Monday, May 30, 2016

Review - A right to remain by Beth Rinyu

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?

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

A Right to Remain is a bit different from Beth’s other work.  And that is not a bad thing at all. In fact I loved this book for all the reasons as to why it was different.  This one is a second chance love story for both characters so it is a beautiful love story that is also weaved in with mystery and suspense.  There is also a bit more angst than I am used to from Ms. Rinyu. 

Lacey was married to Aaron who was the love of her life.  He was this beautiful and amazing man who loved her and treasured her and was the perfect man.  He was her happily ever after that she always dreamed about.  Until one day it was all taken away from her and she no longer had the love of her life.  Aaron was gone and he was never coming back and Lacey was left trying to put the pieces of her heart back together and trying to get past the pain of losing him.  She had her happily but never got her ever after.  When she moved to a new state to take a new job in hopes of being able to move on she met Quinn.  And he was hurting just as much as she was.

Quinn is going through a really rough time right now.  When their marriage was tested in a very bad way, it started to crumble.    His wife whom he loved very much was having an affair.  She wanted to work it out but how can you work out a marriage when one spouse cannot or maybe does not want to let go of the other man in her life.  And the other spouse no longer trusts you.  Quinn needed space and moved out of their house.  He lives upstairs from his grandfather’s house that he now owns.  And his new tenant has just moved in.  He meets Lacey and at first he is not sure what to make of her and her stand-offish personality, until he gets to know her and learns of her heartbreaking story. 

Lacey and Quinn are both broken in their own way.  But together they learn to slowly heal and move on from the hurt.  To move on from their past and start to live again.  They never planned on falling for each other, but they did.  Lacey still has a tremendous amount of guilt that she is carrying for more than one reason.  Quinn just wants to love and protect Lacey.  But there seem to be so many obstacles in their way that you wonder how they will make it work?  When things get bad the both seem to run and aside from that driving me completely crazy, it also in a way made me sad for them.  They both had issues with trust and I totally understand why.  They both had fears that they needed to get through in order to move on.  They weren't looking for love and instead formed a beautiful friendship that unexpectedly turned into so much more.  They came into each other's life at the right time and were just perfect together. 

Beth Rinyu has once again created characters that I fell in love with.  I loved watching their friendship slowly build into something more.  I felt for both Quinn and Lacey and all that they both had gone through.  They had so many obstacles to overcome to get to their happily ever after.  Their past came back to cause trouble causing drama and suspense.  Which is what I loved.  this book was a little different than most of Ms. Rinyu's books because of the mystery and suspense but she did an amazing job with it.  She kept you on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next.  And the twists and turns in this book will completely surprise you.  I never saw it coming.  I loved the emotion that this book brought out and felt the connection with these two characters.  Another amazing job by Beth Rinyu.

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