Book Review: Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley

I loved the introduction to the River Rain series with After the Climb and was thrilled to dive into the next book, Chasing Serenity. This was an intense and emotional story and I could not get enough. I loved all the characters, the different dynamics, and the incredible build!

Book Review: Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley
Chasing Serenity (River Rain #2) by Kristen Ashley

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new novel in her River Rain series…

From a very young age, Chloe Pierce was trained to look after the ones she loved.

And she was trained by the best.

But when the man who looked after her was no longer there, Chloe is cast adrift—just as the very foundation of her life crumbled to pieces.

Then she runs into tall, lanky, unpretentious Judge Oakley, her exact opposite. She shops. He hikes. She drinks pink ladies. He drinks beer. She’s a city girl. He’s a mountain guy.

Obviously, this means they have a blowout fight upon meeting. Their second encounter doesn’t go a lot better.

Judge is loving the challenge. Chloe is everything he doesn’t want in a woman, but he can’t stop finding ways to spend time with her. He knows she’s dealing with loss and change.

He just doesn’t know how deep that goes. Or how ingrained it is for Chloe to care for those who have a place in her heart, how hard it will be to trust anyone to look after her…

And how much harder it is when it’s his turn.

4 out of 5 stars

Chasing Serenity was a wonderful read filled with so much passion, emotion, and love. I adored Chloe and Judge. I loved the journey they were on, the feelings they fought, and how they grew over the course of the story. I loved their family and all the different bonds, and the fantastic build as everything played out. This was filled with so many amazing moments and I couldn't read it fast enough.

Judge was everything! I loved learning his history and all he'd endured growing up. It was heartbreaking and I felt for him but I loved who he became despite it all. I loved Chloe. She is so much more than she shows the world and I loved seeing the women behind the mask. I loved them together. I thought their chemistry was off the charts and I enjoyed the animosity between them when they first meet. Their back and forth was like foreplay. I like how they fought their feelings but loved it when they opened up and became vulnerable. I thought the growth they experienced over the course of the story was phenomenal.

There was a great cast of characters and I loved the playfulness, drama, and heartfelt scenes they created. I loved getting more of Corey Szabo and seeing flashbacks of his and Chloe's relationship. This man is complicated and I loved seeing a softer side of him through Chloe's eyes and understanding their bond. There was a lot building up in Chloe when it came to Corey and her family and when everything pours out of her, it’s gut-wrenching.  I liked the different dynamics and relationships taking place, and how the different families came together. There were so many important moments happening, sibling bonds growing deeper, and some tension with others. I loved learning about the complicated relationship Judge has with his father and how it evolved. I really liked getting more Rix and what has been set up for the next book. I also loved the interactions with Rhys and the tie-in to The ‘Burg series. I find him completely fascinating!

This story has drama and intensity, a lot of emotion, and an immense amount of healing and love. It made me smile and get teary-eyed. I thought this was an excellent addition to the River Rain series that has me excited for more stories.

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River Rain Series
After the Climb (#1) - Amazon | My Review
Chasing Serenity (#2) - Amazon
Taking the Leap (#3) - Amazon
Making the Match (#4) - Amazon
Fighting the Pull (#5) - Amazon | Releases: September 12, 2023


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The Dream Man Series
Mystery Man (#1) – Amazon | My Review
Wild Man (#2) - Amazon | My Review
Law Man (#3) – Amazon | My Review
Motorcycle Man (#4) - Amazon | My Review
Quiet Man (Dream Team #0.5/Dream Man #4.5) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2019

The Dream Team Series
Quiet Man (Dream Team #0.5/Dream Man #4.5) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2019
Dream Maker (#1) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2020
Dream Chaser (#2) Amazon | My Review
Dream Spinner (#3) - Amazon | My Review
Dream Keeper (#4) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Book of 2021

The Chaos Series
Own the Wind (#1) - Amazon | My Review
Fire Inside (#2) - Amazon | My Review
Ride Steady (#3) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2015
Walk Through Fire (#4) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2015
Rough Ride (#4.5) - Amazon | My Review
Wild Like the Wind (#5) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2018
Free (#6) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Read of 2020
Wild Fire (#6.5) - Amazon | My Review
Wild Wind (#6.6) - Amazon | My Review

The Wild West MC Series
Still Standing (#1) - Amazon | My Review | Favorite Book of 2021
Smoke and Steel (#2) - Amazon | My Review

Girl in the Mist (#1) - Amazon | My Review
The Girl in the Woods (#2) - Amazon | My Review

Wildest Dreams (#1) - Amazon | My Review
The Golden Dynasty (#2) - Amazon
Fantastical (#3) - Amazon
Broken Dove (#4) - Amazon
Midnight Soul (#5) - Amazon
Gossamer in Darkness (#5.5) - Amazon

Kristen Ashley is a go-to author for me. If she writes it, I will read it. I'm currently working my way through her backlist of books. Do you have a go-to author? Let me know!