REVIEW – BEARD SCIENCE (Winston Brothers #3) by Penny Reid



Make a deal with the devil and you might get what you want, but will it be what you need?

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So… what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

‘Beard Science’ is the third book in the Winston Brothers series, is a full-length romantic comedy novel, and can be read as a standalone.

*****Dee’s Review*****

FIVE STARS******* (are not enough)

(ARC kindly provided by author)

The word that comes to mind to describe this book is SENSATIONAL!!!!

Beard Science made me wanna laugh, cry, dance, and eat insane amounts of chocolate. Cletus was complex and romantic and Jennifer was so sweet and endearing. Their story was an explosion of awesome. Anything and everything amazing you can think of, this book had it. I think Penny Reid writes books with the sole purpose of making people happy, and for me, it is always the case, I’m always as happy as a clam after reading one of her books.


In previous books, we’ve always known Cletus as the smart, calm and collected brother. Cletus is always inside his head planning and plotting, making sure everything around him is under control.

Jennifer Sylvester is known as the Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley, Tennessee. Always the good daughter, at twenty-two she still lives at home with her parents, who have sheltered her, and always dictated every aspect of her life. Jennifer talks, walks and dresses as her parents say. She’s used to being invisible, nobody really knows her, perhaps not even herself.

Being a people watcher has paid off for Jennifer when she is presented with the opportunity to acquire the help of the one man in Green Valley, capable of assisting in achieving the one thing she wants in life. That man is Cletus Winston; so armed with a rare courage, and a very implicating video, she’s ready to claim something she wants for once in her life.

Cletus is busy, he has many places to see, many demises to plot, he doesn’t have time for the Banana Cake Queen, even if she has the most beautiful eyes he has ever seen. But he never imagined that Jennifer, unbeknownst to everybody, even herself, had a backbone and when she uses it, it was a beautiful and intoxicatingly thing to experience, so he agrees to help her.

Jennifer and Cletus have more things in common that they could ever imagine, so they easily fall into an extraordinary friendship. Every time they see each other, a whole world of new things opens up to them. Cletus feels overwhelmed by new feelings, Jennifer’s sweetness is something that is quickly becoming essential to him. Jennifer finds herself finding the courage she never thought she had inside the eyes of the bearded man she always knew was dangerous, but now she finds herself missing him every day.

How can they feel this way? Cletus has other plans, and they never included love. He is a prisoner of knowledge and the secrets of everyone around him. His mistrust has made him a very lonely man without him wanting it, and here comes this queen with all her downplayed beauty to rattle him, and turn his world inside out, and what’s even crazier is that he’s never felt happier.

But will Jennifer finally find the courage to stand up to her parents and fight for the life she wants? Can Cletus trust her and let her inside his heart?

You will find all the answers to all the questions and all the secrets with the help of the Winstons siblings and all their crazy shenanigans, in a story like no other. Making Beard Science simply SENSATIONAL!

If there’s one thing people know about me, is that I’m a hardcore Penny Reid fan. But it’s only because her books always provide me with endless laughs and entertainment. Her stories always feel so real and relatable to me. Her writing style has the magic of making me feel as if I’m front and center inside the story, and they are always so special, making it impossible for me to ever forget them.

This book was so romantic and sensual, and it’s kind of crazy, because Penny is always demure when it comes to writing those passionate scenes, yet her talent makes the pages of this book red-hot, making me burn not only for Cletus but for every single one of the Winston brothers.

So if you are in the market for a delightful love story, full of charm, great humor, and romance, this is it!! Look no further, and if you haven’t read the other books in the series, first, shame on you, but do not worry because each book can be read as a standalone; yes! They are that awesome.

As my last thought, I just want to say that these books are so amazing that I’m even thinking about changing my last name to Winston; Dee Winston, has a nice ring to it, no?

My Beard Science music playlist:
*Uncuff Me by n* grandjean
*Skinny Love by Bon Iver
*Tip Of My Tongue by The Civil Wars
*Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
*Wind & Anchor by The National Parks
*Hungry by Dotan


*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

-No one can control who you are-fundamentally, who you are in your heart-except for you.




Jennifer Sylvester is a 22 yr. old woman who grew up sheltered in Tennessee. She was homeschooled & never really socialized much with others. She’s always been controlled & under her parent’s thumb. Her family has owned the Donner Bakery & the connecting lodge for three generations. Jennifer is their bread & butter. As the face of the business, she is all over social media & famously known as the Banana Cake Queen. She’s always made up in public & is the key to their success. Her family has created & built their brand centered around Jennifer. She is their star. Their superficial caricature of the southern stereotype. All she does is bake & never has time to meet anyone.


Tired of always doing what she’s told, Jennifer wants something for herself. She longs for a husband & a family of her own. Tired of feeling weak & meek, Jenn decides to take action when an opportunity presents itself. She see’s a way to possibly get everything she’s always wanted & her plan includes Cletus Winston. Cletus Winston is one of the seven Winston siblings. Jenn has always thought of him as gorgeous, dangerous & quietly methodical. He is often perceived as a simpleton, but Jenn knows better. Cletus is extremely intelligent, unique, and brutally clever. He’s odd, suspicious, & distrustful. Always observing everyone around him. Jenn felt as much as Cletus analyzes everything and everyone, he’s never truly noticed her. She feels invisible to him.


Soon Jenn makes herself known to Cletus when she forces him to help her. In a bind, Cletus decides to help Jenn & soon learns this shy pushover of a woman is actually fierce. She surprises Cletus, & he is impressed with her. As she pushes Cletus out of his comfort zone, he helps her to stop ignoring her own hopes and dreams, & to live life for herself. As they get to know one another they fall hard for each other.

I really loved this book & ADORE Cletus!!! All these bearded brothers are just delicious, & this series is fabulous! I need Billy next! ❤


-My well-ordered world was in chaos, undone by a short woman baker.

-The woman’s body drove me to distraction.

-The raw truth of him- of his soul- was beautiful. It was precious to me. He was precious to me.

-This man belonged to me. He was mine.

-I’d found my person. And I’d found myself.

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