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Beard with Me: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Winston Brothers Book 6) Kindle Edition
No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching.
Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.
No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying.
Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.
- ASIN : B07KCTZ1HS
- Publisher : Cipher-Naught (16 September 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 4322 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 194287457X
- Best Sellers Rank: 81,195 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Oh Billy. He has always been such an intense, serious character across the series, and his teenage self is no different in this regard. Some of my favourite scenes in Beard With Me contain moments of Billy laughing - when Scarlet said or did something that pulled this reaction from him, I couldn't help but smile myself. The happy moments in Beard With Me really grabbed my attention, as there were a lot of sad moments for both Scarlet and Billy so I appreciated the small moments of happiness when they arrived.
The young Winstons are all amazing characters, and I adore teenage Cletus and his quirky personality. He was a schemer even back then, "Our momma prayed daily that he'd grow up to use his powers for good. On Sundays, so did I." It was wonderful being able to read about them all at a younger age, to see their younger selves and be able to compare them to their adult selves.
Although I've enjoyed every single book, I have been waiting for Billy and Scarlett's (Claire's) story, beginning with this prequel 'Beard With Me'. Part of this trope is immersed in complexities, rawness and sorrow, but there's also laughs, sweetness, strength and courage (and deep, deep love). All the Winston siblings are unique in their own ways with strengths and weaknesses, and Billy is too, but he's somehow different from the others. And Scarlett is a combination of wistfullness, strength and resilience.
BWM is beautifully written, with loads of sympathy, not forgetting the anticipated, signature Reidisms 😄.
Yes, as Penny told us all, this is a tragic love story (with possible triggers, too) but there is a tiny, wee spark of hope. Thank you, Penny for this gift and I look forward to Billy and Scarlett's next book - a romantic love story.
Basically the whole book is about Billy Winston and Scarlet St James’s (I think that’s her surname?) history and how they fell in love. The book ends when Scarlet becomes Claire McClure. The next book will be about Billy and Claire in the present.
The story here begins with a 16 year old Billy and 14 1/2 yr old Scarlet St. Claire (AKA Claire McClure). Who, due to the circumstances surrounding them, both are mature way beyond their ages. It includes all of the Winston family, Billy's sister & brothers, his Father & the Iron Wraiths MC Club and it sheds light on a lot of questions and events that happen in the later books. It will move you to the core, make your heart sing with the beauty and strength of these characters and it will squash your fragile heart to a point where all you've got left is the hope that Beard Necessities will heal all the wounds.
It's funny, its witty, its poetry in motion, it's devastatingly beautiful and tragic and it's a vital link in not only Billy & Claire's story, but all the Winston Brother's journey. And it immediately makes you want to re-read all the other books in preparation for Necessities, I cannot wait!!
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I am happy I bought it, and happy I have read it. It makes me bites my nails in the anticipation for the last instalment!
Saying that, I do not recommend this book if you haven't (or you have no plans to) read all series.
Also I am glad I have read it now (after reading all others). If you haven't read any books about WInston family, I would still suggest to start from the first one ("Beauty and the Moustache") and save this one till the almost end (before "Beard Necessities")
"If the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts, then my soul was Scarlet."
This story is heart wrenching in its complexity, where you know what is happening needs to happen, when you know there is no other choice, when you know you want there to be other options for your loved characters and when you feel as hopeless as your characters. Even knowing that the characters grow up just fine and are successful even though they seem to be scarred by their past (this is an origin story to how the characters are shaped up to be what they are now in PRESENT.) you still feel a lot for them. And that is what Penny Reid's writing induces in you... all the feels.... <3<3<3
I absolutely loved angelic Bethany, our standard adorable Cletus, sweetheart Beau, surly Duane, sweet & innocent Roscoe and ever helpful Ashley. I understand Billy's hatred of Jethro and I completely understand that Jethro should feel the guilt and self recrimination. I have mixed feelings regarding Ben McClure, I liked him in the start of the book, disliked him most of the times later on and have weird respect-but-still-want-to-dislike kind of feelings for him after reading it all.
This book makes me feel bad for having a normal childhood with loving parents and adoring sibling and cousins. I feel bad for not being more alert about fellow children being abused or harassed in my school. I worry how I was a blind to what my classmate went through as Scarlet's classmates are to her sufferings.
I loved Billy and how he's so mature for his age. How he holds himself in such a high responsible position and I pitied him for his having to grow up so fast so soon and be a man of the house even though he was a kid. How much burden he has on his shoulders, keeping secrets to protect everyone he loves and never saying a word! Loving everyone to bits. Billy is the child of Bethany who is most like her with all the sacrifices he's made for his family. Such a brave, selfless and courageous soul! And unfairness of it all was that he had to sacrifice the one thing he wanted the most in his life.
I absolutely adored Scarlet for her tenacity, strength, courage, nobility and innocence. Also she made correct choices in her life even when she didn't have luxury to be noble she was noble. I loved her to bits and seriously enjoyed how positive she was instead of dwelling on the horrible negatives in her life. I loved her interactions with Cletus a lot, and completely loved her time spent with Billy!
Also special surprises are included about other characters and we get enjoy it and savour it.
I really need to re read the series again to gather the little tid bits about Claire/Scarlet and Billy in the previous books. It's been a journey.
Goodness, this quote, this book. I absolutely loved it.
I’ve come to have sky high expectations from Penny Reid’s books because well, it’s Penny Reid.... but with that also comes the risk of disappointment. So far, she’s exceeded my expectations EVERY TIME.
I usually don’t like sad stories and sadness for the sake of it whether it’s in books or films annoys the hell out of me. However, the heartbreak in this story felt necessary, essential. And it was so well done that I found it equally heartwarming.
I’m going to read it again and again until Beard Necessities comes out. It is truly wonderful.
That being said, I adored Scarlet, whose resilience is truly astounding and I loved seeing a young Billy, who I have warned to over the previous Winston Brothers books. If to have read the Winston Brothers series, you will stumble across a number of "aha" moments, but you most definitely do not need to have read them to read this.
I can't remember when I last read such a poignant piece of literary fiction. Truly beautiful.
This is not that story, well not all of it anyway. This is a jump back to whatever happened between them when they were young causing such a rift. The big details of this book are not a surprise if you've read the other books, but it is done so beautifully that knowing whats coming leaves you at a constantly heightened state of tension and when the inevitable happens it is heartbreaking.
The detail of the hardships of their youth is gut-wrenching enough, but then seeing the events referenced in other books as they actually happened, and seeing that things were not necessarily as they seemed just added a whole additional layer of sadness.
All of the books mix humour with sadness and serious situations, but this is not a HEA, it's a tear market that had me sobbing through the last quarter, and I don't regret a second of it