Title: Healing Eden
Series: Eden, Book 2
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
ARC Received From: Netgalley
Reviewed For: Book Enthusiast Promotions
In a world divided by war, falling in love is the ultimate betrayal.
Galena Shantos has never questioned her loyalty to Eden. As sister to the Myren king, she serves as a healer, one of the best in the army fighting to suppress the brutal Lomos Rebellion. She’s never doubted the importance of stopping the rebels bent on enslaving humans, until she spots a warrior across enemy lines—and knows instinctively that their destinies are entwined...
Rebellion warrior Reese Theron has nothing left to lose. He’s been forced to fight on the wrong side of a war he abhors in order to protect his family secret. His honor lost, as well as the trust of his own people, Reese has thrown himself into a battle he cannot possibly hope to survive. But after being rescued by a beautiful woman whose exquisite eyes seem to see him for more than the traitor he’s become—he may have just found a new reason to live...
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Healing Eden is Galena and Reese's story. It's one of redemption and destiny. Galena is a healer and Reese, who once belonged to her brother's kingdom, is the enemy. Well, he's a reluctant enemy. Unable to let secrets be made known, Reese lost his place in the Myren army and found himself forced to fight for Myren's enemy, Maxis. His decision to sacrifice himself for Galena put him firmly in enemy territory, locked away because he is a traitor.
But Galena doesn't see him as that. She doesn't see him as the enemy. So she saves him, heals him even though he feels unworthy of her touch, of her gesture. Her act connects them in ways they didn't expect and opens the door to a love that is fiery and consuming. Their relationship isn't without hurdles. There's still the fact that Reese harbors secrets he'd rather Galena not know about and that he was fighting for Myren's enemy. It wasn't Galena who needed convincing of his goodness but rather her brothers, Eryx and Ramsay.
Like the first book, this one moves quickly. Pay attention or you'll miss something (like the introduction of a third race that, for me, hints that things are going to change in the battle between good and evil). Yet, despite the rapid pace, Ms. Morgan manages to build Reese and Galena's relationship slowly, steadily, giving it time to develop from lust to love, for trust to grow between them so Galena's brothers listened when she vouched for Reese.
I loved Unexpected Eden and couldn't wait for Healing Eden to come out. The wait was worth it. Ms. Morgan has, once again, written a book that is filled with incredible characters, mystery, suspense, action, and love. Oh, and world building! Ms. Morgan knows how to world build without info dumping, and does it so well you won't need to read Unexpected Eden to appreciate the Myren world. My fingers are crossed that Ramsay gets his story next. I can't wait to meet the person who is his equal, on and off the battlefields.
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.”
So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.