When I first read this when it came out I skimmed it and liked it. When I went back and read it later I realized how good it really was. This is a fun and sexy story, erotica with a little humor and a little warmth. I see where some people were less than thrilled with it and I think that's because they were expecting more of a romance than there is. That's fine, everyone has different tastes and I would say the romance is an element of the story, not its primary focus. But for a pure fun sex romp, I've read few better than this story. Anne Eton is a great writer and The Beard is her at the top of her game. I recommend it enthusiastically.
I think it is a shame because it was a great idea and could have been a great romantic story, however there was certainly no romance in this book. As some of the other reviewers stated, I thought it was horrible at how unprofessional someone could be at a work party.
There is def. unrealistic element with the storyline but I don't think this book is meant to be taken too seriously. Since I wasn't really expecting anything I laugh multiple times throughout the book.
I read this story expecting the same-o same-o, and even though, the ending was somewhat expected, I enjoyed the way Ms Eton took me there. The length of the story was good. It was not too short and not too long. Sometimes, I enjoy a read like this when I am in need of a quick fix story from an author. The ending was good. It did not leave me hanging. I enjoy good endings. This was one of those stories that leaves you wanting more. I will look for more stories from Ms Eton, and I hope that I encourage her to write more stories -- all that her imagination will allow. Yes, I gave it five stars. It was cute. It was humorous. It was a delightful read.
I just finished the beard and loved it. Too many short stories open with foreplay, unlike this one. Providing a background for Kelly and what led to her choices connects the reader with the character. The Christmas party escapades were both amusing and exciting. I highly recommend The Beard. I would also like to read more about Kelly and Anna.
I didnt like this book at all!! Anna's behaviour was ridiculous especially at Kellys job. There was nothing romantic about this story and even the sex was obnoxious. I didnt like the characters at all. I truly regret purchasing this. It just wasn't my type of story.