Sunday, September 7, 2014

{Heather #Review} Contemporary Romance: Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid

Genre: Contemporary
Series: Knitting In the City #4
Format: ebook from author
Length: 387 pages
Publisher: Caped Publishing (August 28, 2014)

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.

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Other Books in Series:


Beauty and the Mustache is the fourth book in Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series. It may be her best yet.

Ashley Austin Winston is living the life she’s imagined – nurse in a Chicago hospital, member of an eclectic and wonderful knitting group … a simple and fulfilling life, especially when you throw in the heaps of novels she reads in her spare time. But an ailing mother forces her back to Green Valley, Tennessee, the town she escaped so many years ago.

But in the time Ashley’s been gone, things back home have changed; not just her mother, but her six hillbilly brothers, too. Gone are the torturous rapscallions of her youth and in their place stand strong, enigmatic men – including the most enigmatic of them all, a newcomer named Drew Runous. The feelings he stirs in Ashley are far from brotherly, and she must deal not only with the reality of her mother’s condition, but with the uncertainty of the feelings the Nietzsche-quoting, bearded, Viking god evokes in her.

This book is different from Penny’s other books. It’s still smart, and it’s still funny – both things I consider trademarks of Reid’s unique style – but it’s unabashedly romantic, even swoony, as well. There’s death, grieving, family dynamics, illness, surprise, roosters, hand holding, a banjo, and a lot of beards, too. It is wonderful and lovely and all good things and if you read it you’ll fall in love, like I did, with a Viking warrior poet named Drew.

Note: Before beginning the book, you should Google Nietzche – in particular his mustache – as there are many references to him throughout the story.

Favorite Quote:
Drew nodded as he picked up my hand and laced his fingers through mine, studying my fingertips. … He was quiet for a long time as he investigated my fingers, tested how we fit together, compared the sizes of our palms. I was mesmerized by this little dance of our hands and had lost track of what we were discussing.

Review for other books in series:
Neanderthal Marries Human #1.5
Love Hacked #3
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