Release Launch and Giveaway: Easy Silence: Beth Rinyu

Easy Silence
Beth Rinyu
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They say you never forget your first love. No matter how many more come along or how much time goes by, there will always be that one person who will be forever embedded deep inside your heart and soul. For me, that was Jaxson Callahan.

We were complete opposites. I was a senator’s daughter. My parents were always too busy keeping up appearances on the political scene to show me love, so instead they bought my affection.

He was the son of a woman who allowed men to use and abuse her as well as him, just for her next fix.

We became each other’s solace during that summer we met, creating a lifetime of memories in three short months. I provided him with a sense of hope that there was more than just the harsh reality of the life he had grown accustomed to, and he showed me a genuine love that I had been yearning for my entire life. We vowed to be together forever. I loved him and he loved me…. and nothing would keep us apart.

Nothing except the secrets that were hiding in that small seaside town.

Secrets that altered our destiny. We were never given any warning as we watched our future shake, crumble and disappear altogether, leaving us with nothing but memories of a bittersweet past.

Life can be beautiful. 

Life can be kind.

And, life can be heartless…..because nothing about our situation was fair.

“So, did you have a good birthday?” I asked.
“It’s just another day. Nothing special about it. I’d just as soon forget the day I was born.”
“Why are you so hard on yourself?” I second guessed myself for asking as the words spewed from my mouth.
“You just wouldn’t understand, Samantha.”
My whole life I hated being called that name, but hearing him say it was kind of nice. It was as if it was his and his name only for me. I was his Samantha, and he was my Jaxson.
“Maybe I could try. I’m a pretty good listener.”
He took another sip of his lemonade and placed it on the table. “I really have to go.” He stood up and looked down at the ground.
“I’m sorry. I – I didn’t’ mean to pry,” I said, standing up beside him. “It’s just, sometimes it helps to express how you’re feeling, and I’m –” He took me completely off guard when he grabbed my face in his hands, pulled me toward him, and placed a warm gentle kiss on my lips before smoothly slipping his tongue into my mouth. I was speechless as I pulled in my bottom lip still wanting to taste more of him when the kiss was over.
“You wanted me to express myself,” he whispered. “Well, that’s what I’ve been feeling from the time I walked up on this porch. I wanted to see if your lips felt as soft as they look. I wanted to get as close to you as I possibly could and breathe in your perfume that drives me crazy. And, maybe for one second of my life, I wanted to feel like I was worthy of someone like you. That’s how I was feeling, Samantha.”
Wow! I was left speechless, emotionally spent, but very impressed with Beth Rinyu's unique latest novel.

This is a story about an angry, embittered, judgmental young man a who turns into an unlikely savior for a lonely Senator's daughter while she spends the summer at her Grandmother's beach house. What starts out with sarcastic, antagonistic exchanges, gradually turns to tolerance , then a quiet appreciation, understanding and attraction.

They are from two different worlds with vastly different outlooks, personalities and backgrounds. But they connect strongly and begin to see under the layers to the person underneath. 

Jaxson is a loner, somewhat odd, unfiltered, angry and rude. He is the bad boy from an undesirable environment that is drowning in darkness from his past. But as we get to know him more, we can see his vulnerability. He is a lost, confused, and broken boy and no one ever really tried to help put the pieces back together. He has never really felt love or happiness. I loved seeing him slowly open up and seeing deeper into his hidden layers. Sam becomes a calming influence over him. He is still really rough around the edges and struggles with lack of self worth, but she could see his good heart.

Samantha is sweet, kind, loving, and devoted to those she cares about. But she has been forced to conform all her life to the standards and expectations of others. She is lonely and feels isolated and ignored in many ways. Jax provides her with a more of a sense of her true self versus society's standards. And he was actually there for here when she needed someone.

This is a poignant, heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of true love, healing, and hope. At the same time my heart broke for these characters, I was also enthralled by their intense connection. They were broken and damaged  in ways due to no fault of their own, but had to live with the consequences. But their bond was truly pure and powerful. I was impressed by the strength and resilience of both Jax and Sam. I hated to see their struggles, but I loved seeing their growth and changes and the impact they had on each other.

The supporting characters all had important roles to play in the story whether it be to provide much needed information, add drama and conflict, or be the antagonists that caused pain. Even the beach setting was almost a character in itself. 

This book was full of mysteries, secrets, and lies that were very gradually revealed throughout. I love guessing and  trying to figure things out before they are fully explained. I loved how the story was not all that it seemed and there were unexpected twists and elements that added to the complexity.  It kept me guessing, thinking, and hoping. This left me emotionally drained, but strangely in a good way. It was unique, captivating, moving, intriguing, and full of surprises. It touched me deeply and it brought tears to my eyes both in sadness and in the sheer beauty of it.

Sam and Jaxson will not easily be forgotten, nor will their breathtaking, powerful story. The ongoing inclusion of water and the sea mirroring the emotional currents of the characters added depth and more visual imagery to the story. There were important messages about  judgment, hope, the healing power of love, personal freedom, and living life to the fullest. I love that Beth Rinyu is not afraid to veer from the typical romance formulas and that she challenges herself to bring us compelling, original stories with surprising twists and emotional impact. I am still in a book hangover over this one.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Samantha Carmichael has always lived with the expectations of her politician father dictating her every move. But a summer spent with her ailing grandmother will change her outlook, and change her plans for the future.

Jaxson Callahan had a difficult life -- a mother who didn’t protect him from harm, a father who was a monster, and a community that expected the worse from him. It wasn’t until he met Samantha that he began to pull himself out of the dark head-space he lived in.

Here’s the trouble I had with this book. I spent the first part having a very hard time liking Jaxson, and wondering where Sam saw all the good she claimed to see in him. He is angry, closed-off, and hot and cold. His lack of consistent reactions around Samantha made it hard to know what he was really feeling, or how honest he was being when he proclaimed his love.

The setting was as important to the storyline as the characters themselves. This small seaside town hid both Sam and Jax’s family secrets. But the secrets that are revealed explained so much about both Sam and Jax, and once I knew all those secrets, I could do nothing but root for them to figure things out.

I loved the side characters who interacted with Sam and Jax. Pete and Bonnie were a safe haven for Jax and became a font of knowledge for Sam. Hadley had nothing but Sam’s best interest at heart, even when she was making snap judgements about Jax.

This story had some great twists that made it so different than anything else I’ve read in recent memory. It was heartwarming, and tragic, and a perfectly imperfect love story. It wasn’t an easy read, and it wasn’t always a happy read, but it was challenging in the best possible way, and those challenges made the reading that much more engrossing. I didn’t always like what I was reading, and my emotions ran down my face on several occasions, but it also made me think, made me feel, and made me hope.

I debated for several days as far as how to rate this. There were parts that I didn't like as I was reading them. But it wasn't the writing, it wasn't the characters,  and ultimately I had to admit that though it wasn't what I was expecting, it worked for the story, and it worked for these two. I finally decided that this book had made me think and question so much, and for so long after I finished reading, that I couldn't give it less than 5 stars.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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!

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