Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers Series #1)

Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers Series #1)

by Penny Reid

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Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why perpetually level-headed Jessica James has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can't stand him, and she's pretty sure he can't stand the sight of her...

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane's disdain; therefore she's unprepared for the reality that is Duane's insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks.

When Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother's series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

Series Description
Everyone in Green Valley, Tennessee knows that the six bearded Winston brothers have been imbued with an unfair share of charm and charisma... and are prone to mischief.

Truth or Beard is book #1 in the Winston Brother's series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston Brothers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151531733
Publisher: Cipher-Naught
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Series: Winston Brothers Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,666
File size: 607 KB

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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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Truth or Beard 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is hilarious. Seriously. Great quotes. Deep belly laugh from some situations. Great characters. Can't wait to read the rest of the family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Winston family! Funny, romantic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it when a story makes me laugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story with interesting characters. It was funny and makes me want to read about the rest of the Winston brothers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Characters are funny and actually have some depth. I will be reading the next in the series.
TheBookNerd5 More than 1 year ago
This book started off.......not very well. This is my first book by the author Penny Reid so I wasn't sure what to expect going in. Jessica believed she was in love with Beau. She had little to no interactions with Beau which made me feel she was a bit fickle. Jessica had tunnel vision when it came to Beau. He could do no wrong in her eyes. I sort of get the gist of where she was coming from in that we can build up this idea of a person and once we truly get to know them.....our expectations were off. That's not to say Beau is a bad guy, because he isn't. He just wasn't the one for Jessica. First off, I loved having a book where the main character had the same name as me. You would think with a name as common as Jessica that this would happen all the time but it doesn't. I think because the name is so common, authors tend to stray from using it. The problem was, I didn't like Jessica so much. She thought she was in love with Beau and then all of a sudden Duane is there and then she's in love with Duane. I felt she was bouncing all over the place. I feel like Jessica needed to regroup after her realization about Beau and take a breath before diving into another guy, especially his twin brother. I will say I adored Duane. He was this old fashioned guy who wanted to treat a girl respectably and do the right thing by everyone. Duane has had a crush on Jessica since they were teenagers. The problem was, Jessica only had eyes for Beau. I can't imagine being so into someone only to realize they only have feelings for your twin brother. OUCH. After some trickery, he did get on Jessica's radar. From there the ball started rolling. I loved the family aspect in this book. We may not always love the choices and decisions our family members make but we still stick by them no matter what. I loved this crazy Winston family with their 500 siblings. Okay, it was 7 but still....that's quite a large family. I adored getting to know each of the siblings and seeing each of their personalities. They are certainly a quirky bunch and I love each of them!! I can't wait to continue this series and learn more about each of them as individuals. On the down side, I had some issues with the writing. The author had words scattered throughout the book that I felt alienated the average reader. I'm by no means an English scholar and my vocabulary isn't the best but I feel I'm on par with the average person. Several times I had to stop reading and look up the meaning of words. This made it difficult to keep with my reading vibe having to stop and search for the definition of words continuously. Certain words like: laconic, magnanimity, acquiesced, modicum, dichotomously, minutiae, lissome, etc. were used when I feel we could've just used a more average word. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy learning new words and definitions to expand my vocabulary but the words popped up a bit too frequently for my taste. Overall, I enjoyed the love story between Duane and Jessica. It wasn't picture perfect by any means but I still swooned over it. The book did take awhile to get going in my opinion. I'd say it took until about 50% into the book for me to really become invested in the story. I'm giving this story a 3.5-3.75 and rounding up to a 4 star rating. I will continue this series and think I will enjoy it more with different characters highlighted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great family of guys to get to know. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I'm looking forward to another book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a whim and am so glad I did!! This book was a fun quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I confess, I've owned this book since it first was published. I was going to wait until all of the Winston brothers were released. Then today, I realized how much I missed reading Penny's books and decided it was time to read this one. Totally worth every second!!! I can't wait to read the next one! ?
Anonymous 12 days ago
Truth or Beard is actually kinda funny but in an honest way. Jessica James is just like every other red-blooded woman. We see our dreamboat and music plays in the background (of our head), she has someone she has been lusting after forever( the unobtainable) and has an over protective brother. She loves Beau but Duane is the one that she knows more about and has a more realistic relationship with. They fight and snipe and because of something that happens Duane is the one sending her blood on fire. Sad thing is they are twins and she doesn't know which she wants, but Duane does and Jessica is the one in his sights. To family obligations and relearning someone you knew about this is a story about love and family. I look forward to reading the next one. The Winston brothers are awesome.
Lisa_Loves_Literature 3 months ago
Now, I've read a few others in this series, so I seem to be going out of order. But man did this book just make me so happy. I listened to the audiobook and the narrators' voices were perfect! The back story that we get for the characters is great. And then there are so many parts that just had me rolling with laughter. There was a whole bit where Cletus was talking about his sausage, and it totally reminded me of the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon kept asking about his wood. I decided I loved the way that Jessica described herself as being a "well-kissed goof", and that I want more than anything to feel that way again some day. I think the male narrator on this is probably a new favorite of mine, and if he does more of the books, I need to listen to the ones I haven't read yet. It was also fun listening to this on my trip to Branson, because I saw lots of bearded men that made me think of this.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Cute original story but could have been better without the descriptive sex scenes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its a cute book, The author did a mostly good job of character development, but some of the depth was glazed over or given one line. It reads like a complete book, but the primary family issues were left hanging. The star deduction was for naming bikers super cheesy names, making them come across cartoonish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the family of brothers and their relationship to each other. However, the main female character was monotonous to me and the subplot with the bikers a bit contrived. It gets better toward the end but I did gloss over the boring female angst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development. Wonderful sense of humor. Real emotional depth. Very much enjoyed this book
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — Yay!!! Looks like this series might be a hit for me!! I can’t tell you how excited that makes me, b/c so many of my friends LOVE Ms. Reid, and I’ve enjoyed her books, but with fairly strong caveats. So it’s really relieving to be able to say that Grin & Beard It wasn’t an outlier, maybe I was just waiting for the Winston’s all along!! Jessica was perfectly odd and adorable…very quirky, but not unrelatably quirky, you know? She made me laugh with her wicked and ironic sense of humour (and I now understand my friend Jooood’s choice to dress up as Gandalf when she first met Ms. Reid). I did have a harder time relating to her wanderlust, and her stubborn assertion to not have personal attachments to people holding her back… I’m wondering if that was just her being young and assuming that that’s the way it would need to be in order to fulfill her dreams, you know? But I guess I can say I’m not a person with wanderlust, and so I found myself reaching trying to make a connection with Jessica on that…trying to figure out where it came from, what inspired it, etc. Might have just been me though. I loved her relationships with her family, especially her brother, b/c you could feel the underlying love, but it was covered in wanting to annoy the crap out of each other…I could relate a bit. I was surprised that one mystery wasn’t resolved in the book, even though it was heavily hinted at…but I can’t say anything without spoiling. Maybe it will come into play in another book in the series? Duane was both adorable and frustrating…seriously, I’ll end up saying this a million different ways. He was almost high and mighty with Jess a bit too much, and I can’t always get down with a high handed hero. He made decisions for her instead of asking her…but I do understand that was a flaw of his. I just don’t know if he learned from it, you know? At least maybe not enough to satisfy me. There were plenty of times where I both loved him and he irked me; where he made me swoon and he made me want to smack him at the same time. I thought he was so misunderstood, and sweet and sensitive, and when it came to the way he loved Jessica, oh wow…just *sigh* I also really appreciated how deeply he cared for his family, and how important they were to him. And together they were just awesomesauce. I loved how they got lost in each other…their chemistry was amazing. And there were so many hilarious moments sprinkled in, those always make these romances feel very real. I mean, the car makeout scene killed me. Their relationship progressed in a fairly predictable manner wrt conflict I could see coming a mile away, but I was OK with that. I also absolutely adored all the scenes with more than one Winston. The way the brothers interacted, the way Jess interacted with the brothers, it was all just good stuff. I also loved Claire, and am intrigued about her story. What I found funny is that every fan I know loves Cletus, and while I do think he’s hilarious, I’m not swooning or anything. I can’t help but wonder if he’s on the Asperger’s spectrum…either that or I worry he’s a sociopath. I will say this, reading this series out of order is a mistake. If you feel like you’re going to read the whole series, and not just a particular book, I suggest reading it starting at Ashley’s book (Beauty and the Mustache from the KITC series) and then in order from this book on. I haven’t read Ashley’s book, and I felt like my experience would have
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly love reading all of PennyReid's books so far (4). Great characters, fantastic humor, I love getting to know each character. This book has many surprises.
HoBraReader More than 1 year ago
5 Whisper My Name Stars! So I know I say this about all of Penny Reid's books but this one is my favorite! I floved Truth or Beard something fierce. I was so excited about getting more of the Winston brothers but this book, this book gave me so much more! I had butterflies for most of the book! Butterflies! The Winston brothers are a fun rowdy group. They are good people. They have big hearts and are loyal to a fault. Duane is no exception. He's a balls to the wall, fearless teddy bear. “My priority is making sure all your dreams come true. You can trust me on that.” I would love to be on the receiving end of one of his hot looks. Better yet, his laser focus. I can honestly say I have never wanted to hear a man whisper my name until now. Truth or Beard is full of surprises. I can't tell you what they are because hello, they're surprises! I will say though, I wasn't expecting Cletus to be so funny. Overall Penny Reid continues to be a facial hair ninja writing rockstar. I am SO looking forward to more in this series.
JHo516 More than 1 year ago
This was a cute book! I think my favorite character was Cletus even though he is a side character in the story. The story is engaging, funny, thought provoking but purely entertaining. This is a central theme for Penny Reid. She writes funny but thoughtful books. You often have to look things up because it is so smartly written that it throws you off and you end up actually learning something useful that you wouldn't have expected. The characters are well balanced, easy to empathize with and get attached to as much as you can get attached to a fictional character. The audio is also equally great! The narrators are fantastic and truly bring the book to a whole other dimension. The second "read" of this was via audio for me and it was almost like reading it for the first time all over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I look forward to reading more books by Penny Reid. I laughed, cried and felt like I was apart of the story.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun and steamy read that I couldn't help but adore! I don't read a lot of contemporary romance although after loving this one so much I think that I really should. This author (and series) jumped on to my TBR list when a bunch of romance bloggers that I trust were raving about this series. I couldn't resist downloading a copy of this book when it was available for free on Amazon and rather than waiting for months to read it, I jumped right in. I'm so glad that I didn't wait as this book was just a really great read. Not only was there a really steamy romance developing between Duane and Jessica but there was also some laugh out loud moments in this book. I love a romance that makes me laugh as well. Jessica was hilarious to me and she would say the most inappropriate things off the top of her head at the worst times. It was really great and was an unexpected surprise. One of the things that I also enjoyed about this book was the conflict on how Jessica and Duane's relationship would work out. Jessica has always wanted to travel the world and has been planning on leaving town as soon as she has enough money saved. Duane on the other hand is more tied down to the area as he owns a car garage with his brothers. They both seemingly wanted different things out of life so it was interesting to me to see how the author was going to make it all work. I liked that there was also the added problems that Duane had with a local biker gang. It added a little bit of tension especially to the end of the book which had me reading faster to see how it would all work out. I loved the way that the author ended this book. I can't say more than that without spoiling anything but I do want to mention that I found the ending to be really great! Overall, this was a really great romance- one of the best that I have read in awhile! I am so excited to read more books by this author (and get to know Duane's other brothers). I hope that the other books are just as humorous as I found this book to be! I'm now thinking that I need to find some more contemporary romance recommendations to try out thanks to this book. What other great authors am I missing out on? I can easily recommend this book to fellow romance readers! Bottom Line: A really great romance- both steamy and fun! Disclosure: I downloaded a copy of this book for free from Amazon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book. It held my interest through out.