Romance Books

Book Review – Beard Science by Penny Reid (Winston Brothers #3)

Goodreads Summary

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.beard-science

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.


3 1/2 out of 5 stars


Beard Science is the third book in the Winston Brothers series and focuses on brother Cletus (I hate that name, btw). Cletus is kind of a loner and a thinker.  He’s also a revenge seeker, so be sure not to cross him.

Jennifer Sylvester is basically a Stepford child. She does whatever her parents tell her to do, when they tell her.  She has to dress a certain way, act a certain way and she’s the Banana Cake Queen of Tennessee.  There is a problem though – Jennifer hates her life and wants a change.

So, here is my problem. I found Jennifer’s story to be ludicrous.  I’m supposed to believe that in 2016 two parents would have the kind of control over their 22-year old child that Jennifer’s parents had over her?  I can barely get my 11-year old to do what I ask.  The whole situation was just so dumb.  It really took away from the story, too.

While I hated Jennifer’s story, I liked her. She was weak and didn’t stand up for herself, and by the end of the book, was an entirely new person.  I did enjoy reading her transformation.

Cletus has been a favorite of mine since book 1. He’s very level-headed and loyal to his siblings.  He is really a good guy.  But he’s broken, due to his upbringing and his father’s turbulent past.  Cletus also finds himself along the way.

Story wise, there was too much unnecessary detail and the book was a little too long. I have a feeling the next book is going to be about Beau, which should be interesting.  I will most certainly keep reading this series.  I love the Winston Boys.

Happy reading.