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When billion-dollar heiress Kaya Lowen is kidnapped, her devoted bodyguard vows to stop at nothing to get her back. But, as Kaya gets her first taste of freedom away from barred windows, armed guards, and a father with questionable motives, a dark family secret begins to unravel and she wonders if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor is safer than being found. AtWhen billion-dollar heiress Kaya Lowen is kidnapped, her devoted bodyguard vows to stop at nothing to get her back. But, as Kaya gets her first taste of freedom away from barred windows, armed guards, and a father with questionable motives, a dark family secret begins to unravel and she wonders if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor is safer than being found. At least, that’s what her heart is telling her. Her head is saying run...Now the hunt is on. Deep in the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains, Kaya and her captors endure the worst Mother Nature can throw at them. While they are relentlessly pursued across rugged terrain and through raging storms, the captivating stranger who stole her from her father also steals her heart. Caught in the middle of a deadly game, Kaya desperately tries to do the right thing as her rescuers draw ever closer. Her survival soon comes down to a difficult choice—one she must make—between old loyalties and new love. Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and the power of finding your own voice on an epic journey of life-or-death love....

Title : Serenade
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ISBN : 9781634222204
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 346 Pages
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Serenade Reviews

  • Zøe Haslie
    2018-12-10 04:19

    · “Kaya Lowen. I finally have the name of the girl who has haunted me for the last 1968 hours.”·For the first time in a long while, I don’t think my words can do justice to this awesome book I just read. But, I have to try anyways! First off, this book iscurrently free on Amazon, so you should definitely download it in two clicks!Now, I can move on to talk about the book. Kaya has lived her entired life guarded, protected… or should we say trapped in a golden cage? She was never free to go or do anything. She was never alone. And no matter where she goes or what she does, her life will always be at risk because of her name: Kaya Lowen, future heir to a farmaceutical empire. Through the years, her father has managed to make a fair share of enemies who are willing to hurt Kaya to get to him.When she turns eighteen, Kaya only has one wish: to participate in the Death Race, a 24-hour marathon in the mountains in extreme conditions. To get “brownie points”, his dad accepts, and that’s when things start, because during the race, Kaya is kidnapped!Far from being the villains in the story, Kaya gets to know her kidnappers and their stories, what moved them to commit such a crime and what lays in their hearts. But, most importantly, she finds love at first sight in Luke, and Luke feels the same for her.To make things worst, Kaya’s engaged to her bodyguard, Oliver, who she thinks she loves but she’s not sure she is in love with. I will confess that I feel love and hate towards Oliver. He can be the most tender person in the world one minute and turn into a sexist, authoritative asshole the next, and that’s not romantic!Throughout pages of adventure in the middle of the Canadian mountains, Kaya will find out things about herself, her past, her new friends, her future and people who surround her. Kaya will learn to break free from his father’s imprisionment and start to trust her own judgement and make her own decitions. Moreover, she turns into a bad-ass heroine rather than becoming a damsel in distress.This book surprised me in every possible level ♥ The characters are beautifully built, the plot keeps moving forwards, dragging the reader through the pages, the descriptions are magical and the cover… OMG the cover! Even though Kaya is the main narrator, we get different points of view: from the kidnappers and from her bodyguards, and I must admit that I’m not a big fan of this in general (and I tend to find masculine points of view slightly depressing and super emotional), but Heather McKenzie did an amazing job at keeping her characters reliable, plausible and, above all, unique. Finally, I’m not gonna talk about lose ends, because I feel they will be readdressed in the coming books, but I would like to know where the heck Angela is! =)Some Quotes:“There are so many things in the world I want to show you. You should let me.”“The whole world is ours, Kaya. We can go, or do, whatever you want.”

  • Julie
    2018-11-19 03:20

    When I received this book (from who I think was an editor for Heather McKenzie), I really didn't know what to think. I don't really read Young Adult novels any more and when I saw that it was published by Clean Teen Publishing ... I REALLY didn't know what to think. What I DID know is that the blurb for this book was intriguing. Here's the deal, it's not any secret that I appreciate a well placed f-bomb or a steamy sex scene in a book. While I don't seek those things out when choosing a book, I also don't mind them. But the words 'clean teen' made me think that there would be scenes that were a bit watered down. Dude. Not the case. I didn't find this out until after I finished the book but Clean Teen is all about just letting the reader know what they will find within the pages - kind of like a rating on a movie. Anyway, onto the book. THE. BOOK. Holy crap. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. And maybe I went into it with some preconceived notions but those were all shot down VERY quickly and I was able to immerse myself into the interesting life of Kaya. Kaya is this amazing girl that has been through so much yet, amazingly enough, it didn't kill her spirit. I think that she is a super strong character that needs to be seen more in Young Adult novels. I don't really want to get into any secondary characters because well, I don't want to ruin the twists and turns on these pages. But I will say this, as a reader, you're going to REALLY struggle with whom to support. The author did a great job of putting the reader through the push and pull of good and bad. Who is good and who is bad? Don't worry. Your alliance will shift quite a few times as you steamroll through Serenade. The story moves along quite swiftly but not jarringly so. It's just the perfect pace. I didn't find myself getting bored or skipping even a single sentence. It was a little shocking, how fast I flew through the words on these pages. I just couldn't get enough of Kaya and her life - how things were, how things became and what could be for her future, if there was one. It's nice getting to the end of the book and being left with absolutely NO questions about characters or the plot.It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a romantic suspense this much ... probably since my last Sandra Brown and that is saying something. ESPECIALLY for a first book from an author. Are you kidding me?!? THIS is what you're coming out of the gate with? Geez. I'm in trouble. I'll be stalking library shelves indefinitely for this author - she had me hooked after the first page. Lifetime fan. SO good. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!

  • Tonja Drecker
    2018-11-24 04:28

    Intrigue, tension and danger pack these pages the whole way through. Kaya is a rich man's daughter who lives in a castle in the mountains, which might sound like the perfect life. Except, it's not. Thanks to a grandfather who wants to see her dead, she's under constant, heavy security. No friends. No life outside of the bodyguards and her nanny. When secrets start to unfold, she discovers that her grandfather isn't the only deadly threat in her life.My favorite part of this book is the great outdoors. This takes place in the rustic mountains and the landscape comes to life. The descriptions paint lovely scenes and place the reader between pines, rocks and waterfalls. Even Kaya's room and surroundings gain vividness without the text every tipping into wordiness.Kaya is a pretty down to earth character--all things considered. Almost too much so. She lives a very sheltered life but has a strong personality and adapts easily. She's caring, has a warm heart and overflows in determination. It's easy to root for her the whole way through. Those around her are just as vibrant and personality rich as Kaya, and round off the scenes well.Action and tension ride high the whole way through with mounds of unexpected twists and turns. There are layers upon layers of secrets, most which are hard to predict and catch by the surprise. Bad guys meld with the good ones, making it hard to know what the real intentions are. Not everything falls into place, leaving several holes scattered throughout. The reasoning behind several secrets laid a little thin.Romance rides high and grabs with amazing heroes. But even these have intentions which aren't crystal clear. The author does a terrific job keeping a shadow of doubt over the purity of the love and danger which might lurk within. There is a love triangle and a hard hitting 'love at first sight', which lacked a bit of reality. All in all, this is an engaging read and is sure to keep young adult suspense fans on the edge of their seats, and dreaming of what book two will bring.I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to leave my thoughts.

  • Dani (The Pluviophile Writer)
    2018-11-29 11:13

    Ah to be rich… but restricted in life and in love. Set in an iconic Canadian setting, this novel is an action-packed YA romance.Review at The Pluviophile Reader: http://bit.ly/2hUK56k4/5 stars.Read from December 20 to 21, 2016.ebook.Cheers to Heather McKenzie for providing me with an ARC edition of this book for an honest review. I love to read and support new authors! It has been a while since I’ve read a YA novel and even longer since I read one with some substance so this was a refreshing read.Kaya Lowen, by all appearances, lives the life that every teenager dreams about: She is the heiress of a billion dollar company and lives the life of luxury with her family in a castle in Banff, Canada. However, Kaya’s life is anything but easy as there are those that wish to assassinate her, meaning that Kaya is heavily guarded at all times and is nearly a prisoner in her own home. Smart and stubborn, Kaya is constantly at odds with those around her in a fight for her independence. Thankfully Kaya has a close bond with the people who protect her. Stephen has become more like a father to her since her own is never around and the youngest guard, Oliver, has begun to catch her eye. As that intrigue turns into love, Kaya meets a stranger on the evening of her 18th birthday that leaves her questioning her relationship with Oliver and the idea of love. Confused and distressed, Kaya’s world comes apart when she is kidnapped and starts to discover some of her family’s darkest secrets.Kaya is a likeable and down to earth character, however she is naive which, considering her upbringing, makes sense. One of the things I loved best about Kaya is that she is an endurance runner. The first chapter drew me in with the descriptions of her running. The author must also be a runner to be able to describe that feeling so well. Kaya even wants to run the one of the most iconic Canadian ultras, The Death Race, which is a 125 km run in the Rocky Mountains.As a Canadian living abroad it was also wonderful to get such beautiful descriptions of Banff, a place I have run and visited many times. It made me miss home. What was also great about this book was the intense pace it kept. There were no lulls in the story or with the romance and the scenes were adventurous and exciting. The last quarter of the book is riveting and the twist about Kaya’s father is jaw-dropping; that bastard is a selfish madman!Additionally, the author, whether on purpose or not, shows what the beginnings of a controlling and unhealthy relationship looks like. Oliver eventually outright claims Kaya and strips her of her independence and makes her believe it is for her own safety. It was refreshing to see Kaya come into her own as a character in these aspects.There were two aspects of this novel I wasn’t keen on, one is the title. It doesn’t seem to relate well to the novel but the story line is going to become a series so perhaps that will make a bit more sense later, or perhaps the author is going a similar title approach to the Twilight series. The second aspect of this novel I wasn’t keen on was the love at first sight that was introduced with the mysterious stranger that Kaya meets. I mean, I get it. It seems wonderful to think that you can be that swept off your feet and in love but it was a bit over the top for me. However, I seriously struggle with most romance as it is so for those that are more into romance than myself the author did a great job.McKenzie is a promising author that is going to give readers and powerhouse trilogy that will be sure to be successful. I would recommend this novel for YA and romance lovers, as well for readers who are runners.

  • Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
    2018-11-21 09:30

    Read my full review at http://blackwords-whitepages1977.blog...WOW, what an awesome and refreshing read full of love, hate, surprises, mystery, loyalty and everything in between. I enjoyed it very much. The characters were phenomenal and felt as if I could connect with Kaya and all she had to go through physically and emotionally. The story-line was extremely addicting and I found myself glued to the story from beginning to end. There was always something happening at the turn of every page. I also loved the mysterious secrets throughout the story. This author truly has a knack for story-telling and spinning it just enough to keep you guess and needing to read more. This is a spectacular debut read and I highly recommend it.Clean Teen Publishing provided me with a digital ARC copy of the book for review purposes only. No remuneration was exchanged.

  • Samantha McLaughlin
    2018-11-27 04:10

    I WISH IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GIVE SERENADE 1,000 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Heather McKenzie's debut novel was outstanding and beautiful and perfect while some of the characters were imperfect and rotten (referring to you, Oliver) and amazing and outstanding and crisply written. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book this much. I highly recommend it; Serenade featured a heroine that is admirable and relatable to girls and women of all ages, with a kind, gentle, and steady-minded man named Luke. All of the characters were fresh, had their moments of humor and weakness, and rounded out the novel in a smashing debut. I'm so delighted that I found this book at my Barnes and Noble, and am looking forward to the sequel - Nocturne.

  • Sherri
    2018-12-03 04:07

    Sooo, Sooo Good! Wow, this book was a wild ride! Like nothing I've read before. I never new what to expect. It had some of the most heart melting moments, but was intense most the time. I was nervous because it's the first book in a trilogy and the second one isn't quite out yet and I don't like cliffhangers, but the ending was even great! Sooo, Sooo Good!! Read it!!

  • Claire Drewsen
    2018-11-24 07:26

    WowI’ve read many books and many genres. I have some favorite authors and not so favorite ones. This book is the first book I’ve read by this author, but if any of her others are as good as this one, she will be in my favorite authors list (which is VERY short). Really, if she’s added it’ll make it 3 authors total. This book is very reality based. There is nothing really unrealistic about it and that’s why I Love is so much. Almost all of the books I’ve read have something unrealistic to them, but not this one. This has a very well put together plot and everything is tied up really well with a bow. I definitely recommend this book! It’s fabulous.

  • Vanessa
    2018-11-18 03:29

    Not my typical read, but when I finally picked up my advanced copy, I was pleasantly surprised. I don't tend to like teen and YA but I had a hard time putting this one down. Solid first novel - will definitely follow the series as it comes out.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2018-12-04 08:06

    Kaya is having a pretty tough time. She is accompanied by bodyguards everywhere and not allowed to leave her home.Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Kimberly Pinzon
    2018-12-04 06:15

    I was very surprised of how much I liked this book. Throughout the novel, I saw Kaya development as a character which made me like it so much more. Another thing is that it also brought up the topic of panic attacks a bit (not the main topic of the book) it was nice to see. Overall it was such a good read that I will continue reading the series once they come out.

  • Tanya Hough
    2018-12-01 04:12

    For a teen book, this really grew on me. It is complex and different with lots of interesting elements. I look forward to reading the rest of the books. 3.7

  • K.
    2018-11-15 04:31

    The story was fasinating. It kept me engrossed because I kept asking myself why was this happening. It even addressed my concerns regarding Kaya's ignorance of her fathers treachery. I'm not sure I can accept Oliver's click of the switch behavior, but I'm thinking book two will address this. I recommend this series.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-11-25 09:25

    This book kept me on my toes, I couldn’t put it down. Dramatic and lovely!

  • Jane
    2018-12-02 06:23

    I was asked to review this book by librarything.comWhat s great read - debut novel too. Got it all mystery, love, hatred and friendship.The author has created good characters ,secrets, twists and turns, cliff hangers and melting moments.Kaya father is rich, and does not want her out of his sight, grandfather wants to see her dead and under security- well what a life!As secrets emerge the twists with come and turn. Enjoy this to the very end

  • Connie Zinsmeister
    2018-12-12 07:12

    The bestLove, confusion, kidnapping, intrigue, good guys that look like bad guys. This has it all. Poor Kaya has a lot of choices to make.

  • Poulami
    2018-12-02 06:07

    Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*This book really took me on for a ride. So many things happened in this book and I enjoyed it very much.Kaya desperately wants to live a normal life which is impossible as she is the sole heiress of a billion dollar company. Her father doesn't give her the time of the day and she is left in the company of her bodyguard and other security officers who in due time has become her only friends. But when she gets kidnapped she comes face to face with a whole new reality she didn't even think of. Now, it's up to Kaya to decide if she wants to go back into that prison of a house or finally start listening to her heart.The plot was pretty interesting and it kept me engaged throughout the book. Kaya's life is a lot like Rapunzel. She is not allowed to go anywhere outside the premise marked by her father and guards accompany her 24/7. I liked Kaya from the very beginning, she was smart and caring and just craved for a normal life. And with only a few people in her life, she has grown close to the guards, especially Stephen and Oliver. Stephen was more a father to her than a guard and I really loved him. But Oliver... eh, not so much. I didn't like him much and as the book proceeded, my dislike for him grew more and more. He definitely cared for Kaya but in a weird twisted way, it seemed like he thought he owned her after she agreed to his proposal of marriage.Nonetheless, I enjoyed how the plot was executed. After Kaya gets kidnapped, things take a different turn. We are introduced to three more people- Luke, Seth, and Reagan. I didn't know what to think of them at first but slowly they warmed up to my heart. I liked Luke, a lot and it was pretty obvious that he and Kaya had chemistry. The only thing that I didn't enjoy much in the whole book was the insta-love. I just wished their relationship was more explored because there was plenty of scope for it.I was glad to see how Kaya handled everything in a mature way and I really loved Luke when he decided to stand by her with whatever decision she took. The plot twist was really, really good. I didn't expect that to happen. There were so many secrets that Kaya's father kept to himself and oh my gosh, I hated him so much. And that revelation at the end was mind-blowing, I can't wait to see what happens next!Overall. Serenade was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I enjoyed the characters. The insta-love was the only thing that I disliked in this book but I did love Kaya and Luke together. The writing was beautiful and smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. There was not a single dull moment in this book and I will be waiting eagerly for the next one in this series!Recommend it?Yes.

  • Rachel Barnard
    2018-12-09 04:15

    Kaya lives a guarded life as the heiress to a medical company worth a fortune, but her father doesn’t ever want to relinquish control and will go to insane lengths to make sure his greed is satisfied.Kaya wants to be normal, but when she’s constantly surrounded by her male bodyguards she doesn’t have a chance, until her father consents to let her run in a weekend long 125km foot race. All is well as she is fiercely protected until one by one her guards drop out of the race. Even her new Fiancé bodyguard must leave her to finish herself, but before she can make it to the end, she is kidnapped.Female heroine. Check. Adventure with high stakes. Check. Strong and powerful story with intrigue and secrets. Check.I loved nearly everything about this story. As soon as I was fully engaged (at the mention of Death Race), I couldn’t put this one down. It had everything I hope for and love in a YA book.Though I roll my eyes at instant love, the powerful bond of the love in this story swept me away and I believed it with every fiber of my imagination, just as Kaya does with every fiber of her soul. I’ve never read an instalove that I could believe in like that in Serenade.The story was solid and the plot (when it got going) was so well developed and rolled out like a great action movie. Subplots kept me questioning every secret.The best part of this book, however, was Kaya (and maybe the powerful storytelling/writing style). Kaya comes from a rich and entitled background, but she is not a spoiled princess. Yes she hurts. Yes she complains. Yes she gets emotionally overwhelmed. And of course she makes wrong choices! She’s only a teenager after all. But she is resilient and thoughtful and never gives in. She is logical and emotional and I can’t wait for more of her!The writing style and powerful way the author can showcase emotions makes me eager to read anything McKenzie will write next- fiction, nonfiction, picture books, or anything.I received an ARC of this novel.

  • Darlene Qualls
    2018-12-01 03:06

    Couldn't put it down. A great book.

  • M.
    2018-11-13 11:03

    Interesting story. I look forward to reading more from the trilogy.

  • Laurie
    2018-11-29 07:09

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and exciting. I thought Kaya acted unreasonably immature, especially in the first half, when she made multiple “promises” but with fingers crossed behind her back. I could tolerate one such lie, but it just happened too many times so that I literally found myself growling when she did it again and again. Of course, Kaya has been isolated and protected her entire life so it’s reasonable to conclude that she is developmentally stunted in some areas.Kaya has been manipulated continuously by those closest to her. The bizarre nature of the plot against Kaya is revealed in bits and pieces as the story progresses. The author did a good job keeping the suspense taut and believable as the depth of her father’s depravity becomes clearer and faithful Oliver’s role gets muddier. Finally, I should mention that this book is written from multiple points of view. This seems to be the modern style as it is becoming a rather common practice these days. I, personally find the various points of view distracting and sometimes even confusing, but this author did clearly let the reader know which character was up and center. I really ended up appreciating Kaya’s often difficult journey of self-discovery and her loyal, compassionate nature.Reviewed by Laurie-J

  • Adrea Bock
    2018-11-26 07:22

    Great love story and an ending you dont expectGood intermingling plots that are completed in a not-all-is-finished kind if way but still leaves you feeling accomplished. Damsel in distress the whole way through. I want to see Kaya become a heroine in book two bc she felt like she was never in control. Some situations she pulled through were ex machina (right tool suddenly appears at the right time with no growth to it) It's still a story I want to keep reading. :)

  • Christina Reads
    2018-12-09 09:30

    Oh no... It clearly wasn’t what I expected... it started well but the insta love just put me off completely and half way through the book took another turn. Everything that could go wrong went wrong and then some, to the point that it made me uncomfortable to continue reading it.. I had lots of issues with the story and to be honest for the last few pages I just speed read to finish it.

  • sapient
    2018-11-25 06:05

    Long and boringTo be honest I didn't finish this book. It began with an interesting premise but then became endlessly repetitive. I found I was dreading getting back to it so finally gave up. I think editing out about half would have been an improvement.

  • Angela
    2018-11-16 06:10

    DNF at 40%. Characters don’t make any sense.