Beauty and the Mustache

Beauty and the Mustache

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by Penny Reid
This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston's preferred coping strategy is


This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston's preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can't escape the notice of Drew Runous-- local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone's favorite guy. Drew's irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can't seem to keep his exasperating opinions-- or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands-- to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she's lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

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Knitting in the City Series , #4
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Meet the Author

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

APRIL 12 2016: The Player and the Pixie, Rugby Series, Book #2

MAY 24 2016:Grin and Beard It, Winston Brothers Series, Book #2

SUMMER 2016: Dating-ish, Knitting in the City Series, Book #6

Please feel free to drop her a line. She'd be happy to hijack your thoughts! You can find her on her blog or email her: pennreid at gmail dot com

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Beauty and the Mustache 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
First let me say This Book is Unbelievably Fantastic!!!  I have loved loved the previous 4 books, but Beauty & the Mustache is Marvelous  and Wondrous and filled with Romance and Poetry. I highly recommend the entire series.  
Book_Sojourner More than 1 year ago
Penny Reid has done it again! Beauty and the Mustache has it all, and here's just a hint: 1. BEAUTY: Yes, it's in the title. But I'm not talking about beautiful people, though you might say they are. I'm talking about beautiful words, beautiful writing, beautiful moments that steal your breath and grab your heart. There are so many layers to this story: family heartbreak and rebuilding, coping with tragedy, trust and hope, forgiveness, vulnerability, new love and hope, and more. Each layer and each person is important and they are beautifully interwoven into the fabric and seams of this story. The story itself, the heartache and the joy, all of it, was a treat. Though, just because it's a beautiful story, doesn't mean Penny's trademark awkward situations and humor hasn't also been infused. Let's just say with six bearded brothers, and Sandra, something's bound to happen. 2. MUSTACHES: Or should I say, beards. Basically, there is incredible character development. From the oh so swoony Drew, to the half dozen Winston siblings, who each has a standout personality of his own, I was in love with the bearded goodness. These men are funny, strong, sensitive, firm, intelligent, determined, and hot. I vote for a Winston brother spin-off series! Beyond the menfolk, our heroine Ashley is all kinds of fire and sass, but also sweetness, heart, and a mix of humility as she faces so much in this story. I loved getting to know her. And let's not forget about the old friends who offer their support, their banter, their opinions, their humor, their private jets, their private jokes, and their love. 3. ROMANCE: Yes, I'm saving the best for last. This is full of romance! Drew's romance. Because Drew is all kinds of subtle gestures, sensitive insights, and soft considerations. But he's also all man. Manly man. Sexy man. But he also writes poetry. Sexy, romantic, bearded, woodsy, sensitive, strong, deep, and poetic. Penny managed to make all these qualities in one man completely work. And while Ashley had so very much to deal with, Drew was ever the strong presence, yet not overtaking the enormity of what Ashley and her brood were facing. Watching the romantic gestures and natural progression of their love story was so beautiful and genuine and touching. I absolutely loved Drew and Ashley's story. Bottomline, I absolutely loved Beauty and the Mustache! Penny continues to outdo herself, and I have once again found a favorite to add to my shelf and my to-read-again-and-again pile. If this is your first Penny Reid book, you are in for a real treat. Penny is a favorite of mine, and I've yet to be disappointed by her amazing writing. If you've been following this series, then prepare yourself for a new level of awesomeness. If you have not been following this series, Beauty and the Mustache can be read as a standalone. It is a complete story by itself. And then you'll have to go back and read the rest of the series because you won't be able to stop yourself.
ShayCor More than 1 year ago
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G BOOK! Beauty and the Mustache is a more than a book, it's a journey. There are moments that will make you laugh out loud, cringe as only a truly bad joke can inspire, weep with heartbreak and softly sigh as love does find its path. If you've read Penny Reid's books before, you have an expectation of smart dialogue, strong characters - both women and men, and a clever, witty sense of humor. On all of these, she delivers that and so much more. While in parts it's a light,fun read, other points are gripping and emotional. Drew, new to the series, is a deep-thinker, slow to speak his mind and might make you reconsider any crush you had on Quinn. ;) Ashley, visiting home for the first time in years, is confused at how firmly entrenched Drew has become in her family. I want this to remain spoiler-free so I'll stop there. Read the book. Then, read it again. It's just that good. Thanks Penny for sharing yourself and your amazing stories! ** ARC was provided by the author for an honest review **
csingh More than 1 year ago
It's finally here! If you don't already know, I love this series and the author, Penny Reid.  Her books are funny, sweet, smart, emotional, and just amazing. I like to try to wait and hold off until the last minute to read her books, just because I know there won't be a new one waiting when I'm finished, but that usually doesn't last too long.  I end up scarfing down the book and before I know it I'm finished and still hungry for more.  I read Beauty and the Mustache in just under 3 hours.  I just could not put it down.   I honestly don't know what I was expecting with Ashley's story.  I was aware of the disclaimers that this book was slightly different from the others in the series, especially in regards to seriousness, but I knew however Penny wrote it it'd be done well, and I was right.  There is some heavy stuff.  Enough to make me cry with sadness multiple times and with joy at least once.  The humor is still there, and it's often.  It's REALLY hard to stop laugh at some of the things her "hillbilly" brothers do and even some of Ashley's own actions especially when she's face to face with Drew.  I'd say this book is the perfect balance of humor and "life really sucks sometimes." I've got to say whatever I thought or had heard about Beauty and the Mustache, everything was better.  I already loved Ashley but it was her coming home that led me to get to know her better, fall in love with Drew, and with her brothers too.  This novel is all about the ties we make, especially those with family and friends.  I kind of liked Ashley came home to find out many things had changed in her absence, especially the brothers she's run from.  Boy were they MEAN!  They're lucky she didn't kill one of them, I probably would have if I was in her shoes, but they redeemed themselves and then some.  Don't even get me started on her father.  That man is definitely something nasty! In all honesty, I'm still struggling to find the words to try and tell you everything I want to about this book.  I didn't want this book to end.  I'm hoping and I've got my fingers crossed, Penny Reid might give all the brothers their own books.  Yes I said it.  If you've read the book, chances are you're thinking it too.  I need more of those handsome, talented, bearded men in my life.  It also means I'll get to see more Ashley and Drew.  I'd definitely like to see more Drew.  I'd love to get into his head some more.  Any man who writes poetry the way he does is a keeper.  I've still not managed to do justice to Beauty and the Mustache.  It's got Nietzsche.  You may either love or hate him, but you'll love this book.  I can't wait to get it in paperback for my bookshelf! Now it's time to start the countdown for Happily Ever Ninja, the next book in the series!
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have been happily glomming Penny Reid's wonderful Independent Contermpary Romance Knitting in the City Series, this is Ashley's story. For those of you who haven't been lucky enough to read and enjoy Reid's fresh, fun,  sexy geeky voice, you need to change that. Start with Neanderthal Seeks Human and keep on going!   The base beat of this book is loss and grief but the melody is love and laughter. Simply Wonderful. We often find love when we are most wide open. I know I did. This romance deals in that truth. The book is all at once moving, understated, over the top, funny, and comforting.    Ashley has to re see her life. This is what grown ups do. We can't have it all at once but that is okay.    Drew is a wonderful character and as crazy a bookworm as Ashley as well as poet. Bearded. Steadfast. Reflective. Wry. What's not to love?   The setting of Tennessee is an excellent character as well to say nothing the bearded brothers.  Oh, those brothers. If there isn't a Spin Off Series based on the Winston Brothers, I am going to hunt Ms. Reid down and purple nurple her until she writes it.    We get wonderful page time with all the ladies of Knit Night and their men.    I have a few quibbles and if I was a first time reader to the series my rating might be lower but a book in a series  can't help but be rated as a part of the series for me. This is a fine stand alone read but made richer if your have read the series.    Quibbles. The humor is really varied in tone. We have slapstick and the crass references only to be found in a mostly male household and satirical literary allusions. I am fine with having both in the same book. In fact, I live my life like this actually. But it the book,the kinds of humor are uneven or really grouped  in pockets and not as character integrated as could be. This is a quibble that took me out of the story in places and not really a big deal. The book is very funny in all of its witty banter and crude menfolk joy. I mention this because its an interesting writerly problem. A raised thread in a beautiful quilt.    There are character motivations of the secondaries that are not as explored as I would like and reconnections that needed more time I felt.    The epilogue which is a trademark hero's  point of view didn't really add much for me.   Like I said, quibbles about a beloved series and a book I am sure to read again and again. You should too.    I think the purpose of a review is to have a conversation about the book and think about questions. These questions here are--how do you handle different kinds of humor in a book most successfully? How much time and depth do you spend on secondary relationships?  What should an epilogue do?    I love this series, adored this book, and there better be a spin off!   I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.     
FTLOBbyJBlog More than 1 year ago
I need more stars!!!!  I've had approximately 7 hours of sleep in the past 56 hours and when I started reading this book last night at 11pm, I had every intention of reading for an hour and then taking a break so that I could finally get some well deserved sleep. It's now 4:30 am and I'm writing a review. There was absolutely no way I was putting this book down once I started it.  I don't even know where to begin in order to adequately convey to you my absolute adulation for this book. This is like none of Penny Reid's previous books, yet it remains authentic to everything I've come to expect from her writing.  This time, however, Penny didn't just manage to make me think, smile and laugh out loud. This time I sobbed, I wept and I most definitely mourned. I mourned for this story and everything that it was but mostly I mourned the fact that I'll never get to experience it for the first time ever again.  I thought that it would pain me to ever say that a book that wasn't about Quinn and Janie would be my favorite, but without any hesitation or second-guessing I hereby declare this my favorite Penny Reid book, EVER.  I could go on for days telling you of my love and fondness for Ashley and Drew. How Drew's words and Ashley's pain made me feel all of the feels. I could go in to detail about the thousand ways that I both loved and hated her 6 hillbilly bearded brothers. I could tell you that this is the sweetest book I have read in a long time but that doesn't do it justice. This is quite simply Romance in it's purest and most honest form and you will long to crawl into the story and live there for the rest of your life.  This book is everything. Buy it. Read it. Live it.  *I received an ARC from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
KMGalvin More than 1 year ago
This is probably going to sound crazy, but I loved that this was a Romance and was actually romantic. As I've said before, this was Darcy coming out of the lake romance. I know I'm stating the obvious here as it's marketed as one, but I think somewhere along the way we've lost the Romance part of Contemporary Romance. In fact, the last heartfelt romance I've read in a very long time was probably some Julia Quinn's almost a decade ago. I don't want to have to read Historical novels in order to read about falling in love. Lately, it seems like romance is synonymous with gratuitous sex and enough will they/won't they that about halfway through I just don't care if they ever "they." I know Penny was worried about this one considering it had a more somber tone and dealt with some tougher issues not previously tackled in her novels, but I have to say those worries are completely unfounded. If anything she added even more heart to storytelling.  We've seen all the shades of friendship in the previous Knitting in the City books and it was great to switch gears and really explore some shades of family. I think what was most impactful, for me at least, was the relationships Ashley had with her brothers. I'm from a big family and a lot of things that happened in this novel have happened in my family. Siblings leaving for years and then coming back, the anger and resentment that happens inside families, the loss, what you gain when you all rang true for me. And so, as an author, Penny's able to make a deeper connection beyond making me laugh...she made me cry. Because I felt a lot of the things Ashley felt. And when you have a character work through similar emotions, some you haven't been able to work through yourself, it's almost like shining a light on a road you didn't see before.  As far as Ashley as a character, I loved every flawed inch of her. I loved that she spent most of her time with her nose in a book (girl, I can relate) and that she was so intent on not becoming like her family (also can relate). One thing Penny is very careful about is not making her characters so perfect and well rounded. Who wants to read about someone who has everything handed to her in her perfect life, but man, no one can seem to hate her for it because...she's perfect! That's boring. There's no story there. So thank you for sharing your flawed characters with us and making them so completely lovable. As far as Drew goes, well he's Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester with a tidbit of Heathcliff's soulful crazy all wrapped in one. In other words, he's a novel hero of old and it was fantastic to be reacquainted with gallantry. I love that Penny knows "brooding" doesn't mean "petulant." There's a difference, people! I also really, really enjoyed the poetry. So much in fact that I am now calling for a poetry book to be written! 100% recommend this book. Thank you, Penny, for writing it! 
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic story.  The only things I didn’t like were the title and the cover.  This book had me manic.  Laughing one moment then almost crying in the next.  I was sighing and screaming and cussing and then laughing again.  This is one well written emotional roller coaster ride.  Even if you haven’t read the others in this series (and you really should) read Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid.
Anonymous 25 days ago
Love this series and the Winston Brother Series!! Every book I have read has kept me up turning pages to see what happens. The characters are fun and the stories have depth to them that you do not find in most romance novels.
ShannonOS More than 1 year ago
An ode to BatM. There are good books and there are books that are good for book club discussions. Sometimes readers are lucky enough to find a book that not only meets, but exceeds both criteria. Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid is a two-for! It has depth and breadth. It is thought provoking and entertaining. It promotes not only lively discussion and debate, but also produces laughter and levity. Penny pulled a switcheroo, the proverbial wool over our eyes, with this installment in the Knitting in the City series. From swoony men and old-school romance to a healthy dose of angst, grief and loss, ALL THE FEELS and a colorful rainbow of characters are woven throughout Ashley’s story. Oh, and the touching and hilarious sibling dynamic is the perfect base layer in this warm blanket of good bookness. In preparation for my book club, I plucked lovely threads from Penny's novel and knit them into a fun, feel-good and philosophical gathering. Poetry and Pie Red Wine and Moonshine Buttered Biscuits and Beards Nietzsche and Knitting Reading is a solitary activity, and can be a deeply personal one as well. But after reading a uniquely amazing book, a book that brings people together, a book like Beauty and the Mustache, there is no better way to spend an evening with friends than sharing the experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An involving and emotional read by a talented writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite in the series. She did an amazing job at developing the new characters. I could not put the book, which of course makes me sad when it's finished.
khulseman More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 start read. First, I think that Penny Reid is one of the most fabulous authors in my Humorous Contemporary Romance bookshelf. Any author who quotes Jane Austen is a keeper in my book. This doesn’t disappoint, however its sub-story is actually not humorous at all. So this Heroine’s journey there is sub- plot that delves into the passing of a beloved parent. This secondary story separates from Ms. Reid’s normally fun time reads for me into something real, closer to home. If you have read any of the Knitting in the City serials, you’ve met the heroine, Ashley. However, as this story is told, I don’t believe you need to read the other books to be in tune with the characters. This book can stand alone for the reader. Ashley comes home after a mysterious hospitalization of her mother occurs. After an eight year hiatus, she is spring boarded into the lives of her six brothers and one very close family friend, Drew. With Ashley being absent from the day to day, she no longer knows her brothers or the importance of this friend. Thrown into a situation that she feels out of control, it doesn’t suit her that she is wildly attracted to Drew. Through revealing conversations, the reader learns that Drew was likewise inconveniently attracted to Ashley. The story eventually moves to the HEA. But it does so with real life problems, death, and beautiful poetic Hero. This review is coming on the heels of a Reid-Along I have participated in prior to the release of the next Winston brother’s book, Truth or Beard. I had originally given the book a solid 4 stars. In my re-read, I had to reflect on why. I had a very difficult time with connecting to the heroine. I felt her actions for most of the book were judgmental. Yes, she did have some baggage, but not so much to realize that teenagers/young adults grow with maturity. I felt she clung to that judgment and so I had a harder time connecting. Whereas the hero has an equally life event that colors his opinion, he seems to be able to be open and willing to see beyond first impressions. However, my fascination with this character and ancillary characters is what drove me to be immersed and delighted. This is a definitely recommend if you are looking for a slow building romance; more story lines other than another dating book. This covers family dynamics around childhood versus adults, death and finding what you really want for yourself to be happy.
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HsRamblingMom More than 1 year ago
I just finished Beauty & The Mustache after a friend recommended it to me. She actually did a reread while I read it so we could talk to each other as we moved along. Wow.... Just... Wow. I loved it! I devoured every page. This author has a beautiful way with words. There are certain moments where you just sink into the prose and the rest of the world seems to fade into the distance. It's a terribly sad, heartbreaking tale of loss... But in the loss, something breathtaking is found. The epilogue written in Drew's POV - I nearly highlighted the entire piece in my ereader because it was simply beautiful. My favorite line: "If sorrow as a force is gravity, and mere happiness is inertia, then love and being in love is momentum. A force built upon actions of the past, moving us. We move."
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I have become a huge fan of Penny Reid's Knitting in the City Series. Each of the books has centered on one of the very unique ladies in a Tuesday night knitting group. The books in the series just keep getting better and better as we come to know and love each of the ladies.  This was Ashley's book. Ashley is the best friend of Sandra, from Love Hacked, #3. She is a pediatric nurse at the hospital where Sandra and Elizabeth (Friends without Benefits, #2) work.  The story starts with Ashley being called back to Tennessee because her mother is in the hospital and her 6 brothers don't know what is going on.  Ashley hasn't been home in 8 years, but for her mom, drops everything and heads home. She is expecting her brothers to be the same lazy, criminally inclined rednecks they were when she left to go to college all those years before.  What she finds are 6 grown hardworking men, all who seemed to have been turned around by one Drew Runous, federal game warden and mountain man look alike.  As it turns out, her mother has terminal cancer and about a month to live. Ashley will have to rediscover her brothers and what they mean to each other, all the while dealing her mother's illness and eventual death. Oh, and of course falling in love with Drew.  Needless to say, this book grabs you by the feels from the very beginning and doesn't let you go.  Ashley has quite an emotional journey throughout the book. Drew may look like a mountain man, but he has the heart and soul of a poet. I couldn't help but root for Drew almost from the moment I met him.   Of course, we still get Tuesday night knitting time.  Mostly done via Skype, and aren't those a hoot, as Ashley's two worlds collide. Ms. Reid once again drew me into this wonderful world she has created, populated by a wonderful group of friends. She had me giggling and sighing, laughing and crying, I just can't get enough of these women and their fascinating dynamics and titillating conversations.  Another 5 star read.  
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
Why have I not read this series before book 4?!  I'm idiot that's why.   Beauty and Mustache is a romantic comedy and there is knitting involved (my two favorite things) so I had to jump on this book!  Penny Reid just zoomed to the top of my TBR list for damn sure (and I may have gone to Amazon minutes after finishing this book to buy the entire series).  Beauty and the Mustache blew me away!  I was expecting a fun story and hoping I would like this new to me Author, but what I ended up with was a book so rich, powerful and deep that I am in awe with Penny Reid and her ability to put words on a page and create magic.  I think I knew I was going to love this story on page 2, when Ashly declared she "was a ninja of mind over matter" and I was right.  I could not put this down and refused to stop reading for silly things like going to sleep so I stayed up all night reading one of the most surprisingly awesome stories I have read in months!   Beauty and the Mustache sucks you in with its charm, wit, and hilarious encounters in just the first few pages but then Penny Reid takes the readers on a journey of unexpected/life-changing discoveries that will have you laughing, crying, praying and falling in love.  While I LOVE Penny Reid's writing style with its mix of snark, wit, intelligence and honesty it is her characters that stole the show.  I can't stop thinking about Ashley and Drew days after reading this story.  They were so real (yes, I get they are fictional) and I felt such a connection to them that is truly is hard to be "done" with this story.  Not only did Penny Reid create incredible main characters she infused such richness and realness to the Winston brothers, the knitting friends, Ashley's mom and the nurses.  Every character was placed perfectly in this story and added something to the mix and that is a crazy amazing talent that very few Authors have.  I wanted to sit around the kitchen table in the Winston house and just hang out with everyone and at times in the story you forget you are reading words on a page and not really there with the brothers, Drew and Ashley.  I can't wait to see what Penny Reid does with the brothers Winston, they charmed me and stole my heart. However, as much as I loved the secondary characters (and it was a lot), I loved Ashley instantaneously.  She was quirky, strong and getting ready to have her whole life change.  Reading Ashley's POV for this story was fascinating.  I loved getting to see how her perspective changes as the chapters go by, how she was dealt with all the unexpected and how she truly loved her family.  Ashley's character is probably one of my favorite female characters ever!  I loved her and having gone through a very similar situation with my family recently she struck a cord with deep within me and I was in awe of the strength she shined with.  Ashley was a sweet, funny, caring person that has to learn that sometimes being strong means letting someone help you keep standing and the struggle she had with the emotions that Drew brings out was entertaining and heart-warmingly glorious.  Drew!!  What an amazing puzzle Penny Reid created in this character!  When we meet Drew you think he is going to be this crazy alpha male that will take control and take over, but then our assumptions are shattered when we discover what an amazing soul Drew truly is. While Drew's character is intense, he isn't overwhelming, he is the type of man you want in a crisis and the type of man you can't help but hand your heart to (like I did).   I haven't had goosebumps with a single story as much as I did reading the interactions between Ashley and Drew, the quarrels, the poetry and that first kiss (swoon) I ate it all up and craved more.  I loved their chemistry and the way Penny Reid let their relationship unfold, change and take off!  What starts off on a very funny and humiliating first encounter, blossoms into a once in a lifetime kind of thing and I wanted the story to go on forever. Penny Reid you amaze me!  I can't think of another story that moved me to tears then had me chuckling soon after.  Beauty and the Mustache was a beautiful story about so much more than finding love, it was about reconnecting, rediscovery and learning that even what you couldn't get away from fast enough years ago might just be the exact thing you need right now.   If you have never read a Penny Reid book, you MUST!  You can read this book as a standalone and have no issues with connecting with the story (I didn't) so go get Beauty and the Mustache today and see why I am rambling on so much.  If you are one of the smart people reading this review and have read Penny Reid before you know that you are getting a fabulous story and I can't wait for you to read about Ashley, Drew and the Winston brothers.   Go buy Beauty and the Mustache, I am going to be clearing my schedule so I can marathon read this series from the beginning (and maybe stalk Penny Reid on Ravelry)!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Ashley has come back to her home town in Tennessee to check up on her mother, which also means seeing her six bearded, slightly shady brothers. But, coming home after so many years of absence many things have changed, some toward the good and some toward the heartbreaking. She never expected her formerly delinquent brothers to actually amount to anything and her mother’s news leaves her reeling; her whole world crashing to an abrupt stop. Then their is the enigmatic Drew, the man her brothers view as one of them and her mother sees as a seventh son…but Ashley’s feeling towards him are distinctly not familial. Where to even start with this book. I. Loved. It. It’s not that it is just so well written that it makes it all look effortless, or that it contains more hot bearded men than you can shake a stick at, it’s that it had my emotions so wound up in it that I found myself vacillating from laughing out loud to weeping in the space of one chapter – my emotions were twirling like the waltzers at a dodgy fairground; spinning round as you clutch on tightly, then when you gain your equilibrium, you get spun round all over again. Amidst my whirling emotion Penny Reid also lead me on a journey of self discovery and I discovered things I never knew about myself, for example: 1) I wish I liked poetry more than I actually do. When reading about someone else reading poetry it all sounds so wonderfully deep and romantic. When I actually read it I just think they sound like pretentious twits and wish they would speak plainly so my poor plebeian mind doesn’t explode with irritation. 2) I wish I had read Nietzsche and could quote people at will, when in reality the only quote I, and probably any other self respecting person who has ever played a video game know is “And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you”. Heady stuff. 3) Men in beards are sexy. I never thought I would say it, but Penny Reid has converted me to beards and not even lovely neatly trimmed ones either…my life may never be the same again. With each book released in the Knitting in the City series I fall in love with it a little more, I loved the romance in this book but I also loved that it didn’t over shadow the much more heartbreaking things that were going on in this book. As although this was just as funny as the previous books in the series, it was also had had some graver elements added in, which is probably why at points I was an emotional mess of crying and chortling, not a pretty sight! This can all lead you to one conclusion, I really loved this book, it gripped my from the first to the last page. Between the humour which was Penny Reid’s style of oddball-hilarious to the truely touching moments that occur in this book, and not just in the romance, this book really is worth picking up. Where else would you find a poetry and Nietzsche spouting hero with muscles like a god and a beard that will convince you that excessive facial hair is sexy? No where that’s where. *ARC provided by author
earlygirl3 More than 1 year ago
So romantic and beautifully written. OK, I had never read this author before, and I went into this book blind (and against my better judgement...i.e.the title).  It was so totally NOT what I expected, in a good way.  I was blown away by the descriptive writing, first and foremost (the "rain" in the mountains, for example). The humor juxtaposed against the gut-wrenching tragedy was also so, so good.  And Drew is now my favorite male book character.  I loved this book, and now I guess I have to read more of Ms. Reid's books because I didn't want this one to end.
esgute More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by stating that this is the first book I have read by Penny Reid. I had heard great things about her, but my TBR list was long. In the past few weeks one of my favorite authors, Daisy Prescott, kept talking about what a great read this new book by Penny Reid, Beauty and the Mustache, was, and with that endorsement, I forged ahead and took a shot on a new book and author, glad that it could be read as a stand alone, even though it was part of a series! Beauty and the Mustache is set in the Smoky Mountains! I loved that! It is the first book I have ever read that was set there! Beauty and the Mustache is about family, about coming together in a truly sad time that I could completely relate to. Beauty and the Mustache is about distance of heart, and how we all easily fall into the traps of staying away from family close to us by choice. Beauty and the Mustache is about closeness of heart and how great friends can definitely be the family you choose for yourself, as is witnessed during knitting club each week. Beauty and the Mustache is about discovery of heart as felt through the unbelievable chemistry of Ashley and Drew. The emotions experienced as these two main characters began to spend time together and discover their feelings were very real to me, in an epic love story kind of way! Beauty and the Mustache is about humor and protective natures of siblings as of all of Ashley's brothers were endearing to me, quirkis and all! I am not sure which one of the six I like the best! Beauty and the Mustache is poetic!! Such beautiful poetry for such a romantic setting and lives filled with love!! There was family drama, there was sibling rivalry. There was music. There was always an abundance of love! I am always pleased when I take a chance on a new author and end up falling in love with their book, and subsequently the author as well! Penny Reid has a new fan in me!!!! I whole heartedly recommend it!!
PronetoCrushes More than 1 year ago
Ashley left her six brothers and her Tennessee hometown eight years ago to reinvent herself, only to return when their mother was hospitalized. I think I may be a sucker for Southern theme books.I loved Drew and Ashley together. Drew is broody and Ashley is cautious. Her brothers are lovable. I waited with bated breath for Drew and Ashley's moments together due to their sloooooow building relationship. The anticipation was killing me. My LOL Moment - the bear and the raccoon in the woods (NO, a joke will not follow). This is my first book by the author and if won't be the last. I loved the outstanding and well written characters and supporting characters. It's humorous, smart, emotional, and extraordinarily deep.  The only thing I really didn't like was that Drew did not fight for Ashley. If she hadn't made that leap, there would have been no Drew and Ashley. Enjoyable and funny at times with a HEA......but for me a HFN ending.