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 heartthrobs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?
First and foremost, let me just put this out there, I so heart these Winston boys!!! I've said that before when I first read the 1st book in the series, Truth or Beard, I'm saying it again, and I'm pretty sure I'll be saying the same for the rest of the series. And Cletus, I'm also pretty sure he'll always be my most fave. I know up next will be his story (yay!), but just sayin...
Moving on, this is Jethro's turn and this is his story with Sienna. This is like Notting Hill done Penny way, and in a way the only Penny does (who else, duh). And I loved it, right from the moment Sienna got lost in the middle of nowhere, sorta, all the way to the end. In addition to this being Jethro's turn, it's Sienna's story of being literally and figuratively lost then found.
Sienna is as famous as one can get. And that fame and acclaim still came with all the expected trappings which leads to doubts. She's not quite the cookie-cutter celebrity so that alone set her apart. With all that fame though, she's quite grounded in her personality, not completely eaten up by the Hollywood machination luckily. But where she's not quite grounded is her life outside of her work. She's funny, quirky, genuine, what's not to love!
Jethro has quite the past and after having turning his life around, he just wants the love and respect of the people he care for. He's sweet, considerate, manly, respectful, a good brother and friend, funny, and oh, hot, what's not to love!
Witty conversations, honest emotions, strong supporting characters, smart humor, honest to goodness connection, smooth flow to the story, diverse backgrounds, engaging, tangible heat...
... what's not to love!!!
About Penny ReidPenny 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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