Saturday, May 2, 2015

When the Chips are Down (Three of a Kind #1) by Beth Rinyu

Melanie Hanson's life didn't go quite the way she had planned. 
Her cheating ex-husband traded her in for a newer model and she’s in over her head dealing 
with the drama that comes along with raising her twin teenage daughters.

The last thing she is looking for or needs in her life is a man - or is it?

Ben Wilder is the boy that Melanie loved to hate throughout high school, the boy that all the girls loved and the boy that didn't give Melanie the time of day, unless it was to tease her. When she runs into him once again she realizes...he’s not a boy anymore. Older and wiser, she’s determined not to fall for her secret crush from all those years ago. But sometimes our heart has different plans than our head. Will she finally get her happily ever after with the man she least expected to have it with?

Take a humorous journey with Melanie and her daughters as their lives begin to parallel and they discover that although they may be separated by a generation their struggles are still the same.

This book was a breath of fresh air. Corny saying, I know, but it’s true. I read this book without having a synopsis. Why? Because when Beth Rinyu asks me to read her book, I drop whatever I’m doing and read her book!!!

That being said, I was unaware this story was told in the pov of 3 women. Pleasantly surprised, this turned out to be the story of a woman and her twin teenage daughters and the intertwining web they weave as a family.

Melanie, Gia and Carrie, each struggle with everyday problems: love, friendship, sex, life after divorce, secrets, fears, broken hearts and so much more.

Their journey is sweet, endearing, emotional, and laugh out loud funny.

Melanie is struggling to live life for herself after being cheated on and left for a younger woman. She’s a busy working mother who doesn't find time to be what she is first and foremost…. a woman. A single, beautiful, intelligent woman. With a little push from her unorthodox BFF, she takes a chance on some much needed fun.
Cue a couple of hot men, a bubble bath and a glass of wine.... wait a minute, it's not that kind of story! Or is it??!! There's definitely some hot going on and his name is Ben Wilder!

Carrie is the smart one. She doesn't have time for boys or games. She loves her family and has a good head on her shoulders. Mamma’s girl.

Gia is the outgoing one. She spunky and rebellious. Dancing is her favorite thing in the world. Daddy’s girl.

This is essentially three stories in one. You never know what’ll happen next with these three.
Some of their struggles are tough and real. Beth tackles real everyday problems teenagers and parents face, always with a positive message and leaving you with a smile on your face.

Although this installment involves all three women, When the Chips are Down begins and ends with Melanie. I'm excited to continue on with the next two books and read what the future has in store for Carrie and Gia.


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