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Summary

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 heard as a standalone.

©2016 Cipher-Naught (P)2016 Cipher-Naught

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Just about perfect

Penny Reid’s books are full of glorious characters that never fit the “norm” and this is a perfect example. There are too many facets of this book worthy of description that I simply don’t know which to highlight. Penny Reid has a way of manipulating the emotions of the reader to make us slowly but surely fall in love with her characters, as they fall in love with each other. This is a fabulous example of romance writing at its best. My only small criticism is that the wonderful pace of the book seems to lag a bit at the end. The last couple of chapters, although enjoyable, do seem a bit like redundant filler. However this does not spoil what is a wonderful, moving and emotional story about two very unusual people.

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Beard Science

I love the Winston Brothers books but his was my first one on Audible. The two readers brought a brilliant book even more to life. Recommended.

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Amazing!

loved it! my favorite book... the narrators are great and I thoroughly enjoyed the southern charm!!!

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Reid is one of my favourite writers.

If you like a smart romance, this is perfect. I strongly recommend the whole series as well as Penny Reid's other books. Her stories are intelligent, romantic and relatively realistic! The character development is phenomenal and most of her books are even educational.
The audiobook was fabulous, great voices, great accents. Loved it and listened to it 3 times.

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Penny Reid never disapoints, clever and quirky.

Perfect narrative to a amazingly funny and touching story. Penny Reid has created a addictive world.

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a revelation as always :-)

Another fantastic story by Penny Reid, beautifully narrated by Joy and Chris and filled with amazing characters.

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Beautiful story and narration 5*

Beautiful story and narration 5*
Love the Winston brothers and their novels. Bravo Penny Reid x

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Oh Cletus

Oh Cletus......... he's adorable, as are all the Winston boys. In the previous 2 Winston Brothers' books he comes across as extremely quirky, regimental and completely set in his ways, and book 3 only cements my opinion of that. However, Jennifer Sylvester (the banana cake queen) is equally as quirky and is in fact his ideal companion. It's a shame they don't realise they are the perfect couple, neither of them have trouble matching up other people with their soulmates, however they seem to live in denial when it comes to themselves. As much as I loved Jennifer, she had absolutely no back bone until Cletus took her under his wing. I actually felt empowered when she stood up to her father. I loved the way she challenged Cletus, I loved the way she got one up on him and I loved the way she made him feel. A beautifully written book, told in dual POV, it made me laugh out loud. A sweet, charming, funny story and a must read for Penny Reid fans.

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Brilliantly quirky

Another great book from Penny Read; perfectly read by Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley. A tale of innocence and blackmail and beards and cakes and pies and being surprised by love.

Part of the Winston Brothers series and linked to knitting in the city but can be read alone.

I loved it, I'm sure you will too.

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  • Diane S.
  • 24-04-17

More Than 5 Quirky, Swoony Stars!!

Love! Love! Love! I didn't think i could love one of these books more than Beauty and The Mustache, but Cletus in all his quirky glory completely stole my heart.

“Stay away from the normals, the small-minded people who fill their brains with small-minded pursuits, who blend in and keep up with the Joneses. Those people will tear you down and make you boring. Instead, surround yourself with the weirds. With the misfits, oddballs, and outcasts. Because the normals, bless their hearts, have no idea how to have fun.”

And Jennifer is amazing! Such a strong heroine who doesn't know her own strength and value! I laughed, I swooned and I never wanted the story to end!

“You want to know what you are to me? Fine. You’re my beginning, middle, and end.”
The words hit me square in the chest, through the heart, straight to my soul.

More than 5 Stars!

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  • KC
  • 26-01-17

Buy This Book

If you have ever had the pleasure of reading one of Mrs. Reid's prior novels you would know she has skills. This one, however, stands out. It isn't just some love story between a standard man and woman. It's about people loving themselves and forgoing presumptions.

Written from an interchanging dual perspective, the main characters feel more real. They are brought to life by Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley, who I am convinced should narrate all books that are not currently being performed by Stephen Fry.

In short get this book. It has no faults, inconsistencies, nor does it subscribe to the mold of its genre. It is refreshing, original, and gives hope that we all can change for the better.

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  • S. Yen
  • 03-01-17

Another great story except for.....

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors; I always know I will enjoy anything I read by her. Listening to it is another matter though. Joy Nash does an excellent job as always and Chris Brinkley does a great job as Cletus but when he has to do Jennifer's part, there is a certain Miss Piggy feel to his voice that just threw off the entire story for me. I had to skip the parts where Chris was performing Jennifer's reactions through the POV of Cletus during their sexytimes. NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. Joy Nash as Jennifer and Cletus is great. Chris Brinkley as Cletus is great. Chris Brinkley as Jennifer....not so great.

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  • Listener
  • 08-12-16

5 Beard Science Stars


Cletus & Jennifer

This book took me on an emotional roller coaster, I found myself tearing up for Jennifer, and it wasn't even a sad part. That’s really never happened to me before this empathy for a character where nothing tragic happened.

Maybe it’s because she was hidden under lock and key kind of things, she was made to be pretty and be seen but not have a voice.

I am soooo glad Cletus was her man, he too had to get to know the real Jennifer just as much as she had to become the Jennifer she was always meant to be.

It really is a story of growing up even if you’re already an adult.
I very much enjoyed the interaction between her and Cletus he is just such a fun character, I found myself smiling and laughing.

This is by far my favorite of the whole series!

The narrators hot dang… Chris does it again…to say I am a fan is an understatement. We also get Joy back as the female and I just love the way she narrates an audiobook she has so much inflection in her words it’s as if you can see them in front of your eyes.

I recommend times 10!! Credit Worthy for sure.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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  • TONI J
  • 13-02-17

Amazing!

I loved the voice actors! they both did an excellent job. I had already read the book a couple times, the audio version makes the story even better!

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  • A. J. Powers
  • 29-01-17

Swooning and laughing

What made the experience of listening to Beard Science the most enjoyable?

How wonderful Cletus was, he is so loyal to his family and then to Jennifer, he took good care of her, he is a big softy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beard Science?

When Jennifer told her father off and walked bare foot clear to the Winston's house, it was such an emotional scene.

What about Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley ’s performance did you like?

I loved how their voices made me feel like I could picture Jennifer and Cletus right in front of me.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Love can sneak up on you when you least expect it.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, I love this series, and nothing better then listening to all of these books on audio-books, makes it so much better. Cletus is so fun, loyal, sneaky, charming, and oh so sexy. Jennifer is so sweet, loving, hard worker, and so innocent. I felt so bad for Jen, her father treated her terrible, was so mean, and always made her feel stupid. It felt like her mother was trying to live a different life but through her daughter. I laughed at all the funny shenanigans Cletus had going on, the advice he would give Jennifer, the fake dates with his brother he set up for her, and Jennifer had her own tricks up her sleeve. When Cletus finally realized how he felt about Jennifer the story got even better, I love them together and can't wait to read more about them in the upcoming books. I enjoyed reading about all the Winston's and their ladies, I can't get enough of these characters, these books make me so happy.

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  • Krista Marie
  • 27-01-17

Quirky slow burner tender hearted romance

Get ready to fall in love with Jennifer and Cletus! I have enjoyed every book of Penny Reid's Winston series but this literally takes the cake. I knew I'd like Cletus with his quirk and intelligence but to see him falling in love and with such a strong but vulnerable female protagonist was a delight to read. Joy Nash and Chris Brinkley as usually were fantastic. One of Penny Reid's finest to date!

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  • jodiod
  • 03-12-16

Best of the year!!!

Love Cletus!!! My expectations were huge and Penny Reid's fabulous writing lived up to them.
Probably my favorite novel of the year.

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  • NewMomKC
  • 02-12-16

Amazing!

As always, simply wonderful. I love the way the characters continue to develop. This couple is really special.

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  • Shonna Harter
  • 15-07-17

FUNNY, SWEET, AND SEXY

The characters are funny , sweet , protective, and Sexy . I enjoyed that the story was not just one rescue right after another, that becomes teteus. The characters made me laugh and the love scenes were tender and hot as well. This was the first Penny Reid book and I am buying more right after I submit this review.

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