Claiming Serenity (2014)
Claiming Serenity (2014)
4.05 of 5 Votes: 5
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I have been waiting for this book since the moment I met Layla and Donovan at the beginning of this series. Their pranks, and the love/hate relationship that these two share is simply ADDICTIVE! Whenever these two were in a scene you could feel their chemistry. I am so happy the author wrote their story!Layla and Donovan have been enemies since a very young age. I knew going into this book that their journey was going to be intense and passionate. When these two decided to change their status from enemies to enemies with benefits, I knew that my heart, and theirs as well, was going to suffer. What I loved about this book is how well it was written. Layla and Donovan might have burned the sheets with their hot chemistry, but the love that they had for each other is what made my heart go beep, beep, beep! I could feel that love with every word that the author wrote. Layla and Donovan have grown so much since I first met them. They made mistakes and learned from them. It broke my heart to see that these two were denying with a passion how they felt for each other. This book had intense, emotional and scorching, passionate moments. They may have started this journey by hating each other, but by the end a beautiful love story started to grow.Another thing that I loved about Claiming Serenity is how I got the chance to reunite with Autumn, Declan, Mollie, Vaughn and Sayo. I love all of these characters! It was awesome to catch up and fall in love with them all over again! I really hope that Sayo will get her own story. She's an amazing person and she deserves a dose of happiness after all the emotional moments she went through in Claiming Serenity.I give, Claiming Serenity, by Eden Butler 4.5 passionate, emotional, enemies-to-lovers stars! Serene is not the word that comes to mind when describing the relationship that Layla and Donovan have in Eden Butler's newest release Claiming Serenity.Volatile...Angst-ridden...Tormented...Loathsome are much closer defining characteristics to what make them arch enemies.So how do Layla and Donovan go from mortal foes to "enemies with benefits"?An undeniable attraction that scorches the sheets and threatens to consume them even during the day hours when they're supposed to hate and persecute each other.But can a relationship with no emotions and no promises really occur and give them the serenity both Layla and Donovan need or will a tormented past filled with evil pranks and bitter words be the only thing they're left with when their attraction runs its course and the bitterness resurfaces?They always say that the boy who continuously picks on the girl wants to claim her instead of annoy her, but he doesn't know how to show it, and that's Donovan "the Demon" Donley. He's a man all about control and due to a bitter experience in his past, he's all about keeping his heart intact, so he fights his feelings for Layla every step of the way, mostly by making her life a living hell. I have to admit...I don't think I would have liked Donovan all that much without getting his point of view. At face value, he sort of comes across as a cocky asshole, but through his words and personal thoughts, readers are given a glimpse inside the tormented man, and we grow to understand why he is the way he is and what's at stake for him in getting too close to Layla.Layla is definitely a firecracker, and she gives as good as she gets when it comes to the pranks she pulls on Donovan. There are a ton of expectations on her shoulders and her path has pretty much been laid out by her parents, which is a lot of pressure on a young twenty something woman. She hates that she wants Donovan, but she can't fight her attraction to him, and even though she feels she's setting herself up for a letdown, she gives into her desires and lets Donovan rock her world.Donovan and Layla's "enemies with benefits" relationship definitely takes a turn that I didn't see coming, but I'm glad that it did because it truly shows what they both are made of and what they're willing to risk when a mistake just might be what they needed from the beginning.Claiming Serenity is a great story that explores the real feelings below two characters who appear on the surface and behind their masks to loathe one another. The text has a great mix of steam, angst, and heartache that will keep readers' interest and keep them cheering for the hero and heroine's happily ever after. It's not an easy path to grow from enemies to lovers, but when deep down that's not really what they were, it might just be a bit easier, as long as they're willing to admit it.A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.4 poison apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
Loved loved loved this one!!! awesome story line.
And another winner by Eden Butler.
3.5 Stars
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