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Billy Winston’s family is going to see him happy and in love if it’s the last thing they do.

Beard Necessities, the final standalone in the bestselling romantic comedy Winston Brothers series from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!


No one deserves a happily-ever-after quite as much as the second oldest Winston brother and his lady love, Claire McClure (aka Scarlet St. Claire). Cruelty and circumstance tore them apart almost twenty years ago. Secrecy and bitterness kept them separated.

But you know who’s tired of their separation and stubbornness? Everyone. Especially Billy Winston’s family. And now they’re going to do something about it.

Well-meaning interference means the star-crossed lovers can’t stop tripping over each other in the hills of Tuscany, the catacombs of Rome, and the waterways of Venice. Billy and Claire find themselves thrown together and at the mercy of the Winston siblings’ shenanigans.

But will their forced proximity bring them together? Or push them even further apart?

This second-chance romance brings back the entire Winston gang, playing cupid in one last story of love, hi-jinks, and family collusion.

BEARD NECESSITIES is a full-length contemporary romantic comedy, and can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s probably best read after books 0.5, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the Winston Brothers series.

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Strolling to the desk, I set down the milk and cookies, crossed my arms and turned to face my brother. “You’re pointing out that Scarlet and I will see each other during various family functions.”


“And, therefore,” I continued reasonably, “I need to be nice to her.” I knew that already, and tonight—after watching her face crumple and feeling a part of my soul shrivel at the sight—I’d finally accepted it. I would be nice. I would be so damn nice. I’d be a saint.

But then Cletus said, “No, Billy. Not nice. Nice is for tea parties and doctor’s visits. You need to woo her.”

I blinked once. “Woo her.”

“That’s right. You need to woo the pants off her, hopefully literally, and then make that woman yours. Permanently. Once and for all. Put a ring on it. Woo is where it’s at. Jenn still has the centerpieces from our wedding if you’d like to borrow them.” During this enlightening monologue, he’d moseyed over and picked up the glass of milk and a cookie, dunked the cookie into the milk, and then took a bite just as he’d finished his listings of delusions.

“That’s never going to happen.”

“Why not? Those centerpieces are lovely. You don’t know your color scheme yet. Ask Scarlet before you decide.”

I ground my teeth. “Scarlet and I are never going to happen, Cletus.”

He shook his head firmly. “I’m disappointed in your lack of ambition, Billy. I thought we’d be on the same page. But I see now, I’m going to have to take a tough love approach.”


“I’m going to give you one chance,” he said, then pushed the rest of the cookie in his mouth and spoke around it as he continued, “One more chance is all you get. I’ve waited long enough for this and you know my feelings on delayed gratification.”


“It’s overrated.” He took a gulp of milk and picked up another cookie.

“No, Cletus. One chance on what?”

“I’m giving you one chance. One.” He pointed the cookie at me. “Tomorrow, you’re going to go find her, apologize to her for whatever that kerflufflefuck was I walked in on. Tell her you were suffering from temporary insanity, hopped up on illicit drugs, abducted by asshole probing aliens, whatever. I’m giving you one chance to make this right, and if you don’t take it, you are not going to like what happens next.”


Oh my goodness, I was not expecting Beard Necessities, mind you I’ve been waiting for Billy and Claire’s story since the beginning. In Beauty and the Mustache we see how protective Billy Winston, the second oldest Winston brother is. Even when the Winston’s were kids Billy took action to stand as the family protector and head of the household. So it came as so surprise when Cletus Winston (the third oldest) plots to take his older brother down with the help of their siblings. Cletus as we know loves to give his siblings exactly what they need or rather who, and he’s not opposed to committing a crime when it comes to protecting his family so they get what is good for them.

That said, Beard Necessities, is the first time he requests help in his plotting. After the heart breaking ending to Beard with Me, and the gut wrenching decision Billy makes its no surprise we find the Winston siblings banding together to bring happiness to the rock of the family. Beard Necessities, has many twist and turns as we learn and a lot of Winston history we hadn’t fully learned or understood in the previous seven books. The one thing that doesn’t fail however is Billy’s stubbornness and protectiveness which are the reasons the six other Winston’s plot against Billy and Claire.

For seven books when Claire has been discussed we know she’s been in morning and hat she and Billy have issues. We’ve seen the attraction she and Billy have for each other and if you’re like me you’ve excepted their story for a while now but it never came. Penny hasn’t disappointed us has she’s amped up the tension between Billy and Claire as the series has gone along. That tension only makes their fall sweeter and more explosive. Not to mention that this love story was years in the making. But you don’t have to take my word for it, read it for yourself and experience one hell of a battle.

If you haven’t yet read or listened to Beauty and the Mustache you really have to start there or better yet start with the Knitting in the City Series to get to know Ashley and her friends before jumping into the Winston Series as it’s a spin-off off from the original series. But if you have started the Winston Series and haven’t yet read Beard Necessities it’s time to pull the trigger and read the final installment in the Winston Brothers Series and id you dare cheer on Cletus and all his plotting.


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Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. 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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