Intensity (The Path to Serenity, #1) by C.C. Koen

Intensity (The Path to Serenity, #1)

What would you do to improve your life?Twenty-one-year-old Serena Thomas is faced with a tough decision. Unable to get ahead of debt and loneliness since her grandmother’s death she finds a new job, placing the sheltered virgin in an underground escort business. She tells herself it’s just a temporary life choice, but destiny has a different plan. She meets a mysterious and gorgeous man, who happens to be her new boss. Will Serena fit in or w...


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TitleIntensity (The Path to Serenity, #1)
Author
Release DateOct 13th, 2014
PublisherAmazon Digital Services
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages200 pages
GenreRomance, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Rating

Reviews Intensity (The Path to Serenity, #1)

  • Nicole
    2014-10-31
    ARC provided in exchange for honest review.While I liked this book, the story wasn't quite what I expected. Somewhat understandable why Serena chose to go the route that she did in order to deal with the financial calamity that she's had to endure with her grandmother's health and subsequent death. I would have thought the story would be focused more on Serena's experience after gaining employment with the escort service, but there's actually ver...
  • Jennifer
    2014-11-29
    * A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour * Amazon Link---->> Intensity ~ 3.5 - 4 Stars ~I have to admit I am not sure really how to review this book. I have a love/hate feeling towards it. I was intrigued by this book because of the blurb. I love a good escort storyline.What I really enjoyed about this book was that the storyline was different from other escort stories I have read. This wasn't the typical escort love story wit...
  • Lustful Literature
    2014-10-28
    ** JOSIE'S 4 STAR REVIEW ** Intensity by C.C. Koen is a fast pace read. The author gives us a deep and intense love story that is filled with secrets, passion, difficult pasts and finding love. I loved that although this was a short read (for me anyway) the author did not leave any details out at all.Serena Thomas is 24 years old. She has lost her grandmother to Cancer and because of the increased medical bills she was not able to pay the mortga...
  • Hooked On Books
    2014-10-09
    Reviewed for hookedonbooks.Wow what a breath of fresh air. You know that one novel you read and your sad that you came to a end ? Thats how I'm feeling right now :-( Serena's Gram was diagnosed with cancer and thats when her roller coaster started. She quit college to stay by her side, then when her gram passed she was left alone and on her own. At twenty-one she was a hundred thousand dollars in debt. Costs for treatments and in-home nursing car...
  • Natasha
    2014-10-12
    The blurb to this book hooked me right away. I was so excited to jump into this book. And the cover, well who doesn’t like a martini?What would you do to improve your life?Serena Thomas is a twenty-one year old who has been through so many hurdles that she just wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Her grandmother has lost her battle with cancer leaving behind a long list of medical bills. No matter what she does she can’t seem to ...
  • Three Chicks
    2014-10-12
    The blurb to this book hooked me right away. I was so excited to jump into this book. And the cover, well who doesn’t like a martini?What would you do to improve your life?Serena Thomas is a twenty-one year old who has been through so many hurdles that she just wants to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Her grandmother has lost her battle with cancer leaving behind a long list of medical bills. No matter what she does she can’t seem to ...
  • Casey
    2014-10-30
    Review originally posted at Ramblings From This ChickIntensity by C.C. Koen is the first part of Lincoln and Serena's story. Their story will continue in a second book set to release in the fall 2015. While their story is not over yet, the reader is not left with a huge cliffhanger at the end of Intensity. I liked that we are left wanting more, but that it wasn't the cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers. I really enjoyed the first part of Linc and...
  • LA Spiez
    2015-02-03
    "My soul's first embrace, cradled you with tender loving care,My heart entwined to yours, enlivened from beat one.My love transcends eternity, a guiding star enlightening the darkness.May your soul nurture.May your heart treasure.May your love transpireTwenty-one year old Serena Thomas has been dealing with more than any twenty-one year old should have to deal with. Abandoned by her mother, she's been raised by her gram. By Serena's own admission...
  • Kim Howlett
    2014-10-18
    Intensity. 4 stars The blurb to this book is exactly the sort of book I like to read. I was very excited to read this book just from reading the blurb. OMG then I saw the cover of the book and it was perfect. It was stunning, if I hadn't already read the blurb I would of been drawn in just by the cover. It's got to be one of my favourite covers ive seen this year. When I got the book, I read it the following day, as I couldn't wait to get my hand...
  • Angela Goodrich
    2014-10-28
    First off, when I signed up to review this book there wasn’t anything stating that it was the first book in the series. Fortunately Ms. Koen has written Intensity without ending it with a cliffhanger, but rather she ended it in such a way that although Serena and Linc’s story is not finished I was left feeling satisfied with this chapter in their lives. The author left me wanting the next book in the series so that I can see how their relatio...
  • Stefanie Kral
    2014-09-24
    ✯✯4 Intense Stars!!✯✯ This is C.C. Koen debut book and I really enjoyed it. It moved pretty quickly. There were parts that were definitely far fetched for me. But, that didn't make me not like it.Serena is 21yrs old and her grandma her only family just lost her battle with cancer. Serena is working a bunch of jobs to try and pay off all her grandmothers medical bills. Unfortunately, she couldn't catch up and she lost her grandmothers hou...
  • Between The Lines Book Blog
    2014-10-27
    This is a debut novel from C.C. Koen and what a debut it was. I picked this book up because of the interesting synopsis and for the most part I was not disappointed. Koen creates a world that you can get lost in. Characters that you can’t help but care for and love. Serena is a woman that is trying to find her way after her grandmother dies from cancer. She is in an insane amount of debt and is working three jobs to try and fix it. During her c...
  • KC -- Reading Is My Superpower
    2014-10-08
    3 1/2 rounded up to 4The synopsis on this grabbed me.... I mean a virgin working in an escort service?? How does that work?? So I dove in.. needing to find out how this was going to play out.... I figured she would get sold to the highest bidder.... but Im not going to tell you... you'll have to read to find out ;)I didn't love this one. I didnt hate this one. I just felt it kind of drug and then BOOM everything happened at the end and it made it...
  • books are love
    2014-11-17
    This a sweet no angst romance. From the beginning you know that Linc Andersen have a attraction and connection. She walks in the door and both are drawn to each other. Only she is their to be a escort to pay bills and get her house back and he’s not only the boss but has guilt over something from his past that isn’t his fault. To keep Serena;s virginity in tact and allow him to get close to her, Linc makes her exclusive to him. Something neve...
  • ✿ℎazℯℓ - thℯ ℛock Cℎick ℱairy✿
    2015-01-13
    HOT.This is a straight forward hot read about two very unfortunate people who find each other in a really umm.. unconventional situation. I say straight forward because when they meet, sparks INSTANTLY fly. Now I know what most of you would say.. RED FLAG, RED FLAG... Like at first sight doesn't really work well! I would say that too, but having the chance to read this, I would definitely say that it's not as bad as it sounds.I also say unconvent...
  • Falling In Fall Book Blog
    2014-11-07
    ***A gifted copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.***~*Review by Jodie Rae*~Serena Thomas is a twenty-year old virgin. Feeling backed into a corner, Serena finds herself working at an escort business. Serena is already working two jobs just to get ahead of thousands of dollars in debt. Serena's grandma has lost her battle with cancer leaving behind a long list of medical bills for treatments and her other needs. She also had to quit ...
  • Jamie Zishka
    2014-11-14
    Intensity was a story of a girl trying to fight her way out of debt and loneliness, but what she will discovers will surpass anything she ever expected. I would give this book a 4 stars. The passion that ignites with this couple will steam up your kindles, and the mystery and angst will have you flipping pages quickly to get the answer your looking for. I will definitely recommend this book to others. Serena has lost a lot in life and now she fin...
  • Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
    2014-10-28
    5 Stars!Sexy. Edgy. Daring. Suspenseful. Jaw Dropping.I loved this book! Holy crap! I love it when a book grabs a hold of me and doesn't let go, offering me an experience that will leave me with a book hangover and let me tell you.... this is that book! This book is full of twists and turns that are totally unexpected. This book was nothing like I expected it to be and I am so glad I gave it a chance.! It was daring, edgy, suspenseful, sexy, naug...
  • Mia
    2014-08-13
    Intensity is very special book, since its story is so different than any other and so damn unpredictable!Every twist and every turn the story takes is unexpected and brilliantly developed. The characters take us in one helluva ride and we love every second of it!I couldn’t put it down!! Serena is such a lovely character! She has a good heart, but she isn’t naive or crying her heart out over men. She is a good and loyal friend. She isn’t fea...
  • Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
    2014-11-05
    3.5 stars out of 5It was more than trying to improve her life. She was hardly surviving after losing her Grandma, losing the house to foreclosure, and still barely making ends meet while holding three jobs.Serena was looking for a solution and Linc's offer was a godsend. Being an escort was not an easy decision for her to make. Linc recognized this and he was not about to let anyone touch her.This was an entertaining story. It shows potential and...
  • Michie Scott
    2014-11-05
    My reviewRating - 4 BooksI received ARC in exchange for an honest review.This is a fast pace story, upon reading the blurb I was hooked right away. Lincoln is a male alpha that most readers will truly love. He is so sweet,caring and loving. I can't read his mind,he have so many secrets that I'm dying to know like what other business he have and I hope the author will also make a sequel using Lincoln's POV.Serena loves her gram so much,she is very...
  • Vanessa Sims
    2015-02-03
    Serena is down on her luck. When her friend Mylaynee tells her about her job as an escort, Serena is skeptical at first. But being in debt doesn’t give you a lot of choices. She takes her friend up on the job offer and becomes a bartender working for Linc.Everything is smooth sailing, but when the boss starts to show interest in Serena, some of the girls don’t like her to much, but what they don’t know is she can hold her own.This story is ...
  • Countrygalssexyreads
    2014-11-07
    The story starts off with Serena; she gives up so much to be by the side of her sick grandmother. Then when her Gram passes away she is left to pick up the pieces and is left with a huge debt. She is lonely and left alone in this world. Poor thing is only twenty one and left with those responsibilities. She was too prideful to let her Gram know how much debt there was. Her friend Mylaynee was her God send, I guess you could say and offered her a ...
  • loves 2 read romance
    2014-11-07
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.All I can say is WOW! If this is an idea of a debut novel then I can't wait to see what will follow. This book was refreshingly different. Serena is trying to keep her head above water working three jobs and struggling to pay her grandmother's left over medical expenses. Mylaynee presents her with an option to make more money in a week than she makes with all of her jobs. This opportunity however may ...
  • Taylor Freeman
    2014-10-23
    I would love for Linc and Serena's book to have ended with this book but I'm still looking forward to their conclusion. Linc was hard to get a read on. He was secretive for most of the book but was affectionate with Serena pretty much all the time.What I did like was that since the first meeting it was set that she was to be "his and only his" which I liked. No games no bullshit, he straight up told her that he wanted her and did everything he co...
  • Melissa
    2015-01-22
    I read the blurb for this book and received it long before I decided to read it and I am glad I did because I believe the blurb gives a little too much away. But whether or not you agree with me on that, this book was amazing. The characterization is just done so spectacularly you are thrown into the middle of a situation with two people who are extremely independent and honorable.Lincoln and Serena are two people who are meant for each other and...
  • Jennifer
    2015-01-11
    OMG. At first I thought this book was going to be similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. In the end it was so much better. I was pleasantly surprised.Serena gave up so much of her life to take care of her grandma. When her grandma is died and the debt keeps pulling up, Serena must find something to do. Life hands her the bone she wants. It just so happens to be in the form of Linc, her hot new boss. Serena and Linc figure out that they were brought tog...
  • EscapeNBooks
    2014-12-09
    I received a copy of this book from the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. For some unknown reason when I first started reading this book, I had trouble getting into it. I put it down for a few days, picked it up today and haven't been able to put it down since. At first "sight" Simon and Serena are such interesting and diverse characters. But, when you begin to read and truly understand their characters, there is a parallel i...
  • Meghna
    2015-12-08
    I don't want to ruin the story here but......I totally did not expect a story about escorts to be so clean!! The little bit of sex that was there was a little underwhelming to say the least. If you prefer your books to be more PG then for the most part this one is perfect. That being said this is definitely not a YA novel. I would not recommend this book to anyone less than 18 years because of the subject matter.The other thing I found surprising...
  • A Tasty Read Book Reviews
    2014-10-31
    Definitely a mix of sexy and sweet, INTENSITY is an exciting Debut from C.C. Koen.I honestly wasn't sure where the story was going, but from the first page, just the fantastic descriptions of the surroundings and smells, I felt like I was a part of the story, and that was what kept me reading, page after page, after page!This contemporary romance with a hint of heat will have you frustrated with Linc, our hero, and wanting the answers to a zillio...