Grin and Beard It
by Penny Reid
Winston Brothers #2
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
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 backroads 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?
Penny Reid has done it again, my friends! Her talent truly knows no bounds. Anytime I’m wanting a book that’s smart, funny, romantic and sweet I know just the author I want to read. I haven’t met a book of hers yet that I didn’t love. This one was extra special to me because I found the main chapters to be so relatable. To anyone who has ever felt like they’ve been labeled in the past, and they’re kind of stuck with that label- this is the book for you. Seriously, I just want to give a huge hug to Sienna and Jethro both. I adored them so much!
Jethro Winston is the oldest of the Winston clan. He’s made some bad choices in his past, but they’ve shaped the great man he is now. Sienna Diaz is a comedian, actress, and writer. She’s big in Hollywood right now, but she’s not stuck up or snobby. In fact, she is the opposite of what you would consider a Hollywood girl. She’s down to earth, average sized, sweet and charming. And don’t forget funny- this girl will have you rolling with laughter! From the moment she and Jethro meet, their flirting is off the charts and fabulous.
“Every step of the way I’d been scolded for being happy with myself. How dare I be happy with who I am, my size, the color of my skin, that I can make both men and women laugh.”
I love that Jethro has no idea that Sienna is as famous as she is. That is exactly what she needs. Someone who sees her as her, just Sienna. Their relationship had a slow start. It was a friendship with a slow burn towards the romance side. The growth of their relationship was great to see. The way they learned to trust one another, and really truly fell for each other was beautiful.
I was mad for him. Everything was grand. We were perfect together.
I cannot get enough of these Winston brothers. I am so excited to get each and every one of their books- but especially Cletus’s. There is just something about him that makes you love the guy! And I’m so interested in how his story will be! Also, after reading this one, I’m a little more intrigued to get Billy’s book… All these characters are so likable. I’m looking forward to them all!
There are always so many ‘quotable’ lines in Penny’s books. Lines that make me say ‘Yes! This is so true!’ These are just a few of them :)
“Think of how much better the world would be if people craved compliments about the beauty of their heart rather than the beauty of their face.”
“It’s good to care, Sienna. It’s good to care about what others think, but only when those other people matter.”
The best thing about a Penny book is that feeling I get when I start reading it. I never want to put it down and I’m always completely enraptured by the story. I read with the biggest smile on my face never wanting it to end. This has been true for every book of hers I’ve read, and Grin and Beard It is no exception. I fell in love with Jethro and Sienna’s story. The perfect combination of humor, love, friendship, and family with fantastic smarts and wit, this is a must read and is going on my favorites list!
About Penny Reid
Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.