Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Blog Tour + Review: Chasing Serenity and Behind the Pitch by Eden Butler

Chasing Serenity (Seeking Serenity #1) by Eden Butler

Release Date: October 11, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 329
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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?

Behind the Pitch (Seeking Serenity #1.5) by Eden Butler

Release Date: January 24, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 117
Format: eBook
Source: Review Copy for Tour
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Expat Irish rugby player Declan Fraser only wanted to play the sport he loves. He didn’t want to be stuck in this middle-of-nowhere town at this all too quaint university. He didn’t want his team captain to be an entitled jackass who switched Declan's position on the squad just to make himself look good. And he sure as hell didn’t want to fall in love with graduate student Autumn McShane.

Autumn is stubborn, but gorgeous; she bristles at any hint of dependency on anyone or anything, but she’s also a survivor. She’s everything Declan didn’t know he wanted. When Autumn finds herself in the middle of a challenging bet with her ex-boyfriendwho just happens to be the arrogant team captain that Declan hateshe feels honor bound to help her out. But he didn’t expect to fall for her in the process.

Behind the Pitch reveals the most twisted and erotic thoughts in Declan’s head as he navigates through his on again/off again, frustrating and deeply erotic relationship with Autumn McShane.

And lordy, does he have a filthy mind.

After reading Chasing Serenity, I was left happy and wanting so much more of Autumn and Declan. Behind the Pitch certainly helps to satisfy that itch. Bringing together glimpses of their relationship between the final chapter of Chasing Serenity and the its epilogue with glimpses of what Declan was thinking at certain points throughout the book, the already awesome and enjoyable story is rounded out and extended. We also get to see just what's going on behind that smirk his... Yes, please.

Declan's stubborn as ever, and it's certainly not my favorite of his features, but he's got a geeky side, is fiercely loyal, and isn't afraid to be himself. Rounding him out by really delving into his feelings only served to make me love him more! Also, the accent. It gets me every fecking time...

The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the structure. It flips back and forth from during Chasing Serenity to post-Chasing Serenity/pre-epilogue. It could get a little difficult to find your bearings. An easy fix would be to just read in chronological order, though, as the chapter titles have the timeline. So no worries or detraction from the novella overall.

Behind the Pitch was a great companion piece and offers a delicious glance into the head of Declan Fraser. And trust me, this is something you want to experience...


About the Author

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, will launch October 2013.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrow-esque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

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