Book Review – Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

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.
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-headed heart is she willing to risk?

4 out of 5 stars

I am a cover whore.  The better the cover, the more likely I will read the book.  I’m going to admit – I hated this cover, but I LOVED this book!  Don’t always judge a book by its cover:)

Truth or Beard is the story of Jessica James, a girl from Green Valley, Tennessee, who has a case of wanderlust (wants to travel the world) and moves home to save money and pay off her student loans.  Jessica has pined after Beau Winston for years, and doesn’t get along real well with his identical twin Duane.  Duane, however, has been pining for Jessica for years.

A case of mistaken identity brings Duane and Jessica together.  Their relationship moves pretty slowly (especially in the bedroom) but their banter is fun.  There are a lot of brothers in the Winston family, and I’m excited for the coming books about the brothers.

I liked Jessica a lot.  I hated her brother Jackson – A LOT.  He was a huge dick and I hope that one of the future books is not about him.  But Duane was such a sweetheart.  He was so sweet to Jessica, wanting to properly court her.  I found it refreshingly old-fashioned.

I would highly recommend this book.  Lots of fun!

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