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When The Chips Are Down (Three Of A Kind Book 1) by [Rinyu, Beth]
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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.

*Book 1 of a 3 part series. Can be read as a stand-alone


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  • Language: English
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By monica TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 7 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
When The Chips Are Down

This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

It looked like a sweet romance, the cover was catchy and I was good to go, I was settled in for a nice little romance. Well let me tell you that this book delivered that and so much more. It is written in three different points of view, mom Melanie is recently divorced and raising two teenage daughters, the twins Gia and Carrie who provide the other POV. All I can say is this author definitely has a lot of talent to be able to tell a story both from the point of view of a recently divorced and cheated on who is ready to rejoin the sexually active to a pair of teenage twins who encounter everything from bullying, to beginning to drive, to boy crushes and failing grades.

I hated to see each chapter end as I was loosing my connection to the character focused in that chapter. The experiences that everyone had were extremely well written and oh so very lifelike. I found myself identifying with both the girls and then the mom. I watched as Melanie slowly got back her self esteem after finding her husband cheating on her and also cheered for the girls as they encountered one teenage drama after another. Even when mom and girls were fighting and either girl threatened to go and live with dad, I still cheered for them. I laughed, I was scared at times and I cried. This book made me experience it all.

I am certainly going to read the next segment in this trilogy. Can't wait for it to be out.
I would rate this story a 4/5 and recommend it to anyone who honestly just wants to read a good heartwarming story with some sweet romance thrown in.
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By Mellaz on March 14 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
When The Chips Are Down by Beth Rinyu

I really loved this latest book by Beth Rinyu! I thought it highly entertaining and found myself smiling throughout most of the book. Having said that, the book did touch on some very serious issues thus resulting in some heartbreaking moments. It really was perfectly balanced. The book was written in multiple points of view which I thought was perfect for this story! The personalities were just so great and I truly loved getting to know them - Ben, Melanie, Carrie, Gia and let's not forget Jodi! - were so damn likeable and easy to relate to that I honestly felt like I could just call them up for a quick chat! I loved this book and can't wait to read Gia & Carrie's books! I do not hesitate to recommend this fabulous read and give it 5 stars!
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HASH(0xa86b1738) out of 5 stars Totally LOVED this book!!!!! March 14 2015
By Tanya Turner/Sugar Shack Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When The Chips Are Down was such a fun read! From the prologue alone I loved it!!! I Instantly related to these characters, seeing myself and a few friends in them. Why can't these people be real? I would so be hanging out with them. Beth did an amazing job giving us three POV's. Melanie is a single Mom of two teenage daughters, Gia and Carrie. Each character brought an exceptional dynamic to the story. Surviving a cheating husband and raising twin teenage girls, Melanie is putting the pieces of her life back together. With the support of her crazy BFF Jodi, who I totally loved, she manages it all. Melanie is missing one piece to her life, a man. In walks hot and sexy Ben. I loved how their relationship flowed and what they came to mean to each other. There were a few bumps along the way, and we got to also see the trials and tribulations of being a teenager through the girls POV's. This was such a light and fun read, and I loved every second of it. If you literally want to laugh out loud, I highly recommend this book. Congratulations Beth on another 5 star read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86b178c) out of 5 stars The witty Beth Rinyu is at it again! March 20 2015
By Chelsea N - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Beth Rinyu has done it again! Another wonderfully written book with a story that will keep you turning page after page.

To begin, let me say-- thank you! I received an ARC of When the Chips are Down in exchange for an honest review. I am happy to read and review anything you write, Beth Rinyu!

This is the story of a divorced Mom who's found real love when she wasn't looking for it and who's raising two twin teenage girls with their own life and love struggles. This book is real life. That's one of my favorite things about it. There are so many romance novels out there that are FABULOUS, don't get me wrong- but realistic? Not so much. This is a book that could seriously be about you, your neighbor down the street, or that crazy best friend of yours.

I loved that this book looked at multiple parts of this family. There were so many good characters in this story. We've got the star of the show, Melanie, who is so easily relatable.

Then there's that jerk of an ex-husband who everyone loves to hate (let's just be honest here), along with his twenty-something-purchased-perky new bride.

Next comes Gia and Carrie, who are so different but so similar at the same time. I love that you get to read about their life, the struggles each one of them face as they go through those dreaded high school years, but also their hope for the future.

Then there's the boys.... we've got Jason, Daniel, and Cam.

Jason-- I mean, seriously? How could you not love him?

After Jason finally gets rid of that horrible girl he's been spending time with, he finally sees the light! He sees that he deserves WAY better and he won't settle for anything less. He's crazy about Carrie, sweet and kind, loving and honest. He even stands up for and protects Carrie's sister, just as strongly as he would Carrie-- how can you not love that?

Daniel comes into Gia's life right when she needs someone the most. Poor Gia. I hate high school kids. They can be so vicious. Gia falls victim to horrible bullying at school, just for doing something right and taking care of herself and her heart. Daniel is the light in the dark for her, the friend when she had none left.

Except for Cam. We didn't get to see much about Cam, which is probably my biggest regret for this book. What we did see, though? Love! I think Cam could be an exceptional character. I'm really hoping he plays a bigger role in the next books...

And, of course, we can't mention Cam without mentioning his mother. Ah! Everyone needs a Jodi in their life!! That one best friend who will drop everything and be there for you, with a shovel or whatever she needs to make you laugh or smile! Jodi is that friend.

Last, but most certainly not least is one particular brovarie! Enter, Ben. Ben Wilder-- fellow high school student that Smellanie loved to hate. Now, they are both grown up, both adults with children and relationships that didn't quite work out. Both have had some serious hurt in their life and are a little wary to move forward. As the months go on, Melanie develops from this angry, bitter divorcee who owns a Bridal salon to a woman who is looking forward to the future, a woman who believes in love again, and thinks she's found it with Ben. Ben just has to work through his past and try to come out on the other side towards Melanie...

Overall, I really enjoyed this book!! It was a 4- 4 1/2 star book for me! The only things keeping it from a 5 for me was: I wanted more Cam (I think Cam and Gia would be cute together!), I was left wanting with Carrie and Jason, and just wanted a little bit more to Melanie and Ben. Alas, I'm PRAYING one of those things will be remedied with Two of Hearts coming out this summer!!! Hurry up, summer!! Can't wait to read it :)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86b1bc4) out of 5 stars Amazing story! March 14 2015
By Kelly with Sugar Shack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am in love with this story. The humor was contagious and found myself laughing out loud right from the start. I wished Melanie and Jodi were my friends.

We meet single mother Melanie and her twin daughters, Carrie and Gia. I loved how Beth did POV from each of them. To know what each was feeling and thinking was a great addition to the story.

We follow the loves and trials that the 3 of them are going through. From their love lifes, to trouble at school. It was such a realistic story, that I can see myself going through in the future.

Beth has such a way of writing that it pulls you right into her story. The writing was amazing and is not like anything else out there.

I can not wait for the next story. I fell in love with Carrie and Jason's relationship. I would definitley recommend this book to everyone!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86b1f84) out of 5 stars Wonderful, Refreshing Read! 5 Stars Easy March 14 2015
By SunshineSee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When The Chips Are Down Is an absolutely amazing book!!
It was such a refreshing and fun read! Beth wrote a wonderful book of family and love. The three POVs were perfect and I really enjoyed reading it from all direction.
There are such wonderful characters in this book...
Melanie is an amazing woman; strong and sassy. I want Jodi as my best friend!! Ben, oh Ben! I'm in love.
The book flowed easily. I loved the banter between Mel and Ben. I laughed and smiled so much and there may have been (slight) tears.
This is definitely a top read for me. Once I started this book, I did not want to put it down and I'm sad it's come to an end.This book had everything and I can't recommend it enough! I can't wait to see what happens the next book with her daughters.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mellaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When The Chips Are Down by Beth Rinyu

I really loved this latest book by Beth Rinyu! I thought it highly entertaining and found myself smiling throughout most of the book. Having said that, the book did touch on some very serious issues thus resulting in some heartbreaking moments. It really was perfectly balanced. The book was written in multiple points of view which I thought was perfect for this story! The personalities were just so great and I truly loved getting to know them - Ben, Melanie, Carrie, Gia and let's not forget Jodi! - were so damn likeable and easy to relate to that I honestly felt like I could just call them up for a quick chat! I loved this book and can't wait to read Gia & Carrie's books! I do not hesitate to recommend this fabulous read and give it 5 stars!