Wednesday, October 11

Audiobook Review: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

Author: Penny Reid
Angela Dawe, Chris Brinkley
Beard in Mind
Series: Winston Brothers #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 31, 2017
Where I Got It: Audible

All is fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most.

I've liked Beau since book 1. He is very sweet and genuine with his sweetness. Nicest guy in town! I was excited to finally get his book. 

Here we follow Shelly and Beau. Beau is charming and nice and overall sweet to everyone. However, Shelly is not nice and never accommodating. Ever. Beau wants her gone. She is bad for business, but she is an amazing mechanic so his brothers won't listen to him. However, he will soon discover that Shelly wears a coat of spikes for a very good reason. He will also learn that being nice and accommodating ALL the time could mean losing what matters most. 

For this one you def need to read book 1 and book 2. You could skip book 3 since we see and hear a lot of the actions of the last one here just in Beau's or Shelly's POV. I get WHY but it was......boring. We could've skipped that or had it condensed. 

Awww Shelly. Awww Beau. They are so opposite but they have a good heart and are meant for each other. 

I'm so glad the author really dived into the mental disorder of OCD and anxiety. It wasn't just brushed aside or instantly cured by true love. It will be something Shelly will have to deal with forever and I'm glad the author was inclusive and did a good job with weaving it into the story. It's really nice seeing this from someone who has anxiety and slight OCD tendencies to see a character like Shelly. 

I can excuse the rehashing of book 3 here, but I could NOT excuse how limited we got to see Shelly's POV. She needed more of the limelight. I wanted to see and hear more from her. I'm kind of bummed.  It felt like 75% Beau and 25% Shelly. The split wasn't great. We needed more time in Shelly's head. 

The ending has me wanting more though. We have two cans that have been exploded open. I NEED MORE!!!!!

Oh! Nearly forgot...the narration was wonderful as per normal. Wish we got to hear more from our female voice....mmm.

All-in-all I enjoyed it. I wanted more of Shelly though. I feel like she barely had any time to shine. I love her and Beau so much. I'll give this 3 stars. 


- #41 for Audiobook challenge


Northwoman said...

I really love all the Penny Reid books.

Anne - Books of My Heart

Jen Twimom said...

I've never read, but I always love the covers.

Carole Rae said...

Anne, I'm loving her stuff.

Jen, they are fun so far!

Blodeuedd said...

I could def read more Penny Reid

Carole Rae said...

PR is fun!