Truth or BeardPenny Reid

Truth or Beard

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Truth or Beard by Penny Reid Book Summary

Falling for the wrong twin never felt so good . . .
From the NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, & USA TODAY bestselling series

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 Brothers 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.

Truth or Beard (Penny Reid) Book Reviews

Review: Winston Brothers #1: Truth or BeardTruth or Beard by Penny Reid is the first book in her new Winston Brothers series. It is a spin-off of sorts from her Knitting In The City series. It is also an amazing read. I approach Penny's books with a certain amount of reverence. First, I need my brain firing on all cylinders because the books are funny, but it's an intelligent, witty kind of funny and I don't want to miss one moments of that. Second, they are so well written. The amount of detail to describe a place, a person, or a situation is always spot-on. Never overdone but you can always see it in your mind as you are reading. Back to the actual review of the book... Duane Winston and Jessica James have been at odds for most of their lives. While she was hero-worshipping his kindly twin brother Beau, Duane was busy cutting her pigtails off or some other horrible thing. While Beau was rescuing her cat from a tree, Duane was throwing rocks at it. While Beau was being perfect and hero-like, Duane and Jessica were fighting. She always gave as good as she got though. Now Jessica is back in town, teaching calculus (and other maths) at the high school and sticking around only long enough to pay off her student loans before she plans to pick up and travel the world. A run-in with the twins at the community center on halloween leaves Jessica breathless, confused as to which twin is which and leaves Duane wondering what he just started because after that encounter he's not letting Jessica go. He just has to convince her of this fact. So that's the barest of bones of this story which is richly filled with angst and drama and complicated (but not overly-so) plot twists. Well-paced and absolutely amazing, if you aren't absolutely hooked by the first chapter you should check your pulse and make sure it still works. Another Penny book I'd rate at 6 stars if I could..Score: 5/5

Great readLoved it!.Score: 5/5

There's more to Duane than meets the eye!Waiting is one of the cruelest and hardest things to do. I've been anticipating this book since last October. I've counted down the days and thankfully my wait was fruitful; Truth or Beard was totally worth the wait. Penny Reid has this way of writing that gets to me every time. She manages to mesh humor, emotion, drama, and serious issues together in a way you'll love. Boy did I laugh. Jess and Duane both narrate and it's often as hilarious as it is hot to listen to their thoughts. There were even times when I laughing and turned on at the same time. That's disturbing since most people don't equate arousal with laughter, but it's done well. There were also moments when I couldn't control my tears. I wasn't all out sobbing, but there are poignant moments that took me by surprise. I feel like I devoured this book. The pages flew by I had no idea where I was in the story. All that mattered was I read it. I loved Jess and Duane. I loved how Jess pushed the envelope on what was "okay" with her over protective father and brother. I loved how she followed her heart and didn't let anyone disparage her dreams. She didn't let any one's opinion color what she wanted or how she felt, especially when it came to Duane. I loved how she fiercely she felt for him and his family, even if she initially fought her reaction to him. I loved how Jess was with Claire, her best friend. I admired the heck out of Claire too. I have a feeling she'll be getting her own story sooner than later and I can't wait to read it! Most of all I loved how brilliant and motivated Jess was. I admired the way she was bold and determined to get Duane fully invested in their relationship. What can I say about Duane? He may be one of the trouble making Winstons, but there's so much more to him. He's honorable, dedicated, and a planner. There was so much about him I didn't know and loved learning. I was taken aback at how much he felt for Jess. He was really a case of still waters run deep. I loved how Duane was willing to go all out for those he loved. That man was so not what I thought he was going to be. He might not be a charmer like some of his brothers, but his straight forward manner really made him who he was. He definitely knew how to woo. There's no denying the attraction between Jess and Duane. You could feel the heat radiating from them when they were together. I absolutely loved how Jess couldn't deny it even when she was upset bout finding out it was for the "wrong" twin. The back and forth between the two was delicious. It was easy to see why each had fallen for the other. I was slightly surprised at Duane's reticence to go in whole hog with Jess. Duane might have ignited everything that happened between them, but for most of their relationship, it felt like Jess was the driving force behind them moving forwards. If it's not already clear, I adore the Winstons. I loved seeing them with each other. The bonds that bind them together are strong yet resilient. This book was as close to perfect as it could be. The only thing I would've liked is for there to be closure for Jess about a secret that was revealed to her. My heart broke for her and I understood her confusion and pain. I have my guesses as to who the other responsible party is, but I would've loved confirmation. As it is, I'm already looking forward to the next Winston brother book. I can't wait to come back to Green Valley, Tennessee and sit a spell. There's never a dull moment in that town..Score: 5/5

Loved itI absolutely loved it. Could not - would not put down, read it whole in a single sitting. There are some convoluted sentences that left me feeling the author was going for a complicated wording just for the sake of it. But the story is thoroughly enjoyable..Score: 5/5

Love the Beard!Love the spin off from knitting in the city (#4). Can’t wait to read more about the fabulous Winston brothers..Score: 5/5

AwwwThis is a great book!! So entertaining and you’ll fall in love with the characters!.Score: 5/5

Truth or BeardThank you Ms. Penny for kicking your day job to the curb and writing this book! I was laughing out loud, tearing up in other chapters, and trying to read faster than my brain could keep up! Read this books, you will love it. On to number two 👍.Score: 5/5

Recommend listening via audible4 stars! I listened to this via audible and really loved the story. The narrators really brought the book to life. I loved Duane and Jessica. Jessica was so sassy and fun to read. And I need a Duane in my life. He was so straightforward and honest about his intentions. Left no room for games and misunderstandings. It was so refreshing. I love listening to audio books while in the car so I wish I had longer distances to drive so I can do it more often. I really loved the story even though it took me forever to listen to. I really recommend the audio for this book. Can’t wait to read more in the series..Score: 4/5

Waste of timeNot even worth 1 star. Absolutely awful; could not finish. :(.Score: 1/5

WittyThis story captured my attention right away. Witty inner banter, great character development, and believable conflict. Has a bit of danger thrown in for spice in the form of an ominous biker gang. Read'll love it. Starting the next right now..Score: 5/5

Grin And Beard ItGreat read and funny as all get out!!!.Score: 5/5

Truth or beardWell written. Fun characters. Hard to put down. Was exciting with good morals and danger. Sexy without being over the top..Score: 5/5

Funny and entertainingThis 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..Score: 5/5

Amazing!I love all of the Winston Brothers books so far! I can't wait to read the rest!.Score: 5/5

Ahhh I loved this book, so hard!I was so excited to see that it is written in dual POV (it's my fav)! I just got finshed binging on her Knitting in the city books and I wrapped it up with this jem. This book and Ashley's book are my 2 favorites so far. I pretty much love all of her characters, you can't help but like them. Everyone makes you laugh! Duane and Jessica make such a great couple. Duane just kills me with his epic love for Jessica. “Jessica,” he whispered, “arguing with you is one of my favorite things to do.” “You’re already on that pedestal, Princess. And I respect the hell out of you, whether you like it or not.” *girly sigh* Duane is such a good guy. His momma raised all those boys right! I really liked Jessica, so glad she got over her "mystical Beau voodoo spell". Her "brain soundtrack", so awesome! I want to start doing that. Gah! I could go on and on about this book. I love it so much! Oh and Cletus.... I can't even!!! He had some of the best lines in the book. Can not wait for his story. Read this book people, you won't be sorry!.Score: 5/5

Truth or BeardLove the Winston Brothers!!.Score: 5/5

Truth or beardBy penny reid I could not put this book down it grabbed me from the 1st chapter and wouldn’t let go! Great story total page turner! Bookbub.Score: 5/5

Truth or BeardAs usual Reid has created truly believable situations and characters and added her dashes of humor. Great read….or great Reid..Score: 5/5

Great bookI thought this book was really good, I really like the brothers. I'm looking forward to reading more from Penny Reid,and more of these brothers..Score: 4/5

Truth or DareDon't bother...long and drawn out. This author writes a bunch of useless details just to make a series. Not worth the time or money..Score: 1/5

Truth or BeardLoved this, has all kinds of emotions. Kept me interested.Score: 5/5

Loved thisWhat a great story! I was completely blindsided by a twist towards the end..Score: 5/5

Loved itThis was such a good book I was hooked right from the beginning and I couldn’t stop reading daune was such a change from usual men with him bieng in love with her and he was so charming and sweet Jessica was super quircky and werid they fit perfectly together definitely would recommend.Score: 5/5

Truth or BeardWonderful story!!!!.Score: 5/5

GoodGreat characters who you love and are frustrated with at the same time..Score: 4/5

BoredI really wanted to like the characters but they were so formulaic I couldn’t finish the book..Score: 2/5

Exceptional5 star across the board. Romance, humor, gripping, stay up past your bedtime for “just one more chapter, I promise”.Score: 5/5

I LOVE THIS SERIES!This is one of my favorite book series ever and I absolutely adore this first book. Duane and Jessica have so much chemistry and this is the best type of hate-to-love you’ll ever read about. This is a slow burn romance and I think Penny Reid did a fantastic job with playing with the partner following their partner to another country trope! Highly recommended.Score: 5/5

Getting to know the beardTruth is always the hardest to say and hardest to hear. Duane and Jessica don't start out on the right foot. Since childhood, the characters are at odds with one another. Yet, through all their pranks there is a very huge case of unrequited love on one side and other a huge case of annoyance. "I was always running after her, but this time I wasn't going to let her get away." Penny Reid really touched me with Duane and Jessica's love story. The reader is once again immersed into the Winston Family, all the brothers make an appearance to dole out their helpfulness as only they can. Ms. Reid again takes a storyline, childhood unrequited love, and turns it on it's very funny ear. Both main characters are lovable and relatable. I cheered them equally on to their HEA. The journey to HEA was pitfalls of being truthful. Duane and Jessica both are equal believers in honesty. This leads to difficult conversation and unexpected reactions. But never over the top or seemingly over reactionary in the execution to move the story along. I found as the reader rooting for each side to persuade the other to really listen, a perfect balance of fumbles by both parties. Although this book could stand alone as Ms Reid does give ample background to the main and peripheral characters, I do hardly recommend the first book in the series, Beauty and the Mustache, to be read first. If you aren't familiar with Penny Reid's writing, she weaves a funny, alway believable HEA story. Perfect blend of a smile on your face romance you may need for your day..Score: 5/5

A 5 star MUST READ!Penny Reid gets better and better each book! I thought Beauty and the Mustache was my favorite, but then Duane and the Winston brothers stole my heart! I loved every page of Truth or Beard. This is sweet, romantic, emotional, witty and with the perfect amount of heat to create one of the best romances you can get your hands on! My only sad, was finishing this book too fast... now I have to wait for more Penny Reid goodness! Definitely a 1-click MUST!!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!It is very well written and extremely entertaining! I could not put it down..Score: 5/5

Truth or BeardSweet love story with many diverse elements. Between biker gangs, large family ties, good guys vs bad guys and parents that included law officers, lost parents, bikers and resolution of conflicting needs (and people), this book is choc full of surprises..Score: 4/5

New favorite author 👏What a great book! 💕Love love loved it💕.Score: 5/5

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Penny Reid does it again!I have read almost all of Penny Reid's books. Her books are funny, heartwarming, with some downright laugh out loud moments. This story about Duane and Jessica was no exception. One of my favourites, for sure!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic!Hilarious. Once you start, you cannot put it down! Funny heartwarming characters. Funny and touching..Score: 5/5

Truth or Beard a great readThis book has a great story. Jessie always thought she was in love with Beau...wrong! she was in love with his identical twin Duane. This book includes a great family of boys/men who just lost their mother, a biker gang, blackmail, Jessie finding out she's adopted and all other types of links where you can see other stories will follow for all the other boys! Worth the read, and look out for a the other books to follow.Score: 5/5

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Truth or beardI mean, this book gets marked down pretty heavily for the non consensual scene at the start with the whole twin brother mix up thing (also the name of the book). I’m sure you’ll either sit on the “it’s not a bit deal” or the “this is a plot point I can’t get past” side of things. If I remove that scene from the book then I didn’t mind it, but the best, not the worst. I liked their family dynamics and the different personalities that I’m sure you’ll get to see more of in other books. Not sure yet if I’ll continue with the other books, maybe I’ll read something else and come back to it. Dual POV, low/med level spice, 18+.Score: 2/5

Great read!!Duane is a great male lead and definitely added to my BBF list! Can't wait to find out Beaus true story and the rest of the Winston boys!!.Score: 4/5

Love love loveLoved this book! Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Great read!This was an awesome read! Funny and witty! There was only a couple of times this book for a tiny bit boring and dragged but it picked back up!.Score: 4/5

Truth or beardThis book was amazing. Very funny and cute but beautifully timed and well thought out. Loved it from start to finish!.Score: 5/5

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