But she has a problem: she can't read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna's latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the back roads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna's most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky park ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.
Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it's not Jethro's chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It's his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.
Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heartthrobs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?
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By Susan on 10-03-17
Where can I meet these brothers???!
This is a wonderful romance between two characters that should never have met but, once they did, just could not resist each other. I enjoyed listening to this book and I often laughed out loud at the humour and banter not only between the two main characters, but also the H’s many siblings.
That said, I did have a minor criticism: A huge part of the plot centred around the consequences of a romance between an A-list Hollywood movie star, and a small-town “mountain man” with a shady past. However, after much anticipation of what could happen, we never really got to experience the resulting fall-out. After their engagement went public, there was a bit of a minor mis-understanding which was sorted quickly, and that was pretty much it. I was left feeling just a little cheated at not actually finding out what happened next. Was her career affected? How much trouble did the press cause descending onto a small town? How was the H portrayed by the media? What about the implied threat from his father? Like the previous book, there was several plot threads that were just not tied up and that left me feeling a bit frustrated.
Not frustrated enough, however, to deduct any stars, because this was a fabulous book, very witty and very funny with an extremely likeable couple. Their romance was told equally from both POVs which helped to understand them both and while they may have seemed a very odd pairing to the outside observer, they were, in fact, a perfect match for each other. Much credit must go to Penny Reid for portraying an h who was “fuller figure” but also, active, sexy, comfortable in her own skin and completely unselfconscious. Although a feature of the book was the fact that she was “breaking the mould” in becoming a fuller figure, ethnic minority, leading lady actress, it was not dwelled upon or obsessed over, and we were not constantly reminded she was larger than the normal leading lady (both in romantic fiction, and the movies!).
Penny Reid does make a habit of developing character pairings that run against normal expectations, and developing characters that are definite individuals, and once again she has produced a romance that does not fit into any traditional romance book “mould”. I hope she continues not conforming, because her books are a true pleasure to listen to.
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By Ian on 19-09-16
The Thinking Man's Crumpet....
What other book might you compare Grin and Beard It to and why?
Penny Reid is an author completely on her own. She breaks a lot of the rules of CR. Her stories are both surprising and intelligent. You feel smarter after you've read a book written by Penny Reid.
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By Jo Fergus on 27-10-16
A true gentleman
The art of being a true gentleman seems to be slowing ebbing away, as different generations evolve and grandfathers pass away, habits of the gentile are slowly being forgotten. Not in the Winston house though. Jethro Winston is a man that has definitely earned the title 'gentleman.' He has this lovely calm disposition and is someone who would give you the shirt off his back, he is a very selfless man.
Sienna Diaz experiences what it is like to be helped by Jethro when she gets lost en route to a cabin she has rented. She is a very well known movie star and is in desperate need for some down time before she starts filming her latest movie in Tennessee. This cabin, tucked away in Green Valley, is the perfect place for her to recharge her batteries and prepare for her upcoming role.
Jethro has no idea who Sienna is and he cannot resist helping a damsel in distress, a very beautiful one at that too. In fact helping her out of a spot of bother seems to happen several more times over the passing days. He soon realises that she is not like any other woman he has met before, she is fun and sassy. In fact, he has never enjoyed a female's company like he does Sienna's.
Sienna hasn't met a man like Jethro before, he is a tall, bearded, gorgeous and charming Park Ranger. She has definitely met her fair share of men over the years but Jethro is in a completely different league to them. He wants to know her, not the movie star, just Sienna. It is so refreshing for her to met a man who is not affected by her stardom, someone she can just be herself around.
There is definitely a connection between them and they both want to explore where it takes them. Other people in their lives are weighing in with opinions on this unlikely coupling but Jethro and Sienna are only focused on how they feel. A good way to be if you ask me.
This story is filled with lots of quirkiness and laugh out loud moments. Jethro is a very swoony book boyfriend and I loved how his relationship with Sienna evolved. And just because, here are a few moments from this book...
"Um I would but, right now I need to pee like a hooker with a UTI"
"So I build things, I work with wood.' 'I'd like to work with your wood"
"I want you sitting on my face when I taste your papaya"
"Because when I'm with you, I feel like I am flying and falling"
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