Friday, April 25, 2014

Finding Serenity (Seeking Serenity #2) by Eden Butler with Giveaway, Excerpt & 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.

Finding Serenity - Excerpt
“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.”

*My Review*
5 stars
I loved that Mollie was a fighter and tough, fiesty and spunky and told it how she thought it was. She's an amazing girl. Vaughn had caught her eye in the first book Chasing Serenity, so if you want to know how this whole things starts, go back and read that first, then Behind The Pitch. It helps you grasp the story more fully,in my opinion. Not only that, but then you know who everyone is to whom. 
I loved this story about Mollie and Vaughn. They both are under the misconception that they don't deserve much, because of things that have happened to them separately in the past. They both deserve so much. I loved getting to know Mollie an all about her past. I seriously wanted to reach out and slap the hell out of her Mother for the way she treated Mollie. What a bitch! I'm glad that Mollie had made such good friends with Autumn, Sayo and Layla when they were kids after Mollie had to move in with her Mother. I would love to live in Cavanagh, that place sounds awesome. 
 Vaughn is dealing with his own battles, mentally, when his sister asks him to keep an eye out for Mollie. The last thing he's got on is mind is falling for Mollie, but the heart wants what the heart wants. It only makes things more difficult for him when he does start caring for Mollie and both his sister and Mollie's dad warn him off. He tries, he really does. Mollie wants him though, and makes it very clear that she does. I loved how Mollie called Vaughn, Semper Fi, that made me laugh. Vaughn's job is to keep Mollie safe and he's determined to do so. When things go sideways, and they both get hurt, will Vaughn be able to move past it? Will he let Mollie go and punish himself forever? 
Eden once again pulls me into the story and never lets go. I love her characters, and still read Declan's parts with an Irish accent in my head. I love that. The story lines are excellent and life-like. I can't wait for more in this series, because I really enjoy sitting down and spending time with them and learning more about them. They're chosen family, and I really enjoy that too. 

*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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