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on July 30th, 2018
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Hunches, horse races, and heartbreak
Ten 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 needs is another memory of Simone.
Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .
Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.
But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .
Dr. Strange Beard is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a stand-alone, and is the fifth book in the USA TODAY bestselling Winston Brothers series.
I was provided a review copy by Author; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
❝Heartbreak, that hopeless, empty, all-encompassing sensation, dimming and numbing everything but the focus of your desire and the pain of the unobtainable, hit me in the chest and stomach. A one-two sucker punch, I almost grunted at the impact.❞
I’ve wanted Roscoe’s book since this series began. He’s been this sexy, mysterious, and endearing character who always stood off to the side never appearing to get fully involved. And now, we know why. Roscoe remembers every encounter with people, in exact detail, the good and the bad. So the less involved he is with others, the fewer memories there are to develop.
He and Simone had been friends since they were young children. They were inseparable through high school until Roscoe abruptly stopped having anything to do with Simone. Both went their separate ways after high school; he became veterinarian working in Nashville and she went to work in DC for the FBI. Confused and hurt, Simone never understood why Roscoe dropped out of her life for the last 10 years. When Simone is asked to do field work in Green Valley, she quickly learns Roscoe won’t be easy to ignore even while he’s avoiding her.
It took me a bit to get into the story. The beginning was slow for me. Also, there were characters introduced or talked about that I had no memory of. I didn’t know if these were new characters or ones from previous books. I was lost sometimes because of this and wondered if it was because it’s been awhile since I read the series? Regardless, once the story got going and Roscoe and Simone came to terms with their past, started enjoying the present and planning the future, I was invested. AND, Penny Reid, wrote THE BEST phone sex scene!!!
Dr. Strange Beard is a slow-burn, second-chance romance, with a swoon-worthy hero and a badass heroine.