Grin and Beard It : Winston Brothers

  • by Penny Reid
  • Narrated by Chris Brinkley, Cielo Camargo
  • Series: Winston Brothers
  • 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sienna Diaz is everyone's favorite "fat" funny lady. The movie studio executives can't explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood's most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.
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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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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- Susan "Obsessive reader of at least 5 kindle books a week. Only use audiobooks to survive my daily 90 minute walk to work."

5 stars!

What a fabulous story and the narrators...oh my, I honestly didn't think I can love this book more but I was wrong. Thank you Penny, Cielo and Chris for an unforgettable experience xx
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- Anna K

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2016
  • Publisher: Penny Reid, Author