Available July 25th 2017
By Stella James
Genres: Romantic Comedy
My Rating: 5
Publication: July 25th 2017
Read: July 17th 2017
POV: First-person single perspective
My name is Poppy Kramer and I am in a rut of epic proportions…
I used to pride myself on being the epitome of an accomplished, independent woman. I had a thriving business, a handsome fiancé and the delusional belief that everything was picture perfect. Happily ever after was on the horizon and my horse was saddled up and ready to go.
Fast forward approximately 365 days later and my seemingly perfect existence has morphed into a state of severe self-pity, sprinkled with the bitter dust of apathy and an assortment of processed snack foods.
Cue “the proposition”….My friend Kyle needs a girlfriend. I need to hit the restart button and end my self-imposed exile into craptown. An all-expense paid trip to Hawaii seems like a good way to start.
And that’s when things begin to get just a tad complicated….
The Beard is a contemporary standalone romantic comedy. This is not an erotic romance but contains adult content and language and is recommended for 18+. Included in The Beard are two short stories, The Book and The Bet.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 Stars to The Beard by Stella James.
This book was a delightful surprise. Meaning, I didn’t expect to laugh as much as I did. There were some outrageous and fun moments that even gave me secondhand embarrassment which I absolutely loved. It was commented by my daughter that I had a goofy grin on my face when I was reading. This book was so much fun to read. The characters were lovable, relatable, real and had absolutely NO filters when they opened their mouths to speak.
As you know from reading the blurb, Poppy has been living in self-pity thanks to an a-hole ex fiancé. She just exists daily in a routine of work, then self-pity (ice cream and her sofa). Poppy’s elf-esteem took a hit and she didn’t know how to pick herself back up.
But with the help of an amazing cast of characters, encouragement, and determination to find herself again, Poppy will find a new perspective. And perhaps a new love.
What follows can only be described as an amazing story, well-written with real life situations. There is a bit of angst but a whole lot of fun. I just want to say how much I loved Poppy and her sisters. The majority of the secondary characters were charming and likable and in no way perfect. But they were real. Oh, I have to mention the scene descriptions. They were well described causing me to want to hop on a plane to Hawaii.
An aspect of this story that I really enjoyed was my connection to Poppy. She was honest and relatable. Sadly I don’t have all the characters aspects that Poppy does, especially the fact that she loves cleaning, lol, but there were many things she said and did that I totally would have done the same way.
The Beard is short and pretty clean as far as descriptive sex goes. However there was good tension. Truthfully I was so entertained by the story, that my focus was engaged on Poppy and her circumstances rather than whether or not she was having sex. I truly hope Stella James writes more Romantic Comedies in the future. I would love to read more!
I recommend this short, sweet, fun and engaging read. You won’t be disappointed. Add this to your TBRs.
This is my honest and unbiased review.
I have been known to dabble in whatever strikes my fancy at the time. Candle making, scarf knitting, gardening, the list is endless but I always come back to writing.