This might be my favorite audiobook ever. The narration is spectacular, the Tennessee accent was done really well and when the narrator switched to a..Show More » male voice, it worked really well. The story itself was really beautiful, a gorgeous love story with a bit of humor and a lot of emotion. This was really a beautiful story and I really enjoyed this audiobook.
Shame on me but I hadn't heard of this Author before so I took a gamble and I'm so pleased I did because this story was one of those listens that you ..Show More »just can't wait to dive and delve back into if life should cruelly call you away from it's mesmerizing pull. It was so well written and narrated I feel that I got to know all of the mixed bag of loveable main characters really well.... they were smart, feisty, shy, sassy, quirky, funny, honest, loving, humble, kind, generous, protective, had strong family values and each and every one of them had a loving bond with their siblings.
Jessica always hero worshipped Beau, he was her perfect man.... until a Halloween Party, a sexy Wizard's costume, mistaken identity, a scorching kiss and a dazed shocking revelation finally broke the enchantment spell Jessica had been under for years and, instead of longing for Beau's scorching kisses and passion-filled desperate touches, it was Duane's. And, as for Duane, he had known and loved Jessica for years but knew he could never compete with the open adoration Jessica held for his twin so instead he teased, provoked, fought, verbally sparred a took whatever he could just to be near her until a sexy Wizard's costume and a case of mistaken identity finally gave him the chance of more.... and he grabbed it, and Jessica, and took his chance.
And so starts a really sweet and fun relationship that was, unfortunately, doomed from the start because Duane wanted white picket fences but Jessica had wanderlust with the urge to taste, discover and experience new adventures. It was calling to her very soul but so too was Duane's arms..... therefore she blindly reasoned with herself that she couldn't afford to go yet, which left plenty of time to date Duane, she could also be honest, up front and tell him her plans, he would be ok with that, everyone would be happy and everything would work out. But it didn't quite work out that way because feelings got hurt, heart's got broken, life altering revelations got spilled, a Brother's return resulted in punches, a life threatening situation arose, a Biker Club caused major drama, blackmail and pulled at unwilling strings. Then danger loomed and, just when Jessica and Duane truly connected, misunderstandings, assumptions and someone's lies broke the HEA illusion and suddenly tears, rejection, heartbreak and shattered dreams was all that was left. However, it wasn't over because neither one of them was willing to let go or could walk away.
What a fun and entertaining listen this was with descriptive scenes that brought you mentally into all the action as this tender and touching love story played out as they foolishly set a misguided 'end date' to their relationship, their loving Brothers interfered, a nasty MC biker gang caused drama, an ex and bitchy Cousin lied and schemed and there was a dramatic tragic twist that nearly ruined everything. There was hot chemistry and sex scenes which were fantasized about and physically led up to but, alas, they didn't share in the explicit details. Dual POV's and a couple of great narrators who added the magic that brought each and all of the characters to life, gave every one of them distinctive voices that fitted with their personalities and each could be easily recognized as the loving words, deadly threats, lies, witty banter and general conversations seamlessly flowed.
Worth a credit? A love story that was well narrated, fairly light, often fun and amusing with a plot that took no time to get totally wrapped up in, it had great characters, was well written, included sizzling chemistry, warmish sex scenes, romance, angst, heartache, humor, emotional turmoil, drama and a HEA ending.... so what's not to love? Well worth a credit - six handsome, sexy and charismatic Brothers, one down and now five more to go..... yummy and bring them on.
After reading Truth or Beard I knew three things: I loved the Winston family and I ADORED Cletus. (Yes, I am well aware that..Show More » Cletus is a Winston, but he deserves his own shout out.) and I’d definitely be picking up the next book in the series regardless of who it was about (Cletus would have been preferred, but one must go with the flow). But due to everything getting in the way reading the book wasn’t a viable option, so if I wanted to read the book this century I’d have to go the audiobook route and I loved being back in the Winston family world and the narrators did a fabulous job, but I had issues with the MC’s, well one of them, and it wasn’t that I didn’t like them, I just didn’t love them both equally.
Jethro and Sienna: 3 Stars
Jethro I loved. He’s turned his entire life around and is putting his money where his mouth is. He is showing everyone around him that he was no longer the asshat, selfish, car stealing biker and instead is an upstanding member of the community and someone they could all rely upon when needed, especially his family. One of the things that made me melt for him was that he didn’t expect anyone to forgive him, he wanted it ~ badly, but he knew that it would take time and that some would never forgive him his trespasses and he was okay with that. I loved his flirty side and how he took the time to make decisions, good or bad. Though as tends to happen, he was quite clueless about somethings.
Sienna. I liked her. I did. I loved that she loved herself. She was comfortable in her own skin and yet didn’t go out of her way to shove it in everyone’s face. She is who she is and you can either accept it or not. She can only be herself. But as much as I loved her confidence I never really warmed up to her like I thought I would. I think what got me was that while she had a strong personality she tended to take the “let’s keep the peace” route when it came to what really should have mattered the most, like the direction she really wanted her career to go and when her jack ass of an ex would come around. Now, in my group of friends I’m label the voice of reason because I too like to keep things running smoothly, but each time Sienna back down and kept silent, even if she didn’t agree with what was going on, it made me want to hit something. Does she finally stick up for herself in the end? Yes, but even then it didn’t make me want to high five the girl.
When it comes to the whole celebrity falls for the non celebrity story you know there will be quite a few bumps in the road and Jethro and Sienna’s story was filled with them, many because they jumped to conclusions instead of communicating (Thank GOD for Cletus), but there were some really sweet and some really funny moments and the sexual tension between them was pretty damn hot. But while I think that they make a great couple and can see them evolving into something great together, I felt as if something was missing. It’s one of those intangible gut feeling sort of things, so pinpointing it is not going to happen, but it is what it is and I still enjoyed their journey.
Cletus and the rest of the Winston clan: .5 Stars
Yes I’m giving them their own little rating because they all deserve it. Cletus is still the one I adore the most, and how can I now when he makes statements like this: “Put your best fuck forward” but being a sucker for well written secondary characters and ensemble casts, I loved spending time with all of them. They feel like a family and all the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with it (Thankfully there is much more good than anything else) and I really want to be invited to dinner one night, especially on sausage nights *BSEG*. And of the brothers Billy is now the one I’m really curious about and can’t wait to find out more about his whole situation.
The Narrators: 5 Stars
This was my first experience with Chris Brinkley & Cielo Camargo as narrators and I really enjoyed them. I liked the tone and cadence of their voices and how they were able to give each character a different feel so that I at least at a clue as to who else was apart of the scene, if not knew outright who was talking. They both did the voices of the opposite sex well, there is always a bit of time needed to get used to it, but they worked for me.
My one main issue with the story came towards the end when Sienna drops a huge bomb and for whatever reason she, and the rest of team, believed that the information wasn’t already out there in Social Media land and none of them, not even Marta ~ which was a huge surprise, bothered to check and see. There were “reasons” given, but in this day and age just because one person may have the “exclusive” doesn’t mean anything, especially when that exclusive was done in an outdoor premier setting with a lot of people with smartphones milling around.
Overall I enjoyed Grin and Beard It. The writing was engaging and I loved the quotes that were used at the start of each chapter and had fun trying to figure out how they applied to what was going to happen. And yes, I am counting the days until the next book, Beard Science, is released because it’s all about Cletus!!