Saturday, September 3, 2016

REVIEW: Sacred Serenity 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


I don't think I've met characters quite like these before and I don't exactly know what that says about me and my reading habits. In Sacred Serenity, this second installment of Lotus House Series, we have two characters who have very different views on religion and sex--two characters who are very far removed from my daily reality in many ways. I'm not used to having characters (or people in my life, for that matter), be so devout and committed to their stance on spirituality; it's more of a thing that people talk about in passing, so Amber's commitment to her faith and virginity and Dash's world view on spirituality was a smidge outside of my comfort zone. That being said, once I got used to what these two were all about, it was an easy book to enjoy. 

Readers with an interest or curiosity in yoga, specifically the practice of Tantric yoga, will walk away feeling more educated on facets of what it's all about. It was interesting to see how Dash used his practice and knowledge as a guide in his relationship with Amber, both inside and outside of the bedroom and the yoga studio. (And for those who are wondering but don't want to ask, it's very sexual but not salacious, really--it made every sexual encounter more meaningful.) 

Readers who like a more virtuous character will enjoy Amber. I found her a little sanctimonious and so I had a hard time relating to her, but I can see how many readers would find her vow to chastity an appealing trait. 

In addition to the whole Tantric yoga experience, there's an entire subplot that involves Amber and her family that gives another element to the plot; it adds a little more tension and depth to a novel already brimming with potential conflict (when you consider their opposite religious ideas). Interestingly, with all the potential sources of conflict, this novel felt sweet and low angst--another pleasant aspect for those who are looking for a read that won't break them in two. 

Interested in knowing more? Read below~

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.
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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