Friday, January 16, 2015

Blog Tour: Claiming Serenity by Eden Butler

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.

As always, Eden Butler delivers a great story featuring some of my all-time favorite characters. I LOVE delving into Cavanaugh, going back to the pitch, and visiting this group of friends. They are more than friends, they are family.

This is Layla and Donovan's story. I just knew this story, their relationship, would be explosive. Oh boy was it ever! Throughout this series, the two have seemingly hated each other. They are, and have been since they were kids, in a prank war of epic proportions.

With two of her friends in relationships and one dealing with family tragedy, when Layla breaks up with her boyfriend, Donovan is conveniently there. After "the event," she tries to deny her attraction and need for him. He accepts that he wants her and doesn't let up until he gets what he wants. The two agree to terms for their "beneficial" relationship what should safeguard their hearts.

I really, really enjoyed this book. As I said I love visiting Eden Butler's Cavanaugh. I am so attached to the characters. There is more than meets the eye with Donovan. I had no idea how broken he was behind his cocky attitude and smile. I enjoyed him in the other books, but fell absolutely in love with him in this book. Layla was even a bit different than I thought she would be. She isn't always the confident girl I thought she was. Each and every character in these books hold a special place in my heart. While I can't wait for the next book in this series!

“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.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway! :-)