Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 a 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?
5 “I was lost, but so glad you found me stars”!
Okay, now that I’ve spent the morning constantly thinking about & and remembering my favorite parts of this story, I think I’m ready to write some sort of a review (However, I don’t think my review will in any way do this wonderful book it’s justice).
There are so many things I absolutely adored about this book.
I LOVED Sienna’s character!
I loved her sass, intelligence, loyalty, strength and in the end her courage to trust Jethro with her heart and her life.
Jethro is now one of my favorite male book characters.
For the past 5 years he’s been trying to redeem himself with his family, friends, and the community he lives in, and yet he still doesn’t think he’s worthy of having a ‘good life’.
Jethro & Sienna’s journey together is one of hope, trust, learning to own your shit, and realizing that the only people whose opinion that matters are the people they love.
One of my favorite quotes in the book is,
This is a perfect romance because it makes each and every one of us want to find someone (if we don’t already have somebody) to give us comfort.
Another fantastic story by Penny Reid!
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About the Author
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.