"Serenity" by Dyan Layne
Book 1 of the Red Door Series
4.5 out of 5 stars
Published on February 19th, 2020
Genre: Erotic romance
Format: ebook via author
Finished in 2 days
Read in 3 sittings
on TBR for 2 days
"Dyan Layne is a nurse boss by day and the writer of edgy, sensual tales by night-- and on weekends."
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Serenity is a hot romance that follows the blooming, steamy romance between Linnea and Kyan. Linnea and her friend Chole work at the restaurant that Kyan and his brother own. Linnea and Chole start to form a strong friendship with Kyan, his brother, and two cousins. The girls start to realize the boys have a dark secret, and it's hidden behind the exclusive members club, The Red Door.
The is more to this story than just a steamy romance. There is a mystery element to it as well and definitely a lot of suspense. Even though the mystery added more depth to the plot, I thought it dragged on just a little bit too long for me. Overall, the plot is fast, engaging, and suspenseful. (+.5)
The story's organization is straightforward, and I was never confused. (+1)
The world that Layne built is so fascinating. I need to know more about what happens behind the Red Door. (+1)
The writing style is simple and straightforward. The only issue I had was that I am NOT used to that type of explicit language! *blushing* (+1)
I did establish a connection with the main character Linnea and her friend Chloe. I thought the two of them had a great dynamic. I also loved all of the boys! *blushing* (+1)
My favorite part was the anniversary party for the club. *blushing* I thought that the scene as a whole was engaging as a reader, and it kicked off many chapters of suspense and mystery.
My least favorite part was about 3/4 of the way through. I thought this part dragged for just a bit, but not enough for me to be disengaged. (It is mostly me just being impatient and wanting to get back to all of the sexy parts!)
Overall, if you want a quick, hot, steamy, suspenseful romance novel, this book is for you! The element of mystery added another layer to the story and added a lot of character development.
For more information, check out the author's website at https://www.forewordpr.com/tag/dyan-layne/