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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review: Beard with Me

Beard with Me Beard with Me by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Penny Reid issued a lot of caveats when she published this novel. It's heavier than the other stories in the Winston Brothers series. As she's written, it's a tragic love story rather than a romance that ends with a happy ever after-- at least temporarily (the story continues in the next book). I'm a fan of the HEA in love, and I tend to avoid narratives that involve abuse. But I love Reid's work and this series especially, so I took a chance and it was completely worth it. This is Billy Winston’s coming of age and origin story as well as his love story with Scarlet. It’s what made Billy a surly resentful patriarch instead of the stern but sweet hero he was growing into. It's a compelling story, beautifully rendered. For me the proof was that by the end Beard with Me made me want to reread the first 5 books, and I can’t wait to read book 7.

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