Thursday, April 24, 2014

Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Finding Serenity by Eden Butler

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.

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.”

★★★★★ stars

You know you read a book by an author, you connect with it, and love it?  Well it's happened three times for me with books by Eden Butler.  Just when I thought she couldn't surprise me or make me admire her more, she does.  Finding Serenity is a book I blew through in one sitting.  I mean from the very first page she drew me in.  I fell in love with Mollie in that first chapter and I think I loved her more than Vaughn.  Mollie is not so big in size, but her attitude is huge.  She's her daddy's girl alright, tough and independent to boot. I also loved Mollie's ability to accept things.  I don't think I could be anywhere near as rational or calm as she was.  

When something from the past comes to haunt Mollie, she's alright until it starts affecting her family, not the ones related to her by blood, but the ones she's chosen and the ones that have chosen her as theirs.  I can honestly tell you, Mollie is one lucky girl for all that she had.  When you read the book, you'll find out why I say that.  Some of her family members need to not only be neutered but a lobotomy might help improve their dispositions if you get my drift.

Vaughn was just yummy.  I didn't get his initial blowing hot and cold when it came to Mollie, but when she needed him, he was there.  I also loved how he stepped up for her in a number of situations when he knew she wouldn't be happy with it.  I also loved how he fought his attraction for Mollie with everything, trying to be honorable.

Basically, this book knocked it out of the park.  I got all the feels; I laughed, cried, went, "Awww," cheered, giggled, and had to fan myself when things got hot.  This second book in the Seeking Serenity series may have just become my favorite.  Of course I'll always love fecking Declan and Autumn, but this book is seriously bad-ass.  (Please pardon my French.)

*I bought my copy of this book on release day and my review is based on that alone.*

*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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  1. Mollie and her huge attitude and how she drew you into the story sounds like a character that I could appreciate and love to read about

    1. Mollie is so strong mentally you can't help but like her. If you like strong female characters I'd highly recommend you check out this book. The series so far has featured strong women who have overcome much to find themselves and happiness,

  2. This looks really good! I just entered the giveaway. I hope I win!!

    1. Lol. Thanks Jackie, it's REALLY good! Good luck! :)



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