow me away but that's overshadowed by the fact that it did actually surprise me. I thought I was getting into a bad boy, bad attitude, from hate to love story and it turned out to be something else completely. Something better.
I loved the writing style and I also loved how the author gave a voice to the female lead. For once, it is the female main character the one with the restless mind waiting to wander the world and not settle, and the male character the one who just wanted to throw the fishing net and settle down, and ultimately the one that had to open his eyes to adventure. Their dynamic was sweet and super funny, definitely entertaining even considering some silly things happening that I will not get into now.
All in all, entertaining, funny, sweet and a must read for ginger beard lovers.
A woman returns to her hometown and unwittingly gets fresh with a man she thinks is her childhood crush but is instead his supposedly unlikable twin who, it turns out, is actually really lovely.
The good and the bad:
Ooh, I like Penny Reid! This is the first book by Reid that I have read and I really liked how she was able to achieve something that a lot of authors who write linked romance books fail to do: introduce (lots of) other characters who are not hugely relevant to the hero and heroine in the current book, but are themselves the lead characters in subsequent books. Authors try to do this to make you buy in to the whole series but in my experience they tend to do it in a way that is not very subtle, and is often confusing because there are so many different characters. But Reid pulls it off - she doesn't force the other characters down your throat and yet they are involved enough in the plot that you feel like you are starting to get to know them and want to read their stories.
The other thing Reid does well, which many other romance authors fail at, is having a side story so that the book while focused on the hero and heroine (in this case, Jess James and Duane Winston), is not all about that. In this book, the side story relates to Duane being blackmailed.
The sex scenes are hot and medium-level graphic.
The blurb for this book is a little misleading. Yes, the book is about a woman who kisses the wrong twin but the rest of the book isn't about her subsequently realising she actual likes the wrong twin. That part of the book is all done within the first couple of chapters. Then the book really focuses on the building passion between the two, and the ups and downs Jess and Duane experience as they fall in love while having different life goals.
The book is so much more besides and I really liked the writing. The only thing I did not like about the book was Reid's use of the words "as well" to start a sentence. Perhaps it is grammatically correct, but it's a really clunky way to start a sentence. As well, it reads much better to add the word 'also' into a sentence. Get my point?
In short: I recommend this book and I will be reading more of Reid's work.
Wow! I was totally captivated by this book! When I was working I was thinking of it and what was going to happen. It really had a feel good vibe.
Being honest I never read anything from Penny Reid before. I had heard a lot about the Winston brothers and I was curious to find out what the fuss was about. Believe me, if you haven't read this book yet, you need to! I am annoyed with myself I didn't start it sooner.
Jessica is the good girl, girl next door, daughter of the sheriff, sister of the sheriffs deputy, and maths teacher at the local school. Duane is the reserved twin, takes risks, drives fast and is completely in love with Jessica. Jessica on the other hand can't stand Duane, they fight, they play jokes on each other growing up. They are the complete opposite to each other. To make matters worse for Duane, Jessica has a crush on Beau, Duane's sweet, heroic twin brother. However this all changes on Halloween, when Jess dresses up as a sexy Gandalf. Chatting with Claire, Jess sees who she believes to be Beau. She becomes paralysed by her unrealistic crush on him. "Beau" takes this opportunity to pull Jess away from the crowd and kiss her. During there passionate make out session "Beau" pulls away to reveal to Jess his true identity. Duane. Completely shocked and angry Jess tries to storm out. What confuses her more is how much she enjoyed Duane's kiss and how she wants more. At first I though wow that's not a good start to Duane's character but from his POV we see an insight to why he did it.
The development of the characters throughout the book is wonderful and sweet. They push each other, respectful of each others hopes and dreams.
I would 100% recommend this book. It has romance and humour. It is perfect.
****RED HEADED & BEARDED HERO*** whoop!!!!
1. Loved Duane's description. His manly career (a man who works with his hands doing real herd labour **swoon**) - makes a change from the suited business types or the biker criminal types.
2. Loved the sample - the way Jess hates Duane but mistakenly assumes he is his twin was hot.
3. Loved Jess's LOTR obsession. Who wouldn't want to be Gandalf?
1. SURPLUS of INNER MONOLOGUES - it's tedious reading about a person's every emotional feeling.
2. Jess was a quirky LOTR-fan interesting character to begin with but transforms into your typical blonde beautiful, angst-y hormonal silly cliché after the sample finishes.
3. Too much swooning and insta-lust.
4. They fell in love without any build-up. At the beginning she hates him with a passion - then the next day loves him with a passion (and constantly wants to get into his pants).
5. Surplus of characters and subplots that focused on setting the next set of books for the series that that it compromised the plot.
6. The plot wasn't anything special and dragged. I skipped to the end.
7. I loved Duane he's a redhead and has a beard - BUT - his constant emotion sharing, angst over Jess etc was off-putting. He was emasculated t times.
Penny's other hero's generally tend to be reserved.
8. Chemistry sizzles out a few pages after the sample.
9. Most of the times - we are told how they feel - but I didn't feel the connection.
10. Didn't like the scene at the race where Jess goes crazy in lust for Duane (it happens so quickly) to the point she's acting like a race bunny - it didn't make sense and just didn't add to the book.
Not a bad book, but not as good as Penny Reid's first book. I think if the:
(i)love-hate relationship continued past the sample;
(ii) a slow-build-up of emotions rather than insta-love/lust;
(iii) the focus was on Jess and Duane (rather than setting the next set of the series); and
(iv) there was more banter, chemistry, quirkiness and plot
it would have scored a 5* from me.
The romance between Duane, the dark brooding brother who took no nonsense from anyone (one of my favorite Winstons) and Jessica, who was smart and had the best sense of humor, began with a jump start (no pun was initially intended, but I like the way it worked out). From the beginning of the book until the end I wanted these two together.
Ms. Reid understands how to pile on drama without making the story overdramatic. Just when I thought one issue had been settled, Bam! Another one worked its way into the plot, setting both the characters and myself off balance. It was brilliantly done.
This book definitely has my stamp of approval and I hope the others in the series are just as entertaining.
The entire story was entirely unexpected, from the inexplicable "sexy Gandalf" arriving in a monster truck to the absence of a multitude of explicit sex scenes despite the opening chapter. In fact that opening chapter led me to expect an entirely different sort of novel and I particularly appreciated the creative solution to the blackmail conundrum.
The author managed to make the heroine likeable and with surprising depth, when I was sure that she was immature, shallow and selfish. I liked the hero as well, but rather than being irritated by his blinkered thinking, found that the author used his brothers at just the right moments, to pull off the blinkers. The dynamic between the brothers was both entertaining and engaging, and they are united by their committment to each other, to family. Such a pity that we don't meet their mother, who died before the events of this book.
I will be reading more books by this author. I am really curious about Cletus's story and am intrigued by her other series.
Since I already knew and loved the Winston brothers, this book gave me a more in depth look in to their lives and the character development.
The book starts with humour and borders on some emotional elements but overall remains lighthearted and sweet. The author has created amazing details about these Southern charming boys and I loved the twin chemistry of Beau and Duane.
The heroine Jessica James was funny and just the right girl for Duane, although she always had a crush on the other twin. I absolutely love stories about childhood crushes that follow up to adulthood. If written well like Truth or Beard they can conjure up some great memories.
The interaction between the brothers especially Cletus is constantly hilarious. Jessica’s visit to the Winston Home on Cletus’s “sausage” night had me in stitches.
I am an avid traveller and Jessica’s need for wanderlust really hit home for me. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter were very entertaining. I felt a deep connection with this story. Penny Reid has got me writing a complimenting review once again. I cannot wait to start Jethro’s story that this book has hinted at already.
We were introduced to the Winston brothers in Ashley's book from the Knitting series.
This book is sweet, funny and well worth a read.
Duane is a twin so we are introduced to Beau and Cletus who work with Duane but also the other brothers and neighbors and friends.
There are some very funny moments and lines, you need to pay attention because the writing is spectacular.
I thought the solution to their problem of being together I'd obvious but Duane has his own issues so when it gets resolved it's great. I would have liked a bit more redemption to the idiotic action he takes that hurts Jessica but that said they do feature in more of the series so he obviously makes her very happy.
The book leaves you hungry for the other brothers books although for Duane and Jessica there is a HEA. The is drama with a sort of ex and insights into enemies for past and future books.
Truth - I loved this book
Beard - to be honest I'm not really a fan of beards, but if I met a group of brothers like The Winstons, my mind could be changed!
This is the first book I've read by this author, a friend recommended it a while ago and I'm so glad I read it.
It had everything, humour, angst, a good story, it was well written and had a host of very loveable characters up against the veritable bad guys (and a gorgeous 1966 Mustang car! )
Duane, the slightly tortured hero was a total gentleman, determined not to be like his good for nothing father, and so ensured he always had a plan. Jessica felt like an outsider in her family but was determined to follow her dreams and explore the world. Falling in love was definitely not in her plan! (some of her internal monologues were hilarious)
I loved their journey and am really looking forward to meeting more of The Winstons in book 2 (especially if Cletus gets to cook his "special" sausage on the bbq again, lol :-D )
Reflecting on it, there may have been a bit to much inner monologue for me, but that is just my personal opinion. There are a huge amount of 5 star reviews for this novel and Ms Reid has a strong following who really appreciate her quirky sense of humour. It was good in places but for me it just didn't quite hit the mark.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.