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Alluring Serenity

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Eight years ago, Sunshine Coast was supposed to be my escape from reality and a paradise for my youth. But now it's a haunted memory filled with dark secrets.

I’m back.

Ready to move on, and to face what time hasn’t healed. I'm prepared to put the dark secrets to rest.

​​​​​​​But I wasn't ready to face him.

Ashley King, the older King brother. I’d wanted him then, but he was too old for me. He stepped aside the last time I spent the summer on the Sunshine Coast and I fell for his brother. 

But that young love is long gone. And Ashley’s age is no longer an issue.

But the past still is.

129 pages, Kindle Edition

Published June 28, 2022

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Gail Haris

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Gail Haris loves blending romance out of life's everyday chaos. Stories filled with humor, steam, and moments of sweetness, along with suspense and twists.

Fueled by coffee and a wild imagination, Gail writes in a variety of genres including romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and new adult/coming of age romance.

Gail enjoys living in a small town in Southeast Missouri, and then taking adventures all over the world with her two fierce princesses and Boo Bear, who is her ultimate real-life book boyfriend.

When she’s not getting into mischief or scheming with her two girls, she’s busy coming up with crazy scenarios for her characters. Hopefully by following her dream, she can be an example to her daughters that their dreams can become a reality.

"Never stop believing in love, dreams, and yourself. And coffee…don’t give up on coffee and books."

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Profile Image for Alice.
485 reviews
May 14, 2023
Alluring Serenity by Gail Haris is part of the
Love on the Sunshine Coast Collection and...
it was sooooooooo GOOD!

At 18 Serenity spends her summer in Sunshine Coast at her aunt's. Well this small town isn't just really beautiful and relaxing, there are also two brothers who couldn't be more different...
Who will she resist? And why does her aunt and mom don't talk to each other?
Spend your summer with wonderful characters and a story full of surprises, confusion and lots of emotions!

Gail Haris knows how to make you fall in love with characters and this time isn't an exception!
When Serenity spends her summer at her aunt's she didn't know what to expect and... I definitely didn't expect something like this either! 😅
WOW! There were a few twists and turns and lots of drama and looonging!
Awwwww! I'd love to tell more about Alluring Serenity but I don't wanna spoil you!
Experience this story with an open mind and just enjoy it as much as I did! ❤
I loved the whole development and what an ending!!
Thank you so much for this story Gail Haris!
I definitely need to check out the other stories of the Sunshine Coast Collection! 🌞
Profile Image for Denise Hoover.
584 reviews
June 12, 2022
3.5 ⭐️

In this age gap romance, Serenity goes for the brother who is closer to her age rather than the brother who really gave her the spark at first site.

We get this short tale in a dual POV, with the time line from 8 years ago for the majority of the story; to get the back story of everything. So when we are brought back into the now, we know their love has just festered over the last 8 years of being apart. Their love has rekindled and Ashley makes all of Serenity’s dreams come true for them to live a true happily ever after!
Profile Image for Miranda.
401 reviews5 followers
June 19, 2022
4.5 Stars
Unpredictable, Imperfect, and Wonderful.

What’s not to love with characters that are flawed. No one is perfect. No one is that Hallmark cookie cutter character.
Here, you will find a young woman falling in love and making mistakes while she visits her aunt that has her own secrets.
You find a boy that finds responsibility as a drag and a man that is scared of giving into his feelings.

This novella did not feel rushed, the journey these characters go on was very well paced and highly enjoyable.
Profile Image for Mrs. Reading Runes.
39 reviews3 followers
June 25, 2023

Eight years ago, Sunshine Coast was supposed to be my escape from reality and a paradise for my youth. But now it's a haunted memory filled with dark secrets.

I’m back.

Ready to move on, and to face what time hasn’t healed. I'm prepared to put the dark secrets to rest.

But I wasn't ready to face him.

Out of all the books of this collection I have read so far this is the best one. Bravo to this author, perfect plot.

This book is short but captivating and it was a beautiful well rounded story.

It’s a beautiful story of summer love!
Profile Image for Micheala.
978 reviews73 followers
June 27, 2022
3.5 stars

Copy received from the author. Voluntarily reviewing and all opinions are objective and my own.

This was a good book but I didn’t love it. It tells the story of Serenity and Ashley. Ashley is the older brother of a guy she dated, and after some time, Serenity returns to Sunshine Coast and is reunited with him, only this time, without the weight of his brother on her.

The thing I struggled with this book is what I said above is chapter 1. With then most of the book being in the past, and the final few chapters in the present. Understandably so, the past is so important to their present and really deemed the present. It was also extremely enjoyable and cute. But at first, there was confusion and then it resulted in a rushed ending, I found.

I do like what became of the younger brother though, and how the entire relationship between Ashely and Serenity got developed in the past.
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56 reviews7 followers
July 1, 2022
Absolutely perfect! I’m a huge sucker for age gap romance and Alluring Serenity fit that perfectly without being predictable. With the dual time line and the difficulty Ashley and Serenity have accepting their attraction when they first meet it does not feel like a cliche age gap romance. After eight years apart Ashely and Serenity finally get their chance. There are twists that make for an unpredictable plot. Long buried family secrets, family drama and a brother that throws up every red flag possible. I can’t recommend Alluring Serenity enough. Gail created a masterpiece and I’m craving more of Ashley and Serenity as well as Zuri.
Profile Image for Kristin.
540 reviews
June 27, 2022
3.5 stars ⭐️

Alluring Serenity is part of the Love on the Sunshine Coast collection.

“Push the limits and love for the minutes.”

What should have been a getaway free of responsibilities and full of fun between Serenity and her estranged aunt, turned into a summer filled with pain and heartache. Serenity gets her first taste of young love and heartbreak 8 years ago, but now she’s back to heal old wounds and start a new chapter. Although this was a short and sweet story, it had a good amount of world building with chemistry between characters.
Profile Image for Simone.
20 reviews3 followers
July 1, 2022
A must-have summer read you're going to love. I give this a five out of five stars because I just fell in love with Ashley and Serenity's love story. Ashley is like the older, hot brother that is off-limits and unattainable because of the age gap. At the same time, you want him even more because of this fact. Serenity is the kind of girl who likes to have fun and live in the moment. Trying to find the answers to the world's biggest questions. An ode to youth.
Gail Haris brought the pages to life and I can't thank her enough for this.
Profile Image for Daniela .
321 reviews7 followers
July 1, 2022
4.5 ⭐️ Gail Haris knows how to make me fall in love with every one of her books. She does it every time!

I love short stories that make you feel so much! Alluring Serenity was one of those stories, and I enjoyed every second of it. The story flowed beautifully! Heartbreak, second chance, and age gap; this book gave me some of the things I love in a book.

I like how the story progressed because it never felt rushed, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the characters!
Profile Image for Devillemurreads.
147 reviews
August 9, 2022
Honest ARC review!!
This book deserves more than 5 stars! Gail did an amazing job with this book and the characters flowed perfectly even though its a short book. I started this book at 10:15pm & was done by 12:30am, I couldn't put this book down at all! Serenity's story will make you gasp quite a few times, with the unexpected events but definitely super happy with the ending for sure! 😍
Profile Image for AmyLynn.
601 reviews11 followers
June 29, 2022
Alluring Serenity is a short but sweet age gap romance about heartbreak and getting second chances. You get snippets of the past and the present, with more of the focus on the past. It has instant attraction. Overall this was an enjoyable read.
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526 reviews6 followers
June 22, 2022
Awesome story of struggling to find your place in life and in the world.
Profile Image for Tilya Eloff.
Author 11 books50 followers
June 14, 2022
This was a fun short read about a first, heart break and second chances. I really enjoyed it. My only complaint would be that I wanted more present day. Overall, a great read.
45 reviews2 followers
June 19, 2022
Such a fun summer read! The instant attraction and all the bumps that stand in the way of true love, make for a wonderful journey that you get to follow.
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