Sunday, April 26, 2015

Review: Chasing Serenity ( Seeking Serenity #1 ) by Eden Butler

Chasing Serenity by Eden Butler

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?


New Adult


After enduring a week of book funk, this is the first book I manage to complete afterThird Debt. I had been wanting to read this series for quite some time and I'm glad I finally did it.

The story started off with Autumn involved in an accident that killed her mum. Five months later, she had to deal with recuperating and getting back on track with her running. She had three supporting best friends, Layla, Mollie and Sayo. To make her life even more painful is to have her ex-boyfriend, rugby team captain, Tucker Morrison back in school.

Now that Tucker is back, he want his trophy girl back. Tucker is a self-serving, arrogant piece of shit. I don't even know why did Autumn dated him for two years. I wouldn't want to read the Autumn who used to worship the asshole. 

Moving on, we have the new guy, Declan Foster. He is Irish and a new player for the rugby team. Due to his recent drunken miscreant towards Autumn, he was in Tucker's shit list.

Declan is the kind of NA hero that I really enjoyed reading. He make flirting, dating and misbehavior sounds so fun and effortless. Despite having Tucker breathing down his neck, he still enjoy spending time with Autumn and working his way into her pants. His 'backward date' is adorably cute. 

Things were great between he and Autumn until something happened and Declan decided to put a stop to their budding relationship. Autumn was baffled by his sudden change of heart and convince to find out the reason behind it all.

The reason I didn't rate it a full 4 stars was because I feel that Declan and Autumn didn't actually had much time to be an official couple in the story. Half the book is about Autumn doing some soul searching and spending time with her three best friends. By the time she and Declan are really together with all the secrets out in the open, the story is ending and I'm sad. I hope to see more of them in the future. Definitely will pick up the next one with Mollie and the ex-army, Vaughn. 

Rating 3.5/5