Grin and Beard It

by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #2
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy


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Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heartthrobs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

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Another great book filled with quirky characters, romance, and Penny Reid’s trademark humor! This one is Jethro Winston’s story, and what a story it is! Jethro is content with his life as a park ranger in Tennessee, despite the mistakes of his past. His world is rocked by Sienna Diaz, a movie star, who gets lost on her way to a cabin to take a much needed rest from Hollywood. Jethro is her knight in shining armor who gets her to her destination. As they continue to see each other and spend time together, their attraction grows. But, each has their secrets…Jethro’s past and Sienna’s true identity. Can their relationship survive after their pasts are revealed?

I have become such a big fan of Reid’s because of her ability to come up with fresh stories and quirky characters whom I love. Grin and Beard It is no different. Jethro is sweet, and oh so sexy, and loves Sienna for herself, not her star power. In fact, he doesn’t even know who she is. And, Sienna, I love this girl! She’s hysterical, and she doesn’t fit the norm of the slim, beautiful, and fake movie star. She’s a real woman; she has curves and knows how to make you laugh. Despite Hollywood’s standards, she’s a huge success! She and Jethro are perfectly matched. I loved their banter! The romance was perfectly paced! The obstacles they have to face just made me love them more! I always love being back in mountains of Tennessee catching up with the Winston clan.

If you love characters that are real and your romances filled with spice and laugh out loud moments, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this series, really any book by Penny Reid. Once you read one of her books, I guarantee you will be scrambling to read them all!

Abou the author

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. 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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