Series: Knitting in the City
Publication date: August 28th,2014
Genre: Adult/Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: 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.
This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series.
I never thought anyone could pull off a beard other than grandpas and Santa Clause,not to say they’d be messy while eating killing the hotness factor.But Drew and the Winston brothers have convinced me that beards can be cool.In fact,Drew rocks his beard so well that he even managed to melt my butter with his soulful poetry,Nietzsche duels with Ashley and his big heart in his unruly bearded big Viking body.
At the beginning,I kept thinking why the book is titled ‘Beauty and the Mustache‘,when clearly Ashley,the former Tennessee beauty queen is paired with bearded mountain man Drew.So,literally speaking it should have been ‘Beauty and the Beard‘. But then I realised this is a Philosophical Romance,where the beauty of the story and mustached Nietzsche are integral parts of the storyline.
Where the earlier books in the Knitting series had kept us humoured with the nerdiness and quirkiness of the characters,this book goes exploring the deeper meaning of life both philosophically with the beautiful quotes at the beginning of each chapter,and with the family tragedy which forces Ashley to take a second look at the life and the people she’d left behind when she moved to the city eight years ago.
Add to it Ashley’s near escape from a bear and a raccoon attack,the awesomeness of her six bearded brothers,the romance in the wilderness of the Smoky Mountains,and last but not the least,the antics of the members of the Knitting club,make this a romance worth reading.
I am not ready to say goodbye to the Winston brothers though,and hope Penny Reid starts a series on them.I’d totally read the ‘Bearded Men from Tennessee’ series. 😉
P.S. Penny is writing a whole new series on Ashley’s six bearded brothers called Winston brothers. Yay!! Thank you,Penny Reid. I cannot wait for May,2015 to come soon enough.
Beauty and her Mountain Man