Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.
His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…
But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?
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Heat Level: Steamy
Penny Reid’s books have been highly recommended to me by romance readers that I trust. Unfortunately, this may be one of those authors that I just can’t get into.
I don’t know what to think of this book. Maybe Penny Reid’s writing is just not for me. I mean, it’s written well, but I don’t exactly love the romance in Truth or Beard. And as much as I love punny titles, this could not make up for my underwhelming reaction to this book. This may be an unpopular opinion to all the fans of this series.
This is my fourth Penny Reid book and the first one was a DNF. It may be because her overall writing style is not for me, plus her books are a bit of a slow-burn. And you know how I am with slow-burn romance.
Don’t get me wrong, I have read slow-burn romances that I enjoyed but one thing that I noticed is that there doesn’t seem to be chemistry between the hero and heroine in the ones that I did not enjoy. But I digress.
I did enjoy reading Truth or Beard but I wasn’t blown away by it. After all the hype and multiple people recommending this book, I expected to be wowed, at least. Yes, it’s smart and funny and I laughed out loud at certain parts. But I just wasn’t wowed.
Truth or Beard has a very interesting plot! I really like unrequited romance and I loved that it was the hero, Duane that was “running” after the heroine. I liked that they were enemies when they were kids and I liked the initial build-up to their romance.
What really got me, though was the part when Jess and Duane finally acknowledged their feelings for each other. This was the part where it got really slow for me. This was the part where it dragged. I didn’t like how their romance and hooking-up was dragged for a few chapters. In fact, that turned me off and I didn’t feel Duane and Jess’ chemistry.
I’m not sure if I will continue reading this series and I’m also not sure if I will be reading any more Penny Reid books. I mean, this is the fourth book that I read by her and I was never wowed by all of the books.
I even picked up the audiobook to help me finish this book. While I liked both narrators, this couldn’t make me love this book. Unfortunately.
There are just those authors that don’t work for you, and it looks like Penny Reid is one of mine.
Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) says
Oh how sad this didn’t work for you, I loved this one sooooooooo much! But yeah, I get it if you don’t like the slow burn. I guess I just seem to connect with the female characters so much in Penny Reid’s stories that I can’t help but love all her stories. And they’re always so funny! But you’re right, sometimes there are authors that other people we know and trust their recs love, but we just can’t get into. Great review even if it wasn’t a winner for you!
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I know we can’t love all the authors and I understand that not all people will have the same rating for each book and that’s okay. I do love the variety of reviews that I read and I don’t trust a book that has all 5-star reads!
Some of my top-rated books have a one-star review somewhere!
Amber Elise @ Du Livre says
I’ve heard so much about Penny Reid but haven’t worked my way over there yet. I typically ADORE slow burn so I wonder if I’d like it.
You may like this! What I also didn’t like about it is the heroine was a bit indecisive, you know? And I also mentioned the writing style.
Lover of Romance says
I know many love these books but honestly its those hyped books I just always seem to struggle with. I do like slow burn but it does need to be written well for it to work.
I think a hyped author that doesn’t work for me is Sarah J. Maas
I agree! I try to read hyped books when the hype has died down. With Truth or Beard, the latest book in this series was coming out, so there was a lot of hype for this series again.
Megan | Ginger Mom & Company says
I’m not sure if there’s a popular author whose writing style isn’t for me (I think I tend to blank on most of the books I don’t enjoy). I can think of plenty of authors that I absolutely adore, though – Melissa Foster is at the top of the list if you like romance 😉 Great review, though! Happy reading, as always!
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Thanks! I have to read Melissa Foster! I still haven’t picked up any of her books!