Romance Books

Book Review – Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

Goodreads Summary 

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 grin and beard ither 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?:  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.

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?

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

Review

I was so excited for the second book in the Winston Brothers series, and Grin and Beard It (G&BI) didn’t disappoint.

G&BI is the story of Jethro Winston, oldest of the Winston clan, who is a park ranger in Tennessee.  Sienna Diaz, mega movie star, arrives in town for a movie shoot and gets lost – and found by Ranger Jethro.  Jethro doesn’t know who Sienna is – which Sienna loves, and she ends up telling him her name is Sarah.

Jethro is immediately taken with “Sarah.”  Jethro and his brother Cletus (book 3’s MC) pick Sienna up to take her to the set in the morning and Cletus immediately knows who she is. Sienna tells Jethro that she’s a writer on the movie – which is technically true, but she’s also the star.

Jethro is a man with a checkered past, but he owned his mistakes and didn’t hide from them.  I loved this about him.  Sienna was a really cool chick.  She was Melissa McCarthy funny – always cracking jokes.  Sienna came from a big family, just like Jethro, but Sienna has a different situation – her sister is her manager, and doesn’t want her to have anything to do with Jethro.

This book was fun.  I love the Winston boys.  I love that they all have true “southern” names, but are very loyal family guys.  The book was somewhat long – almost 400 pages, and I would have preferred it be a little shorter, but the length didn’t make the book bad.  I loved that the book was told in the first person, alternating POV’s.  My favorite kind of storytelling.

This is a good series that I would recommend.

Happy reading.

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