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
CATCHING SERENITY EXCERPT
It isn’t a question. It’s not a demand. Somewhere in the middle, something in his tone, there is truth. It reaches across the room, keeps me rooted in place. He’d warned me before, admitted he’d take and give and would offer no apologies. But in this tone of his is something that sounds an awful lot like need, a lot like possession.
I should walk away. No looks back. No second thoughts. Just leave him, leave this warehouse and forget that he ever touched me.
“Sayo,” he says again and this time that voice is closer. He’d moved like a whisper across the room and I hadn’t noticed.
Two steps more and Quinn is behind me. Three more and he rushes forward, forcing me to the wall, bracing myself with my palms flat. “Quinn…”
“No,” he says, leaning against me so I can’t move. “No, love, you stay still and answer a question for me.”
He does, only to slip his hand to my chest, to slide his fingers under my bra and cup my breasts.
“You’re so hot and cold with me, I never know who you’ll be when you come to me.”
Moving my head, I catch Quinn’s gaze over my shoulder. “You never give yourself to me,
He shifts, withdraws his hands to twist me around by the hips, not leaving much room between us, still holding me to the wall. “You might not like what you see in the real me. I don’t much like him myself…”
If I thought he’d continue his awkward interrogation, I was wrong. His grip lessens, his body relaxing into mine and suddenly he moves his forehead against mine, breath hot over my face, smelling of warm beer.
“You want him? The blonde? You want to be rid of me, Sayo?”
“Quinn…” I try, wishing he didn’t smell quite so good. Wishing that I didn’t remember how much I love the way his arms wrap around me, how the stubble from his face tickles my chest when he rubs it there. I wish I knew how to walk away, to take what had happened between us for the lesson it was.
I wish I didn’t want him so badly.
“Quinn…” I try again but he stands too close, feels too close and then our defenses weaken, they crumble and his mouth is on mine, his hands, mine, are everywhere, insisting, skilled, aching.
Bodies molding together.
Skin to skin, no room for regret.
There is only this sensation. This man. This moment.
Quinn touches me, takes me to floor, barely shoving my jeans off, hardly moving his pants down his hips before he hovers over me, sliding his hard dick against me.
“You don’t want this anymore?” he asks, his breath shaking, his hands sure as he guides himself over my pussy. “Can you walk away from this, love?” He slips inside me in one fluid thrust and I gasp, gripping hold of his shoulders as he kisses up my neck. “Because I damn well can’t.”
Words flit into my mind, defenses that are likely logical, seem reasonable, but I don’t speak them. Not with how well Quinn touches me, how he treats my body like a playground he’s only just discovered.
He is deep inside me, and I’m not sure how to be rid of him. I’m not sure I want to be. But Quinn is a man of few promises. As much as I crave this, he is a wild card I’m not sure I want to play.
Firstly I want to start off saying I love this author and her work, I’ve been following this series from the start and loved reading every minute of this story.
Butler has a nack at making you feel as if you are there, in the book, in real time, facing the same issues as Sayo and the gang. Joy, fear and pain.
This last instalment is Sayo’s story, and boy is it a good one! It’s also written wholly in her POV. If you’ve been following this series, you know that this little librarian has been dealing with some difficult, real-life-personal issues and she doesn’t have time to deal with an over bearing man.
I braced myself for the inevitable heartache that I was sure I would have to face.
Quinn is pretty much a typical Irish man, hard-headed, mulish, over confident. He becomes Sayo’s release, her exultation that life is real, it is short, intense and sometimes painful.
We find out more about Quinn’s childhood and how his experiences have made him the man he is today. He’s not just what he looked like on the surface, and I liked that about him. He isn’t the greatest communicator, but Sayo seems to get him.
Butler manages to wrap up of some other story lines too, Autumn and Declan, Mollie and Vaughn, and of course; Donovan and Layla. There’s happy moments mixed in with the serious and that works really well.
Like all the books in this series, I really didn’t put it down until the final pages.
The illustrations were phenomenal and really added to the story.
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.
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