Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: "Chasing Serenity" "Behind the Pitch" 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?
*Note: This is a novella told from Declan Fraser's point of view, based on events that take place in "Chasing Serenity." This is a companion piece to that novel and as such, the author recommends reading "Chasing Serenity" before "Behind the Pitch." This is NOT a rehash of Chasing Serenity.*

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-boyfriend - who just happens to be the arrogant team captain that Declan hates - he 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.
"Chasing Serenity"
Autumn lost her world in one evening. She experienced the only thing that could crush her. During a car accident she watched her mother die and went through multiple surgeries to save her own life. Just when she thinks that things are becoming more "normal" her ex-boyfriend is back. He's the one who walked away. The one who thought he was more important. The one she told "it's over" to. Add that to a run in with a hot Irishman that seems dead set on making her uncomfortable and things are steadily unraveling.
Declan doesn't normally attack women. When he saw her he couldn't help himself. Of course, he was pie-eyed at the time. She's no less attractive when he's sober though and as he tries to apologize there's an attraction he's never felt before. Autumn will make him feel and contemplate things that he's never imagined before.
When the two get together complications and tempers arise. There are secrets everywhere. People undermining what could be. When feelings get stronger and emotions spin out of control will they explode or implode and who will be a casualty?
This book has more spins that a merry go round. Holy left field Batman, I didn't see half of them coming. Oh and Heather, I'd have strangled her. This book is full of emotion and Autumn is an amazing character! She's been through so much yet instead of crumbling, with the help of her friends she thrives.  Chasing Serenity is a wonderful book. I give it 4 amazing stars and hope to see more of Autumn and Declan's story in the other books of the series.
Behind the Pitch
Behind the Pitch is a must read to get Declan's view point on some of the main parts of the book. If you thought he was a devil may care type in Chasing Serenity this book will drive that point further. This book shows just how much he was fighting his attraction, feelings, and the need to tell Autumn the secret. This isn't just the same events. This book is full of other moments that aren't mentioned in Chasing Serenity. It being the relationship of Autumn and Declan more to life showing even more turmoil and passion. I think I liked Declan's point of view better than Autumn's. This book is 4.5 stars and a great asset to the series!
About the Author
Eden Butler is an Amazon best-selling 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" launched October 2013.
When she's not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.
Twitter: @EdenButler_