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Serendipity by Carly Phillips


Cover art: Serendipity Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Serendipity - 1st in the Serendipity Trilogy
Author: Carly Phillips
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN-13: 978-0-425-24383-1
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, Serendipity NY
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sexual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: None
Carly's Website/Blog: www.carlyphillips.com

A fresh start, back in the town they both grew up in, was what they needed. Ethan Barron to prove he’d grown up and wasn’t the “bad boy” anymore. Faith Harrington to prove she wasn’t cut from the same con-artist-cloth as her father. Coming home was going to give each of them more than they bargained for, both good and not so good.

She had been the spoiled “princess” living on the right side of the tracks. At least that’s what she was perceived as. Faith always strived to be good, do the right things, even though it meant losing herself in the process, a long time ago. Now it was time for her to become independent and learn exactly who Faith was. The first step toward that goal was to open up her own interior design business. Yet when she runs into Ethan, the boy who coaxed her into a motorcycle ride and an on-fire-it-was-so-hot kiss when she was sixteen, her world is spun on its axis, once more.

She was the one girl who said “no” to Ethan. The one girl he never really got over. Now here she was in his life again, the table seemingly reversed. Her father’s scandal enabled him to take the next step toward proving himself to the town and his brothers; that he was no longer the “screw up” he had been, that he was sorry for the pain and trouble he caused. He purchased Faith’s family mansion. Not that that move did him any good. His brothers still won’t have anything to do with him.

Call it serendipity, call it chemistry, call it whatever, but when Ethan and Faith get together it’s beyond exhilarating, and hot. Though Faith attempts to keep her distance (without it how will she learn who she is?), Ethan has other ideas. One of them being that she redecorate his house from top to bottom, and make it a home. Something neither one of them has had for a very long time.

There’s no way around it. She’s just as attracted to Ethan as he is her. Time to dip her toes into the water, but not before she makes it clear that this relationship is a non-relationship.

That’s all well and good until one evening, during dinner, the doorbell rings…both of their lives are changed from that moment on.

Ms. Phillips has written a touching, scorching, and heart-tugging romance. Ethan and Faith are both surrounded by a fog of pain; they’re both trying to right wrongs, and even through all of that, the heat boils up between them. So much so that you can about see the steam wafting up from the pages.

Ethan’s brothers, Nash and Dare, and Faith’s mother, Lanie, are all bitter for their own reasons, which puts a strain on any potential relationship they might stand the chance of building.

Personally, I thought the story would have, could have, stood on its own without the explicit sex scenes. They were just too much for this reader. But…I was caught up in the drama and romance and life-changing moments of Faith and Ethan’s story.

I’m definitely looking forward to Destiny, Nash’s story, to see what drama and romance is next in the Barron family.

Happy reading,

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