REVIEW – BEARD NECESSITIES (Winston Brothers, #7) by Penny Reid


Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.



*****Patty’s Review*****

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

We’d climbed mountains to get here, crossed stormy seas. I was under no delusions our future sailing would be smooth. But hopefully, given the last few weeks and all we’d fought for, resolved, and shared, whatever path we traveled, we’d be together from now on.




Sadly the ”Winston Brothers” series comes to an end with this last installment, ”BEARD NECESSITIES”. It’s been a fun journey with this hilarious and eccentric bunch of unforgettable characters. We get the conclusion of the most epic and heartbreaking romance between Billy and Scarlet. Their story is incredibly angsty and I think the steamiest of all. This poor couple has spent over a decade apart. Billy and Scarlet have put their true feelings on the back burner for what they each considered to be noble reasons but Cleetus is determined to snap them out of their delusions. Cleetus enlists the help of all his siblings and their significant others to reunite Billy and Scarlet.

It was a treat getting a chance to be with all the amazing Winston’s and their true loves. This book ends the series on a heart-soaring high. I loved that relationships are mended and old feuds are put to rest. Most of all, I loved how Billy and Scarlet both face their fears and learn to trust each other and let go of their painful past to move on to a bright and happy future together. This book leaves you with bittersweet emotions. You’ll love how it ends for everyone but will also feel as if you’re in mourning as it is now time to say goodbye to some truly amazing characters. Hopefully, we will be reunited with them again in some of Penny’s other stories!!





Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 5
Heroine: 4.5
Plot: 5
Angst: 4.5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

”BEARD NECESSITIES” is currently available and an absolute must-read!!

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