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 Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she's never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. 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. She 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. Not helping Jessica's muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau's magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-headed heart is she willing to risk?
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 number one in the Winston Brother's series. Each book is a stand-alone, full-length, contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the romantic exploits and adventures of one of the six Winston brothers.
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"A LOVE STORY THAT WAS SIMPLY A JOY TO LISTEN TO"
Shame on me but I hadn't heard of this Author before so I took a gamble and I'm so pleased I did because this story was one of those listens that you just can't wait to dive and delve back into if life should cruelly call you away from it's mesmerizing pull. It was so well written and narrated I feel that I got to know all of the mixed bag of loveable main characters really well.... they were smart, feisty, shy, sassy, quirky, funny, honest, loving, humble, kind, generous, protective, had strong family values and each and every one of them had a loving bond with their siblings.
Jessica always hero worshipped Beau, he was her perfect man.... until a Halloween Party, a sexy Wizard's costume, mistaken identity, a scorching kiss and a dazed shocking revelation finally broke the enchantment spell Jessica had been under for years and, instead of longing for Beau's scorching kisses and passion-filled desperate touches, it was Duane's. And, as for Duane, he had known and loved Jessica for years but knew he could never compete with the open adoration Jessica held for his twin so instead he teased, provoked, fought, verbally sparred a took whatever he could just to be near her until a sexy Wizard's costume and a case of mistaken identity finally gave him the chance of more.... and he grabbed it, and Jessica, and took his chance.
And so starts a really sweet and fun relationship that was, unfortunately, doomed from the start because Duane wanted white picket fences but Jessica had wanderlust with the urge to taste, discover and experience new adventures. It was calling to her very soul but so too was Duane's arms..... therefore she blindly reasoned with herself that she couldn't afford to go yet, which left plenty of time to date Duane, she could also be honest, up front and tell him her plans, he would be ok with that, everyone would be happy and everything would work out. But it didn't quite work out that way because feelings got hurt, heart's got broken, life altering revelations got spilled, a Brother's return resulted in punches, a life threatening situation arose, a Biker Club caused major drama, blackmail and pulled at unwilling strings. Then danger loomed and, just when Jessica and Duane truly connected, misunderstandings, assumptions and someone's lies broke the HEA illusion and suddenly tears, rejection, heartbreak and shattered dreams was all that was left. However, it wasn't over because neither one of them was willing to let go or could walk away.
What a fun and entertaining listen this was with descriptive scenes that brought you mentally into all the action as this tender and touching love story played out as they foolishly set a misguided 'end date' to their relationship, their loving Brothers interfered, a nasty MC biker gang caused drama, an ex and bitchy Cousin lied and schemed and there was a dramatic tragic twist that nearly ruined everything. There was hot chemistry and sex scenes which were fantasized about and physically led up to but, alas, they didn't share in the explicit details. Dual POV's and a couple of great narrators who added the magic that brought each and all of the characters to life, gave every one of them distinctive voices that fitted with their personalities and each could be easily recognized as the loving words, deadly threats, lies, witty banter and general conversations seamlessly flowed.
Worth a credit? A love story that was well narrated, fairly light, often fun and amusing with a plot that took no time to get totally wrapped up in, it had great characters, was well written, included sizzling chemistry, warmish sex scenes, romance, angst, heartache, humor, emotional turmoil, drama and a HEA ending.... so what's not to love? Well worth a credit - six handsome, sexy and charismatic Brothers, one down and now five more to go..... yummy and bring them on.
"Love this Book"
I love the audio version due to the male and female narrators, it helps emphasize the view points!
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I have listened to quite a few of Joy Nash's performances, she does well across the board!
I love Cleetus :)
I have a 2 hours commute each day and have listened to this book multiple times on my route!
The narration really brought the characters to life, although the story itself is a bit slow at times. It's still quite entertaining though.
"Fantastic across the board"
This series has me wishing that Penny Reid had a good twin (she'd be the other one) just so she could write faster.
I'm anxiously awaiting the audio version of book two and hopefully it will be narrated by Joy and Chris. Keep up the great work folks
"Hilarious, new favorite romantic comedy!"
Don't know why it took me so long to read after adding it to my wish list long ago, but I'm glad I read it late, because now I only have 10 days until book 2 comes out. Truth or Beard was hilarious, heartwarming, completely fun to read, and so engaging. I listened to most of it here on audible but then bought the e-book version as well so I could read it whenever I wanted. Duane gave me a whole new appreciation for Southern men with accents, and guys with red hair and beards. Everything he says and does is a bit of a turn on and he's definitely one of my new favorite characters. I can't help but think part of that was the narrator Chris Brinkley doing an exceptional job of bringing Duane to life. The narrators were perfect for this story. I'd listen to both of them again and again. Can't wait for book two to come out!
The narrators brought the story to life. I felt like I had the TV on and not an audio version of the book.
"Listen at regular speed"
You won't want to miss one second of this ... the story is awesome on its own but add in the performance of Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley and you have perfection!
I loved this book when I read it and I LOVED this book when I listened to it. The narrators did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life.
"Sensual, Smart, Sexy"
Sensual, hilarious, heartfelt.
I love the trip to get supplies before heading to the biker bar. Cletus takes forever to buy duct tape because you can't rush that kind of decision and silly string...because it's silly.
No. But Chris Brinkley is AHmazing...I listen to the book just to hear his voice.
The name is perfect.
If it's Penny Reid, it's a hit.
Penny Reid always creates delightful stories! God bless her heart. The story was simpler than her others but was made magical by the narrator's accents and the interaction bw the brothers. More please!!
"Excellent Story...Excellent Narration!"
I have never listened to either if these narrators before, but they were both excellent. I don't usually enjoy male narrators doing female voices but Chris Brinkley was not too bad 😉. Joy Nash is superb!
They story was also very sweet, with some raunchy parts too, but not so much that they take over the whole storyline, like some books do. It had a good story line and brilliant characters, which were all interesting and all added to make a truly enjoyable listen/read. I laughed out loud at some parts which got me some odd stares! I wish that I had realised that there is actually a book before this one....Beauty and the Mustache....which is also about the Winstons, albeit the Winston sister. I'm off to listen to that now!
"Ok, but lacking sparkle"
Its difficult to criticise this book, because Penny Reid’s books are so good that even something below her usual standard is still way above the standard of many other writers. So if I compare this to her usual I would give it two stars, but if I compare it to other authors I will give it four stars!
Confused? I was, because this book was pleasant enough, but for me it just failed to recreate the chemistry that is usually such a delightful feature of Ms Reid’s books. The H was in love with the h from before the book started, and declared this pretty much from the beginning, both to the reader and then to the h. As the h felt pretty much felt the same way, that lovely tension of uncertainty and anticipation between our couple was sadly lacking.
The conflict in this book was supposed to be created by an odd plot line where the H was a home town boy with roots and connections, whilst the h was desperate to travel, and experience the world outside of her home town. This just did not work for me. Unlike some readers, I did understand that desperate feeling of wanting to see the world – not just on holiday but as a working member of other communities. What I found surprising was the lack of understanding by others. Maybe I just don’t understand small town America. Nevertheless I could not see why it would have been so impossible to discuss a compromise right from the beginning (as they eventually did, at the end). The couple were both very young so I could not understand why her desire to travel was such an overwhelming barrier to establishing a permanent relationship.
Added to this was a weird side story about the h’s dying Aunt who, after her death, is revealed to be h’s mother. We had strong hints that a local biker was her father, but nothing more. It left so many questions. Why did the Aunt treat her so badly, but then leave her everything in her will? Who is her father?
The writing of this book was up to Ms Reid’s usual high standard, but I did not particularly like the dual narration. The female narration was pretty much perfect for all voices, but the male narrator has a fabulous deep (very sexy!) voice which unfortunately does not lend itself well to female voices, and I found this a jarring distraction from what was otherwise excellent narration.
There is a fabulous interview at the end of the audio with Ms Reid which makes me like her so much I feel a bit guilty for my criticisms above (!), and I am most relieved to hear that she is going to remain self-published and not allow established publishing houses to dictate changes in her characters. Her fabulous characters are what makes her books truly special and even though this book was not a favourite for me, I look forward to reading the next in the series.
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