Series: Knitting in the City #4
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: August 28th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance
Also by this author: Neanderthal Marries Human: A Smarter Romance, The Hooker and The Hermit, Elements of Chemistry Part One: Attraction, Elements of Chemistry Part Two: Heat, Elements of Chemistry Part Three: Capture
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.
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, 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.
“But you should know my dearest, you don’t need to be pushed in order to fall.”
With every Penny Reid novel I’ve read to date there is always a mixture of excitement and joy. Her books are well-written, funny and pack plenty of swoon. But as I started reading the latest installment of the Knitting in the City Series, that excitement morphed into adoration and awe. In the midst of reading I was messaging my friends telling them “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!”. Those are big demands, especially during the week of its’ release everyone and their momma had a book coming out. But let me tell you that Beauty and the Mustache will be the dark horse of the summer. Mark my words. This book has quickly become one of my favorites. Not only is the writing a mixture of witty and poignant but the feels? O. M. G. This is one of those EPIC romances I am always in search of.
“Since I first laid eyes on you and felt sorry for every beautiful thing that was made no longer resplendent, nullified by your being.”
I really am at a loss for words for how romantic this book is. I saw Penny quote one of her early reviewers that compared it to Pride and Prejudice with Mr. Darcy and it is of that caliber. I think that many people, mainly me, forget what true romance is. It’s more than just pretty words and sexy times. Drew may be one sexy looking viking but he speaks like a poet, courts like a gentlemen, and loves with ferocity.
“Drew was lightening, harsh and wonderful. Overwhelming bursts of piercing brightness, frightening and beautiful in his intensity. I’d thought of him as grace in motion, but I was wrong. Drew was poetry in motion. “
If my serious declaration of epic romance isn’t enough to get you to pick up this novel then maybe it will appeal to you pogonophiles (someone who is found of, or loves beards) seeing as there is no shortage with Drew the Viking and all 6 of Ashley’s delightfully inappropriate and charming bearded brothers. I promise you though, this novel will melt your butter, leave a zing in your things, and all of the other cute euphemisms the Knitting and the City ladies come up with.
“You underestimate how deeply you cut when your intentions carry no knives.”
If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. This is my favorite Penny Reid novel to date and I cannot wait for what future romances she has in store for us. Because if Beauty and the Mustache is any indication, we haven’t seen the last epic romance from her.