Monday, August 10, 2015

Blog Tour, Giveaway &Christie's review: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid


Truth or Beard by Penny Reid Winston Brothers #1 
Publication Date: July 23, 2015 

Tour: Truth or Beard by Penny Reid 


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. 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. 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-head heart is she willing to risk? 

Series Description: 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 #1 in the Winston Brother’s 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.

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About Penny Reid


SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Penny Reid gives good words. She writes---> I read. Done deal. I have more than a little author crush. No, it was a full blown infatuation from the very start. Of course, if you've known me for any amount of time, this will be obvious to you. So as I sat down in front of the computer, my hands hovering over the keyboard, I gave myself a little pep talk.

*deep breath* "This is it, you will not write another gushing fangirl review. This time, you will maintain some dignity. You will not talk about how this author impresses you every. Single. Time. You won't talk about 
how she writes unique and quirky characters that are incredibly endearing and extraordinary. (Besides, everyone knows that anyway). Finally, under no circumstances will you say how talented she is in writing intelligent and funny storylines. Been there, done that.

Loophole: dictionary screenshots don't count.

Dignity is boring anyway. Ha! Moving on!

Duane Winston is one of six brothers who live in the small town Green Valley, Tennessee. These are not your stereotypical country boys. These are the kind that are well versed in classic literature, they're smart as a whip, and so pretty, they hurt your eyes. They're audacious all by themselves, but throw a handful of them in a room together and you've got yourself some guaranteed laughs.

I'd once overheard my Daddy tell my momma that the six Winston Boys had inherited their father's ability to charm snakes, the IRS, and women.

Jessica is one of those charmed women. For as long as she can remember, she's had a crush on Duane's identical twin brother, Beau. But where Beau is easygoing and good-humored, Duane has always been a stoic thorn in her side.

Growing up together, they had an argumentative association and a fierce rivalry. Never would it be labeled a friendship. The only time you might catch a smile on his face was when he was playing a prank on her and getting the better of her. All that changed one summer when they were teens, when Duane finally started seeing her. Really seeing her. But he kept his changing feelings to himself.

I hadn't noticed she was a girl-or the existence of any other girl-until I was nearly thirteen. By then it was too late. She disliked me. But she worshipped my brother. He didn't see her, not really. Not like I did.

Fast forward to now. Duane owns an auto shop in town with two of his brothers. Jessica is temporarily in town teaching high school math trying to save her money. Her life's ambition is to travel the world and experience all the beauty that she possibly can. She has a serious case of wanderlust-the intense pull to travel and seek adventure.

I'm going to be honest, I didn't really identify with her in the beginning. Her dreams are not fleeting and they're not casual. They're a compulsion. And I didn't really understand her dislike of settling down and her inability to be satisfied with having roots. But the way it was explained later on, I got it. And I really commiserated with the situation she was in.

What is that situation? Take one mistaken identity, add a hot and heavy make out session, a dare to go skinny dipping, and you've got The Situation. Penny's trademark humor entered early on and had me laughing at our unorthodox introductionto them.

Less than five hours ago, he's pretended to be his brother and I'd held his penis in my hand. I'd stroked it for hootenanny's sake! I'd given him a penis stroke under false pretenses.

Suddenly she doesn't know what she feels for Duane anymore. Her sense of self-preservation isn't working out too well and she finds herself desperate to be in his orbit.

Around halfway point, I was asking myself if it was even remotely possible to love Duane more. Aaaand...I'm going to have to say no. This man who yearns for her with every beat of his heart was so tender and vulnerable, he thoroughly won me over. And he had a slight bad boy edge to him that made him that much better.

He nibbled on my ear, whispering my name like it was a dirty word-but not a curse word-a dirty word. Something erotic and scandalous.

Jessica was sassy, and smart with a little wild streak running through her. That's one of the things that made them fit so flawlessly. His love for adrenaline, speed, and pushing the limits made you feel like they were the perfect pair for each other. It was difficult knowing that they were heading towards a crossroads. But even knowing what was coming, perhaps it made them treasure each moment more.

What they weren't expecting was trouble with the local Motorcycle Club, and unexpected revelations to turn everything upside down and sideways. There was drama, an achingly sweet romance, and plenty of brotherly, bearded shenanigans and hijinks to give you big grin cheek pain. If you haven't added this book yet, I don't know what you're waiting for.

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