A Fiercely Charming, Small Town, Opposites Attract Romance
“She was…wish fulfillment. That’s what she was. A fantasy, like she’d stepped out of my dreams.”
Beard in Hiding by Penny Reid is the latest—and most surprising–addition to the Winston Brother series. Set in Green Valley, Beard in Hiding follows Diane Donner: newly single, ready to mingle, and willing to embrace life’s chaos in the name of freedom.
Beard in Hiding doesn’t have your normal wilting flower heroine who finds herself after her marriage ends in divorce. No, ma’am. Diane Donner has a voice. It’s loud, it’s fierce, and she is ready to let you know her thoughts on many things including how a man worth his salt should perform behind closed doors. But I should also tell you that there are little to no closed-door scenes here. Diane and Jason truly have a healthy sexual relationship, and one that held many surprises for me as well. I adored Diane. Her thoughts and revelations shared throughout the story made me cry more often than not because of her genuine sincerity reflected on the page.
“You need to stand up for yourself early on, otherwise men will just walk all over you and steal your feminine power.”
I think Jason might be one of my favorite male characters ever written by Penny Reid. Not only is he the perfect complement to Diane, he’s also unabashedly himself in his directness, his openness, and most of his actions which lends him as one of the more enigmatic characters in the Pennyverse. As a member of the Iron Wraiths, Jason’s character depth shouldn’t be a shocker to devoted Penny Reid fans either. The lengths he’s willing to go to in order to do right by Diane also won me over, and I think that Jason is definite swoony book boyfriend material.
The storyline spans a hefty time frame. If readers aren’t familiar with the events within the Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Cozy Mysteries series, I would highly recommend reading both Engagement and Espionageas well as Marriage and Murder before picking up Beard in Hiding as major plot points and possible spoilers are interwoven due to the characters that are shared between both series.
“We drove until the fear became fearlessness, until the press of his warm back to my front and the vibrating seat between my legs and the wind in my face felt like flying.”
Be on the lookout for this fantastic new release! I know Penny Reid is less than thrilled about having Diane nag her about writing her story, but I’m so glad this story was told. It is truly a highlight of the series for me, and honestly has become one of my most favorite Penny Reid books ever. Beard in Hiding is available now! Go one-click immediately!
Jes is a self-proclaimed bookworm, who recently moved from the PNW back to the Midwest. When her nose isn’t in a book, she’s spending time with her husband, two kids, and her three fur babies, or exploring the globe. She also firmly believes that you should start the day with coffee, and end the day in bed with a good book.