Thursday Afternoon By Beth Rinyu Release Blitz

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I’m just your typical working girl who never mixes business with pleasure. Although some may say my business is all about pleasure. For the past four years, I’ve allowed my profession to define me, distancing myself from family, friends and most of all love. Hating the reflection I see staring back at me in the mirror, I muddle through each day with my heart sealed off like a tomb, until two strangers enter my life.

One teaching me the true meaning of friendship.

The other teaching me the true meaning of love. 

She’s everything I’m not. 

Humble, loving, and devoting her life to others.

We’re an unlikely duo who are polar opposites, but at the same time so alike.

Never in a million years could I be friends with someone like her…until I was.

Then there’s him.

He’s my Thursday afternoon client.

Just like all the others: handsome, rich and charming…yet so very different.

Trying to overcome a painful past, he seeks out my services as a refuge, only to find that we’re opening our hearts to each other in ways that neither of us could’ve imagined.

I could never fall in love with someone like him…until I did. 

And now I’m finding myself longing for it to be Thursday afternoon all week long.

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This book was not what I was expecting. It was kind of an emotional read! I had some tears in my for everything Aubree was going through. She was definitely at a crossroads in her life. She was holding a lot in. She blamed herself for a lot of thing that were beyond her control. And the way she coped with it may have worked for her in the beginning was starting to crumble for her towards the end. She felt so helpless all the time. And I think that was her her biggest downfall. And one of my biggest struggles with her for me with her character.

Aubree was a very complicated women. She came from a family that I felt gave her everything she wanted and needed. but didn’t give her the emotional support that she craved. She grew up thinking her father wanted nothing to do with her because of the death of her mother. That shaped her to be the person she is today. She left the house at a very young age. She latched on to a woman she thought was a mother figure to her and started a life that she could make up here own rules. But in doing that. She lost the most important people to her… her family.

I had mixed feelings with Aubree. I didn’t always agree with her reasoning as to why she did the things she did. But she had a big heart and she really went out of her way to help people. Hannah being one of those people.

I absolutely loved Hannah’s character in this book! She was such an unlikely friend to Aubree. They were total opposites. But they had the strongest bond. And they understood each other. Hannah helped Aubree step out in a way Aubree never thought she could have. She let her into her world and was finally able to share her struggles. Aubree was so used to hiding her pain about her life. But Hanna helped Aubree… she was truly a good person.

“Every time it snows its a new opportunity to experience that beauty once again. Just because that snow gets trampled on and dirty doesn’t mean we’ll never see the pureness in it once more. Life is all about second chances. We’re given them all the time.”

I really liked Simon’s character. He wasn’t the typical client Aubree was use to. Simon went into the whole escort world with a no strings attached emotion. But once he spent more time with Aubree he wanted more. They connect on every level. He really accepted her lifestyle. And still wanted more from her. Aubree had a hard time believing a guy like him would be truly interested in a girl like her with all her baggage and no judgement.

“Each new-fallen snow is a second chance to get it right. Thank you for giving me the chance to prove not only to you, but to myself that I’m more than who I once was.”

Simon welcomed Aubree into his world no questions asked. (Which to me was a little unbelievable) I wanted just a little bit of drama or questioning about it. I mean… when Jack Simon’s son was introduced to Aubree. It was really like nothing. They only knew each other a short while and he just trusted her whole heartedly. I’m mean… given how they met… I think just a little judgement should have been made. Especially with your child.
But, I really loved how Simon was always building up Aubree. He was constantly telling and showing her that she was a good person.

I had a couple of little issue with this book. And it was when Aubree became a nanny. I know she was trying to make a new life for herself. But, it was a little boring. We get an inside view of the day to day life of what it’s like to be a nanny. I just needed something to happen. We went from escort to nanny. And it came kind of out of left field. Simon went from sexy Thursday afternoon to workaholic dad. It was a big mind switch. Yes things change. I just wish we had more sexual tension between them. Maybe some slip-ups. Just to keep the sexual momentum going.

Then we have Aubree constant negativity. It was really putting me in a mood. I was becoming aggravated with her. I wanted her to finally see the light and fight for what she wanted. In my opinion… we don’t get that. We see her doing the noble thing. But… she still doubts herself. It was hard to read.

And I felt towards the end of this book. It all felt a bit rushed. I really wished we had gotten Simons POV on some of the situation that went on in this book. I would have liked to known what was going through his head.

And the whole Margo thing. Yes we find out what happens to her at the end. I just wished for a little something more. Maybe Aubree could have helped with that. Since she was such a big part in Aubree’s life. A little poetic justice!

Overall… I did enjoy this book. I couldn’t stop reading it. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn’t have to stop so many time because of my kids!… huh… summer! lol

I wold love to read more about these characters in a little novella about Hannah!!!

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“You’re my new-fallen snow, Simon.”
He stared down at me in confusion.
My thumbs skimmed the sides of his face, with the glow of the moon providing just enough light to make out his perfect features. “Each new-fallen snow is a second chance to get it right. Thank you for giving me the chance to prove not only to you, but to myself that I’m more than who I once was.”
“You’re so much more.” His voice was low and hoarse. “God, I didn’t think it was possible to want you any more than I already did, but you never cease to amaze me.”
A Right To Remain 
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He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain.
She had a right to remain silent about hers.

For better or for worse. 
Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead.
Time apart was what we both needed.
What I didn’t expect in that time was her.
The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I. She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us.
I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back.
Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality.
And then he entered my life.
Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life.
But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel… I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?
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.
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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