Penny Reid's Winston series
ALERT: THIS IS ADULT FICTION
The beginnings of each seemed a little slow, but I will tell you why: we live in a fast-track life and we expect everything to start off with a bang. What I've come to learn in life is, instant gratification isn't long term satisfaction. So stop complaining if a book isn't action-packed on the first page.
Back to the review.
Reid simply amazes me. How in the world did she manage to write so much quality work in such little time?
The stories center around six brothers, one book for each brother, although there are exceptions. Cletus and his lady friend have three books centering around them (I mean, yeah! They are my favorites, even if Billy and his girl come screeching in hot second). Speaking of Billy, he has two books, one a background story of him and his girl, because they have history. That history only builds on the emotions for the present-day story.
Rosco and Dwayne's books are tied in third. They are different sides of the same coin and I cannot love one without loving the other.
Jethro is next, because there is so much character in his book with all the individuals there.
Finally, there is Beau (Dwayne's twin). He's in fifth place. Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with his story, not a thing. I just feel like I never got to know him and his lady quite as in depth as the other brothers.
Wait, hat's not true - I actually know his lady from another of Reid's series, but my case still stands. I wish Beau had another book to really spice up my knowledge of him.
Throughout the books, the so-called bad guys is a motorcycle gang known as the Iron Wraiths. As someone who loved Sons of Anarchy, I'd say Reid did a fairly good job at summing up the callousness found in such clubs. At one point, I felt that it was getting old - like they were an enemy that just wouldn't die out! In the end, ... well... You'll see. No spoilers. I'll simply say, she tied it up nicely.
You'll recall, I stated this is adult fiction. It is. There is rough language and graphic love scenes that will make your knees weak. I listened to all of these on audiobook, because I'm a housekeeper with a need to keep my mind busy.
Then you say, wait, aren't you a Christian? And you listen to stuff like this? Doesn't that go against your religion?
I look at it this way, there are so many married women who struggle with ... ahem... Pleasure in the bedroom. What Reid did was tastefully depict ways a woman and a man can find pleasure in one another. It's not one night stands. These relationships built something fruitful. So if a helpless young married woman finds it difficult to ask for advice, she can read this and learn what she likes, and then she can share it with her husband and they can both benefit from it.
Again, however, I don't recommend for kids. Let children remain innocent for a while longer.
Now, I've read Reid's other series, but I chose this one to review, because it's my favorite. There is nothing fantastical about it, but that is fine. I needed a little break from fantasy anyway.
For the final review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I've listened to these books multiple times while working. The audiobooks are exceptionally good, so if you haven't had time to sit down and read, give the audiobooks a chance!
That sums up this month's review, next month I'm diving into a fantasy steampunk series, but I won't tell you which one yet. So stay tuned, ya bookworm. 📚🐛