Sweet Baby Jesus in a car seat “Grin and Beard It” completely lived up to it’s name because the entire time I read it I was Grinning – hand to God. Seriously, I had a stupid ear to ear grin on my face while reading Penny Reid’s this latest installment in the Winston Brothers series. The Hero and Heroine are incorrigibly flirty. They are Olympic Gold Medal team Flirters. The hero, Jethro Winston, has mastered Charming, he is a dirty-talking-with-a-smile-and-a-wink Flirt that you don’t even realize he’s talking dirty. The heroine, Sienna Diaz has the whiplash inducing fun flirting with the quick as a wink bedroom voice and smolder down pat. They are ADORABLE!!! The entire Winston clan, and significant others, are present in this book and all interact with the main couple, offering advice, encouragement, and some comic relief. If you’ve read the first novel in the series (which isn’t necessary because this is absolutely a stand alone) you get some seriously revealing insight into Cletus Winston’s kooky brand of Machiavellian deviousness – incredibly fun and sweet – but we find that he had an unexpectedly very different temperament in his youth. There is also some tantalizing and intriguing seeds planted (as in curiouser and curiouser) regarding Billy Winston. “Grin and Beard It” is an absolute Romp – but as with all of Penny Reid’s books there is a just-below-the-surface intellectual bent … this time a little feminism, media’s perpetuating the “ideal sized” woman, and a ethnicity/cultural kicker – things aren’t always what they seem. To make a long sentence short … Be True to Yourself – Love Yourself warts and all. This is a Rom/Com but it’s almost subtle – in addition to some big laughs, and short guffaws, you have a “slow burn” of gleeful amusement. Damn you Penny Reid, this is my favorite Winston Brothers book thus far, and now Jethro is up there in my fictional hero “Spank Bank”. Jethro and Sienna’s emotional growth lies in the eternal Truth that Ricky Nelson sung about in “Garden Party” … “You see, ya can’t please everyone, so ya got to please yourself”. It’s tough getting to that place but they do it and it’s fabulous!!!
I’m giving “Grin and Beard It” 6 Lightning Bolts and a Gale Warning.
This book was provided in exchange for an unbiased review.