Dr. Strange Beard – Penny Reid

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid
Published July 30, 2018

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 . . .


So last year I stumbled across these books. The Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. And oh. my. goodness. was I hooked. I couldn’t stop reading these and I read 4 books one right after the other until I got hit with the “you have to wait for the next book to come out” train. It was so upsetting, and I didn’t keep track of the release of this book, until the beginning of this year, I was in the mood for a quick little romance, so I checked in on the status of the book, and my lord, it was published! So naturally I decided to devour this book.

I did, it took me about a day and a half to get through this and it didn’t disappoint. You don’t get much of Roscoe in the previous books, to be honest, I feel like he and Billy are the two brothers who you don’t really get much info on as a whole through the series, so I was really happy to get to know more about this character.

I usually feel like the books in this series kind of fall flat in terms of plot, and I felt as though this book was the only book that really had an engaging plot/sub-plot throughout the book. And it might just be that side of me that’s obsessed with crime/drama so it totally hit the spot in terms of plot outside of the love interest plot.

If you enjoy reading romance/contemporary romance, and you’re looking for a new series, please pick this series up. It’s really entertaining, I’ve never felt unsatisfied from any of these books and they’re just really fun to read.

Truth or Beard – Penny Reid

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid
Published : July 21, 2015

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?


For some reason I’ve really been wanting to read romance/chick-lit type of books. Which is SO weird for me. I’m not sure why, but I was DYING to read a book like this so it really hit the spot and kept me really satisfied as I read it.

So, I’m not saying I didn’t like this book but it was a bit predictable and/or just cheesy at times. And the writing wasn’t anything amazing, but I have to say there was something about the story and something about Jess and Duane that kept me going. I wish that there were more books about Duane and Jess but it seems like the rest of the books just follow through with the rest of the Winston brothers. I think maybe I’ll just keep reading them but MORE DUANE AND JESS PLEASE.

3/5 Stars

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Published: December 31, 2012

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


The story of Lou and Will is going to be one I forever remember. I never really get in the mood for a romance book but although the love between the two of them was slow burning, this book thoroughly satisfied my needs of a book taking my heart, tearing it from my chest and crushing it.

I know that might sound awful, but no, that’s exactly how it felt and it was…great. Now you might be thinking, Stephanie, you’re crazy no one ever wants to feel that way. But this book was just pure perfection and I can’t thank it enough for being a great romance book.

I loved Will and Lou’s dynamic and how they knew they wanted more but were both mature enough to just be there for one another while Lou kept dating that moron Patrick. I think my favorite scenes where when Will was making Lou get out of her comfort zones at times (especially when they go get tattoos, I think that’s my favorite).

Lou was so lovable and quirky and just that kind of person a lot of us can relate to. And seeing her find love and grow as a character was beautiful. I think her whole journey growing as a person made me more emotional than the actual sadder parts of this book.

All in all this is a great story of love and growing into love as you grow as a person and the issues this book also brings up (assisted suicide being one of them) I think were brought up in a good informed way and Moyes took the time to show both sides of the argument rather than just one. Which I appreciated.

Thank you Jojo Moyes for ripping my heart out and fulfilling my romance needs.

starstarstarstar

 

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Maybe Someday Read Along

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Hey guys,

Hope you’re having a great month so far! Just a quick reminder that we’re still going through with our Maybe Someday read along! Please feel free to join in whenever you please, our goodreads group has it’s discussion boards up and ready for whenever you’re all ready to join with us!

Also remember, if you post to social media use the #bibliomonthlyreads and we’ll be picking a winner for our To All The Boys I Loved Before giveaway! The book we’re giving away is signed by Jenny Han herself!

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February Read Along Starts Monday!

As most of you have noticed we’re doing a read along every  month the 2016 schedule has been posted both on our facebook page and our goodreads group. So taking January as a time to re-group and figure out everything for a read-along.

Our read along is starting in just 2 days! Although I’ve had trouble finding Maybe Someday, I know a lot of you have physical copies and love love love Colleen Hoover! We’re so excited to read this book together. Especially me since it’s my first Hoover book!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover!

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At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.


We’ve been working to figure out a hashtag for this lovely read along, as well as re-working our goodreads page. Please join it for the discussion portion of the read along!  But as you know, we’ve been having a few give aways with our read alongs. And I’m more than happy to let you all know, we’ll be giving away a SIGNED copy of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

We’ll let you know how we will be choosing the winner of the give away, but we’ll announce hashtags, goodreads discussions, and more closer to the begin date of the read along.

Happy Reading!

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