Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid
5 BUTTER MELTING STARS
You know how when you finish a wonderful book and you just sit and revel in all the beauty you just read? Well, that’s what I have been doing for the last couple of days.
Emotionally deep, Beauty and The Mustache, pulled at my heart so many times. Before I realized what had hit me I was crying; either because of heartrending moments, or heart-melting sweet ones, this book had me FEELING! I love when I become emotionally invested in both the story and the characters. Penny Reid delivered strong, intelligent characters within a solidly built, emotionally and intellectually deep plot. It was the perfect blend of funny, sweet, happy, sad, intellectually challenging (yes, I needed a dictionary sometimes) and sexy!
Being from the Midwest, and having had a grandmother from Tennessee, I felt at home reading quotes like, “Bless her heart” – I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard that in my life. Ashley’s mother-Bethany’s “wisdom’s”, were like my grandmother whispering in my ear and made the book genuinely real for me. “Happiness and rheumatism keep getting bigger if you tell people about them.”
Drew Runous— local Game Warden, was a man. A 6-foot-four inch, Viking marauder of a man. All broad-shouldered, solid abs of steal, he was “Scottish highlander, Viking conqueror, bodice-ripper historical romance kind of handsome.” He was an intellectual, sensitive, kind, caring, man. He was a lover of poetry and Nietzsche. But, Drew was also guarded and afraid to be vulnerable. Having been burned his fair share of times by important people in his life – women included, he struggled with intimacy, feared it even.
“Not all women are bad, you know. We’re not all viperous bloodsuckers. There are some good ones…like Ashley. She’s a good one. You might have noticed: the outside matches the inside.”
Ashley Winston — a pediatric ICU nurse, and former beauty queen, was beautiful; she had thick, dark hair and bright, blue eyes. A lover of reading romance novels and poetry, she was NOT a lover of Nietzsche. She too feared intimacy and feared allowing men in her life. Because men had not proved themselves to be trustworthy, kind, nor gentle with her, she was determined to keep them at arm’s length. All they saw was the beauty on the outside. ”Pretty face, nice piece of ass, low class accent. That’s what I was.”
“Men are so clueless, self-centered, and undeserving, each a bland replica of the other. They’re motivated by sex, sports, hunting, cars, and food. If they can’t screw it, cheer for it, shoot it, drive it, or consume it, then it might as well be a diva cup or a maxi pad.”
The two meet when Ashley goes home to find out why her mother after 8 years of daily conversation, suddenly stops contacting her. While they instantly find each other attractive the slow development of their relationship and appreciation of each other is so swoon-worthy and romantic you can’t help but root for the two of them!
“I would never hurt her, not through action, deed, or word. I long to soothe her, pet her, hold her fears, burden her sorrows, be the instrument of her ecstasy. I am her safe place and she is mine. I need her.
This story is about family, love, loss and acceptance. It’s about being willing to be vulnerable and risk your heart. It’s about giving yourself to others and expecting nothing in return.
Of course, the ever wonderful knitting crew was present. They shared invaluable wisdom with Ashley in her time of need. It helped her through her most troublesome times.
Drew is smokin’ hot, got a head full of brains, doesn’t bother much with chit-chat, and will be coming by DAILY. But he’s also pushy and entitled, and he rubs me the wrong way.”
Elizabeth muttered under her breath, “If you let him, I think he’ll gladly rub you the right way.”
I have to mention the Epilogue…it was fantastic! Beyond words, I was blown away with how different it was from the entire book. Reid’s ability to switch voice was powerful and effective and now I want DREW’S POV! Please!
Reid captured my heart with this one, and I can’t wait to read about the brother’s.
Arc graciously given by author in exchange for honest review