Title: Claiming Serenity (Seeking Serenity, #3)
Author: Eden Butler
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 22, 2014
She left glitter in his AC vents. He put green dye in her conditioner.
She buttered his bathroom floor, and he kidnapped her precious puppy.
Layla Mullens hates Donovan Donley. His crude language, his wide shoulders, his crystal blue eyes…she hates that she can’t stop herself…from kissing him or landing in his bed.
And Donovan Donley wants nothing more than to knock Layla off her princess pedestal. He hates her stuck up attitude and her soft, tempting lips. He especially hates that her father is his coach.
But he’s fine with their arrangement—act horrible to each other during the day, attack each other naked at night. It works.
But one night changes everything. When Layla doesn’t show, and Donovan’s cold bed stays empty, the lies he tells himself to keep Layla out of his mind aren’t enough to keep him from missing her. And needing her. Something he promised himself would never happen.
The white flags in their prank war have been lowered but their high stakes battle has just begun.
MY REVIEW FOR CLAIMING SERENITY:
That's it- Eden has done it. She has officially bested herself with me. Claiming Serenity is BY FAR, my most favorite of all of her works!! I have faithfully followed this amazing series since day one, and was anticipating no one's story, more than Donovan and Layla. Because, I knew. I knew that once it was out there- it was going to be explosive. Dynamic. Complete and utter wonderment. I was not wrong.
This book- oh holy crap. The chemistry, the hate, but most of all- the love. It blew me away. I felt myself chanting silently for these two so hard, because I could not stomach the thought that they wouldn't be together. They were destined- there was just no other way to say it. As hard as those two fought to stay apart over the years, was a drop in the bucket to how hard they had to fight to stay together. And these two certainly had more than their fair share of obstacles to overcome---- more than any other couple in their "clan". The fact that they were able to do so, to pull out of their own internal struggles- it made their HEA so much sweeter.
As huge a fan as I am of this series, I just don't know how Eden can top this one, even though I know Sayo's story is going to rock my core. I can just feel it. Eden is such an amazing writer, I highly recommend her works to EVERYONE, because I have yet to find anything that I haven't completely adored. This is a special lady that we have in our midst- a true talent among the masses. Kudos, my dear, this one was out of this world---- 5 freaking huge stars!!!!!
“You’re disgusting,” she told him, but her voice carried no venom.
“And you’re a complete and utter bitch.”
She wanted to hit him. She wanted to kiss him. She wanted Donovan to do something, anything but glare at her the way he was. And then, before she could think which she wanted more, Layla got her wish.
His mouth was controlling, consuming, teeth against her bottom lip, opening her up to the invasion of his tongue. It was warm, thick and she felt it all over her body, with every thrust of his mouth on hers, with how tight his fingers pulled and squeezed her ass. Donovan wasn’t gentle, wasn’t sweet. This wasn’t a kiss that was meant to be tender. This was a full bodied, take control kiss and Layla had no idea why she wasn’t resisting, why she liked it so much. But she didn’t resist, and she did like it, so much. Too damn much.
She moved her hand, curling her fingers into his t-shirt, let a low, soft moan work up her throat and she didn’t think about how much she hated him, how surely, kissing Donovan should repulse her, that the idea of Donovan doing anything remotely sexual had always repulsed her—hadn’t it? —but his tongue battled against hers, obliterating her thought. Caught in the fray, Donovan pushed his hands into Layla’s ass and that deliciously hard erection pressed against her. Layla was lost.
For a moment.
Her thoughts were warring, scattered telling her how stupid she was being, reminding her that she had a backbone, that she hated, hated Donovan and no matter how incredible his mouth and hands felt, she could pull away from him. Any minute now.
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. Please send help.
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