Series: Winston Brothers #2
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: May 31st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance, Beauty and the Mustache, The Hooker and The Hermit, Elements of Chemistry Part One: Attraction, Elements of Chemistry Part Two: Heat
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.
But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.
Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.
Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?
“Where I’m from,” Tom tilted his head to the side, “they call your kind a hipster or a lumbersexual, with the beard and flannel and such.”
Without missing beat, Jethro responded, “Ah. See, where I’m from, they call my kind a man.”
Let me just preface this review by saying that I loathe writing three star reviews. Why, you ask? Because three stars to me is still a good and enjoyable read but there’s a loss a potential that could have made a good read great. Does that make sense? With Grin and Beard It I did find myself enjoying the majority of the story. Sienna and Jethro are adorable together. And OMG the flirting! But it was just okay…I guess it’s because of all of Penny’s work I’ve read (all of it) it’s my least favorite. Even if this was written by some other author, I would still feel the same. I guess I was just hoping for more? The romance between Jethro and Sienna didn’t stand out for me, like say Ashley and Drew from BaTM or Duane and Jessica from Truth or Beard. But you know what did stand out? Cletus and Billy. The moment either one of them was on the page I become so invested in their own personal arcs that going back to what Jethro and Sienna felt meh, and for the main characters in their own story, you shouldn’t feel that way.
“Think of how much better the world would be if people craved compliments about the beauty of their heart rather than the beauty of their face.”
But the reason I am still rating this three stars is because the story overall was still enjoyable. It reminded me of how I felt when I watched Notting Hill for the first time between the small time guy and the famous girl. I also loved that Penny is about bringing us diverse characters. Not only was Sienna Latino and proud, but she was also a curvy girl, and as a curvy girl myself I’m all about these types of beauties in romance. And Jethro, while he wasn’t my most coveted Winston, I certainly found his charm endearing and sincere. I honestly would recommend this to anyone looking for a cute and funny beach read. If anything, it will get you excited for crazy Cletus or brooding Billy! Grin and Beard It is a cute and romantic addition to the growing Winston Brothers series.