Grin and Beard It

by Penny Reid Winston Brothers #2 Publication Date: May 31, 2016 Genres: Adult, Contemporary,
Romantic Comedy
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 heartthrobs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?
Jethro placed his coffee on the small table and leaned back at an angle on one arm, his long legs stretched out in front of him, crossed at the ankles. My tummy fluttered with excitement as I sat on the floor next to him and picked up the frosted confection. I was going to smudge the corner of my mouth with frosting.
And then he was going to lick it off.
And then we were going to kiss.
And then . . . good things after that. Hopefully including but not limited to rolling around and making out on the carpet. And then sex!
Holding Jethro’s eyes with mine, which were heavily lidded and hot with interest, I took a small bite, careful to dab the side of my mouth with the frosting.
But then something unexpected happened and it startled me out of my sexy thoughts. 
The doughnut was insanely delicious.
Insanely. Delicious.
It was still warm from the oven, and it melted on my tongue. It was sweet, but tempered by a center filled with rich, smooth, bitter high-quality chocolate crème.
Unable to help myself, I moaned, “Oh my God.”
Jethro’s lips quirked to the side, his eyes on my mouth, and—right on cue—he leaned forward. “You have something just there.”
I ignored him, swatting his hand away, and took another bite, speaking around a mouth full of heaven on earth. “Holy shit, this is the best thing I’ve ever tasted.”
Jethro rolled his lips between his teeth, his eyes bright with laughter, and watched me devour the doughnut.
I continued to moan with each bite, licking and sucking my fingers until it was gone. Completely preoccupied, I didn’t notice the shift in his mood. I was just about to lick off the last of the crème when he caught my wrist, forcing my attention to him. My protest died on my lips as the weight and intensity of his gaze hit me. He looked hungry.
To be more precise, he looked ravenous.
Jethro brought my finger to his lips and sucked it into his mouth, his tongue darting out to lick the junction between my index and middle finger. The light, slick touch sent unexpected trembles to my low belly and pulled a soft whimper from the back of my throat.
“As I was saying,” his darkened gaze drifted hotly from my eyes to my lips, and he used my hand as leverage to tug me forward, “you have something . . .”
He didn’t finish the sentence. Instead he licked the corner of my mouth and then delved his tongue ardently between my lips, caressing mine hungrily. Jethro’s grip on me shifted. His arm came around my waist, supporting me, while my hands cupped his jaw.
In a controlled and graceful movement, he rolled me onto my back, held himself above my body, and claimed my mouth. I felt his fingers on my thigh, sliding the hem of my skirt higher, skimming fingertips between my legs. Instinctively, I arched and strained, wanting to be touched, needing him to touch me.
“Undo your shirt,” he ordered, pulling his mouth from mine and fastening it to my neck.
“Why don’t you—”
“Because I’ll rip it off.”

What’s not to love about this series!?! The Winston brothers are a handful and you can’t help but fall in love with them. They are all swoony and sweet and Jethro was a big hit for me. I adore how they fall for their women. They want to court their women and they always want the best for them even if they think the best isn’t them. Those silly boys!

Jethro Winston is all about redemption at this point in his life. He sees himself as the disappointment in the family but is now on a better path. He has worked hard to become a forest ranger and try to let go of his wrong doings in the past. He still feels shame over the way he treated women in the past so he has decided the next woman he sleeps with will be his wife. He is doing okay with this promise until he meets Sienna.

"Dance with me." "Why?" "Because you want me to hold you, but you don't know how to ask."

Sienna Diaz is a firecracker and I love her. I think she has to be one of my favorite Penny Reid heroines. Sienna has made a career as a funny lady in Hollywood. Her latest role lands her in Green Valley, TN where she is set to film her next role. Due to her poor map skills she gets lost and the sexy bearded Jethro Winston rides to her rescue. Sienna is also looking to get some down time while in Green Valley and she quickly decides she wants Jethro to be a part of that.

Sienna starts to fall for Jethro’s southern charm and Jethro starts to fall for Sienna’s hilarious ways. Of course on the road to love they run in to obstacles. But in true PR fashion it is worth the journey to see these two get there HEA. I really adored Jethro and his charm and I thought he was pretty damn sexy too. Sienna was a riot and I spent most of the book with a smile on my face due to the stuff she said.
I know we are coming over for dinner tonight, but do you think there's any chance you could meet me this afternoon for lust?"

His lips quirked to the side. " You mean for lunch?"

"Yes. That's what I said, right?"

There was also a great little side story going on for Billy and I can’t wait to get my hands on his book. And of course there is plenty of Cletus and his devious ways. If you are a fan then I am sure you will enjoy Jethro and Sienna’s story. Well Done!

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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