Review | Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

Review | Beard Necessities by Penny ReidBeard Necessities by Penny Reid
Series | Winston Brothers #7
Release Date | November 4th, 2019
Published by Cipher-Naught
Genres | Contemporary, Second Chance, Small Town Romance
Format | ARC
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Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

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.


Beard Necessities was definitely one of my highly-anticipated reads for the entire year. I’m soooooo sad to say farewell to the Winstons, however, I’m elated that we get to visit a lot of them in the Smartypants Romance universe.

Okay, the Winstons are back and they’re coming in hot to finally knock some sense into Claire and Billy. This was a long time coming, so ready or not, here they were ready to get things going with these two.

Coming off of reading the extremely emotional origin story of Billy and Claire in Beard With Me. I was kind of expecting the same kind of tone when it came to finally having these to work towards their happy ever after. And that’s not what you get … per se. However, the tone was fitting for this series as a whole because that’s how every previous book was. So I totally understand, but kind of wish it went the other direction.

Billy will frustrate you to no end in this one because of his lack of movement towards FINALLY swooning Scarlet. They had soooo much they needed to talk about and it took a lot longer for them to finally have that discussion. The anticipation was unreal!

The meddling of the Winstons was hilarious at times, but it got a little bit too much for me in the end. I think one simple nudge here and there would have been enough, but it felt like every moment they were there barging in.

With all of that being said, I did very much enjoy the story that I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire life for ;-). It’s been such a crazy journey and I am so happy that I got to be along for the ride. I love you forever Winston family and I’ll be cherishing every moment one of you guys pop up in the Smartypants Romance universe.

major thank you to social butterfly pr for the complimentary copy in consideration for a review. this does not affect my opinion of the book or review.

About Penny Reid

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.