​Review: Beauty and the Mustache (Winston Brothers #0.5 & Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid

Beauty and the Mustache was such a great read. Awesome introduction to the series and all the Winston Brothers!



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Beauty and the Mustache (Winston Brothers #0.5 & Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid


There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, reclusive mountain man, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.



4 out of 5 stars


This was such a great story! I enjoyed really getting to see Ashley and Drew from the beginning and am kicking myself for having read this series out of order. I loved seeing things through Ashley's eyes and see what a wonderful and caring sole she is. I pretty much inhaled every detail of Drew I could get, he was definitely the strong, silent type. I felt like it took forever to get to know him even though I thought he was wonderful. The story is from Ashley’s POV so I didn’t get as much of Drew as I would have liked. Their relationship had a nice, slow burn happening and I enjoyed every second of it, it had me hooked.  I loved Ashley and Drew coming together!


All the Winston brothers are wonderful. I love seeing them right from the start of their series and viewing them through Ashley’s eyes. Ashley and her mom had so many wonderful moments, they were heartbreaking and so incredibly sweet. I love her moms words of wisdom and I really loved the dynamic this family has built.


Great writing and descriptions. I liked all the events taking place and details pulling me in. I enjoyed the funny and the emotion and this building tension between Ashley and Drew. I liked their interactions and loved seeing their sweetness. I was really missing that element of communication between the two but considering the place Ashley was in and all she was dealing with, it was understandable why. Drew is just so ridiculously internal, sometimes I just wanted to shake him and and make him talk. So, I loved Drew but found him a bit frustrating all rolled into one.


It was an awesome story! Rich and full of depth, it felt very real with raw and vulnerable characters. Full of so much wit and humor, and a heavy does of emotion thrown in, this book totally tugged at my heart strings.


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