TITLE: Catching Serenity (Seeking Serenity Book 4)
AUTHOR: Eden Butler
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
BLOG TOUR: April 1 - 9
It began with a look. Just one, thrown my way. A mad, dizzying rush of desire cracking across the patio, bouncing around my friends, ignoring everything but the heat bubbling between his eyes and mine. That’s when Quinn O’Malley came into my life. We were inevitable. We were senseless. He wrecked me. He saved me. I still haven’t recovered. Sayo McIntyre didn’t want the complications that came with Quinn O’Malley. But life doesn’t care what we want. It gives us what we need. CATCHING SERENITY is the last full-length novel in the Serenity Series.
This is a multi-media novel with illustrations from RN Laing. Trigger warnings: real damn life.
I've been lucky enough to be along for the tours for every book in this series, and I have to say that Sayo and Quinn were definitely my most anticipated. Perhaps it was that these two seemed to be the most mysterious of the group, the ones who seemingly separated theirselves from the rest, even while being ones of the gang. Maybe it's that they're the two who were the most broken. I'm not really sure. But whatever it was, it made me yearn for their story so much more.
That said, Eden definitely did not disappoint when she finally gave it to us. This book is so much different than the others of the series- that really has to be said. The tone is 100% different. There are much darker things going on and the subject matter is a heck of a lot more bleak than the what the other couples dealt with. And, Eden handled it beautifully. She was able to fully capture and convey both the pain and beauty that these two experienced when going through Rhea's illness and ultimate death. To have to experience such a tragic thing during their early adult years, it broke my heart for them. Rhea wasn't just a cousin to Sayo, or a kid to Quinn. She was more like a sister, a hero, even a savior. She brought them together, and ultimately bound them with a love so strong that neither had any hope of escape.
As much as I loved this book, it also killed me. It's the end of the story for these guys. The last of the series. We've watched these couples meet, grow, fall in love and finally build their lives together. So, it's incredibly hard for me to say goodbye to them. While I'm proud to see them all go off into the sunset in each of their own directions, making lives of their own- I still teared up to see it happen. This series is what made me fall in love with Eden's writing, and has meant so very much to me. It's been an honor and a privilege to read and review each one. And I'm happy to give Catching Serenity a blinding 5 stars!!!
CATCHING SERENITY EXCERPT
“Sayo.” It isn’t a question. It’s not a demand. Somewhere in the middle, something in his tone, there is truth. It reaches across the room, keeps me rooted in place. He’d warned me before, admitted he’d take and give and would offer no apologies. But in this tone of his is something that sounds an awful lot like need, a lot like possession. I should walk away. No looks back. No second thoughts. Just leave him, leave this warehouse and forget that he ever touched me. “Sayo,” he says again and this time that voice is closer. He’d moved like a whisper across the room and I hadn’t noticed. Two steps more and Quinn is behind me. Three more and he rushes forward, forcing me to the wall, bracing myself with my palms flat. “Quinn…” “No,” he says, leaning against me so I can’t move. “No, love, you stay still and answer a question for me.” “Back off.” He does, only to slip his hand to my chest, to slide his fingers under my bra and cup my breasts. “You’re so hot and cold with me, I never know who you’ll be when you come to me.” Moving my head, I catch Quinn’s gaze over my shoulder. “You never give yourself to me, O’Malley. Never.” He shifts, withdraws his hands to twist me around by the hips, not leaving much room between us, still holding me to the wall. “You might not like what you see in the real me. I don’t much like him myself…” If I thought he’d continue his awkward interrogation, I was wrong. His grip lessens, his body relaxing into mine and suddenly he moves his forehead against mine, breath hot over my face, smelling of warm beer. “You want him? The blonde? You want to be rid of me, Sayo?” “Quinn…” I try, wishing he didn’t smell quite so good. Wishing that I didn’t remember how much I love the way his arms wrap around me, how the stubble from his face tickles my chest when he rubs it there. I wish I knew how to walk away, to take what had happened between us for the lesson it was. I wish I didn’t want him so badly. “Quinn…” I try again but he stands too close, feels too close and then our defenses weaken, they crumble and his mouth is on mine, his hands, mine, are everywhere, insisting, skilled, aching. Bodies molding together. Skin to skin, no room for regret. There is only this sensation. This man. This moment. Quinn touches me, takes me to floor, barely shoving my jeans off, hardly moving his pants down his hips before he hovers over me, sliding his hard dick against me. “You don’t want this anymore?” he asks, his breath shaking, his hands sure as he guides himself over my pussy. “Can you walk away from this, love?” He slips inside me in one fluid thrust and I gasp, gripping hold of his shoulders as he kisses up my neck. “Because I damn well can’t.” Words flit into my mind, defenses that are likely logical, seem reasonable, but I don’t speak them. Not with how well Quinn touches me, how he treats my body like a playground he’s only just discovered. He is deep inside me, and I’m not sure how to be rid of him. I’m not sure I want to be. But Quinn is a man of few promises. As much as I crave this, he is a wild card I’m not sure I want to play.
Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Fantasy, Mystery and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, 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.