Beard Necessities

Beard Necessities

by Penny Reid


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Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.

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ISBN-13: 9781942874584
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Publication date: 09/20/2019
Series: Winston Brothers Series , #7
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 386,493
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Beard Necessities 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
poetriot 4 days ago
This is the way you end a series. Billy's book may be last but by no means does it have any less of an emotional impact as all the other books. Billy and Claire have both gone through so much of an emotional roller coaster and fight so hard to get past each obstacle that appears before them with every part of their being. It makes the finish line so much more satisfying to see when Billy and Claire have to fight so hard and almost give up in their journey to find happiness and closure in their lives. It is so good to see their journey guided by their family and friends. It is definitely a bittersweet feeling to see it all end, but you know that for these characters the journey will continue on in some way that keeps you tied to them for life.
lindseydomokur 11 days ago
4.5 stars! Feelings, all of the feelings. I LOVE a broody man. The broodier the better and Billy was that man. I loved learning the backstory of all of the things that transpired between Beard with Me and this book. There was so much heartache and so much love. I feel like neither of them could really just come out and say all of the things they needed to say and that is sad because they wasted so many years. Just when Billy has given up on Scarlet, his family steps in and makes sure they see what is right in front of them. I loved Cletus and his intervention into their lives for the sake of everyone's happiness. I loved learning about what happened when Scarlet left and was with Ben even if those things were hard to hear/read. I always knew Ben wasn't who he made himself out to be, but he really wasn't a great person. I hate that there were so many lies and untold truths between Billy and Scarlet and that is what kept them apart from each other for so long. This book was lighter than Beard with Me but heavier than other parts of the series. It gave me butterflies and it also warmed my heart. These two finally have their HEA and it took long enough!
VPV613 13 days ago
This was a wonderful way to end this series. I was waiting to read this story for a long time, and this author did not disappoint as usual. It is a must read. I definitely recommend this book, this series, and this author.
CarissaR 13 days ago
I can totally feel the waves of emotions wafting off of Claire and Billy in the first beginning scene they're together. So raw, and broken these two are and I'm glad we saw how they got back together. I just wished maybe there was something a tiny bit more by the very end, like something for me feels missing? I can't 100% point it out. This was still a good read and conclusion to the series. I can't wait for the cozy mysteries now. I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Chloe Trivelpiece 13 days ago
I am going to admit, I was apprehensive when I saw this book on my Kindle. I knew it was Billy and Scarlet's story and I was excited to finally read it.  But I was also sad because I knew that this was the end....the bittersweet end of the Winston Brothers novels... Reading Scarlet and Billy's story was like coming home again.  Being welcomed into the amazing Winston family.  Whether it was it Green Valley, Tuscany, Italy or Nashville.  This story truly shows the meaning of your home is where your heart is. It's not the bricks and wood that make up a cabin or a house.  It's the people, it's the love and that's everything. The years of miscommunication, misunderstandings and secrets between Scarlet and Billy were just too many to count.  The love that had simmered between these two was beyond amazing.  A true testament to the writing genius of Ms. Reid is that even with the years separating and the anger and frustration between Scarlet and Billy, it had to be that way to make their beautiful happy ending just so much more brilliant. I will admit when I finished reading this final story of the Winston Brothers (and sister, because Ashley is a force to be reckoned with), I got a bit weepy, a bit nostalgic and then I smiled when I realized, I didn't have to say goodbye forever.  I could pick up Truth or Beard and start the magical journey all over again! Thank you, Ms. Reid, for creating this world and this family and letting your readers be a part of it!
SpiderEffect 14 days ago
Life has a way of coming full circle. For Billy and Claire – the trials and tribulations of their lives have finally brought them back into the same realm in life. Both are too stubborn to realize just how deeply their bond actually exists. The two have been dancing around each other for years, and now a little interference from the Winston’s may provide the push that these two tattered souls need. The Winston clan is headed to Italy, and Cletus has come up with a plan to push Billy and Claire together at last. With the help of the entire Winston family, Cletus is determined to help Billy and Claire find the happiness that neither has found without the other in life. When the entire Winston family gets involved, you know things are about to get very interesting. Can Billy and Claire find their way back to one another and explore a long overdue chance at love? Only time and a little Winston antics will tell if this love story is meant to finally come to fruition. Beard Necessities is the long awaited conclusion to Billy and Claire’s story, and it is everything that you didn’t realize you wanted for the couple!! First let me say – if you have not read the rest of the series, do NOT start with Beard Necessities. There is so much history involved in the development of this story that will only make sense if you know all of the nuances of Billy and Claire’s story. What can I tell you about Beard Necessities that won’t spoil the nuances of the plot for readers? Simple put……this story was EPIC!!! No one deserves to find their happiness more than Billy and Claire. After all – Billy has endured more pain and suffering than anyone has ever realized (except for Cletus of course). All of the heartache, missed opportunities, and secrets that were meant to be hidden will culminate into a love story that is unexpected and worthy of the most tattered Winston soul. Billy really is selfless and deserves happiness more than anyone. Will his future include Claire or will they uncover secrets that neither will overcome? Every single piece of the past unfolds in this story of redemption for Billy and Claire. Regardless of how you feel about these two characters… will discover that Penny Reid completely outperformed herself in wrapping up a series that has captivated me from the very first book!! The Winston Pennyverse is complete, and it was definitely worth the wait!!