REVIEW: Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid

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 habit of looking at her too long and too often.

Sienna has successfully navigated the labyrinth of Hollywood heart-throbs. But can she traverse the tenuous trails of Tennessee without losing her head? Or worse, her heart?”

Funny, inspiring and witty

There are so many things I loved about this book, I’m going to list a few here:
1. Not to judge someone for his/her past: Sienna, and everyone else, could has been scared about some of the stories about Jethro , but she embraced it and understood he’d changed. I loved this book for that.
2. The importance of self acceptance: We see this not only in Jethro attitude about his past and the way he hurt his family and friends, but also in Sienna’s posture about her career and her fame. She accepts she’s not the skinniest nor the most beautiful of all, and she’s fine with it. In fact, she’s more than fine with it – she embrace her position as a chubby Latina with a funny perspective of the world.
3. We should only care about what our love ones think, but no one else: Sienna doesn’t mind people calling her fat and then, she doesn’t mind what everyone’s going to think about her relationship with Jethro. She even defended it from her sister (which wasn’t my favorite character on the book – too pushy and judgmental for my taste). Same with Jethro, he doesn’t care what other people think about his past actions, only his family and then Sienna.
4. Women empowerment: Sienna believes in new opportunity for all kinds of women in this world and she defends it in her statements and in her scripts.

Then, there’s the way the story is written that just caught me from the beginning. There isn’t unnecessary issues between Sienna and Jethro and every obstacle they faced it together, the way people in love should.

So, is safe to say I fell in love with the Winston brothers again! Their loyalty, their civility, their sensitive side and the way they see the world! I can’t way to read Cleutus book now! 

Great job, Penny!

Trish 🗯


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