on August 24, 2014
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Genres: Contemporary Women, Romance
Series: Knitting in the City #4
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
I felt the heat of Drew’s solid hand on my back just before he spoke. “I didn’t peg you for the type to surrender so easily.”
I looked up to find him standing a foot away. His gray-blue eyes ensnared mine and bored into me as though he was dually trying to figure me out and will me into submission. He’d said the words with a low intimacy that I felt in my knees and hips. The word surrender seemed to echo in the room and through my body.
The shift in the atmosphere was palatable, yet I found myself wondering if I were the only one who noticed. Was it a byproduct of my wonky, grief-induced vulnerability? Were my emotions susceptible to delusion? Was I imagining the galvanized tension between us?
I issued him a miniscule smile, hoping to convey irritation, while I tried to regain the abrupt loss of my body’s ability to regulate its temperature. I was hot, flustered, ill prepared, and emotionally unequipped to interact with fictionally handsome men speaking to me in intimate tones and staring at me like I was cake.
And what the heck was wrong with me that I was even noticing Drew’s tone of voice? Let alone his fictional handsomeness. My mother had just been given a terminal diagnosis for heaven’s sake. I was wrong in the head.
I swallowed, finding strength in my self-recrimination. I leaned close and whispered, “Understand this, cowboy: I’ve surrendered nothing.”
Inexplicably, he grinned. It was small and knowing and smugly sexy, and I found it intensely irritating. He quoted Nietzsche again, “‘Perhaps truth is a woman who has grounds for not showing her grounds.’”
I stepped away, immediately finding relief from my muddled hormones by putting some distance between us. I held his gaze for a beat then walked backward to the stairs as I dismissively informed him of a real truth. “You can kiss my grits and my grounds, Nietzsche. And while you’re at it, go jump in a lake.”
I turned away and took the stairs two at a time, not liking that my palms had grown hot. “I don’t care,” I called out, “Preferably one with no water.”
BE STILL MY BEATING HEART…no really I could not still my heart, throughout this whole book!!
This is story about love, whether it was the falling in love, the love for siblings and the love for a mother. Beauty and the Mustache is Ashley Winston and Drew Runous story. Ashley is a ex beauty queen, now a nurse from Chicago and Drew is a bearded Game Warden/sexy recluse mountain man. I connected with both characters. These are not some unbelievable glossed up people. All the characters in the book were normal, everyday people. The setting of the book was amazing! I am a nature girl and I loved the whole mountain life and simple living.
Ashley comes back to her Tennessee small town, in hopes of finding out why her mother is in the hospital. She has been away 8 years. Now, we meet her crazy bearded brothers. HOLY CRAP! I love them! Ashely finds that her whole family has made a new friend since she has been gone. The whole Winston family (including mom) are so witty and funny, they remind, you (as a reader) of your own family. Who doesn’t love some GOOD OL’ BOYS! Drew and Ash’s first meeting is hilarious, all I have to say is purple nurple.
The tension between Drew and Ash is done so well. I was never bored with them and their sexy stares or crazy poetry quotes. I really enjoyed all the characters, but for some reason Jethro the oldest brother stood out to me. I’d love to read a book about him.
I could also relate to the broken family issues. The Winston family’s dad is not a nice guy. And crazy torturing brothers. I think we all have that brother who spit on us or poured pepper in our drinks. Imagine poor Ash, she has 6 of them!!!
Needless to say I loved Beauty and the Mustache. It’s hard to pin point my favorite part in the book, but one that sticks out the most is when Drew and Ash meet for the first time. It was so funny and sexy.
I would definitely recommend this book to all my friends! If you love a witty, ROMANTIC book with lots of sexy tension, then this is for you. I am not a huge fan of funny romance books because most of them aren’t that funny, but Penny Reid has got it join on. Bless her heart 😉
PS- did I mention that I hi lighted 80% of this book…no? Well I did. Not only is there crazy romantic poetry, but some of the funniest stuff I have read in a long time!
HOLY BUTTER MY BISCUITS and 5 BLESS YOUR HEART STARS!!!
This book was clever, funny, true to life and the writing was Fan-fucking-tastic. This book just made me happy and I absolutely fell in love with it. In fact, it’s a book about love. No, not just romantic drop your panties kind of love…but that’s there too. It’s about love of self, family, and embracing who you are and where you’re from.
By 2% into this book I was HOOKED, yes 2%. There is just something so special and relatable about the writing and the story is so real that I couldn’t put it down. Quite frankly, I couldn’t see any nerdy book lover like myself not loving it.
“Reading, for me, was like breathing. It was probably akin to masturbation for my brain.”
It’s fun, sexy, smart, heart-warming, and beautiful. Honestly, with the cover and blurb, I was expecting something funny bordering cheesy with a sexy twist. Boy, did I get SO MUCH MORE!! It was funny and sexy but NO cheese and was written so well and was so deep and profound, I wasn’t expecting it. There were also so many aspects in this book that were close to home for me and I’m sure for so many others. Aspects that make your heart pound, chest ache and memories flow. Feeling that are just so…real.
“Tonight the silence sounds like a scream. If you were here, we could chase it away with our whispers.”
I loved all the characters. The down home county brothers who kill stereotypes while also embracing them. The loveable, smart, beautiful mom. The Sassy, witty, clever heroine, Ashley and our DEEP, broody, soulful hero Drew.
Oh WAIT, did I mention all the boys are bearded? They are BEARDED and big…ALL.OF.THEM!
“He was the Scottish highlander, Viking conqueror, bodice-ripper historical romance kind of handsome; an unshaven, lion wrestling, mountain man recluse, toss you over his shoulder and plunder your goodies kind of handsome.”
The chemistry and tension between Drew and Ashley is so believable. I felt it, I internalized it and I wanted good things for these two. But more, I wanted to know them and their story and I loved watching it unfold and discovering their path. It was deep, poetic and pretty damn humorous. Drew has got to be one of my top Hero’s, I loved him. He was all MAN but so much more. And, if you know me, nothing get’s me like a feisty heroine like Ashley.
“His embrace was a forceful promise of security, full of commanding comfort.”
Bottom line, if your looking for a book with believable humor, great writing, fabulous story, true to life characters and is un-put-downable,here’s your book. Enjoy!
“If sorrow as a force is gravity, and mere happiness is inertia, then love and being in love is momentum. A force built upon actions of the past, moving us. We move.”