Title: My Serenity
Author: M. Clarke
When tragedy strikes, Seth Stewart is forced to return home after the death of his beloved father. The unexpected detour forces him to oversee the family’s auto shop and restaurant business, and Seth must kiss the prestigious internship goodbye after his first year at Berkeley Business School. When he collides with his first crush after his arrival, Seth wonders what possibly could have happened to Josefina Anders.
Josefina has hidden many secrets she is too ashamed to share with anyone, especially Seth. When they cross paths again, the urge to relive their past lingers in her mind even though she knows he couldn’t accept her sketchy past. Things get even more complicated when her mother returns, as well as her overly possessive ex, who decides to crash into her fragile existence all over again.
Will Seth’s connection for Josefina be strong enough to see past her secrets, or will he realize he can’t rekindle an old flame?
My Serenity is the second book in M. Clarke's My Clarity Series and follows the story of Seth Stewart who was first introduced in My Clarity. This novel can be read as a stand alone but I recommend getting your hands on My Clarity first to avoid spoilers about the first book that are referenced in My Serenity.
Seth Stewart is the kind of hero that can frustrate you and then have your heart breaking on his behalf just pages later. He has worked hard to make something of himself, but finds himself getting sucked back into the confines of his hometown when his father passes away. The sacrifices Seth makes out of obligation, pride, and loyalty made me love him that much more. Fate delivers a little silver lining in his darkness in the form of former crush Josefina Anders.
I love the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Josefina is the kind of girl that will push Seth to become a better man. I loved the electricity between them and the witty banter and verbal sparring when their personalities clashed. Our heroine has her own skeletons, and her secrets make for some serious drama. My Serenity doesn't skimp on the word count. Readers are getting their hands on a full length novel that transitions effortlessly between past and present, giving the full picture of the relationship between Seth and Josefina. I was easily swept away into M. Clarke's fictional world and was captivated from start to finish.
“Are you nervous, Mr. Stewart?” She smirked. Her eyes were beaming playfully.
“No, not at all.” My pitch came off higher than I had expected, and I was upset with myself. I had to fix that. “I mean—” I cleared my throat. Two can play at this game, I thought. I squared my shoulders and sat up tall. “So, Josefina Anders, let me ask you some questions before I decide if I want to hire you.”
Her brows lifted, most likely wondering if I was being serious or joking. Dropping her crossed leg, she pulled the chair closer to the table. Josie pulled a piece of paper out of an envelope that I hadn’t seen a second ago, tucked away behind her back. She placed a resume on my desk. “Ask away.”
“How long have you been a waitress?”
“As long as I can remember. I got hired right after high school.” She pointed to her resume. “You can see that I’ve only worked at a few places, but I’m loyal and a good employee.”
“You’ve been a waitress for a long time, Ms. Anders. Do you think you’ll ever get sick of it?”
“Not if it means I get to see Mr. Stewart.” Her lips curled wickedly.
“Do you wear thongs or granny panties?”
Josie’s lips puckered, stopping herself from busting up. “Mostly thongs, but I’m not wearing anything under my skirt at the moment.”
Holy shit! I was trying to make her blush, but this was backfiring. Ignoring her last words, though it was extremely difficult to do, since all I could do was envision her with her skirt off, I continued, “Do you like to be on top or bottom?”
“I will be in whatever position pleases Mr. Stewart. I’m very flexible.”
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed