Thursday 16 June 2016

Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway ~ Grin & Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid

Title ‘Grin and Beard It’, book #2 in the Winston Brothers Series
Author Penny Reid

Book Description:

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 heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“If you don’t fight for what you love, then you have nothing worth losing.”

OMG I officially love Sienna Diaz! Extremely lovable heroines are hard to come by, but this woman seriously stole my heart. Sienna Diaz was totally adorable, seriously hilarious and one of the most lovable heroines I have read about in a long time. Penny Reid delivered a heroine that everyone will love, you just won’t be able to help yourself.

“I’m not a man-eater. I don’t even like giving head usually, my gag reflex is very sensitive. All that hair, I hate hair in my mouth.  And it’s the worst kind of hair-”

Grin & Beard It is Jethro Winston’s book. Jethro is our bad boy turned good and is in a perpetual state of regret. His past is something he can never make good but he has spent the past five years reinventing himself into someone his mother would have been proud of and one that his brothers would love. Jethro had been led down the unsavoury path by his dead beat dad who was part of a motorcycle club and fallen into the pitfalls of being in such a club. Theft and meaningless women being the biggest crux of his issues and regret. Jethro has taken a vow of celibacy for the past five years and has vowed to not engage in sexual relations again until he was married…that was until he met Sienna Diaz.

“Billy was the responsible one. Cletus was…well, he’s the odd one. Ashley was the beautiful one. Beau was the charmer. Duane was the quiet one. Roscoe was considered the overachiever, or something like that. And I was the disappointment.”

Now a Park Ranger, Jethro is driving the back roads when he comes across a damsel in distress. Lost, alone, out of gas and at the end of her tether Sienna Diaz was glad for Jethro’s rescue mission, even more so when he had no clue who she was.

“Thanks for being my hero.”

Sienna Diaz was an A list actress and extremely talented romantic comedy writer. Her wit was endless and her bubbly personality totally infectious, she had no filter and often rambled when nervous, but her ramblings were seriously laugh out loud moments. There was nothing about Sienna that I didn’t love. Sienna was curvaceous…not your typical A lister and she was well grounded, down to earth and totally endearing. She had that innate ability to light up the room with her mere presence and turn the sourest of moods to the happiest. She was just adorkable.

“Everything together that makes you impossible to leave, impossible to forget.”

Jethro and Sienna become the firmest of friends and their friendship is one that lit up the pages. From idle chit chat, to coffee, to lifts, to dances, to doughnuts, to just holding each other, these two learned to trust one another first and foremost. Both had trust issues and both overcame them together. The pace of their relationship was perfection as these two discovered one and other from the inside out, that intense slow burn, simmering just beneath the pages was just enough to whet your appetite and frantically will this couple to make it. You felt EVERYTHING, I was frantically page turning, totally consumed from the truly beautiful relationship that Penny Reid expertly delivered.

“Jethro had been the disappointment. I’d been the clown. Individually we had become more. But together and with each other, we didn’t need to be our labels. We were free to be just ourselves.”

The course of true love never runs smooth and these two are going to have more bumps than most. But Penny Reid expertly manoeuvres your feelings and your heart as she totally immerses you in the course of true love that Jethro and Sienna navigate.

“My despondency was borne from already feeling invested in a girl who had a history of not investing.”

I ADORED this book, this is by far my favourite Penny Reid book to date and one that had totally consumed me from start to finish. From tears of laughter, to tears of sadness to tears of joy, Penny Reid expertly wrung out every single emotion from my heart with expert precision. Penny Reid is one extremely funny and talented author. The dialogue was some of the best I have read and that all-consuming intense feeling of family loyalties and friendships was really hammered home. From witty barbs to some of the most heart wrenching and melting quotes my kindle highlighter was on overdrive. I bow down to this woman’s talents because I haven’t enjoyed a romantic comedy this much in a long, long time.

“Yet, until that moment, I’d truly never appreciated how audaciously he carried himself, as though assured of his place as master of the universe, presiding over the kingdom of I-don’t-give-a-fuck.”

I am now desperate for Cletus’s book, I am not sure who is up next, but these Winston boys are all totally endearing in their own way. I just glad that there are so many of them, because it means we get a lot more books like this one!

“Most people live up or down to the expectations set by their label. Very few people are able to transcend it.”


Finally releasing her hand, Cletus noted conversationally, “If you come next Wednesday, I’ll let you try my sausage.”

I gathered a breath for patience and squeezed Sienna’s waist.

“Here we go,” Drew said as he swapped a knowing look with my sister.

Meanwhile, Beau rolled his eyes and released a disgusted snort. “Not this again.”

“Cletus’s famous sausage is famous,” Jess added helpfully, her eyebrows bouncing. She was already giggling.

Not missing a beat, Sienna asked, “How do you make it? Do you bake it?”

“No way. The heat isn’t right. In order for the sausage to mature, it needs the right type and application of heat. It needs heat on all sides, and wet heat is best.”

“You are the worst,” Billy said, though his mouth hitched on one side.

“This joke never gets old.” Jess was now laughing so hard she’d gripped her stomach, tears leaking from her eyes.

“It does when you have to hear it every month for ten years,” Duane complained, but couldn’t quite manage a scowl.

“My sausage is no joke.” Cletus frowned, wagging his finger through the air like we were all juveniles.

“So you grill it,” Sienna supplied, moving the conversation back on track.

“That’s right.”

“Good.” She nodded once, sounding thoughtful. “In that case, I insist you taste my thighs and breasts.”

These words, so calmly and earnestly spoken, rendered us all speechless.

Even Cletus.

I do believe we stared at Sienna in a collective state of paralyzed suspension, no one quite knowing how to react to her offer.

I felt her shoulders shake, so I shifted to the side, wanting to catch her expression. Her irresistible dimples flashed in full force and she giggled as she explained, “I have a great mojo chicken recipe. We can grill the chicken and sausage together.” Then to Cletus she said, “It’ll help with the wet heat.”

I looked to the heavens, hidden by the porch ceiling. “God, thank you for sending me this woman.”

Meanwhile, Cletus blinked once as though startled, but then a slow grin spread over his typically solemn features.

Beau, holding his hand over his heart, took the bait. “Sienna, I would be honored to taste your thighs and breasts.”

I shot him a warning glare. “Don’t you say that to her.” But I couldn’t keep my face straight either.

“What? What did I say?” Beau tried to sound and look affronted. “I was talking about her chicken. Obviously.”

Cletus’s grin had grown into an immense smile as his gaze moved over my woman with plain appreciation. “Well played, Ms. Diaz. Well played.”

About the Author:

Penny 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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