After the heartbreaking story in Beard With Me, I couldn’t wait for the next book in this series to see how their story would play out. Part of me was kind of afraid to read this one after how Beard With Me went, but I’m happy I picked it up!
A big thanks to the author and Social Butterfly PR for providing me with an ARC to read and review.
Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.
Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!
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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It’s been quite some years since their story took place, but Claire (aka Scarlet) and Billy still haven’t found their happily ever after yet. After all the heart break they felt, I was really hoping it would be everything I needed. It was and more!
Claire is a character my heart broke for in the beginning. No child should go what she should go through, but she turned out strong and is following her dream. I love how even though she does have her insecurities with many things, she’s not afraid to open her mouth either. Claire really grew in this series and I’m happy how it all turned out for her.
Billy is a tough nut to crack. He feels a lot, but won’t admit it. I notice he shuts the world out and doesn’t want to be bothered, but his heart wants so much more. It’s a good thing he has an amazing family that wouldn’t let him give up and kind of forced him to wake up, haha. Again, Billy turned out to be an amazing person, even after everything he went through. Anger could’ve easily changed his path, but he turned himself into a success. After Cletus, Billy is definitely a favorite Winston of mine.
On top of their amazing story, I can’t forget to mention the siblings. I love how they all take it into their own hands to push Billy and Claire together even though they’re both fighting it. This book brought tears to my eyes, made me laugh and I ended with a smile on my face. I think Penny Reid did an amazing job ending this series. Endings are always hard, especially when you grow to love all of the characters so much. She definitely got me with that epilogue.
I love series that takes place in small towns and big families you wish to be a part of (even if I wouldn’t want to share all of their history). The Winston Brothers are a clan I won’t forget very soon and will definitely revisit in the future!
Strolling to the desk, I set down the milk and cookies, crossed my arms and turned to face my brother. “You’re pointing out that Scarlet and I will see each other during various family functions.”
“And, therefore,” I continued reasonably, “I need to be nice to her.” I knew that already, and tonight—after watching her face crumple and feeling a part of my soul shrivel at the sight—I’d finally accepted it. I would be nice. I would be so damn nice. I’d be a saint.
But then Cletus said, “No, Billy. Not nice. Nice is for tea parties and doctor’s visits. You need to woo her.”
I blinked once. “Woo her.”
“That’s right. You need to woo the pants off her, hopefully literally, and then make that woman yours. Permanently. Once and for all. Put a ring on it. Woo is where it’s at. Jenn still has the centerpieces from our wedding if you’d like to borrow them.” During this enlightening monologue, he’d moseyed over and picked up the glass of milk and a cookie, dunked the cookie into the milk, and then took a bite just as he’d finished his listings of delusions.
“That’s never going to happen.”
“Why not? Those centerpieces are lovely. You don’t know your color scheme yet. Ask Scarlet before you decide.”
I ground my teeth. “Scarlet and I are never going to happen, Cletus.”
He shook his head firmly. “I’m disappointed in your lack of ambition, Billy. I thought we’d be on the same page. But I see now, I’m going to have to take a tough love approach.”
“I’m going to give you one chance,” he said, then pushed the rest of the cookie in his mouth and spoke around it as he continued, “One more chance is all you get. I’ve waited long enough for this and you know my feelings on delayed gratification.”
“It’s overrated.” He took a gulp of milk and picked up another cookie.
“No, Cletus. One chance on what?”
“I’m giving you one chance. One.” He pointed the cookie at me. “Tomorrow, you’re going to go find her, apologize to her for whatever that kerflufflefuck was I walked in on. Tell her you were suffering from temporary insanity, hopped up on illicit drugs, abducted by asshole probing aliens, whatever. I’m giving you one chance to make this right, and if you don’t take it, you are not going to like what happens next.”
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Meet Penny Reid
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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I really appreciate this family and all its quirks. I need to read the earlier books, but I know I definitely will be in the near future. Penny Reid really hits you in all the feels with these Winston Brothers and I’m not ready for it to be over. Have you ever read anything by Penny Reid? Let me know in the comments!