Sienna Diaz is a plus-sized Latina comedic actress, known as America’s sweetheart. She’s also a movie writer, and she stars in her own films. She’s won an Oscar, and she’s at the top of her game. In Tennessee to film her next movie, she’s enjoying a rare moment to herself, in her rental car, on her way to the friend’s cabin she’s borrowing, when she realizes she’s lost. She’s having a bit of a meltdown when she’s rescued by a handsome park ranger. Jethro Winston is big, bearded and has no idea who Sienna is. That alone is enough to peak her interest. It’s a rare experience for her not to have someone falling all over her, asking for her autograph and picture. Afraid to tell him who she is and then have him look at her differently, she tells him she’s a writer and doesn’t correct him when he misheard her say her name as “Sarah”.

I enjoyed the first book in the Winston Brothers series, but I loved, loved, loved this one. I adored Jethro, and I liked Sienna a lot. Jethro was strong and didn’t take crap from anyone. As the oldest Winston brother, he takes his responsibilities seriously. Jethro had a less than savory past, and even though he’s turned his life around, he worried about how that would affect Sienna’s image. Sienna was funny, and I really liked her growth as a character. It was great to see her finally stand up to her sister and I liked how she handled the other actor at the London premiere. I also liked how once these two characters committed to each other, they didn’t waver.

This was my first experience with an Audible book. It was a real treat to hear the characters acted out. Chris Brinkley read Jethro’s parts, and he has the sexiest voice. He made me believe he WAS Jethro. His voice is very soothing and smooth. His Southern accent was soft and sweet. Cielo Camargo was Sienna, and she was also excellent and believable. I am a huge reader and I never thought I’d enjoy an audiobook, but I did. I’ve already purchased the third book in the series in Audible format. I can’t wait to hear it. I highly recommend this one.

8 thoughts on “Donna Reads: Grin & Beard It (Winston Brothers Book 2) by Penny Reid

  1. I didn’t think I would enjoy the audiobooks much. Now? I go through my two credits a month so quickly – I am that person who is always ordering extras. And purchasing any books that are a decent price. I love listening to them. I can’t believe I didn’t think I would enjoy it at some point!

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    1. I loved the guy reading that part! His voice was so sexy! Who knew it would be so much fun? It brought the story to life for me.

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      1. If you’re like me, once you really get into them, you start choosing books based on narrators you like – they make a huge difference in the story.

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      2. I’ve already got the next one in the series, and it’s the same guy narrator. I’m curious if he’ll change it up any. It’s a series about brothers, and he made his voice a bit different when he voiced this character in the one I just finished.

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      3. I just picked up the second in a series with the same narrator – I don’t think I usually notice if there are any differences, but I just finished the previous book so it may be noticeable this time around.

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  2. Bun Karyudo says:

    That’s interesting. I’d never even thought of listening to an audio book before. I have no idea if I’d like them or not. I’d be intrigued to give one a try sometime, though.

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    1. Everyone tells me it depends on the narrator. I guess that makes sense. Some people have a gift for reading with great inflection; others would be dull. The one I just listened to was a female reader, and it was odd when she lowered her voice to “act” out the male parts. She also changed her tone/accent to do other women in the story. She messed it up a couple times and used the wrong voice. That threw me off.

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      1. Bun Karyudo says:

        I’m not sure I’d like the woman you mentioned, but with the right narrator – man or woman – I’ll bet it can be pretty effective.

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