Review and Giveaway: Drowning in Love: Beth Rinyu

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Mia Taylor has a huge heart, but just how much pain can one heart endure? Mia was living the picture perfect life, engaged to her high school sweetheart and working at her dream job at an upscale salon in New York City. She had it all. Until the day her past, present and future were taken away, leaving her to face the world scared and alone. Trying to pick up the pieces of her broken life, while mourning the devastating loss of her fiancé she just goes through the motions as an empty shell.

Enter Travis Montgomery, Olympic swimmer and totally gorgeous. He has several medals under his belt and just as many women. Mia is well aware of his womanizing reputation and refuses to be his next conquest, but finds herself coming alive again whenever she’s around him. They agree to be “just friends,” quickly finding that they are unable to fight the attraction between them. Mia’s life becomes complete once again with Travis in it; but nothing good lasts forever, at least not in Mia’s world. Torn apart by an ugly secret, Mia’s heart is broken once again.

When the unthinkable happens and Travis needs Mia the most, she must reach deep inside to find forgiveness for the one man who will always hold the key to her shattered heart. But will doing so only break it further; this time beyond repair?

Other books by Beth Rinyu:
The Exception to the Rule: Goodreads/Amazon / B&N
An Unplanned Lesson:  Goodreads/Amazon/B&N/Kim's 4 star review
An Unplanned Life: Goodreads coming Late 2013/early 2014

Mia had the fairy tale life with her fiance Eric. But some fairy tales take a bad turn and they do not get the happy ending.

It was so reflective of my life. I had never been happier. Until that day it had all changed, one year ago, and the sunny world that I had been living in became filled with clouds. 

Mia is a sassy, independent, smart, and beautiful woman that has just been going through the motions and not really living after suffering a loss. One day, she meets a rude, inconsiderate jerk who humiliates her. But Travis was just having a bad day. He really  is a charismatic, sexy, Olympic swimmer, and businessman. All the women want a piece of him and he had a reputation of being a womanizer. When Travis sees the opportunity to redeem himself in Mia's eyes, he takes it. And soon he is pursuing her and enjoying spending time with her. But Mia is determined not to be one of his many conquests and just offers friendship. But the closer they get, the harder it is maintain.

She was the complete package; she was beautiful, funny, and had a great personality. I laughed to myself, remembering how she referred to herself as ordinary. She was far from it; in fact, she was the most extraordinary girl I had ever met.

But I see more to him than a beautiful face, a perfect body, and gold medalist. I really like the person he is inside...

Their friendship turns into a sweet, beautiful love story. But Travis has a secret that could rip them apart. And he has people in his life that will not hesitate to hurt them. And little did they know what other situations would lie ahead and test their relationship to the extreme. And even when promises are made, sometimes they are not easy to keep. 

"Mia, I promise, you will never lose me. You are my girl forever."

Mia had such strength and determination despite everything she went through. She is genuine, loyal, and has a giving spirit. And Travis is so much more under the surface than he even thought he could be. But he was not used to having so much to lose. Together they had the potential to bring out the best in each other, but at times could also bring out the worst. And their lives were not easy and could change in an instant. 

Sometimes life isn't fair and takes us in a direction that we least expect. But as long as the outcome is sweet, it makes all of the heartache and roadblocks that we have to endure worthwhile.

This book had love, passion, pain and heartbreak. Their story was at times effortless and inspiring,  and at others complicated, difficult, and painful. I adored Mia and Travis. I liked them as individuals and together. I always felts like despite everything, they were meant to be together. This book made me laugh, made me happy, frustrated me, and brought tears to my eyes. It was not a short love story that took place in a weeks time. It was a complete story that spanned years and a multitude of emotions, decisions, and difficult situations. But it made a powerful statement for grabbing onto those that you love and not letting life pass you by. 

I felt like I really got to know these characters and understood their decisions even if they did not always make me happy. I also loved the side characters especially her flamboyant, best friend and confidante Juan . All of their families and friends were important and provided needed  support, humor, and background to the story. 

This was a beautifully written book by Beth Rinyu with likable, deep characters, surprising twists, emotional situations, and a good message. And thankfully no cliffhanger! I was so glad she gave us both Mia and Travis' points of view and an epilogue. I feel like I went through a complete and fulfilling journey that encompassed so many emotions and I felt every one of them. 

Thanks to Beth Rinyu for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Graphic from Beth Rinyu's Facebook page. 

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 and Drowning In Love (releasing July 2013) I am currently working on a sequel to An Unplanned Lesson....stay tuned!

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage stepson, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy - but we'll keep that between us, I don't want him getting a big head! 

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!

Giveaway! Two ecopies of An Unplanned Lesson and  2 ecopies of The Exception To The Rule 

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