My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Yesterday, I caught myself saying “ugh, I love Duane Winston” aloud…to myself. I was alone in my car, several days after having finished the audiobook, reflecting on some of my favorite scenes and reiterating (again, only to myself) just how swoon-worthy Truth or Beard’s hero is. It was then I knew I had to jot out this quick but glowing review of the book.
I’m a huge fan of Drew, one of the main characters from Beauty and the Mustache. He’s on my very selective book boyfriend list. But I’m here to tell you: Duane Winston WILL be rivaling him for placement. (Coincidentally, the two novels tie-in, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting another glimpse of Drew and Ashley.)
Everything about this novel is done well. It’s well-written, well-paced, and well-plotted. The author knows how to draw readers in, how to craft characters so real and so likable I actually grieve when each story comes to an end. The tension and humor in Truth or Beard are spot-on. And I FINALLY understand everyone’s obsession with Cletus.
That opening scene? Wow…WOW.
If you’re looking for something quirky, fun, and different–something that will make you feel good, while also keeping you on the edge of your seat–please give Truth or Beard (and Duane) a shot! (But don’t blame me if you end up discussing elements of the book…with yourself.)