• Beauty and the Mustache

  • A Philosophical Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 4
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (5,213 ratings)

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Beauty and the Mustache

By: Penny Reid
Narrated by: Joy Nash
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Publisher's Summary

This is a full-length novel, the fourth book in the Knitting in the City series.

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.

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Laughed, Snorted and Cried

I made the mistake of listening to this while I analyzed spreadsheets at work...in a cubicle...with short walls! I have laughed, snorted, cried...it's a wonder I haven't been Baker Acted!!!

Being Southern, I appreciate the genuine respect the narrator gave to the Southern drawl. It can be offensive when one tries to emulate a dialect that has many different strains from which to choose. She was phenomenal!!! And the brothers...dear mercies in heaven...I love those boys!!!

I lost my Daddy 7 months ago, so there were parts that were still raw to my heart; however, the author used deflection of humor at just the right times to keep the story from going too dark. Thank you for this.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although a few times I blushed at some of the scenes; as they were unexpected and not my particular preference. But it didn't go overboard so I appreciated that.

Well written and well narrated!!!

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A sweet southern romance

My kinda book. I wish the other in the series were on audible. I would listen right away. I loved the brothers and her friends in this story and of course the relationship with her mom. Her brothers and friends made me laugh and her mom made me cry. Nice blend. I am so tired of these books with so called alpha males. I have determined that alpha male equals abusive so no thank you. This was the kind of alpha male I like. Kind thoughtful caring and strong. Their relationship developed naturally and even though I am not much of a poetry person, I loved it in the book. More of knitting in the city please.

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Everything was fantastic except..

I wish the narrator would have known the other accents from the previous books; like Janie's lisp, and at the very least she could have done Sandra's accent-- as they both are supposed to have southern drawls. Otherwise everything was fantastic.

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Probably the worst book I’ve ever listened to

I couldn’t get past the first chapter. This book starts off with a course speaking main character and three greasy redneck brothers-she finds masturbating in the bathroom and have a schedule for that time.

I tried to hang in there with hopes that it would get better. But when everything you read is in the low class sexual nature and dealing with family, too much for me to stomach

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Beautiful story and fantastic narration!

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 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.

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Love the story and the performace

This book hits very close to home. I recently had the same experience of a family member having a terminal illness. This book helped me understand that the feelings and guilt a caretaker experiences are normal. I would sometimes say "yes, exactly!" Thank you Penny Reid for helping me heal and understand the process of losing a loved one.

Now for the actual book, Ash and Drew are two of the most loveable book people. The way Drew loves Ashley is breathtaking. It is all encompassing ... complete.

Ashley's relationship with her mother broke my heart. Only because I know the feeling of having it and then not having it. Everyday phone calls just to hear the other persons voice, that is true mother/daughter love.

AND let's not forget the WINSTON BROTHERS (yes, it needs all CAPS) ... I need more of them and soon! They take this book from borderline sad and romantic to laugh out loud funny. Check the schedule!!!

Joy Nash's performance was excellent, the accents were not overly done (I am from Texas and I hate when accents are exaggerated).

This book is a must listen.

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Book Was Way Too Long!

I had already tried to read the Winston Brothers, book 1. I tried 2 times unsuccessfully. I then listened to the audio book, and found it to be much better. Weird. Anyway, in the process of listening to Truth or Beard, I discovered this book. The Winston sister book.

Although it was really, really long (12 hrs and 21 min), I enjoyed it for the most part. There were a number of humorous moments. I started out not really liking Ashley, but she grew on me. Drew was a different kind of H, but I liked the way that he was kind dependable, and supportive.

The whole situation with the mother was heartbreaking. Something I could totally relate to. In fact, if anyone has lost someone close to them, this may be a difficult read.

I thought the narration was good. I haven't come across many female narrator's who can read the male parts and make me forget that the scenes are being read by a female.

I liked how Ashley was able to learn about her brothers and see them in a different light. Some things I heard in this book served as explanations for some things I heard in Truth or Beard.

I think the only real drawback for me was the length of the audio book. I would recommend you read or listen to this book before you start the Winston Brothers series. Its not mandatory, but it would have added to the enjoyment for me.

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Narration annoying

I cannot tell u if i like the book because I cannot stand to listen to the narration. I'm going to get the kindle version of this one and hope the rest of the series doesn't use this narrator. I've loved the others, so odds are good I'll enjoy the story.

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Love it! I love everything about it

What did you love best about Beauty and the Mustache?

It's a great story and the characters feel real. It is a romance, but there's enough real life woven in that you can believe it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Drew Runous... He's the obvious choice. He's the mysterious, devastatingly handsome type. What's not to love?

What about Joy Nash’s performance did you like?

The VOICES! Joy Nash does an excellent job of giving each character a different yet believable and not over the top voice. The Southern accents are charming, but not over-done. The narration is spot on.

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damn near perfect

I loved everything about this book. Especially the way my preconceived notions about how the characters were going to behave.This is just how the main character starts out ...with her snobby/snarkey attitude towards her brothers.Then a gradual awakening and shifting of opinions occurs.Well, the next thing you know is nothing should be judged by the surface,especially men.I adored the full range of characters ...funny,stubborn, loving, insightful,peaceful and also a handful. My only complaint is the title misleads you to think that this is a goofy book and it really isn't.How can it be when one of the main characters recite Nietzsche?

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  • Sarenad
  • 06-08-18

Heartbreakingly sad and beautiful

Wow! That was amazing. As ever there is a full on Penny Reid clever, deep, sexy and entertaining story with wonderful characters and an unexpected setting. As ever you go on an eye opening journey. This time it was beautiful and loving yet so poignant and overwhelming sad. Beyond crying, at times I sobbed. Thank you for the occasional light relief and for the HEA. I needed it.
The narrator was outstanding! Such a variety of voices, tones, moods and intonation. Every word was sheer perfection, so now I’m going to add all work by Joy Nash to my TBR. (TBHeard?)
PS The poetry was mind blowing too.

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  • Anna K
  • 03-15-18

Fabulous!

This is probably the most romantic and lovely romance book I have ever read and my favourite of all Penny's stories so far beautifully narrated by Joy. I highly recommend it!

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  • Susan
  • 05-19-16

Brilliant, moving, emotional, funny

Just when I think Penny Reid cannot write any better, she does just that. This book is one of the best I have read. Ok, so it won’t win any prizes for fiction outside of the romance world, but this is a seriously good book.

It takes a brave writer to base a romance around the death of a much loved parent. In this book the h goes back to her childhood home to nurse her terminally ill mother. She meets poetry quoting, verbally reticent, mountain man H, who has befriended her mother in the last few years and is also close to her many, bearded “mountain men” brothers. Her brothers had mercilessness teased and tormented her in her childhood, and in her memories were unstable, unreliable and unresponsible. At 18 years old she cut ties with them all to escape to a new life in the city, only keeping in loving daily touch with her mother. Returning home she finds to her surprise that her brothers have matured into a group of stable, loving, affectionate, very funny and very protective siblings, and she soon realises that cutting ties was a mistake that she should have rectified a lot sooner.

This book deals with the myriad of confused emotions that surround the illness and death of someone who is loved. This has a personal resonance with me, as I lost both my parents recently: One was after a long illness, the other was sudden, unexpected and shocking. So this book was dealing with a subject I am unfortunately quite familiar with. Penny Reid illustrates how feelings and emotions don’t follow any set formula, and humour, happiness and, yes, even love, can happen at the most unexpected times. She has two central characters who are eloquent, well educated, erudite, and share a mutual love of classical poetry, and she makes this work amazingly well.

This book is perhaps not for everyone. The poetry is frequent and classical, and I suspect some readers would be tempted to speed read those parts. I am glad that I had the audio version that forced me to listen to every word of the poetry. To skip these parts is a mistake as the poetry and the message that those poems hold are central to understanding the story and the characters. The epilogue is a classic. It is the first time we have the POV of the H who is notorious for not being much of a talker. Inside his head we realise that for a man of few words he has an astonishing vocabulary in his mind and indeed, poetry is the way that he thinks. In fact the epilogue is pretty much one long poem expressing the depth of his feelings for the h and it is truly beautiful.

Special mention must go to the narrator who was exceptional, and helped to make a beautiful book into something really quite unique.

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  • joyly55
  • 03-22-21

Beautifully written and narrated

A heartfelt story about losing a beloved mother and yet finding the deep love of a life partner.
The story is made more outstanding by the beautiful narrative and depth of emotion brought out with the use of poetry. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing all the characters to life and put so much feeling into the storyline. Deserves more than a 5 star rating ❤

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  • Clare Tunilla
  • 05-26-20

First PEnny Reid book to make me cry

This book made me cry.

Even after being about 3 books deep in The Winston Brothers series before I even realised that this book existed, it made me cry.

I started the Knitting In The City series to read this book.

Ashley Winston is losing her mother, and she's not been home to Green Valley in years. When she gets there, she runs into Drew who is now the executor of her mothers estate.

She doesn't want to be in Green Valley for a bunch of reasons. Her live is in Chicago. She doesn't get along with her many MANY brothers. Her father is THE WORST.

All of this remains true until way into this book (although her dad remains the worst to this day)

but Ashely and Drew are super cute

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  • NBJ
  • 11-25-19

Joy Nash is amazing!

Joy Nash the narrator really brings the character to life and makes the story come alive. loved this book beforw but didn't understand the intensity and depth of feelings in the story as may be I wasn't as much emotionally mature as I'm today.

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  • Jan
  • 10-08-19

DREW IS POETRY IN MOTION

Drew is poetry in motion

THIS BOOK IS BLOODY AWESOME. Penny Reid's words sometimes blow me away.


I laughed hard, felt the sad times and swooned so much from Drew's words.

I was immediately hooked on this book, I was laughing from the first chapter and had plenty of giggles throughout. Beauty and the Mustache is a brilliantly balanced heartwarming story with humor in the mix.

The rabid raccoon scene, oh boy, days, weeks on now after listening to that scene and I still laugh at it, I think I told everyone at work about that part which had them laughing too.

I listened to this on audio and boy did the narrator make this feel real, the southern drawl and the characters, she really did them justice, at times it was like I was right there with the characters.

This book can be read as a standalone, has a perfect balance of humor and emotion. I loved it and would definitely read or listen more, especially the Winston brothers I love them already and have only had snippets of them. I feel like I am late to the party with this series and have so much to catch up on, and I want to devour the Winston brothers.


Every woman deserves a Drew in their lives, he's a new BBF of my shelf for sure.

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  • Pudmeister
  • 11-25-18

Cute book brilliant narrator

Love Penny Reid - lovey slow burn love story . The narrator was 1st class. All in all worth the listen.

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  • Missy
  • 11-23-18

Great Narration

This one is my favourite so far of all the Knitting in the City Group.

From the narrators smooth voice to the rough and rugged charactors.

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  • AEle
  • 05-24-16

2nd book from Penny Reid and not disappointed!

Absolutely loved the whole sensitive man story and the poetry quotes were a treat !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-22

Fun for the poets at heart

Kudos to Penny Reid, the comedic educated modern woman's romance novelist...this was such fun to listen to ...I also enjoyed all the different American accents

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  • Brianna Stormcloud
  • 09-19-22

Love this series!

This has been the most emotional of the books so far, whilst still containing many laughs and antics that make you smile! Partly I think as I know the emotional roller coaster of losing a parent, also because of the depth of writing by the author on this subject, not to mention the narrators skill in bringing the try to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-22

Thanks Penny Reid you’ve made me fall in love with another Winston

I read the Winston Brothers Series and The 2 Solving for Pie books (Cletus & Jen are my absolute favourites) before I started the Knitting in the City series and I was SO EXCITED for Ashley’s book and to go back to where it all began with her 6 bearded brothers and her love story with Drew. All of Penny’s books are rivetingly funny, romantic (duh!), sexy & smart with just the right amount of pop culture mixed in and Beauty and the Mustache did not disappoint. I LOVE how both series intertwine with each other and I enjoyed getting to know Ashley all over again and to understand her perspective on why she left Green Valley and started a life in Chicago. The Winston siblings and their significant others will forever have a place in my heart.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-22

Another Masterpiece

Another Masterpiece by Penny. Can't get enough of this author. I love how easy Penny's novels are to listen to, but still in-depth and enthralling.

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  • Linda D.
  • 07-22-22

Awesome

The characters in the story are so well formulated I feel like They could be my brother or sister. I love this book it is brilliantly written and capturing personalities beyond belief, good narration Is easy listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-22

Great storyline

I couldn't stop listening, it draws you in amd makes you feel like you are part of the story. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • jo Casey
  • 04-30-22

cute Southern accents and romance

very enjoyable story to have a long listen on my 6 hour road trip. I was hooked within 5 minutes. All the characters came to life in this well written love story. I liked hearing about the countryside in Tennessee. gosh the accents were hilarious, so intense!

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  • Mrs C E Whitworth
  • 02-21-22

Brilliant, not enough stars to give

I have read the books before but thought I'd listen to them through audible, I'm so glad I did. Loved the narration of this book, I laughed out loud, I cried, I just loved it. Penny Reid is one talented writer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-21

Loved this book!!

I actually laughed out loud. loved that this is an introduction to a new series as well, can't wait to get into that one too.

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  • Avidchic reader
  • 10-23-21

first time listen to this author

well what a surprise, I'm normally one of those people that look at the cover of a book and decide this looks like a bit of escapism I will try this one, however with this cover it didn't seem to grab my interest but I thought I would try it anyway. I don't normally laugh with a lot of books as comedy is a hard task, however I have read three different series all based out of Tennessee or Louisiana by three different authors and various narrators and I have to say all of them pulled off the Southern comedy in Spades.
This book has a lot of poetry in it and a lot of quotes and if you're not keen on Poetry and philosophy then you might just find this boring. The alpha Hero is a hot, quiet, retrospective man with secrets a good heart and has a soul saturated in philosophy as well as being really good at poetry so a little unlike most of the Alphas that you would read or even come to know.
Even though this book is part of a previous series from Penny Reid, I'm glad I read it as it gave me a perfect Insight to The Winston Brothers series which I plan to listen to.
In saying this, this book is the longest slow-burn I have ever read so you are going to have to be patient. there is a bit if steam but nothing heart stopping.
the other series that I have read regarding the Southern Charm, superstitions, southern accents and hilarious comedy is Molly Harper's mystic Bayou series with amanda ronconi and Jonathan Davis, then there is Lexi Blake's Butterfly bayou series with Jessica Almasy and now I read this one with Joy Nash.
All narrators excel in carrying comedy to a new level for me and steep themselves wholeheartedly into the Southern accents creating their wonderful characters with their tones and inflections.
So, if you really enjoy Southern superstitions/charms and the accent, then try these completely different genre novels.
but if you just enjoy a quiet, philosophical, hot man and a 13 hour slow burn love story amidst comical gorgeous brothers and best friends coming together for a tragedy then read on....