Beard in Hiding, an all-new companion novel to the bestselling Winston Brothers and Solving for Pies series is LIVE! Penny Reid delivers a heartfelt romantic comedy about two lost souls who find love in the most unexpected way.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Beard in Hiding by Penny Reid
Series: Winston Brothers #4.5
Published by Cipher-Naught on November 16, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
Propositioning the Iron Wraiths’ money man seemed like a good idea at the time…
Diane Donner—recently divorced pillar of polite society—is craving danger. She’s tired of playing it safe and she knows just the sexy criminal motorcycle man to proposition for a good time. Problem is, she doesn’t actually know his name.
Jason “Repo” Doe never takes risks. So when the queen of local commerce walks into his club, looking to get risky and frisky, Jason knows the smartest thing to do is save himself a headache while saving the new divorcee from her worst impulses.
But then one thing leads to another, and the memory of just-one-night doesn’t feel like enough.
Theirs is a story with no future, because how can a dangerous criminal win (and keep) a queen?
‘Beard In Hiding’ is book #4.5 in the Winston Brothers series, is a full length contemporary romantic comedy about two lost souls in their 40s, and is a companion novel to the Winston Brothers and Solving for Pie series.
If you want to get the full immersive Green Valley world experience, I recommend reading ‘Truth or Beard,’ ‘Beard Science,’ ‘Engagement and Espionage,’ and ‘Marriage and Murder’ beforehand. ‘Beard In Hiding’ contains spoilers for these four books (in specific).
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I was so excited to get this story, since it mostly happens on the fringes of the other books we’ve read, and I wanted all the details! And because of all the back story and fill in details from other books we kind of get, that brought this up to a 5 star read for me. I’d downgrade to a 4.9 stars, because I’m 49 and sometimes it is hard for me to read about people being “older” when they’re in their 40s. I mean, I know I’m old, but as a never married, childless 49 year old, sometimes reading those things bothers me.
BUT, I love these characters and I wanted so much more to know about them! I only wish maybe we’d gotten a little bit more on Repo’s (Jason’s) background. We got a lot, don’t get me wrong, but I’d love to know more about his military days. And we heard about Diane’s past, but again, maybe there was a little more we could have learned about her. But, yeah, another but, that’s okay, because I loved this story of the two of them connecting. More than that I love, love, loved getting Diane’s story for during the time period that her ex-husband played such a big part in the Solving for Pie series. It filled in perfectly with the books that this one is set in between. I can’t say much more about some of it, because it would be spoilery if you haven’t read those books yet, which you should, and you can read my reviews for all of them at the links below this review.
The author left it with a “ride off into the sunset” type of ending. Which normally might annoy me, but since I know that Reid does a lot of extra stories all the time, I’ll hope for some of Diane and Jason’s travel experiences in those future little tidbits.
Here are my reviews for all the books that the author suggests reading before you read this one:
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About the Author:
Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she writes kissing books. Penny is an obsessive knitter and manages the #OwnVoices-focused mentorship incubator / publishing imprint, Smartypants Romance. She lives in Seattle Washington with her husband, three kids, and dog named Hazel.
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