Title: The Eden Series #1: Unexpected Eden
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Publisher: Kensington Lyrical
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours
Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.
Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human - which makes her forbidden fruit?
Whoa. Uh, you know that term "fast-paced"? This is totally that.
Eryx and Lexi's romance is like a whirlwind on crack. Not that I'd know what that actually looks like, but if I did, this would be it. The story opens up in a rush of activity and events. Characters are introduced one right after the other. Secondary characters come into play and their importance is obvious. Trust me, you don't want to forget those secondary characters.
I liked Lexi except I think she was slightly too trusting too quickly when it came to Eryx. My reservations aren't a strike against either character because Eryx was good to her. Well, there is a little matter of lying by omission (whatever that's supposed to mean, lol) but he always had her best interest at heart. It sorta kinda canceled out his willingness to keep vital information from her, but not really. I don't know how to explain that jumble of thoughts right there because, truthfully, everything he did was for her benefit.
Eryx might be Malran (King of the Myren) on Eden, but Lexi was his reason for living. He'd waited years for her, looked for her just as long. Finally having her wasn't just a goal to usher in a new era on Eden; it was a means of completion for him. Aside from gaining his Malress (Queen), what else could he gain by forging a relationship with Lexi? Love, passion, lust, desire, wants, needs. A future. A family. True that he gained all of that but he gave her what she'd lacked her entire life: love and family, two things she didn't have growing up. In giving her those things, he gave her what she needed. In giving her his heart, he gave her the world.
Now, this story wouldn't be complete without a terrific antagonist, right? Ms. Morgan wrote the perfect one: Maxis Steysis. He's one hell of a nemesis for Eryx. He played his cards well, did a stellar job of stirring the pot and causing trouble. And that bitch he hooked up with? Eryx's insanely jealous ex? They're perfect for one another, two delusional people hell bent on bringing down a kingdom by any means necessary.
This is an amazing fantasy story. It moves quick in all aspects so don't skip ahead or blink because what you read on page thirteen is relative to what you read on page seventy-nine. It's also a great debut for a new series. I can't stress enough that this is a fast-paced story, but it's balanced, thought out, well written. Fantasy isn't for everyone--it's not a genre I indulge in often--but this is a very nice intro to fantasy romance that isn't overwhelming with sex or adventure or mystery or suspense.
Well done, Ms. Morgan. So... Will you be writing Galena's story next? Because I'd really love the healer to have a mate of her own, one who understands her gifts and compliments her in every way.
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Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.
Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic.
Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”