Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: My Serenity by M. Clarke

Title: My Serenity
Series: My Clarity #2
Author: M. Clarke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: July 16, 2015
Review Source: eArc
When tragedy strikes, Seth Stewart is forced to return home after the death of his beloved father. The unexpected detour forces him to oversee the family’s auto shop and restaurant business, and Seth must kiss the prestigious internship goodbye after his first year at Berkeley Business School. When he collides with his first crush after his arrival, Seth wonders what possibly could have happened to Josefina Anders.

Josefina has hidden many secrets she is too ashamed to share with anyone, especially Seth. When they cross paths again, the urge to relive their past lingers in her mind even though she knows he couldn’t accept her sketchy past. Things get even more complicated when her mother returns, as well as her overly possessive ex, who decides to crash into her fragile existence all over again. 

Will Seth’s connection for Josefina be strong enough to see past her secrets, or will he realize he can’t rekindle an old flame?
Holy WOW! My Serenity was an AMAZING book!! M. Clarke never disappoints. Each and every book that I have read of hers never fails to consume me. This is the second installment of the My Clarity series. If you haven’t read My Clarity then I will strongly recommend that you do. You don’t necessarily need to read My Clarity but I promise you that you won’t be able to put it down AND you will truly understand the ongoing story that is embedded within.

First, I will start with Seth. Wowza, what a hunk of a man. He not only is smart but his heart is made of gold. He is in business school but when disaster strikes back home he is forced to go back and help his mother. Who doesn't love a man that respects and loves his mother? 

Josefina is one hell of a woman. She has been through so much in her life. As I was reading this, I kept thanking my lucky stars that I didn’t have a childhood like hers. Because of her past, she is a runner. Keeping her secrets to herself is very important and she strives at concealing herself even from the ones she loves the most. Will she keep her walls up forever?

What’s really cool about this book is that Seth and Josefina knew each other in grade school and even fell in love in the sixth grade. Josefina disappeared one day and never came back. Even after years apart, both Seth and Josefina thought of each other and held on to hope. Was it just puppy love or is this the real thing? 

This was such a sweet, heartbreaking, and traumatic story all rolled into one. I couldn’t put this book down. The way M. Clarke writes is just mesmerizing. It does have some hot scenes; the angst was for sure there but in a tasteful way. 

I absolutely loved the characters and I was ecstatic that some of the story from My Clarity continued, I just LOVE Alex and Elijah’s story!! 

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“Are you nervous, Mr. Stewart?” She smirked. Her eyes were beaming playfully.

“No, not at all.” My pitch came off higher than I had expected, and I was upset with myself. I had to fix that. “I mean—” I cleared my throat. Two can play at this game, I thought. I squared my shoulders and sat up tall. “So, Josefina Anders, let me ask you some questions before I decide if I want to hire you.”

Her brows lifted, most likely wondering if I was being serious or joking. Dropping her crossed leg, she pulled the chair closer to the table. Josie pulled a piece of paper out of an envelope that I hadn’t seen a second ago, tucked away behind her back. She placed a resume on my desk. “Ask away.”

“How long have you been a waitress?”

“As long as I can remember. I got hired right after high school.” She pointed to her resume. “You can see that I’ve only worked at a few places, but I’m loyal and a good employee.”

“You’ve been a waitress for a long time, Ms. Anders. Do you think you’ll ever get sick of it?”

“Not if it means I get to see Mr. Stewart.” Her lips curled wickedly.

“Do you wear thongs or granny panties?”

Josie’s lips puckered, stopping herself from busting up. “Mostly thongs, but I’m not wearing anything under my skirt at the moment.”

Holy shit! I was trying to make her blush, but this was backfiring. Ignoring her last words, though it was extremely difficult to do, since all I could do was envision her with her skirt off, I continued, “Do you like to be on top or bottom?”

“I will be in whatever position pleases Mr. Stewart. I’m very flexible.”

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Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed


My Clarity (Book One)

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