Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance (Winston Brothers Series #0.5 & Knitting in the City Series #4)

Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance (Winston Brothers Series #0.5 & Knitting in the City Series #4)

by Penny Reid

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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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150591424
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Publication date: 08/22/2014
Series: Knitting in the City Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 32,939
File size: 2 MB

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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. 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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Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best free book ever! Beautiful prose and poetry, sweet, romantic, funny, touching.
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 12 months ago
From the start, this book was rich with words. It was somewhat annoying, all the similes used early in this book, but the style bloomed into the poetry of words and the steadfastness of family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish reviews would say it’s written in 1st person. I HATE 1st person! To know ahead would save time & effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, very engaging - I laughed, cried, cheered, ... I couldn't put it down till the end. Definitely a keeper to re read again. Look forward to purchase new book from this same. Great read
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4 stars — Another thoroughly enjoyable read by Ms. Reid (and yes, I did that on purpose). I was so relieved because I’d become cautious about the Knitting in the City books since I was on the fence with Neanderthal. I think part of my problem with NSH was that Janie is a bit of an unreliable narrator, and since hers was the only POV we got, I was left a bit unfulfilled. When I realized that Ashley would be our only POV in this book, instead of the dual POVs I was getting in the other Winston Brothers books, I became a bit concerned I would have a repeat experience. I even lamented that fact, b/c I generally prefer them better. But in the end this book did a much better job of satisfying me than book one, probably I understood better what was going on with Drew just from Ashley’s observations (even if she, herself, didn’t understand what was going on with him). And in a bizarre twist, we’re given Drew’s POV for the epilogue and I realized that single POV was a blessing in this case, b/c if I’d had to read from his POV throughout the rest of the book, I probably would have DNF’d it!! He was just so complicated, and to take a phrase from my husband, there seemed to be a lot of purple prose…which is not something I tend to enjoy. I honestly should have anticipated it, b/c while I absolutely adored a lot of the beautiful things that Drew says to Ashley, I was also a bit conflicted b/c that’s not really my style. Both of our main characters were a bit odd, and probably not necessarily people I would hang out with in real life, but I ended up loving them despite that. I especially loved them for each other. Ashley was an odd mix of sassy and sweet. She was almost too oblivious at times, and I did find that a bit hard to handle. Drew was the epitome of withdrawn, but I loved that Ashley brought him out of himself (almost reluctantly). He was sweet, essentially a beta boy (and we all know how I adore betas), said some beautiful things, but I almost wished I knew his background better…the trials of single POV. It’s funny, b/c I did enjoy both of their characters, but I almost enjoyed the plots more in this one (which is unusual for me). I LOVED the story with Ashley’s family, it was simultaneously delightful and heartwrenching. I can wholeheartedly understand why the Winston Brothers series was formed, and if I hadn’t already read a few, I would have been clamouring for their stories as well. Having started in that series and moved backwards, I was surprised at Ashley’s opinion of her brothers. I wasn’t expecting that. But I saw that they must have changed, and I loved the way their relationships were mended. I also appreciated seeing how Drew had managed to find a place with the Winstons, and how he fit into their little world. While the story with Ashley’s Momma made me cry, I appreciated the veracity of the depiction of losing a loved one and the last few days…reminded me a bit of the last days with my Dad. Ms. Reid really gets to the heart of the family part of this story, and I fell even more in love with the whole Winston family. I appreciated learning the beginnings of the story with their father and the biker gang, as it pops up on occasion in the boys’s books. It was part of the reason I wanted to go back and fit this in before continuing on in that series. I loved the cameos from the KITC girls…all those interactions were just delightful, and made me want to go back and read their stories (even though I
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid (Audiobook) Narrated by: Joy Nash Series: Knitting in the City book 4, Winston Brothers book 0.5 4.5 Stars - Wow, Drew was such a heartfelt man. I loved his words for Ashley. He wanted her and wanted her to be happy. They had great chemistry together. There were some awesome highlighting moments for me (which are usually the big sigh worthy, make your heart beat faster, sends the good shivers all over, kind of moments) and some good laughs. I didn't know what to expect from Ashley, as a character, but once she was back with her brothers it was magic.Those Winston boys cracked me up, making me want to continue reading that series as well! Also, Ashley has great taste in Pie!! (Lemon is her favourite then pecan - and I agree!) This book is about family and how important it really is. The narrator has a wonderful southern voice. Her male voices are awesome. I would gladly listen to her again. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title kept me from reading it for a long time because I don't share the charcter's love of beards. (I'v made worse choices, but not many.)I also for some reason didn't realize it was a story that is part of a series of other books written by the author. Beautiful imagery, funny and it has inspired an interest in poetry. I may even read it again ; )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this free Nook book!! However, the other Winston Brothers books are not available for the Nook app. I was really excited to find such a wonderful series. Hoping it becomes a Nook book soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry to see this book end. It had me from the purple nurple , I will read the rest of the series .
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
This was such a great story! I enjoyed really getting to see Ashley and Drew from the beginning and am kicking myself for having read this series out of order. I loved seeing things through Ashley's eyes and see what a wonderful and caring sole she is. I pretty much inhaled every detail of Drew I could get, he was definitely the strong, silent type. I felt like it took forever to get to know him even though I thought he was wonderful. The story is from Ashley’s POV so I didn’t get as much of Drew as I would have liked. Their relationship had a nice, slow burn happening and I enjoyed every second of it, it had me hooked. I loved Ashley and Drew coming together! All the Winston brothers are wonderful. I love seeing them right from the start of their series and viewing them through Ashley’s eyes. Ashley and her mom had so many wonderful moments, they were heartbreaking and so incredibly sweet. I love her moms words of wisdom and I really loved the dynamic this family has built. Great writing and descriptions. I liked all the events taking place and details pulling me in. I enjoyed the funny and the emotion and this building tension between Ashley and Drew. I liked their interactions and loved seeing their sweetness. I was really missing that element of communication between the two but considering the place Ashley was in and all she was dealing with, it was understandable why. Drew is just so ridiculously internal, sometimes I just wanted to shake him and and make him talk. So, I loved Drew but found him a bit frustrating all rolled into one. It was an awesome story! Rich and full of depth, it felt very real with raw and vulnerable characters. Full of so much wit and humor, and a heavy does of emotion thrown in, this book totally tugged at my heart strings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great story! Couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I have been recommended this story so many times. I don’t know why I put off reading it for so long. Ashley is a great original character and Drew won my heart. He is so sweet. I adore him. This story was definitely worth my time.
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
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.