No one is better at surviving than Scarlet St. Claire and making the best out of circumstances beyond her control is Scarlet’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, she’d be the last person on earth, hermitting like a pro, singing along to her CD Walkman, and dancing like no one is watching.
Scarlet is clever, Scarlet is careful, and Scarlet is smart . . . except when it comes to Billy Winston.
No one is better at fighting than Billy Winston and raging against his circumstances—because nothing is beyond his control—is Billy’s specialty. In an apocalyptic situation, he’d be the first person on earth to lead others to safety, overcome catastrophe, or die trying.
Billy is fearless, Billy is disciplined, and Billy is honorable . . . except when it comes to Scarlet St. Claire.
‘Beard With Me’ is the origin story of Billy Winston and Scarlet St. Claire (aka Claire McClure) and is just the beginning of their epic love story.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
Oh my goodness. My chest is aching after finishing Beard With Me. I knew going in that Penny Reid was going to make it rough but Billy and Scarlet's backstory slayed me. It was ugly and painful and she was just such a darling that I hated every moment of it for her.
It was fun and harrowing to see the Winston clan as kids. To see them in their youth and some of them still have their innocence about them and to know all they had faced down and overcome to be where they are now was bittersweet.
I was rooting so dang hard for Scarlett. I adored her friendship with Cletus. All that she endured at the hands of her father. The games she had to play, the bargains she made with herself and others to survive broke my heart. The tension and almost disdain between her and Billy. Watching that transform into something neither of them could've predicted. It was everything...until it imploded in the most dire of ways.
Desire. Forgiveness. Young love. Sacrifice. Pain. Those were the name of the game here. And the way Penny Reid ended things slayed me. Beard with Me wasn't easy to swallow. It was brutal and tragic and has me on that much more on edge for the rest Billy's story.
About the Author
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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