Book Review: Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers, #2)Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Penny Reid is one of my go-to, one-click authors–a well-deserved distinction that only grows stronger with each new release. (I should also clarify up front that I am not on the author’s ARCs list, although I wish I were! All of her titles that I’ve read, I have bought.)

Jethro and Sienna’s is a fun, unpredictable ride. Below is a jumbled mess of what I liked about it:

I loved what Jethro did behind the scenes to make Sienna’s stay more comfortable.

As usual, Cletus’s presence serves more than one purpose: voice of reason, comic relief, and also a little mystery (referring to his hold over their father). His character grows more complex with each new “Winston Brothers” installment, and I’ve enjoyed experiencing each new layer.

Also as usual, I loved seeing flashes of previous MCs (Drew, Ashley, Jessica, & Duane).

Being in Sienna’s head was fun since she’s a comedian/actress; I kept envisioning the spirit and spunk of of Melissa McCarthy.

Jethro’s past, specifically his once-role in the motorcycle club, was interesting to read about. His perspective on righting wrongs is both admirable and impossibly rigid. That being said, what I like most about him in his current life stage are his integrity, sense of honor, and selflessness.

Grin and Beard It is a light-hearted and sweet affair seasoned with (mostly) well-meaning siblings, stubborn past sins, and the prying eyes of the public–all set against a rural Tennessee backdrop.

If you haven’t yet gotten invested in the Winston family, now’s the time to start!

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Book Review: From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

From This Day Forward (The Wedding Belles, #0.5)From This Day Forward by Lauren Layne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quick, satisfying novella, From This Day Forward is the perfect launch pad for Layne’s upcoming Wedding Belles series. Not surprisingly, the wedding industry is a fitting “venue” for the theme of finding—and fostering—forevers.

A grand misunderstanding and subsequent fallout set the stage for the mix of anger and lust between photographers Jason and Leah. A vital part of the wedding industry, the two are thrust together again by cancellations, a high-profile family, and one well-meaning friend.

Much to Leah’s chagrin.

High on the steam scale, From This Day Forward offers a complete story while also introducing secondary characters Alexis and Heather. Strong, spitfire women with a head for business and genuine concern for their mutual friend’s happily ever after? Yes, please!

As far as I’m concerned, Layne’s skill at writing and storytelling is unparalleled in the romance genre. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with for the rest of this series!

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Book Review: Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Tailored for Trouble (Happy Pants, #1)Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I wish I could remember who recommended this author to me because I would bow down and kiss that person’s feet.

I like to think I’m a funny person. That being said, I can’t hold a candle to Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. Tailored for Trouble, specifically the voice of heroine Taylor Reed, had me laughing my “happy pants” off all the way through!

Bennett Wade, a surly billionaire, is the the kind of guy who keeps bystanders guessing. Tolerable one minute and abrasive the next, Bennett’s push and pull routine will puzzle readers at the outset: Which is the façade, and what lies underneath it?

Nevertheless, Bennett meets his match in Taylor, a self-motivated human resources specialist who refuses to be steamrolled by Bennett’s demanding, unyielding demeanor. Regardless how handsome and fit and broody the hero is—(characteristics that I, as a reader, happen to love)—Taylor’s transparency and natural tendency toward humor stole the show for me. She’s the type of heroine I really admire: real and confident, the “what you see is what you get” type.

This novel comprises an exciting series of events, many of which caught me completely by surprise. Both main characters are well-developed, with thoughtful back stories that endow the novel with depth and contextualize the characters’ actions. Their banter, and the resulting inside jokes, made this a fun and memorable reading experience.

Along with the main characters, two secondary characters landed a special place in my heart as well: Bennett’s mother and Taylor’s brother Jack. Their spunk, commentary, and occasional intervention added yet another layer of depth and complexity to Tailored for Trouble.

If you can’t already tell, I’m swooning over this book! (I’m also lamenting the fact that I don’t know what to read next because anything else HAS to be a step down in comparison.) Tailored for Trouble is DEFINITELY worth a read…and then a re-read!

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