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Beard Science

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Synopsis : Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is NOT to be Tennessee’s reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother’s ambitions, and her father’s puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate.

And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

Cletus Winston is a puzzle wrapped in a mystery covered in conundrum sauce, and now he’s in a pickle. Despite being convinced of his own omniscience, extortion by the exalted Banana Cake Queen of Green Valley has taken him completely by surprise. So... what’s a maniacal mastermind to do?

Likely, the last thing you expect.

Je préfère prévenir tout de suite cette review est n'est pas hyper objective (boooooouh), comment ne pas aimer un bouquin dont l'un des personnages tertiaire (on est même pas dans le secondaire là) porte son nom ? J'ai aidé Penny à traduire 3 phrases et en retour me voilà nommer dans son livre... Cela met forcément dans un bon état d'esprit à la lecture ^^ .

Tome 3 de la série des Winston Brothers, "Beard Science" nous conte l'histoire de Cletus (3e frère dans l'ordre biologique) et de Jennifer, déjà croisée furtivement dans les livres précédents. Jennifer est à un point critique, elle n'en peut plus de ses parents, il faut un plan de secours et la seule personne à pouvoir l'aider c'est Cletus Winston. Et s'il a pas envie, c'est pas grave, elle n'aura qu'à le faire chanter xD

Pauvre Cletus, une avalanche de gâteau à la banane est en train de lui tomber dessus. D'abord curieux de savoir ce que Jennifer a dans le ventre, il va très vite succomber au muffin goût pancake et revoir ses plans futurs car impossible ensuite que la Banana Queen et le Sausage King n'ai pas leur *happily ever after*. Cletus et Jennifer sont mignons ensembles : elle le surprend et le voit tel qu'il est vraiment, il l'encourage dans ses rêves et lui redonne confiance en elle...

J'ai eu faim tout le temps, à force de lire à propos de gâteau à la banane, de muffins et autres petites merveilles de pâtisserie ; j'ai eu mal pour Jennifer à cause de ses parents horribles, de leurs critiques constantes et de leur manque de considération >_< ; j'ai eu très envie d'avoir les tomes de Billy et de Duane ; j'ai couiné parce qu'on revoit évidemment Drew et Jethro

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I am warning you this review is not objective (boooooouh), how can I not love a book where one of the tertiary characters (we're not even talking about secondary characters) bears my name ? I helped Penny translate 3 sentences and in return she put my name in her book... This ultimately puts me in a good state of mind to read ^^.

Volume 3 of Winston Brothers series, "Beard Science" tells us the story of Cletus (3rd brother in the biological order) and Jennifer, that we already saw in earlier books. Jennifer is at a critical point, she's had enough of her parents and need a rescue plan and the only person who can help her is Cletus Winston. And if he's not in the mood to help, it doesn't matter, she will have to blackmail him xD

Poor Cletus, an avalanche of banana cake is falling on him. First curious about what Jennifer on him, he quickly succumb to muffins that taste like pancake and think over his future plans, because it soon became impossible for the Banana Queen and the Sausage King not to have their happily ever after. Cletus and Jennifer are cute together : she surprises him and sees him as he really is, he encourages her in her dreams and gives her confidence to face her parents...

I was hungry all the time, reading about banana cake, muffins and other small pastry wonders ; I felt bad for Jennifer because of her horrible parents, their constant criticism and lack of consideration >_< ; I longed to have the books of Billy and Duane ; I squealed because we obviously have a few scenes with Drew and Jethro


Grin and Beard It

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Présentation de l'auteur : Sienna Diaz is everyone’s favorite “fat” funny lady. The movie studio executives can’t explain it, but her films are out-grossing all the fit and trim headliners and Hollywood’s most beautiful elite. The simple truth is, everyone loves plus-sized Sienna.

But she has a problem, she can’t read maps and her sense of direction is almost as bad as her comedic timing is stellar. Therefore, when Sienna’s latest starring role takes her to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park she finds herself continually lost while trying to navigate the backroads of Green Valley, Tennessee. Much to her consternation, Sienna’s most frequent savior is a ridiculously handsome, charming, and cheeky Park Ranger by the name of Jethro Winston.

Sienna is accustomed to high levels of man-handsome, so it’s not Jethro’s chiseled features or his perfect physique that make Sienna stutter. It’s his southern charm. And gentlemanly manners. And habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart ?


2e opus de la série des frères Winston de Penny Reid, après Duane voici donc l'histoire de Jethro, l'aîné de la fratrie .

Un beau jour, notre Park Ranger préféré va venir en aide à une demoiselle en détresse. Celle-ci est en train de réduire à néant sa carte routière en lui sautant dessus et en maudissant son mauvais karma. Sienna tombe immédiatement sur le charme de ce grand barbu au sourire ravageur, qui flirte sans vergogne et qui la considère comme une femme normale... Oui parce que Sienna a une "identité secrète" : c'est une actrice-scénariste hyper connue... Sauf de Jethro, qui se sent absolument pas concerné par les people d'Hollywood xD . Et donc ces deux-là flirtent tant qu'ils peuvent, et ça passe bien, ça passe tellement bien que Sienna a des remords de lui avoir caché qui elle est.

Vous vous dites surement que là, on aura la révélation à la fin du romance avec plein de retournements de situation... Non, point du tout, comme dans d'autres de ses romans, Penny Reid ne tombe pas dans le cliché : Jethro va apprendre qui est vraiment Sienna, et assez tôt.

L'histoire de Sienna et Jethro c'est deux personnes venant d'univers totalement différents, qui vont devenir fous l'un de l'autre et qui vont devoir se poser des questions pas simples, afin de se donner une chance. Le passé de Jethro n'est pas glorieux pour la carrière de Sienna, et celle-ci amène toute la presse people avec elle dans une petite ville tranquille du Tennessee.

Outre Jethro, on a plein de Cletus dans ce tome et quelques passages intenses avec Billy (rhaaaa vivement son tome à lui, mais ce sera le dernier grrrrr xD).

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This is the second book in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid, after Duane here is the story of Jethro, the eldest brother .

One day, our favorite Park Ranger help a damsel in distress. She is destroying her map by jumping on it and cursing her bad karma. Sienna immediately falls for this great bearded man with a killer smile, flirting shamelessly with her and who treats her like a normal woman... Because Sienna has a "secret identity" : she is a Hollywood-famous writer and actress... Except Jethro is absolutely not concerned by Hollywood xD. And so the two of them flirt as much as they can, and it works well, it goes so well that Sienna has remorse lying to him.

You probably think that we will have the revelation at the end of the bokk with lots of twists... No, not at all, as in other of her novels, Penny Reid does not fall into the cliche : Jethro will learn who is really Sienna soon enough.

Sienna and Jethro's history is about two people from completely different worlds, who will become crazy about each other and will have ask themselves hard questions in order to give them a chance. Jethro's past is not glorious for the career of Sienna, and she brings all the tabloids with her in this small quiet town of Tennessee.

In addition to Jethro, this book was full of Cletus and some intense passages with Billy (rhaaaa I can't wait for his book, but it will be the last grrrrr xD).

About Penny Reid

Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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The Player and the Pixie

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Présentation des auteurs : How can someone so smokin’ hot be so bad in bed? I mean, Sean Cassidy is absolute rubbish. RUBBISH. He is the epitome of walking, talking false advertising and I want a refund! Plus he’s an arsehole. So… what is wrong with me that I can’t stop thinking about him?

Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.
As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone.
His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal?

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

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Rhoooooo ce tome 2 est tellement beaucoup plus mieux que le 1 xD

Sean et Lucy sont à l'opposé l'un de l'autre, ils n'ont aucune raison de s'apprécier et quand ils se croisent, c'est à celui qui sera le plus sarcastique. Sauf que, sauf que... et bah Sean trouve que ce petit truc coloré (Lucy a des cheveux arc-en-ciel) a une bonne répartie et Lucy découvre que Sean fait peut-être exprès d'être imbuvable avec tout le monde.

Les circonstances n'aidant pas beaucoup, ces deux-là vont être immédiatement attirés et vont se jeter dessus hihihi... Sauf que, sauf que... (et comme c'est écrit dans le résumé je peux le dire aussi) Sean est absolument nullissime au lit. Lucy se rend compte que non seulement Sean en a pleinement conscience, mais qu'aucune de ses conquêtes d'un soir n'a osé le lui dire. Ce qui avait commencé comme une simple partie de jambes en l'air devient très vite plus profond et sincère. Sean et Lucy s'ouvrent l'un à l'autre sans vraiment l'avoir prévu...

Ce livre se lit tout seul, on enchaîne les chapitres et les points de vue différents entre Lucy et Sean. Les caractères des personnages sont tout en subtilité, ils ont chacun des bons et des mauvais côtés, j'ai bien aimé les voir s'accrocher l'un à l'autre petit à petit ^^.

Lire le tome 1 est pas *forcément* obligatoire pour lire celui-ci, il y a des piqûres de rappel du 1 dans le 2 (pourquoi Sean et Ronan -le frère de Lucy- ne s'entendent pas) mais rien n'est absolument vital pour apprécier celui-ci tout seul.

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Rhoooooo book 2 is so much better than the first one xD

Sean and Lucy are opposites, they have no reason to enjoy each other and when they meet it's a game of who will be more sarcastic than the other. Except, except that... Sean finds that colorful little thing (Lucy has rainbow hair) has good comebacks and Lucy discovers that Sean may purposely be unsufferable with everyone .

The circumstances are not helping much and those two are immediately attracted and will jump each other hehehe... Except, except that... (and as it says in the summary I can say it too) Sean is absolutely rubbish in bed. Lucy realizes that not only Sean is fully aware of it, but none of his ^revious conquests dared tell him about it. What began as a simple "no strings attached" quickly becomes a deep and sincere connection. Sean and Lucy open to one another without really having it planned...

We an read this book in one go, the chapters come one after another with different points of view between Lucy and Sean. The characters are very subtle, they each have good and bad sides, I enjoyed seeing them hang to each other gradually ^^.

Reading book 1 is not *necessarily* required to read book 2, there are bites of it in book 2 (why Sean and Ronan -Lucy's brother- disagree) but nothing is absolutely vital to enjoy it alone.