Saturday, April 26, 2014

Finding Serenity by Eden Butler- Blog Tour and Review!

Title: Finding Serenity (Seeking Serenity, #2)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: NA / Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 7, 2014
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Mollie Malone's mom skipped out on her. Her biker dad, always loose and easy with the law, still was able to make her feel loved, and to keep her safe. But thirteen years ago, when his luck finally ran out and he landed in prison, Mollie found herself a new family - a group of friends in the sleepy little college town of Cavanagh, Tennessee, where now they all attend the local university. These girls know about the rotten roots of her family tree but accept her anyway, and the bond between them is so strong and supportive that Mollie is finally able to see past graduation to a future that is bright and secure.

But sometimes the past doesn't stay buried.

Suddenly, inexplicably, there's a shadow behind every step Mollie takes. Someone is lurking in that shadow, threatening not only Mollie, but also the new family she has claimed for herself.

And it isn’t just the past that has Mollie’s life in upheaval. Hunky former Marine Vaughn Winchester - who Mollie really would like to get to know much better - thinks Mollie is just a kid; he's made it clear she wouldn't ever be able to understand the demons haunting him. But if that's what he believes, then why does he keep sticking his nose in her business? And if he thinks she’s such a kid, why does he keep trying to kiss her?

Vaughn’s mind games are frustrating, especially since Mollie knows enough about secrets to be convinced that there's something he isn’t telling her, something he's so far been able to keep hidden. But when that secret is revealed, Mollie is forced into a situation that tests her loyalty and threatens even her closest friendships - just when the shadow of her past returns, and she's going to need them the most.

My Review:
Finding Serenity (Seeking Serenity, #2)Finding Serenity by Eden Butler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mollie Malone has had things rough. She grew up in a house with her motorcycle club boss father until he was taken to prison. She went to live with her mother who made it clear that she didn't like Mollie because she was her father's daughter. Over the years, Mollie came to find a wonderful support system of friends who became her family. Things are going well until people start coming after her when word gets around that her father will be testifying against a powerful cartel. Vaughn Winchester is a former Marine who has been hired by his DA sister to keep Mollie safe. He has issues of his own, but everything becomes more complicated when it becomes clear that Mollie and Vaughn have a strong attraction to one another and that may prevent Vaughn from keeping her safe.

I love Mollie. I liked her when I read Seeking Serenity, but I like her even more now that I got to know her better. She is strong, honest, feisty and smart. She sees things for what they are and is loyal to her family and friends. Vaughn is a sexy guy with a whole lot of issues. Between his experiences while deployed and the intense tragedies he has faced in his personal life, there is a lot to deal with. Even though he tries to look out for Mollie's best interest, it is hard to see him do and say things that hurt her. That said, when they give in to their serious attraction to one another the sexy stuff is very sexy. I really wanted them to figure things out and give each other the relationship they both deserved. There is a lot of mystery, action, and excitement in this book and it was great to get to spend a little more time with the characters that I came to love from the first book and a half in the series. Declan remains the hot awesome man that I came to love in Seeking Serenity and Behind the Pitch, and I'm still pretty in love with that guy. I have enjoyed everything in this series so far, and I look forward to more. Perhaps a little something with more Layla and Donovan???

*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review

Finding Serenity - Excerpts

“Right. Enough of the G.I. Joe bullshit.” She looks at Declan, then to Donovan. “Take him down, boys.” And in an instant, both men have wrestled Vaughn to the ground flat on his back. He begins to fight them, to get their hands and arms away from him, but the pain must strike him fast; his winces and low curses tell Mollie that the pain is cresting.

When she straddles his waist, Vaughn’s protests slow to mild complaints. Around them, the players back off, giving Mollie room to work.

“Fine.” His voice is nothing more than a growl, “but if you’re going to do this be sure you get your knee in...”

“Hey, Semper Fi, shut it.” Mollie’s bare legs move along his ribs, dragging his shirt with them so that her smooth skin slides against his body. She rests her hands on the ground around his head, hovering just above him. There’s a small blink of time where she catches Vaughn’s eyes and they stare at each other, their breaths heating between their open mouths. “I know what I’m doing so can the instructions.” Vaughn wets his lips, eyes drifting down to her chest which is only millimeters from his mouth before he focuses back at her face. “This isn’t my first time.”

Despite the pain and the awkward tension building in front of their small audience, Vaughn manages a smile. “Well, will you be gentle?”

“No.” Mollie climbs onto Vaughn’s chest, lifting her knee just below the dislocated shoulder. Before she pushes her leg up, she leans down, catching a whiff of his sweat-slick skin to whisper just above his mouth. “Baby, I’m always good, but I ain’t never gentle.”
*Purchase books 1 & 1.5 of the Seeking Serenity series*
Chasing Serenity #1

Behind the Pitch #1.5

*About Eden*
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of New Adult Romance and SciFi and Fantasy novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. Her debut novel, a New Adult, Contemporary (no cliffie) Romance, “Chasing Serenity” launched in October 2013 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller. 

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. 

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. 

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