ARC Review: Dr. Strange Beard (Winston Brothers #5) by Penny Reid

Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.

Disclaimer: I was provided with an eARC of the book by the Author in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

I adore Penny Reid – the words I write; honestly can’t begin to describe the kind of respect and adulation I have for this woman and her talent.

The Winston Brothers Series made me fall in love with a dysfunctional family; but most of all it is responsible for the start of my affair with hot bearded heroes – seven very different brothers, but bonded together even though most of the times, they want to kill or at least maim each other!

Dr. Strange Beard is the journey of Roscoe Winston, the Veterinarian; the supposed playboy and definitely the flirt of the family. He charms the smiles of the ladies he meets – only one girl, one woman has ever held his heart!

“Loving someone is a big f****ng responsibility. How could I love someone if I couldn’t even decide between Chinese or Thai food when ordering takeout?”

Simone is an intellectual and brainy woman who has achieved what she has wanted to in her professional life – working in the Forensics Laboratory for the FBI; but she is soon pulled from a day job to help out with an undercover job – but when it brings her in close contact with her ex – best friend, Roscoe who ghosted her when they were sixteen!

Now, before you go any further into the review I really hope you have read the first four books in the series – for even though every book in the series can be read as standalone; there are a few overarching story arcs that would make better sense if you have all the details beforehand.  

I knew, before going in, this was going to be a angst-y affair & it was, but thankfully not to the extent that I couldn’t actually handle it – honestly the inner monologues of Roscoe had me sighing with hurt yet made me want to wrap him up in a tight hug. Simone’s inner monologue on the other hand, made me want laugh – she is not only wonderful but at times hysterical as well!

It was him. How he touched me, looked at me, hold me, knew me, accepted me. His gentleness, his ferocity, his sweetness, even his caution. I loved his reluctance, how earnestly and sincerely he approached every situation, with heart and soul over mind and matter. 

I loved him.”

Roscoe and Simone, at start, have push and pull relationship; it can be called that – but it was easy to see the connection between them. And it was fun; yet I still had a little pain right near my heart from the kind of hurt that was in their relationship.

The thing about Penny Reid is that she has this insane yet sneaky talent of putting down the ugly truth of the world in words that end up stitching itself into your soul in ways that stay with you long after you have ended the book! 

“See people, see their differences, rejoice in their difference but don’t judge folks for something as stupid as the ability to absorb Vitamin D. Racists are ignorant a**holes”

We are close to the series’ end; and I honestly don’t want to say goodbye to some of my favourite fictional characters.

But more than anything, I adore that within the pages of this book are the tid – bits of of the previous couples in the Winston Brothers Series – and – it was brilliant and wonderful to see how these so very different men not only settled down in the domestic bliss (except Billy, of course!) but also how these wonderful couples worked in family dynamics!

Ms. Reid has given us a doozy at the end of the book – and I can’t wait for Billy’s book, for I have a feeling that will be exact definition of angst would be like!

“I carry you with me. You are in my heart. You have shaped my soul.”

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5



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