Feb 27 2017 2:00pm

Are Penny Reid’s Cletus and Jennifer the Best Couple in Romance?

Why Jennifer and Cletus deserve to win the title of 2017's Swoonworthiest Couple!

We're almost to the end of the Swoonies 2017 as our final round is prepared to launch on Monday. In honor of our EPIC Couples Battle, The Swoonies, we asked two of our bloggers to make their case for why their favorite pair should be crowned The Swoonworthiest Couple! In the final match, which is between Penny Reid's Cletus/Jennifer and J.D. Robb's Eve/Roarke, Jen Wattley is Team Cletus/Jennifer. Here she makes her case for why they should win the Swoonies 2017!

(Are you Team Eve/Roarke? Share your love for them here!)

Beard Science by Penny Reid

What makes them work?

Cletus and Jennifer are an odd, but beautiful pairing. When I started Penny Reid's Winston Brothers series, I didn't think it would be possible for Cletus to get his own book and to be such an utterly charming—albeit odd—hero. But he is! And Jennifer's quirks and the things that she hides behind—the makeup, the dresses, and the banana cakes—all truly compliment Cletus' own oddities. They're truly and deeply a sweet and loving pair.

What might be their undoing?

Cletus' need to always be in control puts him in an awkward situation with Jennifer. He ends up blackmailing Jennifer's horrible father, and takes a major decision out of Jennifer's hands. It leaves her feeling as vulnerable and as awful as her parents' treatment, and always spells their downfall.

Sexiest Scene:

The sexy-times in Beard Science don't happen right away—it's a delicious slow burn that builds and builds, and the wait...the wait is so worth it. 

My lungs burned and my veins throbbed with how badly I wanted her, this woman. My woman. 

Times like these, it was difficult not to take advantage. Times like these, my baser instincts fought to seize control pushing me to tease her, leveage the advantage of my experience until she begged me to ease and fill her ache.

I wanted every inch of her perfect body. As my control slipped, I convinced myself I needed it. I needed her, to possess her, to claime her. The need gripped and suffocated me...

“I love you,” she whispered as her hands slipped under my shirt.

What's the status of their HEA?

I love Penny Reid's epilogues so much, because we get to see where the brothers who've had their books (Duance, Jethro, and now Cletus) are with their entire family. Jenn and Cletus are totally and utterly happy and it makes my heart sing.

What will make them last?

Being honest and open with one another, and Cletus not trying to control every single thing, though I don't know if he'll be completely successful at not meddling with the people he loves. 

Go vote for Cletus/Jennifer in the final round of the Swoonies!


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Jen is the production associate for H&H, a musical theatre nerd, and Thai food enthusiast. Tweet her or follow her on Tumblr.

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1. wsl0612
Exactly! I vote with you Jen! They are the most wonderful couple :-)
Jen Wattley
2. JenWattley
@wsl0612-- they really, really are. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance and didn't automatically dimiss it because of Cletus. He might be my favorite Winston brother so much.
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