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    Something Special

    Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid is Winston Brothers book #5. Roscoe Winston was best friends with Simone... until he wasn't. Or at least that's what it seems like to her and ten years later she wants to know why. Roscoe can't forget what happened between him and Simone. Literally. He has a memory condition that won't let him forget. With a fifth book in a series its like a comfortable old shoe, but Dr. Strange Beard is also it's own unique and special book. Roscoe's hurt and his ways of dealing with it really get you and Simone's strength, wit, and independence make her a force to be reckoned with. This was kinda a friends to lover's mixed with a second chance romance, but there were so many added layers as to make it it's own thing. The characters are vivid and complex and Ms. Reid makes you feel for them in a real way. Overall Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid is definitely one to pick up and I recommend it and all the books in the Winston Brother's series. Digging into the mystery of the past between these characters and seeing them build something real and create a deeper connection that was incredibly romantic and passionate was something really special. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
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    Fantastic!!!

    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!
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    Smart, funny, thought provoking romance

    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? It's a challenge to review this unique and entertaining romance without dropping spoilers into the mix and you definitely want to experience those for yourself so I'll do my best to keep the main secrets safe. My jaw dropped several times in the first few chapters as certain things were revealed that I did not see coming at all. I'm constantly amazed at how every story in this series is a unique entity with characters that are so different from each other – case in point, the Winston brothers. They are not carbon copies of each other and they have complicated relationships with each other that are explored in the stories, yet their closeness as a family is never in question. While each story in the series can be read as a standalone, there are some overall revelations about the family that are told over the course of the series. The relationship of the brothers to their father Darrell is important and Roscoe's memory makes his devastating in the impact it's had on his life. It also makes the choices he has to make in this story more critical. Simone is black, and the author doesn't shy away from portraying how she and her family are treated in a rural, mostly white area of Tennessee. Everyday racism from law enforcement for example is shown in its ugly truths. Roscoe wants to protect Simone, but also show her he supports her choices by standing behind her or at her side, but not in front of her as a 'white savior.' His feelings for her are irrespective of her race, knowing the beautiful and caring friend of his heart is now a gorgeous, sexy woman whom he finally has the opportunity to get into his arms again. It's a slow burn romance as they have to come to terms with the break in their friendship and resolve the hurt feelings before they can address their mutual sexual attraction. But when they do, the passionate and sexy love scenes more than make up for lost time. The second half of the story is an action packed whirlwind of emotions and surprises and page turning events that will make you want to rush through it all while not wanting it to be over. Roscoe and Simone have a rocky ride but get to their happy ending, not without mistakes on both sides but with a new understanding of how to move forward together. Billy's story is waiting in the wings, and it will be exciting and sad to see this series come to an end. On the bright side, there's a good chance for a spin off series with some of the other characters who've appeared throughout. I highly recommend this story and the series as a whole to readers of contemporary romance who like smart, funny, and thought provoking stories.
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    Penny Reid knows how to write for wo

    Every book I’ve read to date (which is every book Penny has written) by this author has grown my enthusiasm for smart writing with an emphasis in learning as I read addicting content and amazing word-smithology. She knows how to create deep characters you can fall in love with and cheer on and feel all the feels in every emotion oneach page. I am addicted!
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    Fabulous

    The characters are amazing, everything one would want to be if one had a choice.
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