“What do you want, Riley?” “To belong to you,” I admit shamelessly, returning his kiss as I slowly back into the empty stall behind us. “Even if, it’s just once, meant only for this moment, Asher. I want to be yours.”
I begin this review by saying Beyond the Pine is one of those rare, beautiful books that makes writing a review difficult. I’m not sure I have the adequate words to illustrate how moving, beautiful, and magical it truly is.
It’s a story about opposites…dark vs. light, good versus evil, tolerance vs. intolerance, and two characters who are polar opposites and come from two very different worlds. Riley is part of an isolated, religious community. Asher is the biker who never stays in one place too long until he literally crashes into Riley’s world. From their first meeting, there is a pull between the two. However, they aren’t supposed to be together, but that pull is unstoppable, despite their differences. Their love is a forbidden one as Riley’s life is determined for her by the reverend in charge of the community, and he rules his flock with an iron rod. People who defy him suffer. But, can he stop two lovers who seem destined by fate to be together? As they grow closer, lies and secrets will be exposed that will place both of them in danger.
This book is very different from the romances Benson usually writes, but you can’t compare them. They are equally awesome in their own unique ways. Readers who read this one will see just how much Benson has grown as a writer. Her descriptive writing engages all of your senses. I could clearly see the characters and the village. I could hear and feel the breezes blowing through the pines. I could feel the joy and pain of both Asher and Riley. In addition, the evil characters creeped me out and made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. At times, the book read like poetry which made it magical. I love when writers break out of their normal stories and write something completely different. Benson has done this flawlessly, and it just proves what a talented and versatile writer she has become.
She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.
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