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When The Chips Are Down

When The Chips Are Down

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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


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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CreateSpace Publishing
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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When The Chips Are Down 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Book_worms77 More than 1 year ago
When the Chips are Down is book #1 in the Three of a Kind series I gave this book 5 stars. This is Melanie's story. I honestly picked this book to read because I loved the cover.. I needed a much needed break from all the drama and chaos of my life. I found it in this book. It was perfect. This book is not what I expected. It was so much more. Melanie is a daughter, a mom, a best friend. She had her life planned out, it just didn't turn out the way she expected it to. This is her story. It is funny, and sweet. It is heartbreaking and caring. It is real. Gia and Carrie are her twin daughters. You will get to know them and fall in love with them. You will be rooting for all three of these women by the time you get to the end of this book. I couldn't put this book down .. It was a page turner and kept me wanting more. I am so thankful that I have book 2 already to start reading Carrie's story.. Thank you for an amazing novel.. I cannot wait to read what you have coming out in the future
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
When The Chips Are Down, Beth Rinyu Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Well, sometimes you want a book that has older leads, no teen/twenties angst, but people with a little more experience of life. This book delivers that in a romance that’s at times cynical, at times laugh out loud funny and at times so very sad....Him Indoors kept saying “must be funny, you’re smiling again” and there were some fab humorous moments in it. Its written in first person from Melanie and her daughters Cassie and Gia, in alternating chapters. That worked well for me, as I do like to see how the characters think, and often what one person perceives is far from what was intended and this alternating POV lets us see the truth. Melanie, she’s going through what so many people do – divorce, feeling old against the new, younger wife, feeling life is hard trying to get over her ex, bring up teens, balance work and home life and somewhere along the line trying to have her own social life. Her friend Jodi was fantastic, a great support and so funny. Then there’s Ben, back in town and her bête noir from school many years back. At first there’s a lot of friction, but there’s still that simmering attraction he had for her and soon they are – well, Ben won’t call it dating, won’t label their relationship, won’t call her his girlfriend and it leaves Melanie wondering if she’s just a booty call, and if she’s happy with that. The sex though – better than her ex many times over so as per Jodi’s advice for now she goes with the flow. When I see what her teens are going through, the bullying, and how cruel kids can be I’m glad I went to single sex school (n and the bullying there was bad enough!) ...poor kids, thankfully my own didn’t have those problems when at school. Being a teen is stressful, with hormones and exams, and for Gia and Cassie coping with divorce, their dads remarriage and new child, and to have someone pick on you as poor Gia did is a nightmare. I felt for Melanie too – what can parents realistically do? You want to protect your kids but sometimes life ties our hands, and it just makes things worse if we intervene. Thankfully Gia had Cassie as a huge support. I loved the way Cassie got together with Jason for tutoring, and saw that people aren’t always the stereotypes perceived. It taught them both a good life lesson. The dating mix up – where Melanie is hiding she’s dating Ben...at times that seemed a bit overdone, but given all that had happened I could understand why she tried to keep quiet about it – secrets always come out though and in the worst way. Poor Melanie gets a double whammy on that front. Mexico ;-) – that was a real nightmare for her, but its a small world and things like that do happen. I loved the sex convo she has with mum, the Eye Doctor stuff, yep, need for brain bleach for her, but I aspire to be like her mum when i get old(er)!! If you’re looking for a romance that’s full of fun too, where the characters feel real, the plots are those we’re all familiar with in life, and that has some heartbreak too this is your read ( with a HEA and it’s a stand alone – hurrah) Stars: Not quite a five, a good four and a half, a fun, realistic and heart tugging romance. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very easy to relate to the characters.
JenniferSons More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I'm a huge Beth Rinyu fan & this book just made me an even bigger fan! I totally related to the characters! Not to mention, the writing is fantastic! It's the perfect mixture of laughter, love, passion, anger, hate, animosity and it's not short of steamy situations. Not to mention, there's a hilarious bff. It touches on a lot of sensitive issues, one being bullying! Amazing book! The book is the 1st in a 3 book series. It's told in 3 POVs: Melanie(mom), Gia and Carrie(Twin teen daughters). It's been a VERY long time since I related & connected with a character so much. We have soooo much in common, a divorce & a teen daughter are just two! I LOL sooooo many times with Mel's dating antics & her bff's crude attitude! It's awesome! When Mel needs the assistance of a man, she gets a little more than what she bargained for! Tempers flare when the twins find out exactly who her secret crush really is! I love the daughters too! They are really polar opposite & both have totally different personalities! It was awesome to watch them grow & develop into much more mature young women! This book is full of young love & new love. Both that are so enjoyable to read able. Can Mel move on from her ex & get a second chance at life & love?? Can Carrie & Gia get past the stereotypical boys that everyone thinks they should be with? Will the bullies win? Find out with the first book of this series! It's truly awesome!