Dr. Strange Beard

Dr. Strange Beard

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWall Street Journal BestsellerUSA Today BestsellerHunches, horse races, and heartbreakTen years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he...

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Dr. Strange Beard Reviews

  • Dali

    With the Winston Brothers series, Penny Reid has created a fascinating group of family and friends, each book and couple adding to the appeal and uniqueness of series.

    Dr. Strange Beard is a sweet, sexy and touching addition to the series this time following Roscoe –the attractive veterinarian with a prodigious memory and the youngest Winston brother. Roscoe has spent the last ten years avoiding the woman who broke his heart for fear of making additional painful memories of her, but it’s impossi

    With the Winston Brothers series, Penny Reid has created a fascinating group of family and friends, each book and couple adding to the appeal and uniqueness of series.

    Dr. Strange Beard is a sweet, sexy and touching addition to the series this time following Roscoe –the attractive veterinarian with a prodigious memory and the youngest Winston brother. Roscoe has spent the last ten years avoiding the woman who broke his heart for fear of making additional painful memories of her, but it’s impossible to do when she pops up wherever he goes.

    Simone Payton is back in town for a reason. She needs Roscoe’s help, but she’d also like some answers as to why her former best friend decided to ghost her. When the two start to spend time together, buried feelings that never really faded start to surface and secrets are harder to hide, but will the truth help bring them together or drive an unsurpassable wedge between them?

    There are many reasons pick up a Penny Reid book. I’ve done reviews with lists, but I’ll be brief this time around. In general they are original, well thought out (love those epigraphs) and researched, sweet, swoony and emotive. The characters are unique and charming. The plot develops a great pace in which bits of suspense and lots of family hijinks are interweaved.

    The Winston family are a funny, quirky, loving group of supporting characters, some more prominent than others, all beloved and fabulous in their own right, but ultimately, Roscoe and Simone take center stage as a couple who are easy to cheer for and I was lost in their angsty, sweet and heartwarming romance.

    Dr. Strange Beard is book #5 in the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. It is a standalone full length contemporary romance that made me smile, laugh and swoon. A brilliant add to a wonderful series. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.

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  • Shannon Gorilla McGee Winston

    YOU GUYS!

    GUYS...

    Just...whoa.

    We're back in Green Valley, back with The Winstons, but we're five years out from Beard in Mind (Beau's story). In that time, Roscoe Winston has finished school and started practicing veterinary medicine. He's also finding himself shadowed and tormented by his childhood friend and first love, Simone.

    Simone is on a mission. A secret mission. And while she's on this mission, she's going to make it personal by finding out why her best frie

    YOU GUYS!

    GUYS...

    Just...whoa.

    We're back in Green Valley, back with The Winstons, but we're five years out from Beard in Mind (Beau's story). In that time, Roscoe Winston has finished school and started practicing veterinary medicine. He's also finding himself shadowed and tormented by his childhood friend and first love, Simone.

    Simone is on a mission. A secret mission. And while she's on this mission, she's going to make it personal by finding out why her best friend ghosted her all those years ago.

    What unfolds is a beautiful story about unshakable memories, and unbreakable love; about holding secrets and building trust; about the complexity of familial bonds.

    In true Penny Reid fashion, we don't get a straight-forward simple tale of a second-chance-romance. We get challenged to expand our scope; see life through a different lens. Whether that's taking a moment to comprehend racial issues, or accept a heroine who takes on a somewhat different gender occupation dynamic than other romance heroines do, or even to ask yourself what you would do to save a life, the author continually gives us an opportunity to learn about ourselves and the world around us.

    I can't say enough about this book to express how moved and shocked I felt while reading it. If you're a fan, I say, please read it ASAP. If you haven't read any of the previous books, DO NOT START HERE! Rewind, grab the other books and start on an epic journey. This book is late in a series, has bombshells galore, and is chock full of juicy, series-wide arc tidbits.

  • Wendy'sThoughts

    This series has been happening for sometime now. I have grown to love all of the characters in it. Each person brings something special to the table and Roscoe is no different. With all of the Winstons as the backdrop, Roscoe is dealing with a situation which he has avoided regularly, Simone Payton.

    You see ten years ago, she broke his heart and it can sometimes play like a loop in his head...words, deeds they did as kids...all of it is like this continual slot machine...put a thought of a time he had with Simone, pull the handle and bam... replay it word for word...visual in his mind's eye, scene for scene.

    Roscoe's memory is a talent as well as a curse. And now he is seeing Simone where she shouldn't be...and he fails to think quick enough to avoid her...standing right next to the woman who broke his heart.

    Simone is back in town assisting at her family's diner. Only her parents sort of know why...There are things to achieve and one of them is to reconnect with Roscoe. It is an opportunity to do what she came home to do... but it is also means to finally find out from him why he ghosted her all those years ago. I mean to drop your best friend like that and never share why...Simone wants to know.

    Oh, this love story....Once again, Reid goes about this tale starting every chapter with the perfect quote reflecting just what the characters are thinking and going through. If you are familiar with the other books in the series, then you will know of the family dynamic between brothers and sister. You will know of the motorcycle gang father, the threats and treatment they had growing up. You will know how there is always an undercurrent of something happening with these men and this story is no different.

    Through this tale, Reid sets us straight...things may seem complicated... but in the grand scheme of life...focus on those who mean the most to you. Do not get distracted...see clearly and experience everything...even heartbreak for if you don't put yourself out there...you will miss out on the love, too.

    Winston Lovers... do not despair...Billy's Tale is coming. Don't plan on anything around March/April 2019. I have already blocked my calendar.

  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    The Winston brothers are special. Each one in his own quirky way. It's a feat to give them matching partners, ladies who complement and enhance their multi-dimensional characters and aren't only accessories but as multi-layered, quirky and strong. Penny Reid does it every single time.

    Roscoe is the most sensitive of the lot. Gifted or cursed, depending on the point of view, with a mind that doesn't let him forget memories - good or bad. One memory

    The Winston brothers are special. Each one in his own quirky way. It's a feat to give them matching partners, ladies who complement and enhance their multi-dimensional characters and aren't only accessories but as multi-layered, quirky and strong. Penny Reid does it every single time.

    Roscoe is the most sensitive of the lot. Gifted or cursed, depending on the point of view, with a mind that doesn't let him forget memories - good or bad. One memory in particular has been causing him pain like no other and it's the reason why he has been avoiding his ex-best friend for ten years. A chance encounter pulls Simone back into his orbit though.

    Simone doesn't have the foggiest idea why her former best friend ghosted her. One day they were friends, next day he didn't want anything to do with her any longer. So when this beautiful, grown-up version of Roscoe crashes back into her life she wants to know why. She can't let him in, not now - she missed him too much when he ditched her the first time. And anyway, feelings, emotions aren't her thing.

    What starts between the vet and the FBI undercover agent is a dance around each other, both of them guarding their hearts. It has a bit of everything, the sting of rejection and pain of unrequited love, the grief about a friendship lost, the joy when they rekindle their connection and the sizzle of Roscoe's and Simone's physical attraction that becomes a blaze very fast.

    Remember Penny Reid when she wrote fade to black bedroom scenes? Yeah, forget it. That Penny is gone and wow can she write steam. Her sex scenes are not just some of the most erotic I've read but also some of the most emotional ones.

    Both Roscoe and Simone are beautiful characters. Roscoe is tender-hearted when it comes to his childhood friend, considerate and has such a pure soul. He is better than good, you want to keep him safe so that nothing can hurt him. He's also perfectly happy with the person he is. Roscoe loved to make people feel good and I utterly adored that about him.

    From the beginning to the end there was never a doubt that his childhood friend was IT for him. It was so refreshing to get a hero with an unshakable love for the heroine.

    Simone is vivacious, a lively young woman who is more forgiving than I would be. She had every reason to be angry at Roscoe yet she got over it fairly fast. I loved that she didn't hold on to the grudge for long once she knew his reasons for avoiding her.

    One thing I always find amazing in Penny Reid's books is that she touches on interesting, current topics or sometimes controversial issues that give you food for thought. She always provides more than one point of view and I often find myself nodding and thinking "Wow, I've never seen it THAT way" giving me new perspectives through her characters. This time she introduces the very difficult and sensitive topic of racism which shouldn't be difficult at all. Her approach is tastefully done - I really loved her tact and that she chose a POC as her heroine.

    The secret about Jennifer Silvester's (now Winston) brother is finally lifted and I hope we see a little bit more of that in Billy's book. Speaking of, Billy is breaking my heart already. The guy needs to get laid and somebody who takes care of his battered soul. I think Claire will do a great job in that department.

    Being reunited with the Winstons is always a treat. I wish this family had more brothers, I would read all of their stories. Penny's words always have a way of settling in my heart and making me want to be the like her characters. Her quirky and smart humor and sweet nature shine through in her stories. When I close one book I start craving the next one, like Scheherazade. That's the magic of Penny Reid.

    AMEN to that!

  • Christy

    I love these Winston Brothers! Roscoe Winston is the baby of the group and his book is one I’ve been waiting for. Each time a new book in this series comes out I get all kinds of excited, and for good reason.

    Roscoe is a special Winston. He’s sweet, quiet, sensitive, and a veterinarian. He’s also never truly gotten over his first love, Simone Payton. Luckily for Roscoe, Simone only comes into town every once in a while and he’s become a master at avoiding her. Until now. She’s back i

    I love these Winston Brothers! Roscoe Winston is the baby of the group and his book is one I’ve been waiting for. Each time a new book in this series comes out I get all kinds of excited, and for good reason.

    Roscoe is a special Winston. He’s sweet, quiet, sensitive, and a veterinarian. He’s also never truly gotten over his first love, Simone Payton. Luckily for Roscoe, Simone only comes into town every once in a while and he’s become a master at avoiding her. Until now. She’s back in town and seems to be everywhere he is.

    Simone is different than Roscoe. She’s much more outgoing, she’s strong-willed, and she’s got a backbone. I liked Simone, I did, but it took me a while for her to grow on me. I didn’t have that immediate love for her like I did for Roscoe. Maybe it’s because I was feeling a little protective of dear Roscoe, I’m not sure. I was so worried about the deception aspect of the story, but thankfully, it all worked out in the end.

    Roscoe and Simone’s story is a little bit friends to lovers, a little bit unrequited love, and a lot of steamy romance. I honestly was not expecting Roscoe’s book to be so, well, HOT, but it was a nice surprise!

    As always, Penny Reid’s words are smart, her writing is brilliant, and her stories are unique. After reading

    , I’m even more excited for Billy’s book! Like, I don’t even know what Penny is going to do with that one, but I can’t wait to find out! In conclusion: If you haven’t read these Winston Brother’s books, you need to! They are all so special in their own way (and so is Ashley, of course!) Don’t miss out!

  • Sabrina

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    Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors because I find her books to be unique, but in a subtle way. They aren't just fluffy romance, not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you're reading a book from Ms. Reid they make you stop and think. She brings in real life issues in small ways that don't distract from the story but still make you pause and reflect on them.

    And not only are her stories unlike any others that I've read, but

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    Excerpt and Giveaway

    Penny Reid is one of my favorite authors because I find her books to be unique, but in a subtle way. They aren't just fluffy romance, not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you're reading a book from Ms. Reid they make you stop and think. She brings in real life issues in small ways that don't distract from the story but still make you pause and reflect on them.

    And not only are her stories unlike any others that I've read, but her characters are always very different from the norm as well. I love that these books aren't afraid to touch on sensitive subject and that the characters have personalities most authors don't write about. It makes the already great stories even better.

    was just as brilliant as the rest of the series and follows Roscoe Winston, the very of this bunch, and his childhood best friend who turned in to his worst memory. I can't say he was as strange as his siblings, but he still had his quirks that I found endearing. Getting to see inside his mind a little really helped me understand him and I felt a great deal of sympathy for him. Not in a pitying type of way, but in a way that his struggles made me want to give him a big hug.

    Then we have Simone Payton, the aforementioned best friend. She was dealing with a difficult task and I was rooting her on the whole time to figure it out. I easily connected with her since her emotions were so vivid on these pages and I couldn't help but get sucked in to her world. She's also the character that brought in those real life instances and it made me feel so passionate about things that don't always affect me. I finished the book over a day ago and I'm still thinking about her character, which I find amazing.

    Overall, I found this book to be the usual Penny Reid awesomeness so of course if gets a big recommend from me. I don't personally think this could be read as a standalone so I would say to read the rest of the series before starting this one.

  • Manju

    Ms. Reid is one of my favorite author. I read books from her Knitting in the City series and I long for a group friends like she has given us in those stories. I read Winston Brothers and I long for a family like the Winstons. the characters she has created in her stories are so passionately in love with everyone else and the devotion, respect they show each other just makes me go "awwwww" every time i read her books. it's easy to fall in love with them. but sadly, I am disappointed in this book

    Ms. Reid is one of my favorite author. I read books from her Knitting in the City series and I long for a group friends like she has given us in those stories. I read Winston Brothers and I long for a family like the Winstons. the characters she has created in her stories are so passionately in love with everyone else and the devotion, respect they show each other just makes me go "awwwww" every time i read her books. it's easy to fall in love with them. but sadly, I am disappointed in this book and it's predecessor, Beard in Mind.

    Story of Roscoe, the youngest Winston brother, and Simone, the childhood sweetheart. He is a vet and she is an undercover FBI agent. there are so many misunderstanding, secrets, and heart burns between them that I wanted to shake both of them at times and talk some sense in their thick heads, specially Roscoe. For me the romance part of the book was meh, and the side plot in my opinion was much better, and what kept me turning pages.

    Just one request Ms Ried, don't mess Billy's book like this.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

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    Before I even begin, let me say that when it comes to a new Penny Reid release, my reaction has been and most likely will always be . . . .

    I adore her stuff. It’s funny, it’s sexy, the dudes are fantasy bangbots and the women

    , but instead are successful, independent and diverse. She writes ‘em skinny, she writes ‘em heavy, famous worldwide and famous only thanks to a certain banana cake – she’s even written a female lead on th

    Find all of my reviews at:

    Before I even begin, let me say that when it comes to a new Penny Reid release, my reaction has been and most likely will always be . . . .

    I adore her stuff. It’s funny, it’s sexy, the dudes are fantasy bangbots and the women

    , but instead are successful, independent and diverse. She writes ‘em skinny, she writes ‘em heavy, famous worldwide and famous only thanks to a certain banana cake – she’s even written a female lead on the spectrum. All that being said, it really didn’t surprise me much that Reid chose to write about a mixed-race couple this time around. What did surprise me?????

    What a freakin’ snoozefest!

    And aside from the fact that it was dull as crap, I’m not going to pussyfoot around the other issues I had with it so if you’re easy to take offense, it’s probably time to get scootin’.

    I realize that I’m not a person who needs a “sensitivity reader” to go through a story before I take a gander at it, but I also understand others are and certain authors are willing to oblige in order to not offend their fanbase. That being said, if you’re going to water down potentially awesome characters (seriously, she’s undercover FBI – he’s supposedly a veterinarian, but since he was never even in the G.D. town he lived in there wasn’t a lot of puppy kisses going around) into this bowl of milk toast then I’d prefer it just to never happen. Also? You know what makes the ethnically diverse bestseller movement so great? Not so much that the characters are diverse, but that the AUTHORS are as well.

    This was supposed to be a fluffy romance. I’m pretty sure most readers of smut just want to sit around in PJ pants and get our sploosh on while visions of nekkid Jason Mamoa dance through our heads. If I want to read well-written fictional takes on current social issues I’ll seek out Jason Reynolds or Angie Thomas, thank you very much.

    I’m going to give you a specific example here of how this went off the rails for me (again, because I picked up a ROMANCE book, not something deep) – if you don’t agree with my take so be it, this is MY space for MY opinion and Imma give it.

    So the leading lady gets pulled over by a blatantly racist cop for driving while black. She pulls into Roscoe’s (splooshy bearded bro this go ‘round) sister’s driveway – sister comes out and schools the disgusting manbearpig on being a vile human. Simone (female lead) then proceeds to dress down the sister for speaking on her behalf and taking away her opportunity to be her own voice, etc. etc. DON’T START CLUTCHING YOUR PEARLS. Stay with me here because I get the point that was trying to be made. The problem I have is then the sister tells the entire family about what happened and so the next time (because OF COURSE THERE’S A NEXT TIME with this uggo cop) it is Roscoe there and he gently nudges Simone until she realizes he’s going to let her do the talking. Thanks for sticking with me, I’m almost at my point. Okay, so WHY DIDN’T THAT SECOND SCENARIO HAPPEN FIRST???? It would have been sooooooo much more effective (because remember, this is a “one that got away” trope so these two have been kismet since they were tiny little children and also he remembers errrrrythang (which I’ll get to here in a second maybe) so he should know how she would want to react/want him to react) if Simone had explained to everyone how much it meant to be her own voice AFTER she got to be her own voice. Instead it came off all preachy and awful because if this person TRULY thought they were going to potentially be shot would they really get on a soapbox instead of just saying “thanks for making sure I’m not dead” and then deal with the P.C. shit later???

    Which leads me to my other problem – that just so happens to be the exact opposite of the above – NOT ADDRESSING THINGS AT ALL. First, Roscoe has an eidetic memory and while the presentation of such is about as subtle as a skunk in your bed, it’s not confirmed until nearly the end. Why? For suspense??? If so, MAJOR FAIL because dead horse was dead like 17% into the mah fah. And second, comments are made throughout the book about Simone not seeing how beautiful she is. I was DYING for an “a-ha moment” when it was disclosed that . . . .

    Seriously. I would have loved for Simone to be a dark-skinned girl. Just like I’d love for a “plus size” girl to be larger than a fucking size 12. But it never happened. So was Simone darker skinned? Did she just have low self esteem? Was her face all scarred up from a knife fight? WTF?!?!?!?! Did she really and truly just not care because she was so badass????? I need answers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Okay not really, but it would have been nice to have an answer.)

    It sucks that this missed the mark so hard for me. But again, don’t get it twisted because I’m already in line for the book we’ve all been waiting for – BILLY’s . . . .

    ^For serious. Doooooooooooooooooo it.

    Who else has only been able to picture Krieger ever since the title of this book was released???

    Just me?

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