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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Wall Street Journal Bestseller USA Today Bestseller Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Wall Street Journal Bestseller USA Today Bestseller Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone. Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . . Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists. But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . . Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Wall Street Journal Bestseller USA Today Bestseller Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Wall Street Journal Bestseller USA Today Bestseller Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone. Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . . Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists. But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . . Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.

30 review for Dr. Strange Beard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Penny Reid

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  2. 3 out of 5

    Dali

    With the Winston Brothers series, Penny Reid has created a fascinating group of family and friends, each book and couple adding to the appeal and uniqueness of series. Dr. Strange Beard is a sweet, sexy and touching addition to the series this time following Roscoe –the attractive veterinarian with a prodigious memory and the youngest Winston brother. Roscoe has spent the last ten years avoiding the woman who broke his heart for fear of making additional painful memories of her, but it’s impossi With the Winston Brothers series, Penny Reid has created a fascinating group of family and friends, each book and couple adding to the appeal and uniqueness of series. Dr. Strange Beard is a sweet, sexy and touching addition to the series this time following Roscoe –the attractive veterinarian with a prodigious memory and the youngest Winston brother. Roscoe has spent the last ten years avoiding the woman who broke his heart for fear of making additional painful memories of her, but it’s impossible to do when she pops up wherever he goes. Simone Payton is back in town for a reason. She needs Roscoe’s help, but she’d also like some answers as to why her former best friend decided to ghost her. When the two start to spend time together, buried feelings that never really faded start to surface and secrets are harder to hide, but will the truth help bring them together or drive an unsurpassable wedge between them? There are many reasons pick up a Penny Reid book. I’ve done reviews with lists, but I’ll be brief this time around. In general they are original, well thought out (love those epigraphs) and researched, sweet, swoony and emotive. The characters are unique and charming. The plot develops a great pace in which bits of suspense and lots of family hijinks are interweaved. The Winston family are a funny, quirky, loving group of supporting characters, some more prominent than others, all beloved and fabulous in their own right, but ultimately, Roscoe and Simone take center stage as a couple who are easy to cheer for and I was lost in their angsty, sweet and heartwarming romance. Dr. Strange Beard is book #5 in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. It is a standalone full length contemporary romance that made me smile, laugh and swoon. A brilliant add to a wonderful series. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2LIncPX

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars!!! I love these Winston Brothers! Roscoe Winston is the baby of the group and his book is one I’ve been waiting for. Each time a new book in this series comes out I get all kinds of excited, and for good reason. Roscoe is a special Winston. He’s sweet, quiet, sensitive, and a veterinarian. He’s also never truly gotten over his first love, Simone Payton. Luckily for Roscoe, Simone only comes into town every once in a while and he’s become a master at avoiding her. Until now. She’s back i 4 stars!!! I love these Winston Brothers! Roscoe Winston is the baby of the group and his book is one I’ve been waiting for. Each time a new book in this series comes out I get all kinds of excited, and for good reason. Roscoe is a special Winston. He’s sweet, quiet, sensitive, and a veterinarian. He’s also never truly gotten over his first love, Simone Payton. Luckily for Roscoe, Simone only comes into town every once in a while and he’s become a master at avoiding her. Until now. She’s back in town and seems to be everywhere he is. Simone is different than Roscoe. She’s much more outgoing, she’s strong-willed, and she’s got a backbone. I liked Simone, I did, but it took me a while for her to grow on me. I didn’t have that immediate love for her like I did for Roscoe. Maybe it’s because I was feeling a little protective of dear Roscoe, I’m not sure. I was so worried about the deception aspect of the story, but thankfully, it all worked out in the end. Roscoe and Simone’s story is a little bit friends to lovers, a little bit unrequited love, and a lot of steamy romance. I honestly was not expecting Roscoe’s book to be so, well, HOT, but it was a nice surprise! As always, Penny Reid’s words are smart, her writing is brilliant, and her stories are unique. After reading Dr. Strange Beard, I’m even more excited for Billy’s book! Like, I don’t even know what Penny is going to do with that one, but I can’t wait to find out! In conclusion: If you haven’t read these Winston Brother’s books, you need to! They are all so special in their own way (and so is Ashley, of course!) Don’t miss out! “I want to be with you. Always.”

  4. 3 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    CHECK OUT THE BLOG TOUR! READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG The Winston brothers are special. Each one in his own quirky way. It's a feat to give them matching partners, ladies who complement and enhance their multi-dimensional characters and aren't only accessories but as multi-layered, quirky and strong. Penny Reid does it every single time. Roscoe is the most sensitive of the lot. Gifted or cursed, depending on the point of view, with a mind that doesn't let him forget memories - good or bad. One memory CHECK OUT THE BLOG TOUR! READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG The Winston brothers are special. Each one in his own quirky way. It's a feat to give them matching partners, ladies who complement and enhance their multi-dimensional characters and aren't only accessories but as multi-layered, quirky and strong. Penny Reid does it every single time. Roscoe is the most sensitive of the lot. Gifted or cursed, depending on the point of view, with a mind that doesn't let him forget memories - good or bad. One memory in particular has been causing him pain like no other and it's the reason why he has been avoiding his ex-best friend for ten years. A chance encounter pulls Simone back into his orbit though. Simone doesn't have the foggiest idea why her former best friend ghosted her. One day they were friends, next day he didn't want anything to do with her any longer. So when this beautiful, grown-up version of Roscoe crashes back into her life she wants to know why. She can't let him in, not now - she missed him too much when he ditched her the first time. And anyway, feelings, emotions aren't her thing. I mean, loving someone is a big fucking responsibility. How could I love someone if I couldn’t even decide between Chinese or Thai food when ordering takeout? What starts between the vet and the FBI undercover agent is a dance around each other, both of them guarding their hearts. It has a bit of everything, the sting of rejection and pain of unrequited love, the grief about a friendship lost, the joy when they rekindle their connection and the sizzle of Roscoe's and Simone's physical attraction that becomes a blaze very fast. Remember Penny Reid when she wrote fade to black bedroom scenes? Yeah, forget it. That Penny is gone and wow can she write steam. Her sex scenes are not just some of the most erotic I've read but also some of the most emotional ones. Both Roscoe and Simone are beautiful characters. Roscoe is tender-hearted when it comes to his childhood friend, considerate and has such a pure soul. He is better than good, you want to keep him safe so that nothing can hurt him. He's also perfectly happy with the person he is. Roscoe loved to make people feel good and I utterly adored that about him. But what captured my notice was the way her profile was painted in a silvery outline. I could distinguish each of her eyelashes, the graceful slope of her cheekbone, the line of her jaw, the shape of her lips. The sight stole my breath. She was beauty. From the beginning to the end there was never a doubt that his childhood friend was IT for him. It was so refreshing to get a hero with an unshakable love for the heroine. Simone is vivacious, a lively young woman who is more forgiving than I would be. She had every reason to be angry at Roscoe yet she got over it fairly fast. I loved that she didn't hold on to the grudge for long once she knew his reasons for avoiding her. But I’d also learned that— in love— nothing makes sense. I didn’t make sense. I didn’t understand myself. Down is up and up is purple. The sky is drawer. The moon is goat. In love, everything was nonsense. One thing I always find amazing in Penny Reid's books is that she touches on interesting, current topics or sometimes controversial issues that give you food for thought. She always provides more than one point of view and I often find myself nodding and thinking "Wow, I've never seen it THAT way" giving me new perspectives through her characters. This time she introduces the very difficult and sensitive topic of racism which shouldn't be difficult at all. Her approach is tastefully done - I really loved her tact and that she chose a POC as her heroine. The secret about Jennifer Silvester's (now Winston) brother is finally lifted and I hope we see a little bit more of that in Billy's book. Speaking of, Billy is breaking my heart already. The guy needs to get laid and somebody who takes care of his battered soul. I think Claire will do a great job in that department. Being reunited with the Winstons is always a treat. I wish this family had more brothers, I would read all of their stories. Penny's words always have a way of settling in my heart and making me want to be the like her characters. Her quirky and smart humor and sweet nature shine through in her stories. When I close one book I start craving the next one, like Scheherazade. That's the magic of Penny Reid. He didn’t wait for me to finish before pulling it over his head, his undershirt following, leaving him bare-chested, somehow taller than before, and so fucking magnificent. I mean, ladies. Holy cow. Get thee a Winston, stat! AMEN to that!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    4.5 Winston Time and Remembrance Stars * * * *1/2 Spoiler Free-It's Live!!! I have decided Penny Reid created her own new genre of romance when she birthed these Winston Brothers. There is something extremely unique about these men and women. They have their own view points, ways of communicating and seeing things. When we see their concerns, on the whole, all of the immediate issues can seem complicated and maybe impossible to surmount...but in the end... when everything is reduced down to the n 4.5 Winston Time and Remembrance Stars * * * *1/2 Spoiler Free-It's Live!!! I have decided Penny Reid created her own new genre of romance when she birthed these Winston Brothers. There is something extremely unique about these men and women. They have their own view points, ways of communicating and seeing things. When we see their concerns, on the whole, all of the immediate issues can seem complicated and maybe impossible to surmount...but in the end... when everything is reduced down to the nitty gritty in that Winston Way...it is all about paying attention to what is happening around you...and not letting anything slip through your fingers... Because Time Don't Play...Once it is gone... It Is Gone... So you better pay attention-take in everything that is happening around you and with the people you love. This series has been happening for sometime now. I have grown to love all of the characters in it. Each person brings something special to the table and Roscoe is no different. With all of the Winstons as the backdrop, Roscoe is dealing with a situation which he has avoided regularly, Simone Payton. You see ten years ago, she broke his heart and it can sometimes play like a loop in his head...words, deeds they did as kids...all of it is like this continual slot machine...put a thought of a time he had with Simone, pull the handle and bam... replay it word for word...visual in his mind's eye, scene for scene. Roscoe's memory is a talent as well as a curse. And now he is seeing Simone where she shouldn't be...and he fails to think quick enough to avoid her...standing right next to the woman who broke his heart. Simone is back in town assisting at her family's diner. Only her parents sort of know why...There are things to achieve and one of them is to reconnect with Roscoe. It is an opportunity to do what she came home to do... but it is also means to finally find out from him why he ghosted her all those years ago. I mean to drop your best friend like that and never share why...Simone wants to know. Oh, this love story....Once again, Reid goes about this tale starting every chapter with the perfect quote reflecting just what the characters are thinking and going through. If you are familiar with the other books in the series, then you will know of the family dynamic between brothers and sister. You will know of the motorcycle gang father, the threats and treatment they had growing up. You will know how there is always an undercurrent of something happening with these men and this story is no different. Through this tale, Reid sets us straight...things may seem complicated... but in the grand scheme of life...focus on those who mean the most to you. Do not get distracted...see clearly and experience everything...even heartbreak for if you don't put yourself out there...you will miss out on the love, too. Winston Lovers... do not despair...Billy's Tale is coming. Don't plan on anything around March/April 2019. I have already blocked my calendar. Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City4/ Winston Brothers, #0.5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers, #1)https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard Science (Winston Brothers #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers, #4) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers, #5) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, #6) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Twirling, Twirling, Twirling... Oops...now I am a bit dizzy... But oh, my Lord...What reading I get to do!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ ❤️❤️❤️ Oct. 11,2016 Roscoe, what do you have up your sleeve... You have been watching and seeing all your brothers pair off... Who have you had your eye on... It seems like something has been brewing but you have been keeping it to yourself... I can't wait to see who you have on your arm at the end of this tale.... Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers, #5) 2018 For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Excerpt and Giveaway HERE. Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors because I find her books to be unique, but in a subtle way. They aren't just fluffy romance, not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you're reading a book from Ms. Reid they make you stop and think. She brings in real life issues in small ways that don't distract from the story but still make you pause and reflect on them. And not only are her stories unlike any others that I've read, but NOW LIVE! Amazon US * Amazon UK Excerpt and Giveaway HERE. Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors because I find her books to be unique, but in a subtle way. They aren't just fluffy romance, not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you're reading a book from Ms. Reid they make you stop and think. She brings in real life issues in small ways that don't distract from the story but still make you pause and reflect on them. And not only are her stories unlike any others that I've read, but her characters are always very different from the norm as well. I love that these books aren't afraid to touch on sensitive subject and that the characters have personalities most authors don't write about. It makes the already great stories even better. Dr. Strange Beard was just as brilliant as the rest of the series and follows Roscoe Winston, the very of this bunch, and his childhood best friend who turned in to his worst memory. I can't say he was as strange as his siblings, but he still had his quirks that I found endearing. Getting to see inside his mind a little really helped me understand him and I felt a great deal of sympathy for him. Not in a pitying type of way, but in a way that his struggles made me want to give him a big hug. Then we have Simone Payton, the aforementioned best friend. She was dealing with a difficult task and I was rooting her on the whole time to figure it out. I easily connected with her since her emotions were so vivid on these pages and I couldn't help but get sucked in to her world. She's also the character that brought in those real life instances and it made me feel so passionate about things that don't always affect me. I finished the book over a day ago and I'm still thinking about her character, which I find amazing. Overall, I found this book to be the usual Penny Reid awesomeness so of course if gets a big recommend from me. I don't personally think this could be read as a standalone so I would say to read the rest of the series before starting this one. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 3 out of 5

    Manju

    Ms. Reid is one of my favorite author. I read books from her Knitting in the City series and I long for a group friends like she has given us in those stories. I read Winston Brothers and I long for a family like the Winstons. the characters she has created in her stories are so passionately in love with everyone else and the devotion, respect they show each other just makes me go "awwwww" every time i read her books. it's easy to fall in love with them. but sadly, I am disappointed in this book Ms. Reid is one of my favorite author. I read books from her Knitting in the City series and I long for a group friends like she has given us in those stories. I read Winston Brothers and I long for a family like the Winstons. the characters she has created in her stories are so passionately in love with everyone else and the devotion, respect they show each other just makes me go "awwwww" every time i read her books. it's easy to fall in love with them. but sadly, I am disappointed in this book and it's predecessor, Beard in Mind. Story of Roscoe, the youngest Winston brother, and Simone, the childhood sweetheart. He is a vet and she is an undercover FBI agent. there are so many misunderstanding, secrets, and heart burns between them that I wanted to shake both of them at times and talk some sense in their thick heads, specially Roscoe. For me the romance part of the book was meh, and the side plot in my opinion was much better, and what kept me turning pages. Just one request Ms Ried, don't mess Billy's book like this.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Before I even begin, let me say that when it comes to a new Penny Reid release, my reaction has been and most likely will always be . . . . I adore her stuff. It’s funny, it’s sexy, the dudes are fantasy bangbots and the women aren’t, but instead are successful, independent and diverse. She writes ‘em skinny, she writes ‘em heavy, famous worldwide and famous only thanks to a certain banana cake – she’s even written a female lead on th Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Before I even begin, let me say that when it comes to a new Penny Reid release, my reaction has been and most likely will always be . . . . I adore her stuff. It’s funny, it’s sexy, the dudes are fantasy bangbots and the women aren’t, but instead are successful, independent and diverse. She writes ‘em skinny, she writes ‘em heavy, famous worldwide and famous only thanks to a certain banana cake – she’s even written a female lead on the spectrum. All that being said, it really didn’t surprise me much that Reid chose to write about a mixed-race couple this time around. What did surprise me????? What a freakin’ snoozefest! And aside from the fact that it was dull as crap, I’m not going to pussyfoot around the other issues I had with it so if you’re easy to take offense, it’s probably time to get scootin’. I realize that I’m not a person who needs a “sensitivity reader” to go through a story before I take a gander at it, but I also understand others are and certain authors are willing to oblige in order to not offend their fanbase. That being said, if you’re going to water down potentially awesome characters (seriously, she’s undercover FBI – he’s supposedly a veterinarian, but since he was never even in the G.D. town he lived in there wasn’t a lot of puppy kisses going around) into this bowl of milk toast then I’d prefer it just to never happen. Also? You know what makes the ethnically diverse bestseller movement so great? Not so much that the characters are diverse, but that the AUTHORS are as well. This was supposed to be a fluffy romance. I’m pretty sure most readers of smut just want to sit around in PJ pants and get our sploosh on while visions of nekkid Jason Mamoa dance through our heads. If I want to read well-written fictional takes on current social issues I’ll seek out Jason Reynolds or Angie Thomas, thank you very much. I’m going to give you a specific example here of how this went off the rails for me (again, because I picked up a ROMANCE book, not something deep) – if you don’t agree with my take so be it, this is MY space for MY opinion and Imma give it. So the leading lady gets pulled over by a blatantly racist cop for driving while black. She pulls into Roscoe’s (splooshy bearded bro this go ‘round) sister’s driveway – sister comes out and schools the disgusting manbearpig on being a vile human. Simone (female lead) then proceeds to dress down the sister for speaking on her behalf and taking away her opportunity to be her own voice, etc. etc. DON’T START CLUTCHING YOUR PEARLS. Stay with me here because I get the point that was trying to be made. The problem I have is then the sister tells the entire family about what happened and so the next time (because OF COURSE THERE’S A NEXT TIME with this uggo cop) it is Roscoe there and he gently nudges Simone until she realizes he’s going to let her do the talking. Thanks for sticking with me, I’m almost at my point. Okay, so WHY DIDN’T THAT SECOND SCENARIO HAPPEN FIRST???? It would have been sooooooo much more effective (because remember, this is a “one that got away” trope so these two have been kismet since they were tiny little children and also he remembers errrrrythang (which I’ll get to here in a second maybe) so he should know how she would want to react/want him to react) if Simone had explained to everyone how much it meant to be her own voice AFTER she got to be her own voice. Instead it came off all preachy and awful because if this person TRULY thought they were going to potentially be shot would they really get on a soapbox instead of just saying “thanks for making sure I’m not dead” and then deal with the P.C. shit later??? Which leads me to my other problem – that just so happens to be the exact opposite of the above – NOT ADDRESSING THINGS AT ALL. First, Roscoe has an eidetic memory and while the presentation of such is about as subtle as a skunk in your bed, it’s not confirmed until nearly the end. Why? For suspense??? If so, MAJOR FAIL because dead horse was dead like 17% into the mah fah. And second, comments are made throughout the book about Simone not seeing how beautiful she is. I was DYING for an “a-ha moment” when it was disclosed that . . . . Seriously. I would have loved for Simone to be a dark-skinned girl. Just like I’d love for a “plus size” girl to be larger than a fucking size 12. But it never happened. So was Simone darker skinned? Did she just have low self esteem? Was her face all scarred up from a knife fight? WTF?!?!?!?! Did she really and truly just not care because she was so badass????? I need answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Okay not really, but it would have been nice to have an answer.) It sucks that this missed the mark so hard for me. But again, don’t get it twisted because I’m already in line for the book we’ve all been waiting for – BILLY’s . . . . “I mean, ladies. Holy cow. Get thee a Winston, stat!” ^For serious. Doooooooooooooooooo it. ORIGINAL "REVIEW:" Who else has only been able to picture Krieger ever since the title of this book was released??? Just me?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Gorilla McGee Winston

    5-BRING-ON-THE-BOMBSHELLS STARS! YOU GUYS! GUYS... Just...whoa. We're back in Green Valley, back with The Winstons, but we're five years out from Beard in Mind (Beau's story). In that time, Roscoe Winston has finished school and started practicing veterinary medicine. He's also finding himself shadowed and tormented by his childhood friend and first love, Simone. Simone is on a mission. A secret mission. And while she's on this mission, she's going to make it personal by finding out why her best frie 5-BRING-ON-THE-BOMBSHELLS STARS! YOU GUYS! GUYS... Just...whoa. We're back in Green Valley, back with The Winstons, but we're five years out from Beard in Mind (Beau's story). In that time, Roscoe Winston has finished school and started practicing veterinary medicine. He's also finding himself shadowed and tormented by his childhood friend and first love, Simone. Simone is on a mission. A secret mission. And while she's on this mission, she's going to make it personal by finding out why her best friend ghosted her all those years ago. What unfolds is a beautiful story about unshakable memories, and unbreakable love; about holding secrets and building trust; about the complexity of familial bonds. In true Penny Reid fashion, we don't get a straight-forward simple tale of a second-chance-romance. We get challenged to expand our scope; see life through a different lens. Whether that's taking a moment to comprehend racial issues, or accept a heroine who takes on a somewhat different gender occupation dynamic than other romance heroines do, or even to ask yourself what you would do to save a life, the author continually gives us an opportunity to learn about ourselves and the world around us. I can't say enough about this book to express how moved and shocked I felt while reading it. If you're a fan, I say, please read it ASAP. If you haven't read any of the previous books, DO NOT START HERE! Rewind, grab the other books and start on an epic journey. This book is late in a series, has bombshells galore, and is chock full of juicy, series-wide arc tidbits.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Dr. Strange Beard Series: Winston Brothers #5 Author: Penny Reid Release date: July 30, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Oh how I loved visiting the Winston Boys, their significant others, and the rest of the residents of Green Valley. This series is like a true best friend. One that you don't get to see very often, but when you finally do, there's no awkward pause in conversation or adjustment. I slipped right into this book with a smile on my face, and I was laughin Title: Dr. Strange Beard Series: Winston Brothers #5 Author: Penny Reid Release date: July 30, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] Oh how I loved visiting the Winston Boys, their significant others, and the rest of the residents of Green Valley. This series is like a true best friend. One that you don't get to see very often, but when you finally do, there's no awkward pause in conversation or adjustment. I slipped right into this book with a smile on my face, and I was laughing within the first few pages. How many series have you read can you say that about? The trademark humor, unexpected angst, and Roscoe's original personality trait were just a few of the things that made Dr. Strange Beard unputdownable. We knew from the previous books that Roscoe and Simone were childhood best friends, always together like two peas in a pod. Then suddenly they parted ways in high school with no explanation, much to the puzzlement of their families. But no one was more confused and hurt than Simone, who was ghosted unexpectedly by the boy she cared about and trusted the most. Surely their friendship formed and nurtured over so many years deserved more? The hurt faded over the years, but never really went away. The mystery was something that wouldn't be silent in her mind, so if Simone just happened to solve that riddle while she's back in town temporarily for her hidden agenda, nothing would make her happier. She convinced herself that the past was shoved into a box never to be touched or noticed again. Roscoe didn't have that luxury. His situational eidetic memory kept him chained to every painful memory as if it happened ten minutes before rather than ten years. He was enslaved to the past and afraid to live in the present. “Memory is a strange thing.” He pressed another kiss to the soft skin of my interior forearm. “An endless reminder of the past, revealing itself—as a cannon blast or a whisper—when you’re least prepared for it.” Roscoe has the ability to remember faces and names of people he's met once, no matter how long ago it was. He can remember events in fine detail that happened to him throughout his life, whether they are pleasant or painful. Can you imagine not being able to feel any relief from painful moments in your life, because the memory never fades? I admit I was a little confused at first between what Roscoe lives with, and the photographic memory that most people think of. Though what he experiences is a real thing, it's extremely rare so I wasn't familiar with the specifics of it. The fact that he deals with this his whole life, and hides it from everyone made his struggle even more difficult because he didn't have his family to lean on for support. He could only make observations of various coping methods and try to apply them to himself, hoping for the best. I never felt angry at either character for the way things played out between them as teenagers. Sure, he could have handled it better, but it just wasn't their time. As heart-wrenching as the loss of their friendship was, she never would have been ready, and it would have hurt him too much to have that reality shoved in his face on a daily basis. Simone and Roscoe came out of nowhere and caused some unexpected butterflies to beat around in my chest. The unrequited love that he feels and tries to hide from her hit me right in the heart and squeezed me with emotion. I had no idea that he had such a sweet and soulful sensitive side, but I couldn't have been happier finding out. His desperation to try to keep his feelings under control when he was around her was very palpable, and it just made you want to wrap your arms around him to take his and make everything better. Besides his struggle with Simone, he also had to deal with his despicable father's sudden unwelcome reappearance in his life again. Simone took me a little bit longer to warm up to. Not because I disliked her at first, she's just more reserved with her emotions so I wasn't sure what to make of her. Seeing her sister crash and burn in a bad way in the romance department when they were teens had an effect on her. She was happy to scratch her itches occasionally and then move on with her life. It was all very clinical and functional. I’ve never been into romance and such, finding puzzles, mysteries, and science more alluring and interesting than almost anything else. The marriage of chemistry and physics was the only kind of marriage that had been of interest to me. Until Roscoe Winston stepped back into her world, shook it up, and blurred the lines of friendship until she wasn't sure what she wanted anymore. Suddenly she had a strange attraction that she didn't know what to do with, and a secret that could break the fragile new feelings that they were tentatively stepping into. I really enjoyed seeing Simone open up to him and realize that making herself vulnerable doesn't have to make you weak. When you're with the right person, someone who knows you inside and out and loves you unconditionally, you're stronger than you ever were. I adored this book so much, and I can't recommend the entire Winston series enough. Billy has always been my most anticipated brother in the series, but now that his book is around the corner I wish we could keep waiting because I can't imagine saying goodbye. Simone's family was wonderful in this book, so hopefully there will be a chance at more books to explore her siblings and their HEAs. I wanted him, to be with him, always. It was him. How he touched me, looked at me, held me, knew me, accepted me. His gentleness, his ferocity, his sweetness, even his caution. I loved his reluctance, how earnestly and sincerely he approached every situation, with heart and soul over mind and matter. I loved him. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    I need to come right out and say it for anyone who felt, or currently feels, the same way : if you are struggling with the start of DR. STRANGE BEARD, don't give up hope. I was really starting to suspect I had stumbled across my first Winston Brothers fail but Reid delivered in the end. Well, no, actually, well before the end. But all I'm saying is that any doubts I had, any struggle to connect, were both resolved by about the middle point. And I hope this encourages you to push on. Why did Rosco I need to come right out and say it for anyone who felt, or currently feels, the same way : if you are struggling with the start of DR. STRANGE BEARD, don't give up hope. I was really starting to suspect I had stumbled across my first Winston Brothers fail but Reid delivered in the end. Well, no, actually, well before the end. But all I'm saying is that any doubts I had, any struggle to connect, were both resolved by about the middle point. And I hope this encourages you to push on. Why did Roscoe have to be a vet? Why couldn't he be a.. a.. a mortician? He wouldn't look quite so stunningly and alluringly gorgeous covered in dead bodies, now would he? That little disclaimer aside, wow. It's so hard to review the fifth book in a series without spoiling, like, everything. This one has everything you would want, you have come to expect, and more, from this series and from this author. She made me laugh after having broken my heart (seriously, tears on my face, and then full out lols, honestly, Penny, how dare you toy with me like this [please feel free to do it again]), she made me swoon, she made me.. just.. so.. glad. There's something about this series, these brothers, this town, it's just.. familiar. Fun. Warm. Even with all the darkness, unpleasantness, and shady shit that comes up. It's full of sweetness and light but also heavy, relevant, a little (lot) disconcerting, but oh so good. "Your sacrifices, and I'm sure there are a ton I don't know about, made this family possible. But brother, it's time for the sacrifices to end." As much as I loved learning more about the youngest brother, Roscoe, I feel that Billy got a wonderful spotlight in this one. Yes it's to prep his story but.. oh Billy. I just want to hug him. I can't spoil anything and it's not even really even a spoiler if you've made it this far.. but wow. The love-down (like a smack-down but full of love, trademark to come) that Roscoe gives his second oldest brother.. I want to cry all over again. Reid gives good monologue-y truthbombs and there were some serious goodies in this one. "What are you so afraid of? Of failure? Of making painful memories you can't forget? if that's the case, I've tried that. I'm here to tell you that no matter what you do, shit is going to happen. you can't avoid heartache without also leaving out the love." Five years on from the last book, a lot has changed, but also not a lot, really. Strangely this was the first book where I didn't go gaga for Cletus every time he was on the page (I know, I'm all agog, too, though the shaving scene was hilarious). Infact I think that honour went to Billy (see aforementioned well-deserved spotlight) but there was a spectacular moment between Simone and Jennifer (Cletus' Jenn) that I loved, and yet I think the award for best supporting cast/family goes to Simone's family, the Paytons. I loved learning more about them, and experiencing more of Dani, Simone's sister, and a soon to be complication for Billy (ruh roh). But, that said, as always, I love this eclectic group of siblings (Jethro knitting was just the best) and I doubt I'll ever get tired of them. "Cletus, what exactly do you imagine knitters need a governing body for? We're not a militia." "Really? Could have fooled me. Y'all are more organized than most militias." Simone and Roscoe's romance, however, for me had a rough start. If it looks like a miscommunication, smells like a miscommunication, and walks like a miscommunication.. it probably is. And we have one of those. But there's a lot more to it. The build-up, however, trying to feel the connection between these two.. initially, I wasn't having it. I couldn't really get a read on Simone, this smart science-y logical lady, but eventually she mostly settled in to the story, or I mostly settled in to her, and it does come together. However the strength of this story is perhaps less due to the heroine (and not helped by how the author chose to use her) and more due to my enjoyment of the hero and also, as mentioned, due to the fabulous focus on brother Billy. DR. STRANGE BEARD is perhaps my least favourite pairing (particularly after the strength of BEARD IN MIND) but from like.. 60% on, I loved pretty much everything about this. There are complications, some sorta lies, and some big reveals.. and it was all thrilling, by the seat of your pants, before the heartbreak set in. How's that for vague but not too vague, teasing but not spoiling, eh? Please grade me on a curve. Time, as they say, heals all wounds that aren't affected by sepsis or gangrene. While I definitely wished I had reread the first four prior to going into this one, I'm kinda glad I didn't have the chance, because now I have an excuse for a full reread before the final (!?) book. I can't wait to relive all the adventures, hijinks, hilarity, and emotions. 4 "give me this. give me this memory" stars ** I received an ARC from the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Roscoe, you're such a rascal. -

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    ***Head to my blog - there's a GIVEAWAY...and stuff.*** http://www.staceyissassy.com/review-d... Penny Reid’s words move me… ***4.5 Stars*** I’ve met Penny Reid and she is a bright and bubbly person who was a pleasure to talk to. I’ve read Penny’s words outside of her books and I like the way her mind works. I’ve been immersed in Penny’s worlds through her books…and her words move me. She has a voice that I wish was mine. Her ideas, beliefs and feeling shine through in her characters. The strength ***Head to my blog - there's a GIVEAWAY...and stuff.*** http://www.staceyissassy.com/review-d... Penny Reid’s words move me… ***4.5 Stars*** I’ve met Penny Reid and she is a bright and bubbly person who was a pleasure to talk to. I’ve read Penny’s words outside of her books and I like the way her mind works. I’ve been immersed in Penny’s worlds through her books…and her words move me. She has a voice that I wish was mine. Her ideas, beliefs and feeling shine through in her characters. The strength in their thoughts and words makes Penny Reid someone I admire. I found myself marking pages as I read Dr Strange Beard. I collected those pages because they touched me. They were words that I’m sometimes too scared to say out loud. I even marked a page to show my boys when they get older…*How to dress for a date* (my words, not Penny’s). Penny’s words make my heart…stutter…spasm…do that little fluttery thing. Her words move me. It's obvious to me that Penny does her research and due-diligence when creating characters and giving them thoughts, opinions, careers and issues. By creating Simone, Penny has given me a new insight into an issue that is a world-wide problem. Sometimes it's better to ask the person facing a drama or issue how they want it handled instead of fixing the problem for them. I also found the titbit at the end of the story explaining the extent of a person having a "good memory" interesting. Then again, all Penny's titbits are interesting. I don’t always love Penny’s characters. For instance, Roscoe as a 16-year-old needed a good kick to the behind. OK, maybe I can understand his 16-year-old brain fart…BUT A 10 YEAR LONG BRAIN FART!!! How on earth everyone just accepted that they were friends no longer is beyond me. Especially considering those Winston’s, it’s not like they know how to keep out of each others business. So many years wasted. I may also have a wee bit of a problem when a character I love goes undercover. Sure, they’re doing good deeds and all, but geez I hate the deception and when the truth comes out, someone always gets hurt. That would be one of the hardest jobs in the world and I imagine that it would be almost impossible to have a serious relationship while doing undercover work. Cudos to those good men and women sacrificing for us. Honestly, I was getting a bit nervous up to the halfway point that Dr Strange Beard wasn’t going to work for me. I know, I know, it’s romance and it has to all work out. BUT…these two just weren’t communicating, getting together or connecting the way I wanted them to. O ye, of little faith (rolling my eyes at myself). I just needed to be patient and wait for the right time. I think Dr Strange Beard was one of Penny’s steamiest books. Holy Shamoly, I was getting all kinds of hot and flustered reading this one. A lot of readers are going to LOVE this one and it has a lot to do with Roscoe…and his words…and his touch…OMG!! Loved catching up with all the Winston’s and I am DESPERATE for Billy to find his happy place. I need him to add some laugh lines to his frown lines. There’s a certain redhead I’m hoping will be his happy place. Simone’s parents Daisy and Trevor were amazing and I loved getting to know them and seeing the wonderful example they set for their kids. Daisy’s welcome home party…of the scary kind, is something I can relate to. My mother never meant to scare the bejeezus out of me, it just happened and I think she got a wee bit of pleasure out of it. Plenty of laughs, a few tears and some big old sighs as well. Dr Strange Beard was a fantastic read and I will be sad when this series is over. Stacey is Sassy, received a complimentary copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer

    *****FOUR STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} DR. STRANGE BEARD, the fifth and latest installment of the Winston Brothers series is Roscoe Winston’s story and it’s a friends-to-lovers/unrequited love romance. Roscoe is another quirky but utterly lovable character like his siblings. I was rooting for him to get his girl!! Roscoe and Simone were the best of friends in High School, but Roscoe had always harbored a secret crush for Simone. One day he decides to confess his feelings for her b *****FOUR STARS***** {ARC Generously Provided by Author} DR. STRANGE BEARD, the fifth and latest installment of the Winston Brothers series is Roscoe Winston’s story and it’s a friends-to-lovers/unrequited love romance. Roscoe is another quirky but utterly lovable character like his siblings. I was rooting for him to get his girl!! Roscoe and Simone were the best of friends in High School, but Roscoe had always harbored a secret crush for Simone. One day he decides to confess his feelings for her but Simone doesn’t react the way that he had hoped she would. She rejects him based on her fear that moving to a romantic relationship could end up destroying the friendship. Roscoe is so heartbroken that he cuts off all ties with Simone. It’s ten years later and Simone is back in town. She moved away and has a career with the FBI, but would come home on weekends to visit her parents. Roscoe always made sure to keep his distance from any place he might run the risk of bumping into Simone because even ten years later, he still hasn’t gotten over the heartbreak. But now Simone is back for the foreseeable future and Roscoe is forced to interact with her. What he doesn’t know is that she’s working undercover for the FBI and her mission involves the motorcycle gang, the Wraiths, that his father is a member of. She tries to rekindle the friendship with Roscoe in hopes of helping her with her FBI assignment, but there also might be some feelings she tried to deny that are bubbling to the surface. Will Roscoe be able to open up to Simone once more? Or is the fear of rejection going to keep him closed off to the possibilities with her? What will become of these two when the real reason Simone has come home is revealed? Here are my overall ratings Hero: 4 Heroine: 4 Plot: 4 Angst: 4 Steam: 4 Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4 DR. STRANGE BEARD is currently available! Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2KqqV41 iBooks: https://apple.co/2twGVeA Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/DrStrangeBeard Nook: https://bit.ly/2tJQl5F Kobo: https://bit.ly/2yU5zdo Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/y76ze2x4 Print: https://amzn.to/2LXgohE

  15. 3 out of 5

    Mandy

    Wow! My heart is so full! I loved this book so much! These characters were so much more than I was anticipating. I thought I had an idea of who Roscoe was from reading the other books in this series but he was nothing like I was expecting in all the best ways. He was complicated and sweet, misunderstood and sensitive. As much as I love Roscoe and the Winston family, the real star of this book for me is the heroine, Simone. I can honestly say that she is one of my favorite book heroines ever. Tha Wow! My heart is so full! I loved this book so much! These characters were so much more than I was anticipating. I thought I had an idea of who Roscoe was from reading the other books in this series but he was nothing like I was expecting in all the best ways. He was complicated and sweet, misunderstood and sensitive. As much as I love Roscoe and the Winston family, the real star of this book for me is the heroine, Simone. I can honestly say that she is one of my favorite book heroines ever. Thank you Penny Reid for writing a smart, funny, independent, confident woman who can hold her own and doesn't let people walk all over her. There was so much to love about Simone. Her love of her family, how strong willed she is, her sense of humor that had me laughing out loud several times, her strength in difficult situations and the way she loves the people that are important to her. I would read a whole book series just about Simone if it was written - I completely adored her. There were a few scenes that made me angry for the character, a few that had me in tears. The romance in this book was fantastic - super swoony moments and some pretty hot steamy scenes. I loved catching up with all the Winston family and enjoyed a few surprises throughout the story with them as well. I am nervously awaiting Billy and Claire's book but never want this series to end so I don't mind the wait. This is a top pick of 2018 for me and I highly recommend this book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: All men are fugly as soon as they demonstrate an inability to carry on a conversation about issues that matter… Or if they poop with the bathroom door open. No one wants to see that. Even I—ye old goddess of crime fighting—have accepted that some mysteries in life are better left unsolved, such as the facial expressions associated with a boyfriend’s constipation. Hard. Pass. …the element of surprise was my favorite, even if it wasn’t on the periodic table. Roscoe was a man-maiden. Favorite Quotes: All men are fugly as soon as they demonstrate an inability to carry on a conversation about issues that matter… Or if they poop with the bathroom door open. No one wants to see that. Even I—ye old goddess of crime fighting—have accepted that some mysteries in life are better left unsolved, such as the facial expressions associated with a boyfriend’s constipation. Hard. Pass. …the element of surprise was my favorite, even if it wasn’t on the periodic table. Roscoe was a man-maiden. That’s what he was. A fair man-maiden, with a beard so dark and eyes so blue, a tall specimen of manly greenness, innocent and untouched. Clowns, in my experience, are like cats. They can sense when a person isn’t into them and then go out of their way to interact with that person. Once, in my case, I’d had a clown follow me around a co-worker’s child’s birthday party, trying to foist balloon animals on me (I thought they all looked like genitalia, but what did I know?) My Review: Penny Reid is da bomb! It was an instant freefall into this skillfully adept wordsmith’s compelling vortex and I gleefully smirked my way through her captivating and cleverly amusing tale. Written in my favorite dual POV, the storylines were lively, well-crafted, and stacked with unexpected twists and unique conundrums. Ms. Reid’s own special blend of brainy humor and cunning wit amuses while simultaneously enlightening with interesting factual tidbits. Roscoe’s eidetic memory was fascinating and I appreciated the humanizing and thoughtful observations illuminating the advantages and disadvantages for those bearing such a trait. I have adored this series and the uniquely peculiar little community of Green Valley, Tennessee, which appears to be populated with oddly beguiling and magnetic characters brimming with idiosyncrasies and intriguing quirks.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    4 “Years” Stars Typical Ms. Reid which means anything but a typical storyline. I was kept guessing the whole time. I was swept up in their slow building relationship along with the rest of the family. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book. A is for Alpha B is for Books

  18. 3 out of 5

    Natalie The Biblioholic

    On Tour with a Giveaway - https://bit.ly/2wdV9l0 I absolutely loved learning about Roscoe!! From the moment I heard about him in previous books to when I knew he'd be getting a story of his very own, I've been holding onto this strange curiosity to really know him. Every one of the Winston brothers (and sister) have their own special quirks, characteristics that are unique to the individual and sets them apart from the rest, and I was intrigued by what Roscoe's would be. I was immediately capti On Tour with a Giveaway - https://bit.ly/2wdV9l0 I absolutely loved learning about Roscoe!! From the moment I heard about him in previous books to when I knew he'd be getting a story of his very own, I've been holding onto this strange curiosity to really know him. Every one of the Winston brothers (and sister) have their own special quirks, characteristics that are unique to the individual and sets them apart from the rest, and I was intrigued by what Roscoe's would be. I was immediately captivated with the way that the author illustrated his eidetic memory and how it may differ from others with the same type of phenomenal gift. The ways in which his memories were broken down and the coping mechanisms he used to move from one situation to the next were compelling. My heart ached for this character and I found myself so in love with him. And that's all before I knew how HUGE his heart was, how compassionate and caring and understanding he was, and before I realized how incredible a character Roscoe would turn out to be. As for Simone... while I appreciated that this was an interracial coupling and I always love when I can identify with a character in some way, even if it's just by their physical characteristics, I was also glad that her ethnicity didn't have much of a spotlight. I liked that I kept forgetting what she even looked like. Her mannerisms and her interactions with other characters were where my focus went and I loved that I got to know this character on a deeper level. Not that Simone would care about my feelings or anything, seeing as she isn't a fan of emotions. But that was something else we have in common because I come off as pretty robotic myself. However, as much as I found things to like about her, I didn't love her. Actually, I barely liked her for the first half of the book. How she acted towards Roscoe and the things she thought about him made her my enemy because I was set to defend my sweet, brave man. Luckily things turned around for the better and I didn't have to cut a bitch. There was a bit of suspense in the mix, which always seems to be the case when it comes to matters involving their daddy's MC, and a thrill or two, but at its core this story was about love and friendship and family and it was full of so much heart. Now I'm wondering if there will be a series for those Paytons because Simone's parents were AMAZING!! ☆.。.:* ARC provided for an honest review .。.:*☆ Release: July 30 | Genre: Contemporary Romance/RomCom | Dual POV - 1st person | Heat: 3 | Standalone - Winston Brothers #5 Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aisling Zena

    13/4/18 Called it!! SNIPPET on Penny Reid's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PennyReidWri... 22/9/17 Am I alone in thinking Simone will be Roscoe's?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I'm going to do my best to keep this spoiler free. I'm sure there will be reviews with loads of spoilers because SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN in this book. SO MANY!!!! If you find yourself reading chapter three and you don't shout out in exclamation then we should probably not hang out. Similarly to when I read "Datingish" I went into this book with very little expectations, my feelings going in were I just really really want to know what's going on with Billy and Claire and want to get there. Maybe Pen I'm going to do my best to keep this spoiler free. I'm sure there will be reviews with loads of spoilers because SO MANY THINGS HAPPEN in this book. SO MANY!!!! If you find yourself reading chapter three and you don't shout out in exclamation then we should probably not hang out. Similarly to when I read "Datingish" I went into this book with very little expectations, my feelings going in were I just really really want to know what's going on with Billy and Claire and want to get there. Maybe Penny Reid is aware of that some of her fans are just anxious to get to Billy and Claire (Blair?), because much like I loved the shit out of everything from "Datingish" I loved everything about this book. Up until now, I hadn't given much thought to Roscoe, he just seemed like the sweet youngest Winston that was there in the periphery while his older siblings lived their lives. I was so so wrong! This man is so unexpectedly soulful and romantic that he makes me swoon just thinking about him. And Simone, ah dear dear Simone, hell I found myself falling hard for all of the Paytons. They might be my new favorite Penny Reid family. I loved them all! If I hadn't given much thought to Roscoe, I had payed even less thought to what Simone might be like. Like she said herself, she is TNT!!! Hahaha, I just love her. The only spoiler-y thing I'll say is that there will be a moment that Penny may have you feeling all the feels and doubting why she would do this, but keep calm and read on! ; ) Lastly, shout out to Penny Reid for not only writing more diverse books but for dealing with race issues that are plaguing the USA. What happens to Simone is not fiction and I am happy to be reading about it in my beloved fiction books. I hope it light fires in her readers and people do something about it. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Or in this case romance readers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I finished this book a couple of days ago but its one of those books that you want to savor. It’s just so very amazing! After reading it the characters keep moving around in your mind and you keep replaying scenes. Simone is the girl you wish was your friend. She is strong, loyal and funny. I picture myself having conversations with her over mojitos. And Roscoe? Oh my heavens! My biggest wish is that everyone finds the kind of love he has for Simone. His devotion ramps his sexiness up exponent I finished this book a couple of days ago but its one of those books that you want to savor. It’s just so very amazing! After reading it the characters keep moving around in your mind and you keep replaying scenes. Simone is the girl you wish was your friend. She is strong, loyal and funny. I picture myself having conversations with her over mojitos. And Roscoe? Oh my heavens! My biggest wish is that everyone finds the kind of love he has for Simone. His devotion ramps his sexiness up exponentially. So lovely! Wonderful book by an amazing author!

  22. 4 out of 5

    katwiththehat

    So excited to get to read Simone and Roscoe’s book! Will have to put most of this review in spoilers to not ruin it for anyone, but super exciting and great plotting in Simone and Roscoe’s story. (view spoiler)[ Simone as an undercover FBI agent was AWESOME, especially with the piece of her being back in Green Valley to figure out who was behind murders, and pick up Daryl Winston. Kick some butt, lady! Roscoe is a brother we haven’t seen a whole bunch of, and it was nice to get some time with hi So excited to get to read Simone and Roscoe’s book! Will have to put most of this review in spoilers to not ruin it for anyone, but super exciting and great plotting in Simone and Roscoe’s story. (view spoiler)[ Simone as an undercover FBI agent was AWESOME, especially with the piece of her being back in Green Valley to figure out who was behind murders, and pick up Daryl Winston. Kick some butt, lady! Roscoe is a brother we haven’t seen a whole bunch of, and it was nice to get some time with him here. They fit well together. Having things time-jump forward 5 years worked well, I thought, as it gave an opportunity for the Winstons to be in different places in their lives and change things up a bit. (hide spoiler)] And now I’m that much more excited for Billy and Claire’s book! Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kindling Micky

    4.5 stars DR STRANGE BEARD was a swoon-fest brimming with feelings, my feelings, leaking all over the place. It took me a pause to get into to into the book properly but once I was in, I had my whole mind and body shoe-horned into it. The timeline in this book is interesting in terms of previous characters, it took me a little adjustment but I enjoyed all Winston updates. I can’t say Roscoe has been at the front of my mind in previous books, I recollect little of him, I now find him utterly unforg 4.5 stars DR STRANGE BEARD was a swoon-fest brimming with feelings, my feelings, leaking all over the place. It took me a pause to get into to into the book properly but once I was in, I had my whole mind and body shoe-horned into it. The timeline in this book is interesting in terms of previous characters, it took me a little adjustment but I enjoyed all Winston updates. I can’t say Roscoe has been at the front of my mind in previous books, I recollect little of him, I now find him utterly unforgettable, that’s the kind of man he is. A vet, often surrounded by puppies, flirting with anyone female of any age and avoiding some of the real stuff of life. This man is a bit of savant in some ways. “He was in faded greenish-blueish scrubs, his long form lying on the floor, allowing at least twelve happy, fluffy puppies to crawl over him, wagging their fluffy tails licking his face and forearms while he laughed and they yipped and growled playfully.” “More importantly, why did Roscoe have to be a vet? Why couldn’t he be a...a...a mortician? He wouldn’t look quite so stunningly and alluringly gorgeous covered in dead bodies, now would he?” Simone grew on me from, hmmm I’m not sure, to like, to love, to she’s perfect for him. Both Simone and Roscoe had nerdy sides to them that on the one hand kept them apart and on the other hand made them right for one another. These two were childhood friends that were inseparable and this was a second-chance, friends to more that thrilled me. There were some chemistry-laden twists that were really just the best reading but I can’t say more because spoilers are spoilery; I have all the highlighted bits to look back on. However, I lived for the unexpected in this book, both in connection and serious plot development. Some of those serious plot developments had me teary, unusually for me. So, feelings really were brimming in this read. Here I am again, trying to decide my favourite Winston book and I just can’t. The quality and consistency of read is superb and I’ll never be ready for these to end. I voluntarily read an early copy of this book. Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Beautiful, poignant and thoughtful. This one resonated with me more than usual. As I devoured this one it struck me that at some point in the last couple of years, Penny Reid's books stopped being all about the funny, lightweight quirkiness and started being more poignant, more thoughtful and so much more bittersweet. That's not to say they're not quirky and original and witty too because they absolutely are, but they are so much more than that. Dr Strange Beard is a second chance story between R Beautiful, poignant and thoughtful. This one resonated with me more than usual. As I devoured this one it struck me that at some point in the last couple of years, Penny Reid's books stopped being all about the funny, lightweight quirkiness and started being more poignant, more thoughtful and so much more bittersweet. That's not to say they're not quirky and original and witty too because they absolutely are, but they are so much more than that. Dr Strange Beard is a second chance story between Roscoe Winston and Simone, his childhood romance. Separated for ten years, they have both been emotionally stunted by the fallout from their first love. Now Roscoe is an interesting character - he has a superpowered memory, something that is a massive help in some senses but a huge bind in another, not least because memories have the same potential to affect him as the here and now. So every disappointment, every loss, every tragedy feels as painful now as it did then. Settled into a routine that avoids any sore points, his life is desperately sad and lonely: "I have enough friends." I cannot lie, it was so beautifully bittersweet and it absolutely gutted me, but I knew the author would make it worthwhile, that the sadness would make the journey to the happy bits even more satisfying. It really did. The memory thing really resonated with me though as I was reflecting on the past and memories of people as I read this on the anniversary of my own dad's passing. It made me reflect on the past and on loss and on how the impact of that person and your history with that person affects the future you. It was uplifting and inspiring and I'm grateful to the author for that. The romance too was beautiful, a slowish burn, but with lots of heat and excellent smut. I absolutely loved this book. Highly recommended. Can be read as a standalone, but best read as part of the Winston Bros series. **Thanks to the author for my arc.**

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    First Impressions: Wow! just....wow. Surprises and twists and OMG that ending and just....wow. Full review to come when I can pick myself up off the floor. Actual Review: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid is the fifth story in her Winston Brothers series. Since there are six brothers (and one sister, Ashley, whose story was told in Beauty and the Mustache), we are coming to the end of this fabulously entertaining series. It’s Roscoe Winston’s turn, and this second chance romance features an almost ch First Impressions: Wow! just....wow. Surprises and twists and OMG that ending and just....wow. Full review to come when I can pick myself up off the floor. Actual Review: Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid is the fifth story in her Winston Brothers series. Since there are six brothers (and one sister, Ashley, whose story was told in Beauty and the Mustache), we are coming to the end of this fabulously entertaining series. It’s Roscoe Winston’s turn, and this second chance romance features an almost childhood sweetheart and unrequited love, complicated by family and Roscoe’s unrelenting memory. Roscoe never forgets. His eidetic memory means conversations and stories and people he met years ago are fresh in his memory like yesterday. This is particularly problematic when it comes to his former best friend Simone. They shared so much together, but a night of teenage drinking when she had too much to drink and rebuffed Roscoe’s attempt to tell her his true feelings is burned into his soul. After that point he made an effort to avoid her because it hurt too much to see her. He’s carried the same torch for her all these years and his feelings for her have never changed. Simone sees things differently. With no memory of the particular conversation that changed everything between them, all she knows is that her best friend since forever ghosted her and disappeared from her life. Even now she can tell he does his best to avoid her. But fate has pushed them together, in the form of an engagement between their families. Plus, Simone has an interest in Roscoe’s estranged father Darrell Winston who has shown up back in Roscoe’s life with a life altering request. They have a chance to repair their friendship, and explore the attraction between them that never went away. When time doesn’t heal all wounds, is there another way to fix broken hearts and make a relationship last? For more of this review please visit Harlequin Junkie: http://harlequinjunkie.com/review-dr-... A copy of this story was provided by the author for review.

  26. 3 out of 5

    AleJandra

    Am I the only one who thinks Roscoe could be gay? Penny did an incredible job representing the multiculturality of Sienna and Jethro's relationship, I think she would do an excellent job writing an MM romance. Whatever, I'm dying to read it. I love this series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    3.5 stars. I’ve loved each and every book in this series and with time moving on since our last visit to Green Valley, the youngest Winston is all grown up and, thankfully, less of the idiot Beau declared him to be in the last book when it comes to women. ...bare-chested, somehow taller than before, and so fucking magnificent. I mean, ladies. Holy cow. Get thee a Winston, stat!” Whilst I continue to adore the Winston family and the craziness they create, Dr. Strange Beard didn’t quite hit the h 3.5 stars. I’ve loved each and every book in this series and with time moving on since our last visit to Green Valley, the youngest Winston is all grown up and, thankfully, less of the idiot Beau declared him to be in the last book when it comes to women. ...bare-chested, somehow taller than before, and so fucking magnificent. I mean, ladies. Holy cow. Get thee a Winston, stat!” Whilst I continue to adore the Winston family and the craziness they create, Dr. Strange Beard didn’t quite hit the heights of its predecessors with a story which I found pretty uneventful for half of the 350 pages. And I must admit I was starting to get a bit twitchy that Roscoe and Simone weren’t going to deliver, but the second half put that feeling to bed. Your flirt game is very strong, young Winston.” Roscoe and Simone were very likeable and his quieter, more sensitive disposition compliments her outgoing, wilful nature and, in true keeping to the Reids’s MO, both are smart and down-to-earth. Yet they’ve somewhat lacked in the communication skills department in the past—something still ongoing at the start of this book—and with Simone seeming to pop up everywhere he goes, Roscoe can avoid her no longer. ...time, as they say, heals all wounds that aren’t affected by sepsis or gangrene.” Dr. Strange Beard is definitely the steamiest of the books so far—there’s no fade-out sexy time this time around—and Reid brings deserved attention to real-life issues largely from Simone’s perspective as a POC. It may not be my favourite, but with that trademark quirky humour that hits the spot every time, it’s still an enjoyable addition to the series and with plenty of build-up towards Billy’s story, hopefully the wait for him will be worth it. I carry you with me. You are in my heart. You have shaped my soul.” Copy received courtesy of SBPR for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    FMABookReviews

    ❝Heartbreak, that hopeless, empty, all-encompassing sensation, dimming and numbing everything but the focus of your desire and the pain of the unobtainable, hit me in the chest and stomach. A one-two sucker punch, I almost grunted at the impact.❞ I've wanted Roscoe's book since this series began. He's been this sexy, mysterious, and endearing character who always stood off to the side never appearing to get fully involved. And now, we know why. Roscoe remembers every encounter with people, in ❝Heartbreak, that hopeless, empty, all-encompassing sensation, dimming and numbing everything but the focus of your desire and the pain of the unobtainable, hit me in the chest and stomach. A one-two sucker punch, I almost grunted at the impact.❞ I've wanted Roscoe's book since this series began. He's been this sexy, mysterious, and endearing character who always stood off to the side never appearing to get fully involved. And now, we know why. Roscoe remembers every encounter with people, in exact detail, the good and the bad. So the less involved he is with others, the fewer memories there are to develop. He and Simone had been friends since they were young children. They were inseparable through high school until Roscoe abruptly stopped having anything to do with Simone. Both went their separate ways after high school; he became veterinarian working in Nashville and she went to work in DC for the FBI. Confused and hurt, Simone never understood why Roscoe dropped out of her life for the last 10 years. When Simone is asked to do field work in Green Valley, she quickly learns Roscoe won't be easy to ignore even while he's avoiding her. It took me a bit to get into the story. The beginning was slow for me. Also, there were characters introduced or talked about that I had no memory of. I didn't know if these were new characters or ones from previous books. I was lost sometimes because of this and wondered if it was because it's been awhile since I read the series? Regardless, once the story got going and Roscoe and Simone came to terms with their past, started enjoying the present and planning the future, I was invested. AND, Penny Reid, wrote THE BEST phone sex scene!!! Dr. Strange Beard is a slow-burn, second-chance romance, with a swoon-worthy hero and a badass heroine. I was provided a review copy by the author. This did not influence my opinion of the book nor my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion

    4.25 Stars I love this series. I love Green Valley. I love the Southerness of both the town and the people in it. And I love the Winstons. Some more than others. I'm looking at you, Cletus. I always look forward to catching up with everyone whenever a new Beard book comes out. There is a coziness about them and simply put, they make me feel good. For me, there's no higher compliment than that. Dr. Strange Beard is Roscoe's book. Roscoe is the youngest of the Winston clan, the quiet one and a vet. Tr 4.25 Stars I love this series. I love Green Valley. I love the Southerness of both the town and the people in it. And I love the Winstons. Some more than others. I'm looking at you, Cletus. I always look forward to catching up with everyone whenever a new Beard book comes out. There is a coziness about them and simply put, they make me feel good. For me, there's no higher compliment than that. Dr. Strange Beard is Roscoe's book. Roscoe is the youngest of the Winston clan, the quiet one and a vet. Truthfully, I was hoping for more puppies; there is one scene that will likely leave anyone with ovaries deceased but there can never be too many puppies is all I'm saying. Or dogs. Or any cute animals. I'm not picky. Roscoe has an eidetic situational memory that sounds like more of curse than a blessing. He remembers people after only meeting them once. He remembers the stories they tell him verbatim. He remembers every conversation he's ever had complete with all the sense memories which makes him an exceptional storyteller, but also brings with it the inability to "unfeel" painful memories. Roscoe's memories of his and Simone's time together as kids pulled at my heartstrings and fleshed out their friends to lovers/unrequited to requited love story. Roscoe's been hopelessly in love with Simone Payton since forever. They grew up together as best friends, did everything together, including their first kiss. At 16, when Roscoe finally worked up the courage to tell her that she was it for him, she was drunk and not only didn't reciprocate his feelings but hurt him. He literally could not forget it, reliving that pain over and over again every time he saw her was unbearable so he ghosted her. For 10 years. Simone eventually moved on but she never forgot nor did she ever understand what happened to make Roscoe leave her, because she didn't remember his declaration. Back in Green Valley for work puts her on a collision course toward Roscoe. Of course events transpire that make Roscoe the easiest conduit to achieve her goal, because of course they do. The Iron Wraiths plot line has been ongoing throughout the series and it is starting to come to a head, so expect a significant amount of the narrative to involve Darrell and the Iron Wraiths. Simone is scrappy, cunning and hilarious. I was automatically drawn to her when she let loose with Cletus being "almost" as brilliant as she is. WHAT THE WHAT WHAT?!?!? CLETUS???? My Cletus??? Who some may call diabolically-oh alright, pathologically. Tomato, to-mah-to.-intelligent? ALMOST???? Sputtering ensued. She is smart and charming so she's got Cletus there, and she can hold her own against him, but let's face it Cletus is in a class by himself. Being inside Simone's head was an experience I'll not soon forget. I don't fully understand how she got this bee in her bonnet that she was never going to fall in love or get married but she did. She's set on being an independent woman who will be self-reliant. Except... she can't seem to get Roscoe Winston out of her head, or as she says, she likes him against her will . 😂 She zinged me several times but when she busted out with her scientific theories on sex I snorted then slow clapped. I'd pay good money to go to that "scientific" seminar. Simone is yet another female character in this series that I both respect and admire, that I can relate to. Stories that utilize the friends since childhood to lovers trope always resonate with me and Dr. Strange Beard is no exception. However, what made this one special was Roscoe's singleminded devotion to Simone even when they were apart. He's only ever loved her and everyone knows it. Literally, everyone in Green Valley knows it and is rooting for them. I loved how much Simone's parents loved him, how his family loved her and how oblivious they both are to their silent cheering section. They've hurt each other but the love is still there just beneath the surface; they just need to tap into it. Expect UST. Expect heartwarming moments. Expect a few sexy moments too. Expect to be moved. Expect a few surprises. But more than anything, expect to feel the chemistry between them. They are crazy about each other and how they come to accept and embrace those feelings is what I'll remember most about this book. Ordinarily I don't mention race in my reviews but Penny Reid reframed something for me and I feel that needs to be acknowledged and that I should thank her for it. That coupled with the RWA situation I think merits a mention at minimum. I also think she deserves credit for the research she did as it was obvious that she put time and energy into developing these characters. I feel like this is a hallmark of hers that maybe doesn't get acknowledged enough and is instrumental in making these characters memorable as well as three-dimensional. Recommend to fans of friends to lovers, unrequited love being requited and anyone who loves a good romance. Now the wait begins for Billy's book. The good lord willing Cletus will finally, FINALLY get to deploy the armadillo plan! Review will be crossposted to Lost in Love Book Blog on 8/11/18. An ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Jeannine

    My heart is so full of love for Roscoe and Simone! There is so much that happens in this book that I can’t help but love it all! It was a ride I tell you. Why can’t I be apart of this fantastic fictional family?! I was going in blind with this one. I didn’t read any teasers and I just kept on scrolling whenever I saw someone talking about them. If you think about it, we don’t really know a ton about Roscoe. Sure he’s in the previous books, but to me, he’s a veterinarian man of mystery. As I was My heart is so full of love for Roscoe and Simone! There is so much that happens in this book that I can’t help but love it all! It was a ride I tell you. Why can’t I be apart of this fantastic fictional family?! I was going in blind with this one. I didn’t read any teasers and I just kept on scrolling whenever I saw someone talking about them. If you think about it, we don’t really know a ton about Roscoe. Sure he’s in the previous books, but to me, he’s a veterinarian man of mystery. As I was reading, I was feeling a little torn because I wasn’t really digging him at first. He’s a runner. Avoid and deny and all of that. Now there’s reasons and the why behind it all, but I was kinda shocked that he was like that. But as the story went on and there’s a scene with him and puppies....omg I’m in love! Turned my feelings right around and won me completely over. Now for Simone. Biggest girl crush ever!! I highlighted a bunch of her parts, they were just so good. And I agree, she is absolutely awesome. “I wasn’t one to force my company on folks who didn’t want it. Their loss, because I was awesome. I’m so awesome, I’m magic. Jazz hands. MAGIC!” Heh, jazz hands and magic. Cracks me up. I liked how she thought that “feelings were the worst.” Yes, yes they are. I so agree. Sometimes I’d rather not have them. She’s such a fantastic character and I really related to her. Especially with what happened between her and Roscoe’s friendship and how it all went down. “Best friends don’t ghost best friends.” Nope, they shouldn’t. It’s heartbreaking and hurtful. All I can say is that this another fantastic story and I’m so glad these characters are in her head. Oh I want to add, the quotes at the beginning of each chapter really made me stop and think. Some of them are pretty powerful. Okay, I’m done rambling and being all over the place!

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