Friday, July 1, 2016


TITLE: Beyond the Pine
AUTHOR: Kate Benson
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2016



***This book contains adult content and is intended for mature readers***

Watch and pray that you may not enter temptation…

What if in one moment, you find out your life—your entire existence was a lie?

When rogue, nomad biker Asher Reed finds himself on the side of the road injured from an accident, he assumes he’s taken his final ride. Waking days later in an infirmary located within a secret, religious compound, his first impulse is to run. His church had always been the road, and he, the last man who should be among the faithful. When his raven-haired caretaker appears, his instincts and everything he once believed in diminishes, leaving only temptation.

The spirit indeed is willing…

Riley Chapman had long ago resigned herself to a life of order, reverence, and duty. Her coveted role as assistant to the Reverend should be enough to keep her happy, content with her life. Her whole life she wondered about what was on the other side of the tree line she’d always been told would keep her safe.

What if she wasn’t safe anymore?

But the flesh is weak.

When a chance encounter pulls Asher and Riley together and temptation is too much to resist, how can they keep their dangerous secret? In a place where secrets are sins and the trustworthy can’t be trusted, who will they turn to in search of salvation?

Beyond the Pine is a dark, multi-POV standalone romance that will have you gasping, swooning and on the edge of your seat.

 Available Now! 99c on Amazon release weekend (July 1-3)




Amazon/Goodreads rating: 5/5
In Patti's Imagination rating: 9.6/10

What a whirlwind! There is so much about this suspenseful tale that pushes all the right buttons for me. I can't say it enough, that, as far as I'm concerned, characters are everything in a story. If an author can make me feel, can induce love or hate for at least one character, then I'm usually sold. When more than one character inspires a reaction in me, then it would take some substantial displeasure about the rest of the book for me to give it less than three stars. I can't think of many times when that has happened, honestly. And in this case, we have another book which hits a bunch of other high notes.

Let's start with the setting - not only is it vivid, but it's fresh and interesting. I won't say much more, because that's another bit which appeals in this book, the unfolding of what you know or think you do. This author knows how to weave suspense, and she gets better at it all the time. For a while, I lived in the world of Riley and Asher, was enveloped by their love, and it kept me engaged to the end.

My only negative, and really, it's not enough to dock any points on a 5-point scale, was a little bit of editing. For me, it doesn't matter as much. The story was so engaging, I can overlook any imperfections. But, if you're going to be a negative nelly about that stuff, then walk away before you start, so that you don't diss a great story over your personal pet peeves. No matter what, this book would never deserve less than three stars. Period. A great story is just that, and this is a fantastic story. If you've never read Kate Benson before, this standalone is an excellent place to start. I can't wait for whatever she writes next.



Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband, their two dogs and two cats. 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.

Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.

To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.


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