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.
This fourth and final story of The Serenity series is beautifully heartbreaking. Do not read this story without tissues handy. While this book can be read as a stand-alone, I truly believe that reading the series from the beginning will only enhance your reading experience. Each book is fantastic in its own right and you really get a feel for each character in this book. You get to know their dynamic and history and it just bring you into the story that much more.
Chasing Serenity is Sayo's story. She currently has her life on hold as her little cousin, Rhea, is hospitalized and dying from cancer. She is very close to her cousin and feels the impending end so, so deeply. I felt her love for Rhea. The emotions jumping off the page were so real, so tangible that they became my own. In the previous story, Sayo is outgoing, strong, and a rock for her friends. The Sayo in this story is broken, withdrawn, and trying to claw her way to the surface. The author takes us through the stages of grieving and reaching for that needed numbness.
She finds that blessed numbness in Quinn, Declan's troubled, jerky brother. However, there is so much more to Quinn than what meets the eye. He gets introduced to Rhea and falls in love with the little girl. He spends hours with her, which is starts off as a point of contention between him and Sayo. When Rhea takes a turn for the worse, she becomes the one thing that pushes them together. They find that much needed comfort in each other's touch.
Oh – my heart! What an excellent ending to one of my all time favorite series. When a series that I have fallen in love with is over a part of me hurts. I look back at all the books with a bittersweet fondness, not quite ready to let go. When I read the first book, Chasing Serenity, I had a bone deep knowing that Eden Butler was a special author. Her ability to pull you into her stories - the world that she creates, the characters that she molds, and immerse you into the emotions of those characters – is nothing short of spectacular.
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.
- (2) $15 gift cards from Amazon or B&N, winner’s choice
- (3) Signed print copy of CATCHING SERENITY
- (3) E-book copies of CATCHING SERENITY