Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers Series #4)

Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers Series #4)

by Penny Reid

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All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone's favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston's charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won't respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won't shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words.

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora's box of complexity--exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity--and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158758553
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Publication date: 07/30/2017
Series: Winston Brothers Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,728
File size: 1 MB

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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.

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Beard in Mind 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
As usual, Penny writes amazing characters who feel like real people. I always find a small piece of myself in them.
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Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Beard in Mind by Penny Reid (Audiobook) Narrated by: Angela Dawe and Chris Brinkley Series: Winston Brothers, Book 4 3.5 Stars - I liked Shelley and Beau together. They fit and had a wonderful chemistry right of the start. He was patient, kind and understanding. She was strong, hardworking and truly wanted to work towards her goals. All these attributes really stood out and played a strong part in their story. I was a bit worried at the beginning when I saw that Shelley had a complex disorder. I wondered if the author would try to cure it- which to me, would be super unbelievable.. instead she shows us how Shelley is making progress.. which I liked. I should have known better. Penny Reid is a terrific writer and her stories often feel realistic. The narrations were done well. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for Beau Winston’s story. Twin to Duane, Beau is his complete opposite, charming, handsome, funny and loved by everyone. We saw just a hint of Beau’s turmoil of his new co-worker Shelly in Cletus’s story in Beard Science. Shelly, who is drop dead gorgeous but is socially inept. Beau loves her at first site, but then hates her when he realizes how rude she is, but it’s that kind of hate that rides the line of love and in Beard in Mind we see Beau cross that line into love and we are given insight into why Shelly is rude and impervious to Beau’s charm. Shelly was a fascinating character. She was seriously flawed, in therapy, and very infatuated with Beau. When Beau finally see’s past the fact that Shelly didn’t fall at his feet, he opens his eyes to why she is the way she is and he is all in. No hesitation. I loved that about him. Shelly has some serious issues, she is OCD to a level I’ve never read before and she needs Beau with a capital N, and Beau needs her back in just the same way. This was a LOVE story full of trepidation, self awareness, and charm. It had a sweetness that was different than the other stories in this series. It didn’t have Duane and Jess’s sizzle, Jethro and Sienna’s humor, and Cletus and Jennifer’s oddity. It was singular in it’s own uniqueness and I enjoyed it a lot. In addition to the love story between Shelly and Beau, we also had a story filled with the Winston family dynamic. I want to adopt myself into this family. Even though they are a strange bunch, they love each other infinitely. How nice is that? ❤❤❤❤❤
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — Beau was the absolute highlight of this story for me… Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed Shelly as well, but Beau surprised the heck out of me, he was nothing like what I was expecting. And I totally fell in love with him, he stole my heart, and I ache for this sweet and sensitive man. Something about the other books and the way that people described him, I truly believed that the charm that he so effortlessly delivers would have some other purpose…but the reality was that he just did it to make people feel good, not as something for himself. He was a genuinely friendly and caring guy, and I guess I just don’t come across heroes like him nearly enough. It’s not about alpha or beta or any of that, but I fell in love with the kindness of this man. In the end I actually felt a bit sorry for him, for how people made assumptions about his character. I also expected him to be a bit of a player, but again, that was another erroneous assumption based on how people perceived him. I seriously can’t say enough good things about him. Does that mean he wasn’t flawed? Heck no. But the goodness…oh the goodness. As I said, I ended up really enjoying Shelly as well. But we actually got remarkably fewer chapters from her POV, which surprised me quite a bit, and it made it a bit harder to connect with her sometimes. Now, I’m kind of selfish and enjoyed being in Beau’s head, so this only bothered me a little bit. But it does mean that I didn’t connect with her quite as much as I did Beau. She’s a bit of an odd duck too, what with the things she struggled with because of her OCD, so there’s a tiny part of me that had a hard time figuring her out. But that could be just me. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to see the woman below the disorder, but we did get there eventually, and I loved her subtle sass and vulnerability. I’m not sure if this book was as strong in the romance department, it just had so much else going on in the story. I did enjoy their chemistry though, you could really feel their attraction to one another. And I did understand their friendship, but there was the odd time where I would wonder if I bought what drew them to each other initially, other than just the hand wavy stuff…but I’m probably not making any sense. I cried for both Shelly and Beau. Shelly struggled with so much, and a part of me was saddened that she didn’t get to resolve things with her family, though I understood it and it made sense for her and for the story. I definitely cried for Beau…for the hurts of his childhood, and for seeing him struggle with Duane leaving. I loved how unafraid of showing emotion he could be. I loved how close he and Duane were, and how you could really feel how the twins were two halves of a whole. I also fully understood why Christine chose to approach (and manipulate) him, b/c he just has such a good heart. He might be one of my favourite heroes of all time, but definitely my favourite Winston brother so far (which I can’t believe he usurped Jethro). On the topic of diversity, I loved learning about OCD, and what a person experiencing it might possibly feel and go through, not to mention potential treatments. I thought the subject was treated with respect, gave a great peek into what it might be like, and I LOVED Ms. Reid’s note at the end about this not encompassing all people with this disorder, but just one character. I think people often forget how mental disabilities of all kinds v
AngyP More than 1 year ago
Everything about Beard in Mind is PERFECT!! The unique love story and characters, the romance, the Winston family, the cameos from Knitting in the City series… Everything was amazing. It’s time for Beau Winston to have his HEA. He’s the good and charming half of the Winston twins—the complete opposite of his brother Duane and together are in perfect balance—but Beau is facing the fact that Duane is leaving town to travel the world with Jessica James and he can’t help it but to feel left behind. To add more tension to his current state of mind, he has to work now with an exceptional mechanic with one big “flaw”: Her people skills are as bad as she is a good mechanic, and he can’t understand why she is so mean and rude to him, and to everyone in general, because up until now, he’s the most likeable member of his family “She’s an incredibly talented mechanic.” “I don’t care if she’s Henry Ford’s great grandniece, she ain’t staying.” And then, something happens. Beau starts thinking and dreaming about this enigmatic woman constantly. He gets her potholders for crying out loud, and there’s no denying he is attracted to her, so, there’s only one thing to do, and let me tell you, I don’t know what’s more surprising, what he does or how she reacts. I guarantee there’s more to that one than meets the eye. And then, the most honest and amazing relationship starts. I love how they both help each other with their “refrigerators”. They both are used to the masks they have for everyone, and they find a middle ground of honesty with each other company, a place where they can be who they really are, what the other needs and and more importantly, their “essential madness”. When I’m with you, I notice only you. All in all, Beard in Mind is originally amazing, full of love, family, secrets, and discoveries. 200% recommended.
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
WOW! Penny Reid has once again blown my mind with her absolutely amazing storytelling abilities. For some reason I had it in my head that Beau and Shelly's book was not gonna affect my heart like some of the others did. Teach me to doubt Penny, not only did it meet any expectation I had it blew it out of the park. Beau is a good guy, He is sweet, kind, generous with him time, and loyal. I think I was worried he would be too good, does that make sense? But all that he is is needed to balance Shelly. Not that she is bad or trouble, but she is misunderstood. She is brutally honest, socially inaept, and at times difficult to be around. And yet Beau is drawn to her. She frustrated him to no end, but he wouldn't change her if he could. Shelly's struggles broke my heart. Mental disorders run in my family and this all hit close to home. I could relate to her and her standoff-ness. I ached for her pain because I know there is no quick fix, this is a lifetime issue. I loved how Beau holds her up and never pulls her down. The story is perfection. Thank you Penny for giving us the story we all need and not what we all ask for. ~miranda
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book. I enjoyed the first book in the Knitting in the City series by this author, and I've been intrigued to read this one as well. While this is the 4th book in the Winston Brothers series, and it plays off of the other series as well, it was easy enough to read on its own. I got to spend some time with Quinn and Janie from Neanderthal Seeks Human, since Quinn was Shelly's brother and we met her in their book. I also got to meet all of Beau's brothers and sisters and friends. I'm now looking forward to getting to go back and read their stories, as well as for future books that are other characters' stories. All of the men in the story are so different that it makes them fun to see how they are going to handle love when it is coming at them. And I have to say that I really liked that we got an extremely real woman to see how she could fall in love with her extreme case of OCD. And I liked that Beau was able to deal with it, but that in some ways, he definitely acted realistically with Shelly in how he reacted to different events. I do have to say there were some moments I was unsure just how it could work, but they were overcome by the writing keeping me reading and not wanting to put it down. The beginning did take a bit to get into, as the book is told mostly from Beau's viewpoint, and I think I'm more used to romances being evenly told throughout the male and female lead, with usually more on the woman's side. I also guess I didn't realize there was a bit of the motorcycle club story with this series, but it wasn't in a way that overwhelmed the plot for me, even while it totally added a lot of depth to the story overall. I am definitely a Penny Reid fan, and when I got the chance to win any of her audiobooks through a Facebook contest, I immediately asked for the first book in this series, and I can't wait to listen and get back to the first part of this family's story. If you are looking for a fun romance, but with the serious and realistic qualities of their lives and families thrown in, this is the book/series/author for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly loved getting to know Beau and Shelly. They held my attention as well as my heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Penny Reid is my all time favorite author. Her ability to write smart real romance that matters continues to surpass any and all my expectations every time I read her latest work. Thank you, P.!