Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

February 27, 2020

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?


★★★★ 4 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓿𝓲𝓮𝔀 ★★★★


This is one of those times that I am kicking myself for not reading this series before I read other spin-offs and previous series of Reid's first. I have met many of these characters in other books, so I was a little confused. Well, confused isn't the right word. I just had to keep reminding myself that this is the start of this series and put what I already know out of my head.


I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, sassy, entertaining, and a little dramatic. Jessica is a bit of a drama queen in this book. I'm not typically a fan of drama queens, but it mostly works in this book. She isn't too far over the top dramatic. I was mildly annoyed with her a couple of times, but it passed quickly.


I think what I like the most about this series is the small town appeal. I always tend to like the small town books more than books set in cities. There's something about the unique characters. And this one is chalk full of them. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.

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