Ali here ~
Title: Beauty and the Mustache
Series: Knitting in the City Book 4/Winston Brothers 0.5
Author: Penny Reid
Release Date: Aug 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous—local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself.
Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.
Beauty and the Mustache is book #4 in the Knitting in the City series, and book #0.5 in the Winston Brothers series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.
*****What I Loved About This Book*****
- Great pacing. Quicky addictive!
- I loved that I picked this up as in intro to the Winston Brothers series, and now feel inclined to read the Knitting in the City series.
- I absolutely LOVE that he’s an outdoorsy game warden. He so reminded me of my oldest son, who for the longest time wanted to be a game warden, but is now leaning towards being a park ranger. Either way, I enjoyed the love of nature, mountains, and forests.
- Ash’s brothers are so awesome! I love their protectiveness and bonds with Ash despite all the years of separation. They love her fiercely and you feel it.
- I love the way Ash’s mom hands down bits of wisdom.
- I like the little twists that pop up.
- The chemistry between Ash & Drew is perfect!
- I love that Drew is an intellectual and musically inclined. I really LOVE that he is a poet. His words are just wow!!! Sigh. SWOON!!!
- I love that while Ash is dealing with losing a mother, that it stayed front and center for her. There was no unrealistic connections happening as she was dealing with that. The bond between Ash and Drew grew at pace that felt real with everything going on.
- I love all the talk of philosophy.
- All the feels – sadness, hope, love, happiness, fear, shock
- I love that Drew has a had a rough life, but is still a great guy. He didn’t use his past as an excuse to screw up. He’s such a straightforward, honest, and up front good man.
- I love that Ash is smart and mature. She’s a thinker.
- I love that you at least get one final chapter with Drew’s POV. I wanted more.
- The quotes!!! Both the shared quotes and those by Penny herself – several I’d like to commit to memory ~
Minds can be changed, hearts can be lost and broken, souls can be surrendered given the right words.
***What I Didn’t Like***
- I’m not sure how to pronounce Drew’s last name ~ Runous. It irked me a little. Run-us or Roon-us? Not sure.
- I couldn’t make out clear personalities between Ash’s friends. I’m sure if I read their perspective books that would be different.
- I wish I could have had at least a couple more snippets of Drew’s POV. Despite that, I still had zero trouble connecting and understanding his character.
All in all, I absolutely LOVE this book! I really came into it with zero expectations. Just thought I needed to read it before digging into the Winston Brothers series ~ thanks again A Novel Glimpse! And just…Gah! I’m stealing a line from Ash here. I honestly can’t wait to read more of these two series now!! 5 Stars!!!!!
Have you read Beauty and the Mustache or any of Penny Reid’s other books? What did you think??? Have a recommendation for me?