Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4; Winston Brothers #0.5) by Penny Reid
There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous—local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself.
Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.
Beauty and the Mustache is book #4 in the Knitting in the City series, and book #0.5 in the Winston Brothers series. Each book is a standalone, full length (110k words), contemporary romantic comedy novel, and follows the misadventures and exploits of seven friends in Chicago, all members of the same knitting group.
Title: Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4)
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: August 24th, 2014
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance;
Format: Kindle (372 pages)
Beauty and the Mustache is book #4 in the Knitting in the City series, and book #0.5 in the Winston Brothers series.
It still gives me chills, because I really loved this book. I connected in so many levels with this one that I admit I got off track and continued with the Winston Brothers before finishing the Knitting in the City Series.
Ashley Winston is a beauty, but one who hates herself because she looks just like her daddy, a very ugly man. She had to do whatever it took to leave her hometown and be more. She is now a nurse, working at the same hospital with one of her knitting friends.
After 8 years of avoiding her 6 hillybilly brothers, she must return home because her momma is not returning her phone calls.
Unfortunately, she finds out she is terminally ill and needs to be there for her final days.
During her stay in Tennessee, she finds out things are way better than she could have thought. Her grown up brothers are now self-sufficient men, who are so different then their tormenting teenagers who used to make her life hell. On top of that, Drew Runous is now a permanent fixture in her family’s lives and a man she is extremely attracted to.
This book is sort of an slow burn, because Ashley is blinded by her grief and Drew will respect her enough to be there for her, even though he needs her, loves her in secret, but will be a better man than to ask her to stay for him.
I really loved this book, you have no idea!
The Series continues with the spin off on the Winston Brothers and below is the reading order: