Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.
Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!
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.
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Strolling to the desk, I set down the milk and cookies, crossed my arms and turned to face my brother. “You’re pointing out that Scarlet and I will see each other during various family functions.”
“And, therefore,” I continued reasonably, “I need to be nice to her.” I knew that already, and tonight—after watching her face crumple and feeling a part of my soul shrivel at the sight—I’d finally accepted it. I would be nice. I would be so damn nice. I’d be a saint.
But then Cletus said, “No, Billy. Not nice. Nice is for tea parties and doctor’s visits. You need to woo her.”
I blinked once. “Woo her.”
“That’s right. You need to woo the pants off her, hopefully literally, and then make that woman yours. Permanently. Once and for all. Put a ring on it. Woo is where it’s at. Jenn still has the centerpieces from our wedding if you’d like to borrow them.” During this enlightening monologue, he’d moseyed over and picked up the glass of milk and a cookie, dunked the cookie into the milk, and then took a bite just as he’d finished his listings of delusions.
“That’s never going to happen.”
“Why not? Those centerpieces are lovely. You don’t know your color scheme yet. Ask Scarlet before you decide.”
I ground my teeth. “Scarlet and I are never going to happen, Cletus.”
He shook his head firmly. “I’m disappointed in your lack of ambition, Billy. I thought we’d be on the same page. But I see now, I’m going to have to take a tough love approach.”
“I’m going to give you one chance,” he said, then pushed the rest of the cookie in his mouth and spoke around it as he continued, “One more chance is all you get. I’ve waited long enough for this and you know my feelings on delayed gratification.”
“It’s overrated.” He took a gulp of milk and picked up another cookie.
“No, Cletus. One chance on what?”
“I’m giving you one chance. One.” He pointed the cookie at me. “Tomorrow, you’re going to go find her, apologize to her for whatever that kerflufflefuck was I walked in on. Tell her you were suffering from temporary insanity, hopped up on illicit drugs, abducted by asshole probing aliens, whatever. I’m giving you one chance to make this right, and if you don’t take it, you are not going to like what happens next.”
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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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Beard Necessities is the final book in Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series. A book that is bittersweet because I don’t think I will ever be ready to say goodbye to this cast of characters. At least there’s always rereads to get my Winston brothers fix.
Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire are two people who deserve a happily ever more than anyone. In this book (and the prequel novella before this which you did not have to read to enjoy this) you discover that their history is made up of love, secrets, omissions, heartache and pain. Therefore, there is no way they are going to figure this out without a little, or big, push from the Winston family. The Winstons have gathered in Italy at Duane and Jessica’s to celebrate the birth of their son and spend time as a family. Scarlet is there taking a break from her successful singing career. Billy Winston is there recovering from helping a man who has done nothing but hurt him and his brothers. Cletus takes the leads in the grand plans to get Billy and Claire together and his methods may be unconventional but help nonetheless. But Billy & Scarlet will still need to expose their truths and face the past to create a future .
“So many years of history, hurt feelings, angry words, and secrets stood between us. I didn’t know how to disarm the minefield.“
Billy Winston has always been the Winston brother rock. He is the serious brother who is always there to help but is closed off when it comes to his own life. But Scarlet lights his life on fire. He can’t help himself and has to regularly convince himself to act gentlemanly around her. His unexpected passionate moments really warmed my heart to him. He has sacrificed so much for those he loves, and he would continue to do it in a heartbeat. He wants Scarlet to want him not out of obligation or guilt but out of love.
“I suspected every moment with Scarlet , no matter where we were or what we were doing would feel like an indulgence.“
My feelings for scarlet are all over the place but in a way that makes sense because it seems like at times she doesn’t even know who she is. My favorite Scarlet is the one who blushes at Billy, dances while she sings and bakes up a storm. She has to face her past to move on. Her guilt about the past has dictated so much of her life that when she finally sees Billy and her chance at happily ever after she wants to take the bull by the horns. I applaud her for deciding her destiny was just that and going after him even when he hesitates or starts to pull away.
“These were’t the sweet, searching kisses from our past. This was a monster, a beast fed by years of need and frustration and raw desperation.“
Beard Necessities is full of Winston shenanigans , family love and understanding and a glimpse into the future of how this overflowing family spends their days and keeps their bond strong.