Beauty and the Mustache
by Penny Reid
Publication Date: August 28, 2014
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, 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.
This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.
Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City # 4) by Penny Reid
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Ashley left her six brothers and her Tennessee hometown eight years ago to reinvent herself, only to return when their mother was hospitalized.
I think I may be a sucker for Southern theme books.I loved Drew and Ashley together. Drew is broody and Ashley is cautious. Her brothers are lovable.
I waited with bated breath for Drew and Ashley's moments together due to their sloooooow building relationship. The anticipation was killing me.
My LOL Moment - a bear and a raccoon in the woods (NO, a joke will not follow).
This is my first book by the author and if won't be the last. I loved the outstanding and well written characters and supporting characters. It's humorous, smart, emotional, and extraordinarily deep. The only thing I really didn't like was that Drew did not fight for Ashley. If she hadn't made that leap, there would have been no Drew and Ashley.
Enjoyable and funny at times with a HEA......but for me a HFN ending.
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About the Author
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.