Friday, June 17, 2016

NEW RELEASE REVIEW - Grin & Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid


Grin and Beard It

by Penny Reid 
Winston Brothers #2 
Publication Date: May 31, 2016 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
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 heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

I absolutely loved this book! Sienna is hilarious right from the start, and Jethro is all kinds of swoon-worthy yumminess.

Sienna is the current "it" girl in Hollywood, but she's not what Hollywood is used to: she's the everyday woman (so she's not stick-thin) who managed to smash barriers by winning an Oscar for a comedic role. And yes! She's got flavor, being a Latina. But she's not the stereotypical Latina (you know, how they're portrayed as all fiery and full of attitude). Nope, she's got jokes when she gets flustered and has a quirky and unique outlook.

Jethro is the oldest Winston sibling and has finally gotten his life on track after the debacle it was during his teenage years. He still feels like he has to make amends for his behavior and treatment of his friends and loved ones when he was younger. It actually took the death of his best friend for Jethro to see how his current lifestyle was affecting those around him. His family has finally accepted his apologies and the new leaf he's turned over, with the exception of his brother Billy.

The chemistry between Sienna and Jethro is electric, and they both see the other as they really are; and while they want to be together, there are doubts on each side: will Jethro's past be a detriment to Sienna's Hollywood career, and how will Jethro handle losing his privacy once their relationship goes public? 

What I loved about this story is Jethro's dedication to his new leaf, in regards to a relationship and all that a relationship encompasses, and the fact that he decided when he engages the physical side it will be with his wife. I'm impressed he was able to abstain as long as he did. 

The absolutely best part of this book is Jethro's brother Cletus, I seriously cannot wait until his story is written, that is going to be one epic novel. I'd love to know exactly how Cletus has the situation regarding their father Darrell under control, because something tells me that Cletus is all types of badass. This is one series I highly recommend!

ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

About Penny Reid

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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