Friday, October 31, 2014

{Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway} Chasing Luck (A Serendipity Novel #1) by Brinda Berry

Chasing Luck by Brinda Berry
(A Serendipity Novel #1)
Publication date: May 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

Sometimes surviving doesn’t feel lucky. Especially when you’re a sole survivor…
At the age of seven, Malerie walked away from a bombing that left hundreds dead—including her mother. When a crazed gunman kills her guardian on her eighteenth birthday, Malerie suspects there may be more to her survival than luck. A mysterious code holds the key to her future, and a reluctant white knight holds the key to her heart.
A loner wearing emotional armor…
Ace is a twenty-year-old entrepreneur focusing on two things in life: financial security and a life without ties. A life that doesn’t risk losing the ones who matter. When Ace is hired to secretly act as a bodyguard for Malerie, he faces an unwanted attraction that threatens to sabotage his heart. Can Ace find the courage to love a girl with a death wish?


Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.

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{Details} ebook. Published May 1st 2014 by Sweet Biscuit Publishing LLC (first published April 30th 2014). Ebook provided in exchange for an honest review

{Rating} 4/5 - I really liked it!

"It's bizarre how one crazy psycho can break a heart and mind into an unforgiving pile of pieces." (page 1, line 1)
I liked the premise, the suspense, mystery, and action. I was intrigued from the first page in the story and interested in the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I felt for Malerie. Brinda Berry did an excellent job of showing how vulnerable she is, how much she's lost, how much she has survived and how those things have changed her into a recluse, a regimented, scared girl.

Ace is a good man. He has endured a lot too but he's determined to move past it. He's working hard, trying to start a new business, but he's in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up in the middle of the mess that is Malerie's life.

While I liked Ace and Malerie together, they both desperately need each other, someone they can count on, someone to help push them out of their comfort zones, I never really felt the romance between them. The trust and commitment, yes, but not romance.

Although I thought the mystery was really interesting - and unique - I wish it had been drawn out a little more and that Ace and Malerie had to struggle more to figure out things, it felt a bit too obvious.

Chasing Luck also introduces us to Collin, the hero in Tempting Fate, the second book in the Serendipity series, and I'm definitely interested in reading it.

1 comment:

  1. Great review this sounds like a fun read and a great start to a series. I love series that give us new MCs in each book like this one seems to be doing. And the mix of romance and suspense is the best!