When The Chips Are Down by Beth Rinyu Reivew


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

Stars: 4.5
Reviewed by: Michelle

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 The Three Of A Kind Series

Expected Publication: 2015

This book was a pretty great read for me. I read this book in one day!!! Some of the things that went on in this book had me laughing!I thought the book was really good. I liked the storyline of this book.
But, I also thought there was a lot going on. There was way too many characters pov’s. There was just so many.
I was bouncing around back and forth.
We had Melanie and Ben/Brandon story
Carrie and Jason
Gia and Daniel/Cam(??)
And all the drama with Paul and Kiera.
It was a lot.

Melanie and Ben.
Hmmmm…. I wasn’t really feeling Ben. I kind of warmed up to him…towards the end of the story. He just always seemed to be cold and impersonal.
And Melanie was such a funny person. She had me laughing through out this whole book! OMG! The bathroom scene was so funny!
I didn’t like how she was hiding her relationship with Ben. I thought that was a little over the top. Her girls were 17… Not little kids anymore.
And… I hated the way Melanie acted with Brandon the teacher….it was kind of ridiculous. Who acts like that at 38! That was really unbelievable.

The whole Carrie and Jason “friendship”.
Carrie and Jason friendship/relationship was so confusing. They kissed all the time… Liked each other… But put the breaks on everything else.
I understand… You don’t want to loose the connection you have with your best friend if things don’t work out. But… I felt he should have taken the leap. Why let time pass… When you just know that person is the one?

Boy… She was just a handful! She was a very angry teenager. She made a lot of mistakes. Got into a lot of trouble… But… Seemed to come around towards the end of the book.
I wonder what roll Cam will play in her life as she gets older. I have my suspicions. Hope I’m right.
Daniel… Her friend… I still have a feeling his character will play a big roll in her life.
The whole mess with Paul and Kiera…(School bullies) just seemed like to much for me.

Overall… I liked this book A LOT! I can’t wait to read book 2 in this series.

*ARC Provided by author for an honest review*

About this author

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned Lesson, An Unplanned Life and Drowning In Love, A Cry for Hope. and A Will To Change.

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me – yes, even if you don’t like it!


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