Grin and Beard It

This is the second book in the Winston Brothers series and I can’t believe how much I enjoy reading about this family.   Penny Reid does a great job of making sure you are interested in the main characters while still learning about the other brothers so you, as the reader, can’t wait to pick up the next book in the series.  This book was very fun and I would highly recommend it.

Sienna Diaz is Hollywood’s current “it” girl—funny, intelligent, and an award winning writer and actress. Jethro Winston has finally gotten his life back on track and works as a park ranger in his hometown of Green Valley, TN.  When Sienna loses her way in the mountains, trying to get to the set of her new movie, Jethro is there to assist her…and to fall under her spell.  Can a Hollywood Star and a country boy find love?

First off, I loved that Sienna is plus size and not ashamed of it.  She talks about her size a few times throughout the book but in a very positive way.  I also appreciated that her weight wasn’t used negatively or by other characters as a way to describe her.  She is plus size and that’s that.  She is also independent, confident, and successful which is a breath of fresh air in the world of romance novels.   Going into this book, Jethro wasn’t a Winston brother that stuck out to me much.   I remembered him from the first book but can’t say much more than that.    I ended up liking his character a lot and appreciated how supportive he was about Sienna’s career and how he didn’t let her fame stop him from being with her. He was a good blend of tough but sensitive (and not in a cheesy romance novel kind of way).  Of course there were problems and issues with their very different lives, but there wasn’t a lot of angst and the book was more funny than sad.    I enjoyed learning more about the Winston family and really can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

I would recommend this book to people looking for a very funny, modern, romance filled with relatable characters and a realistic love story.

Favorite Quote:

“I suppose it’s part of why we seek out a partner. Why we’re driven to build a new family, pursue new friendships. There’s freedom in being a blank canvas to another person and having some control over what is painted on that canvas.”

Author:  Penny Reid

Published:  2016

Rating: 5 Stars

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