Penny Reid’s books have been highly recommended to me from romance readers that I trust. Unfortunately, this may be one of those authors that I just can’t get into.
I don’t know what to think of this book? Maybe Penny Reid’s writing is just not for me. I mean, it’s written well, but I don’t exactly love the romance in Truth or Beard. And as much as I love punny titles, this could not make up my underwhelming reaction to this book. This may be an unpopular opinion to all the fans of this series.
This is my fourth Penny Reid book and the first one was a DNF. It may be because her overall writing style is not for me, plus her books are a bit of a slow-burn. And you know how I am with slow-burn romance.
Don’t get me wrong, I have read slow-burn romances that I enjoyed but one thing that I noticed is that there doesn’t seem to be chemistry between the hero and heroine in the ones that I did not enjoy. But I digress.
I did enjoy reading Truth or Beard but I wasn’t blown away by it. After all the hype and multiple people recommending this book, I expected to be wowed, at least. Yes, it’s smart and funny and I laughed out loud at certain parts. But I just wasn’t wowed.
Truth or Beard has a very interesting plot! I really like unrequited romance and I loved that it was was the hero, Duane that was “running” after the heroine. I liked that they were enemies when they were kids and I liked the initial build-up to their romance.
What really got me, though was the part when Jess and Duane finally acknowledged their feelings with each other. This was the part where it got really slow to me. This was the part where it dragged. I didn’t like how their romance and hooking-up was dragged for a few chapters. In fact, that turned me off and I didn’t feel Duane and Jess’ chemistry.
I’m not sure if I will continue reading this series and I’m also not sure if I will be reading any more Penny Reid books. I mean, this is the fourth book that I read by her and I was never wowed by all of the books.
I even picked up the audiobook to help me finish this book. While I liked both narrators, this couldn’t make me love this book. Unfortunately.
There are just those authors that don’t work for you, and it does look like Penny Reid is one of mine.
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Is there a popular author whose writing style is just not for you?