Yet another wonderful book by Eden Butler, as were the first two that I read from her. This is book 2 in her Seeking Serenity series. The first, Chasing Serenity, and book 1.5, Behind the Pitch, were both 5 star reads for me!! I have yet to post my reviews for those, but hope to do so soon. Either way, note that they both were wonderful!!
This book is Mollie and Vaughn's story..........
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.
This book, seemed to have a lot more heat in it than the first ones, which I loved. It seemed more of a contemporary romance than a YA novel. Not that there is anything wrong with YA, but after a while, they all seem the same to me. Finding Serenity was a welcome breath of fresh air!! I loved it. And the chemistry between Mollie and Vaughn-- off the charts!!
There was also plenty of angst for those of you that just need to have that in your books, as the road to Mollie and Vaughn's HEA was not a smooth one by any means. There were times that I wanted to choke both of them for not being able to get over their own fears and just go for what they wanted.
“Right. Enough of the G.I. Joe bullshit.” She looksat 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.”
See what I mean by the chemistry??? These two were just bound to get to where they needed to be, it just took a hell of a long time to get there. The love the two of them found in each other was so pure and true, it almost hurt your heart to experience it. Both of them thinking that they weren't good enough for the other, only to finally realize that they were perfect together, it was amazing.
I can easily say that I am now a fan of Eden Butler's and will be continuing this series, as well as any other works from her, as she seems to be an awesome author. I look forward to her future works.
A definite 5 stars from this Book Junkie!!
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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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