Book Reviews, Favorite Authors, Penny Reid, Romance  |  07.29.2020

Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid (Book Review)

☆☆☆☆ (4 Stars)

Gah, so I absolutely love the Winston Brothers series, and I think all fans that were hit with the amazing and emotional ending of Beard Necessities were ecstatic to learn that Penny Reid would start a new spinoff series featuring the amazing couple that is Cletus and Jenn.

Returning to this world is so comforting and definitely such a soothing experience in these very weird times we’re living in. Having said that, first I don’t recommend this to people who haven’t read Beard Science (Cletus and Jenn’s original book), and I don’t think that this book series managed to capture yet the same heart and soul of its predecessor.

It was still a lovely read and I enjoyed the cozy mystery aspect. The whodunit parts were interesting, funny, and well written – and they kept me guessing. I think that this mixture of action/adventure/mystery with romance is something that Penny Reid has always managed to be very successful at.

What was missing for me was the romance. Can a book about two people that already are in a relationship be slow burn? I didn’t think it could, but Engagement & Espionage went out of its way to keep Cletus and Jenn apart and I didn’t really understand why. Ok, real life happens and people are busy, but I missed their undeniable connection and constant banter as they still had some issues to iron out.

I think this will improve as this series progresses, especially with the super ”slap in your face title” that will be the upcoming book Marriage and Murder. But it was still a delight to be back in Green Valley and to enjoy a little bit more of this amazing world.

Thank you so much Socia Butterfly PR and Penny Reid for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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