Monday, April 7, 2014

Review - Chasing Serenity

Author: Eden Butler
Published: 15 December 2013
Genre: New Adult
Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

Book Description

Graduate student Autumn McShane has had her share of heartbreak. She's been abandoned and betrayed and she lost her beloved mother in a tragic car accident five months ago. That loss damaged her body and fractured her spirit but she's learning to recover, until her ex-boyfriend returns to town, intent on making her life miserable.

Declan Fraser hates her ex as much as Autumn does, but the last thing she needs is to put her trust in the hands of another man, especially one like Declan: his hard body and lulling Irish accent makes more than a few girls weak-kneed. The talented rugby player is rude and sarcastic, with tattooed, muscular arms and a cocky attitude, but he's the only one who can help Autumn win an ill-advised bet that, if lost, could cost her more than she's willing to pay. The reluctant alliance between Declan and Autumn stirs up cravings she doesn't want to admit, but Declan is a hard man to resist.

Just when Autumn starts letting down her carefully constructed walls to the sexy bad boy, he betrays her when she needs him most. Autumn suspects Declan has secrets, and she is determined to uncover what drove him away from her, even if that means fraternizing with the enemy. But will the truth return Declan to her arms or add to the scars on her heart?

My Thoughts
While I enjoyed Chasing Serenity, I found the story took too long to get to it's conclusion. The character development was very slow, and cumbersome. That being said, there was definitely chemistry between our lead characters Autumn and Declan, which was the saving grace for me.

Our Heroine Amber is feisty and opinionated and while I found some of her inner dialog to be interesting, a lot of the time it did not add anything to the story, and I found myself skipping over those parts.

The relationship between Amber and her ex felt realistic, and I felt like slapping him across the back of the head and telling him to wake up to himself, she's not interested in you anymore you twit.

The supporting cast of Amber's friends' while they served their purpose, I did not feel they added too much to the story line, and some of their interactions did not seem to flow smoothly.

That being said, I would recommend this book to others, who enjoy the New Adult category.

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