We had the pleasure of reading an advance copy and it's confidently one of our top reads this year with Cletus Winston becoming one of our all-time favorite heroes ever. Ever E V E R. Big talk we know but we've been fixating on him and his famous sausages since the Winston brothers delightfully entered our lives. A character like Cletus Winston is often times bigger than any words could justly describe... but Penny Reid created a story that is not only worthy of Cletus and Jennifer's uniquely sweet romance it also rocked our worlds. We were giddy over every single somber nod and leprosy threat by Cletus but was most endeared by experiencing our beloved Cletus fall gorgeously in love. Cletus in love is a beautiful thing. P.S. The ending left us swooning in the most perfect way possible.
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Excerpt from Beard Science
“A half-dressed woman is always a big deal.” A smile lingered behind his eyes, it felt dark and delightfully wicked.
“Even at the Pink Pony?” I asked out of nowhere, surprising myself with the non sequitur.
Cletus made a face. “I don’t much like those kinds of places.”
“Why? Don’t all men like looking at naked ladies?”
His eyes dropped to my coat and they heated. “I like to unwrap my own presents.”
The butterflies ceased flapping their wings and instead stripped naked. I liked that thought. I liked the idea of being unwrapped, like a present. But only if I could unwrap him, too.
“Did you come here to unwrap me?” I asked hopefully, relaxing my hold on the coat.
He smiled, his clever eyes narrowing just a bit. “Are you my present?”
My embarrassed blush became something else. Heat still circled my neck, my heart still pounded, but the atmosphere shifted. My hot flash was no longer mortified at having been caught baking half-naked. Our smiles gradually waned as we stared at each other.
He took a step toward me, his eyes dropping to my jacket. Cletus inspected the edges, his expression thoughtful, then slipped his fingers inside the coat. I released my grip on the material as his hands parted the jacket and pushed. It fell to the floor.
“I didn’t come over here for this,” he said distractedly. His eyes studied the front of my apron as he pulled the tie at my back.
The bow holding the apron around my neck unraveled and the apron joined my coat on the floor, leaving me in just my panties and stockings. He looked at me. He looked at my body like I was his present. Like he had lots of idea about how he would play with me. I wasn’t cold, yet I shivered.
His eyes lifted, hot with intent, and he took a step forward. Instinctively, I took a step back. He gave me a barely there smile and continued to advance until my back met with the counter. Then he stopped.
“My dearest Jennifer,” he grumbly whispered, his fingers looping into the waistband of my underwear, “in case you’re making a list, this is the only thing I want for my birthday.”
Beard Science Synopsis and Purchase Link
Romantic Comedy Standalone
Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.
And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.
Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?
Likely, the last thing you expect.