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Serena James has ambitions of becoming a speed racer. She might be from a rough neighborhood but she’s pure class and quality. Supermodel Elray Carter is not a racer but his brothers are and he moves in their circle. He is immediately captivated by the beautiful woman, Serena, who is unstoppable on a bike. Serena has feelings for Elray but she doubts whether he could truly love a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. They embark on a tentative romance that is quickly destroyed by Serena’s home life. After a brief stint away, Serena returns to pick up her life but she’s not alone; she gave birth to Elray’s daughter while away. Elray is angry but happy to learn he has fathered a child and has every intention of being there for his child and Serena. The separation showed them they have deeper feelings worth exploring. As Serena and Elray become close once again their relationship suffers another blow, this time one more devastating than the first. Elray must stand up to his responsibilities as a man but Serena is not sure she has it in her to be the supportive partner he will need.

Just when you think you’ve read enough and found the best, then comes another novel that just shifts your perspective. Serena by Tiffany Parker did that for me. I was prepared to like the novel because I thought the plot was interesting but the more I read, the more I got caught up in these characters and their lives. There are some really entertaining although sometime somber issues addressed in the novel. Substance and sexual abuse, abandonment by a parent, children who cope with being the product of a relationship not forged from love and so much more are addressed in the novel. Serena gives the readers all these deep topics but holds its integrity as a contemporary romance novel. Serena’s character is a perfect example of an author thinking out of the box because a female who rides and works on race cars in not your typical female heroine. This makes her super-sexy especially since she does all that but remains very sensual at the same time. Elray is a model and he’s simply breathtaking. He could have any woman but he only desires Serena. After completing this novel, I read the author’s bio and I must say Ms. Parker is on point when she shares that her “romances deal with real life and real issues prevalent in relationships.” This is my first exposure to Ms. Parker’s work and I am definitely a new fan. Serena is excellent, excellent writing; a story that is gripping, gut-wrenching and heartfelt. I love a romance that tells it like it is but gives you a sweet, sweet ending. Serena will be a favorite for many readers for many reasons.

~ Susan for ARe Cafe ( )
  AReCafe | Apr 24, 2013 |
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