Author: Tiffany Aleman & Ashley Poch
Tour Host: Into the Night Reviews
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publish Date: Dec. 6, 2013
Length: 306 pages
Format: paperback, ebook
Description: Kenleigh Briggs suffered debilitating depression at the age of twelve after losing both parents in a tragic house fire. Her aunt assumed guardianship and forced Kenleigh to learn how to horseback ride. She soon developed a bond with the horses that helped her work out and deal with her depression.
Seven years later, young Kenleigh is now a sophomore at the University of Texas, San Antonio. During summer break, she arrives at Serenity Falls, a horse ranch devoted to helping children with disabilities learn to ride. She loves watching the kids build the same healing bonds with the horses that she did. She really finds satisfaction in paying it forward.
Wesley Adams, the son of the ranch’s owners, is a professional bull rider who lives in Dallas. With his blond hair, Caribbean blue eyes, and tattooed muscular body, he is the epitome of every woman’s dream. Wesley is good guy, but he harbors a past he's not proud of
Kenleigh has learned to take life head on. Content with the way her life is going, Kenleigh never expected Wesley. He takes Kenleigh on the ride of her life, but will she accept him faults and all? As Kenleigh and Wesley discover a love like they have never known, will they also discover the best parts of life they are missing?
My Review: I'm not really sure how I felt about Serenity Falls. I really liked the camp and the way the characters help children with disabilities or emotional problems. However, the focus of the book is the relationship between Kenleigh and Wesley.
I think the relationship between them was nice but a little rushed. It seemed to me that all the two did was work at the camp and go to bonfires. The two didn't really seem to have any meaningful moments other than the times they have sex.
Wes appears to be a nice, sweet guy but he has his problems which makes him human. However, there was just something about him that I just didn't like for some reason. I think it was the way he acted when he thought Kenleigh was making fun of him or the way he acted when she no to him. It just seemed a little too over the top and it just rubbed me the wrong way.
I liked how Kenleigh worked through her emotional issues after her parents died in a house fire and how she channeled that into helping children. I am happy that Kenleigh and Wes ended up together but I am not sure if I liked the way they got there.
Quick Opinion: I enjoyed this novel and I liked that Kenleigh and Wes ended up together. However, I wasn't thrilled with this novel. I didn't really like the relationship because Wes seemed to want to rush everything. The timeline of the relationship really work for me. I think that it was much to rushed and the couple didn't have any meaningful, romantic moments. I give Serenity Falls 3.5 stakes.
Get to Know the Authors: Tiffany: I am 28 years old, with a wonderful family. My husband is in the Army, and we have two wonderful children. Ashley and I have been best of friends since we were 13. I recently graduated from South University with my Associate's Degree as a Paralegal. I enjoy listening to music, playing with my kids, and going to the beach, and anything that has to do with the outdoors pretty much. I’ve always liked to write, but never really had an interest in reading until the summer of 2012. I am so excited to be taking my writing journey with Ashley. I have many authors that I consider my favorite so I’ll just name a few: E.L. James, S.C. Stephens, Molly McAdams, Rebecca Donovan, K.A. Linde, Marie Coulson, and S.H. Kolee.
Ashley: Ashley grew up in Texas but now has joined her husband to reside in Virginia. She is a military wife and mother to two adorable children. She’s always wanted to travel having grown up in a small town. Her interest in reading sparked last summer and now she’s a lost cause without her e-reader. Since she loves to travel, the places she gets to go in her fictional books are what any girl could ask for. When Ashley isn’t glued to her computer you can find her outdoors either playing with her children or relaxing and enjoying the sun reading a good romance novel.
Have you read Serenity Falls? What do you think?