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by Janet Nissenson
Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility


Matthew Bennett has suffered the worst sort of betrayal a man can ever know, and he’s trying to put his life back together after years of unhappiness and emotional neglect. He desperately needs the care and devotion of a good woman, someone who will not only erase the hurt he’s experienced, but help him cope with the tremendous stress and responsibility he endures daily as the CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation. Through the yoga classes that she teaches, and her successful massage practice, Sasha Fonseca spends her days helping others improve their health and wellbeing, and also learning to combat stress. She leads a simple but serene life, content with the little she has, but shies away from any sort of long term commitments or serious relationships. Her unconventional upbringing has also made her fiercely independent, and she won’t let anyone try to mold her into something she’s not ever again. Sasha is enlisted to help Matthew in a professional capacity, but it isn’t long before she finds herself drawn to him on an emotional and physical level as well. With a woman like Sasha in his life, Matthew finally believes he’s found the happiness that’s eluded him all these years. But will his scheming, soon-to-be ex find a way to destroy him once again, or will he get the happy ending that he deserves?

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Serenity 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
xxBianca 9 days ago
Multibillionaire CEO, Matthew Bennett is trying to move on from years of unhappiness. He’d been tied to a woman who’s been nothing but a burden. He plans to be the best father he can be, but he can no longer stay in a loveless marriage. His intense work schedule is stressful and he is held highly accountable for its continuing success. That’s where Sasha Fonseca comes in. Recommended by his friends, she is a highly regarded yoga instructor who also practices massage therapy. When he’s told about Sasha and how she could help relief his stress, he doesn’t know that this is the same woman where he connected to some time ago. The woman that gave him reasons to think a little deeper. Only then, everything was a bit different. Matthew and Sasha remain professional until they realize their connection becomes undeniable. I won’t say much about how this develops, but please know this is a slow burn romance in THE best way possible. The author is skilled in the way she executes this story. She never tells you about their feelings. The allows you to feel their words. To live them. After some time, they can no longer put up this façade and they give in to their desires. Matthew can no longer be a client. The boundaries set were easily overshadowed by the yearning for each other. Matthew has a past, while Sasha only knows how to be fiercely independent. His love is tender and passionate. Her love is guarded until there’s simply no holding back. She loves unconditionally. Something Matthew didn't think was ever possible. Little do they know that their past threatens to dismantle everything they’ve worked to build between them.  I was in awe of the strength of these two characters. Vulnerable yet strong. While Matthew made hard choices, it truly showed the protective and compassionate part of him. Can Sasha continue giving herself to a man who is obviously stretched so thin? So much happens with these two. Their love story isn’t easy. But what true love story is? There are circumstances that shakes them to the core of their relationship. Everything they’ve built comes to a heart stopping halt. Decisions are made. Hearts are broken. But their love always remains.  Although this story is a bit lighter than her other books, I found it no less inspiring. Because that’s what Janet Nissenson’s writing does to you. She writes with meaning. With purpose. Sensual and compelling, this magnificent story is one that must be read! I’ve said this many times, but she is truly master at her craft of romance writing. Her refined prose never goes unnoticed as she navigates her reader through a story that reminds you that in love there is a gamble. You trust the person with your heart. This story is a true testament to love being the most frightening yet exhilarating risk a person can take.  Serenity is a wonderful addition to this series. With an engaging storyline of how opposites attract, the author brilliantly produced an unexpected love story against some challenging circumstances. It was a perfect blend of romance balanced with second chances and forgiveness. As expected, with this book, the author gave us a story with a lesson: to be fearless and honest in love. At all times. Phenomenally written and heartfelt, Serenity is certainly one of the most fascinating stories I’ve read all year. 
shobeteener 22 days ago
Matthew walks into a situation that no spouse ever wants to be in. After years of living his life for others it finally gives him the strength to start living life for himself. Having survived a relationship that dealt with the same issue I felt I really connected with Matthew and could feel his despair. He previously met Sasha at a friends wedding and they reconnected when his friend's gave him her information to get a massage. This two seems to have deep connection right from the start. Sasha fought against it for quite awhile as she has a strong ethic about not mixing work with pleasure. Sasha had turbulent childhood because of her parents. They had a very strong love/hate relationship. She's made a life for herself without turmoil and intends to keep it that way. These two seem to be going along strong until Matthew's estranged wife has his daughter pulling a stunt that sucks Matthew back in to be there for his kids. Wow, is all I can say about his wife. She is just unbelievable. I cheered when Matthew left his wife, his determination to work a very demanding career and still have time for his kids but then boo'd when he was a sucker and fell for his wife's ploy. I really felt for Sasha when they split. She loved Matthew enough to not make him chose between his kids and her. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it took Matthew too long to play hard ball with his wife so that he and his kids to have a happy future without her drama. Serenity is book 5 in the Inevitable Series. It can be a stand alone. I read the first 2 books in this series prior to reading this book and had no trouble following along and enjoying this book. We do revisit with characters from the the previous books and I feel if you read the books in order you'll get more depth from the series. I fully intend to go back and finish reading the series because it really is a good one. I think this book is very well written. .
BookReview4you 27 days ago
'Serenity' by Janet Nissenson is book Five in the "Inevitable" series. This is the story of Matthew Bennett and Sasha Fonseca. I feel this is easily a standalone book if you choose to do so. Matthew is a self proclaimed 'nerd' 'Geek' who is married to a 41 year old wife who through plastic surgery and his money looks younger than her age. She is in to younger men which finally becomes to much for Matthew. Matthew decided to go forward with a divorce. Matthew happens to meet Sasha at a Wedding about a month before he goes forward with a divorce. Meeting her, shows him really what he has been missing. Sasha is total different from him. Sasha is a yoga teacher and a hippie type personality. Where Matthew is a rich businesses man..up-type personality. But the attraction was immediately. But nothing happened and they didn't see each other until Matthew started fighting to get a divorce. Which with two kids does add to the mix. Sash is a loving caring person who for the first time Matthew feels someones wants to actually care for him and not what he has ...or does. I have loved the books that I have read so far in this series! This one did not let me down...loved it. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
MBurton 28 days ago
The nice guy gets ahead! We met Matthew and Sasha as side characters in the previous books with Tessa and Ian. I was very intrigued with what would become of these two. Their brief encounter at Tessa and Ian's wedding reception was very innocent, but you could tell the author was hinting at what was to come. The good thing is she repeats this moment in the beginning of this book so that it can be read as a standalone. At the time Matt was married, unhappily but still married. Now normally I would not want to read about a couple while one was with another. However, I was already rooting for Matthew to get far, far away from his wife before I even knew he was getting his own book. We got to see glimpses of his wife, Lindsey, in previous books that did not shine a good light on her character. It was obvious Lindsey was having affairs and using Matthew for his money. In this case, the nice guy was coming in last. That is, until he walks in on her and the young trainer at their gym. It was the last resort for Matthew and spurred him on to getting his life back, first by divorcing Lindsey. I'm usually not a fan of time jumps in stories but I really liked how this author gave us a moment in time with each month that passed. She needed to show the reality of how long it takes to get a divorce since Lindsey refused to sign the papers, but also show Matthew healing, meeting Sasha again and moving on. I felt like the time jumps flowed nicely. There are a lot of frustrating moments in this book. Lindsey's pride at being left and her greed for Matthews money was a huge battle in this book. Matthew truly is the nice guy. He was very sweet, and a protector, but he bordered on the line of being a doormat as well. He made a few bad choices trying to do right by his kids. It's easy to judge that from the outside looking in. Sasha is one of the better heroines I've read and while I think Matthew deserved someone like her, she also deserved to be put first. I normally gravitate more towards the strong Alpha's like Ian, but I also enjoy seeing the nice guy get his HEA and that's what you get in this book. I give this book 4 Inevitable Stars! ARC provided by author.