REVIEW – BEARD WITH ME (Winston Brothers, #6) by Penny Reid


‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story.

No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching.

Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.

No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying.

Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.


*****Dee’s Review*****





I’ve probably said this next statement before in another Winston Brothers book review, but I’ll say it again; these characters feel like family to me. Reading about their stories, their pasts, present and future is so exciting to me. Penny has engraved every single Winston Brother’s name in my heart.

This particular book is very, very special, only because it’s about Billy. For years we have been reading about the always quiet, and always serious Billy. He was like a complicated math equation we couldn’t quite get. There are so many layers to Billy Winston, and discovering, and learning about his personality, his struggles and his heartbreak was simply marvelous, and one of my favorites stories up to date. Billy feels every emotion with such intensity, and his loyalty knows no bounds, for years he’s put others ahead of himself, so beautiful and selfless. I simply adore him.

Now let’s talk about Scarlet St. Claire…
She is the perfect leading lady for my Billy. If I had to share him with another woman, it would be her. She is the daughter of Razor the president of the town’s hated motorcycle club. Scarlet has grown up not knowing any love, or kindness from her family. She walks around life with her head down, trying to fly under the radar. But Billy had no choice but to notice her, her beautiful voice was the music calling to his heart, and together they make beautiful music that will bring tears to your eyes. Music that will become like oxygen to their lungs.

In Beard With Me we learn about the truth from their past, and the reasons why both Scarlet and Billy have lost the light behind their eyes…

This was truly a beautiful and heartbreaking story. But it wasn’t all sad and angsty, Cletus is very present in this novel, and if you have been following these books you know that wherever there’s Cletus, there are tons of laughs. I know a lot of people are nervous to read this book, or they are waiting to read it until the next book is out, but there is no reason to be scared, penny wrote this book beautifully, and even though it has a very intense plot that might have triggers for some, in the end it’s also hopeful and so special. I’ve already read it twice because I wanted to re-live every moment. And of course I can’t wait to read the next book, and the next, and the next ….

Beard With Me music playlist:
*Wild Heart by Mumford & Sons
*Love Of My Life by Queen
*Unlonely by Jason Mraz
*Hold Me While You Wait by Lewis Capaldi
*Break My Heart Right by James Bay




*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE +++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet.




Wow!! I wasn’t expecting this one to be so heartbreaking and where has Billy Winston been all my life?!! I want the next book, like YESTERDAY!!! How are we supposed to wait till November?! Up until now, Cletus had been my favorite Winston brother, but now I’m having a hard time choosing between him and Billy. I think that this is going to be the dilemma of many fans of this series. ”BEARD WITH ME” is another exceptional installment to such an amazing series. I am so in love with Penny Reid’s talents as an author. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Billy is second oldest out of the seven Winston siblings and he is every bit the older brother to be looked up to and adored. Star quarterback on the high school football team. Serious about his schoolwork because he has plans of going off to college on a full scholarship. But most of all, he loves his family something fierce and does everything he can to help his mom take care of all his younger brothers and sister. He does it effortlessly and without a single complaint.

Scarlet St. Claire is a beautiful young girl with the voice of an angel and soul to match. Her parents are lowest of the low and capable of true evil, and luckily they did not influence the way she turned out or maybe they inspired her to be the exact opposite of them. Scarlet’s dad is the President of the local outlaw MC, the Wraiths. He is a despicable man who is capable of horrific cruelty. Scarlet left her father’s compound and has been living out in the woods on the Winston’s property. Getting by with food she receives at school and other necessities from the goodwill. As long as she’s not accepting handouts from anyone, her father leaves her alone, for a while anyway. Despite her circumstances, she still finds the joy in life in the smallest of things. Her little portable cd player and music provide her an escape from her worries. When Billy hears her singing and finds her camped out on his land, something stirs in his heart. He becomes mesmerized and has a burning need to care for Scarlet and to keep her safe.

The relationship between these two grows through their shared appreciation of music. Although they fall deeply in love with each other, they must keep it a secret or else suffer the wrath of Scarlet’s diabolical father and his men. So many secrets swirl around these two and their families. Secrets if revealed, have the power to destroy their love.

Billy and Cletus make the ultimate sacrifice to keep some innocent people safe. Now their hearts are shattered. How does this epic love story conclude? We will hopefully find out in ”Beard Necessities”.

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 5+++++
Heroine: 5++++
Plot: 5+++++
Angst: 5
Steam: 3
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5+++++

”BEARD WITH ME” is currently available!! Winston Brothers fans are sure to call this one of their top favorites!!

Amazon US:
Amazon Universal:
Google Play:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.