Wow! These Beard books just keep getting better and better!
As much as I love the Winston Brothers, I really didn’t think anyone could top Cletus. I seriously love Cletus. Beau didn’t top Cletus but, while reading Beard in Mind, he sure jumped into second place. There’s something so sweet about him! Since I love Cletus I obviously usually go for the grumpy sort of guy, but I have to hand it to the genuinely kind heroes too. He was the perfect partner for Shelly. His level of acceptance, taking people for exactly what they are, was exactly what she needed. Her pragmatism was also exactly what he needed. She was able to protect him when his kindness was being preyed upon, which easily happens to those who are instinctually helpful.
I would not cheat myself out of the possibility of her, of us, of hope and happiness. I refused to expect or anticipate misery.
Actually, elaborating on that, Shelly and Beau were perfectly balanced in many ways. While they had their love of mechanics, and many shared interests, their personalities were strong in places the other was weak. I think it’s what made their romance so strong. Shelly came into Beau’s life at just the right moment, just as he was losing his twin brother and needed someone to keep his feet anchored to the ground. Even if she didn’t realize it, she supported Beau just as much as he supported her.
Duane and Beau were my second favorite part of Beard in Mind. When we were reading Truth and Beard I didn’t really get a feel for what kind of relationship the twins had, other than they were twins with personalities that were night and day. Thankfully that was rectified in Beard in Mind, when Beau had to come to terms with Duane’s leaving town. When they finally talked to each other they both had me tearing up.
I think that’s part of what makes this series so much fun. It’s not just about each individual romance. It’s also about this family. It’s about how they support and care about each other. It’s adorable.
I’m now caught up, and I can’t wait for more!