Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BLOG TOUR, 5 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Sacred Serenity (Lotus House #2) by Audrey Carlan




Sacred Serenity (A Lotus House Novel)
by Audrey Carlan, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: 30th August 2016




Synopsis:

Twenty-two-year old Amber St. James’s focus is on her education. Her plan is clear—finish the elite San Francisco/Berkeley Medical School program early and become a pediatrician. She hasn’t given much thought to dating or to men in general, until she enrolls in the required human sexuality course…a subject foreign to her for religious and personal reasons.

Tantric yoga practitioner Dash Alexander is Lotus House Yoga’s most sought after sensual teacher. Women flock to him for his unique teaching style, calm nature, and wicked hot body. When he hears of Amber’s plight, he offers to help. The condition? Amber must assist in his couples’ Tantra yoga class as his partner. The sizzling attraction between the two of them is beyond anything Dash has ever experienced…spiritually or otherwise.

Through his teachings, Dash makes love to Amber’s mind and merges with her soul. Physically there’s only one problem, a secret that’s sacred. Amber St. James is a virgin…by choice.


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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I absolutely LOVED this book. Amber is a shy, twenty two year old virgin (by choice) and Dash is a sexy, very experienced Tantric yoga teacher. When Amber assists with his class as part of her premed course load, her world gets flipped upside down. Along with pretty much every women who has come in contact with Dash, she has been harboring a crush on him. And now she finds herself up close and very personal with the man himself. 

Pretty much from the moment they meet, Dash feels a ridiculously strong connection to Amber. He is intrigued by her. They share these intense moments that had me holding my breath because I wasn't quite sure what was going to happen next. 
“Look at me.”
Her eyes shot open, and her breathing became erratic.
“Relax. Breathe with me. In for four beats through the nose and then out for four beats through the mouth.”
She nodded and we breathed together. I could feel the heavy thud of her heart turn into an even thump after a few rounds of guided, measured breaths. Through breathing, she relaxed, closing her eyes once more.
Then the craziest thing happened. Something that had never happened—not once, not ever before with another partner—our heartbeats began to synchronize spontaneously. Not only were we breathing evenly, our heartbeats matched.
The simple, extraordinary occurrence speared ribbons of heat down my arms and into my hand where it rested over her heart. My hand became fiery hot, the chakras in my palms swirling in dizzying circles. I blinked a few times and watched in awe as her eyes opened, and those green orbs blasted straight into my soul.
One thought flared in my mind as simple as flicking on a light switch.
Soul mate.
Spooked, I released our connection. Her head bobbed drowsily and her eyes opened, half-lidded while she blinked rapidly. I hopped up and walked through the room, pretending to assist the couples. Usually, I didn’t need to assist through a simple breathing exercise, but I needed a moment to put my head together, and distance from the ethereal being waiting on the riser was priority. What the hell was that?
The zap of connection I’d had with Amber was far beyond anything I’d ever experienced with another human being. And I was including partners, friends, and past lovers. The ghost of her heartbeat still called to mine as I stood in the back of the class watching her take in each couple and write something down in a notebook she kept close enough to reach but hadn’t yet used since we’d started class.
Cringing, I assessed her. She was relaxed, perfectly at peace as she sat on the stage writing in her notebook, whereas I was a maelstrom of doubt and insecurity, completely unusual responses from me. On the whole, confidence and the ability to center myself were traits I was proud of. But with this woman, the surprising jolt of a deeper union prevented me from being capable of centering my reactions. How could I have felt something so unique and she not be affected? Perhaps I mistook the experience for something that wasn’t there. Maybe I wanted something more to be there?
Exhaling all the air out of my lungs, I vowed to find those answers and soon.
After having a few more experiences like the one above, Dash just knows. Amber is it for him. He just has to convince her of that. Gah! I just loved him to pieces. Talk about a gentleman. Dash is pretty much the ultimate man. He's kind. Gentle. Sexy. Understanding. He never once gave up on what he wanted and even found himself questioning everything he thought about marriage and spending the rest of his life with "the one".

I also loved Amber.  I already liked her because she was such a good friend to Genevieve, but this book made me love her even more. She's hesitant to start anything with Dash and I can't really blame her. He is a lot of man and trying to stay the course, when it comes to her virginity, proves to be a lot harder than she thought it would be. Meanwhile Dash is putting out all the stops to prove to her that they belong together. And boy, does he do a good job of that. Amber does eventually come around, but she is also determined to stay true to her faith, so that means no sex.

But don't let that fool you! This book is HOT and there are plenty of sexy times throughout the book. It's may just be a little different than what you may be used to. I mean Dash is a Tantric sex expert! This story takes the phrase "slow burn" to a whole new level and the pay off is WELL worth the wait. The last chapter and epilogue are absolutely amazing. It brought me to tears and it was the perfect way to end the book. 

I just adore this series. It just has a different feel from anything I've ever read and it's so refreshing. I can't wait to read the third book in this series. It's about Atlas and Mia, who we meet in Sacred Serenity. They have one of those love/hate relationships that will definitely be entertaining to watch unfold and I can't wait to read it! 




Author Bio:

Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She writes wicked hot love stories that are designed to give the reader a romantic experience that's sexy, sweet, and so hot your e-reader might melt. Some of her works include the wildly successful Calendar Girl Serial, Falling Series, and the Trinity Trilogy.

She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters" or with her nose stuck in a wicked hot romance novel.


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