ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Unexpected Eden’ (Eden Series – Book #1) by Rhenna Morgan.
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Title: UNEXPECTED EDEN
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Series: Eden Series (book #1)
Publishing date: December 29th, 2014 (Review based on an ARC-early copy)
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Paradise, love, power…and a prophecy with a price.
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 she Myren, or human, which makes her forbidden fruit?
When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘UNEXPECTED EDEN (Eden Series book #1)’:
‘Unexpected Eden’ is the first novel of the Eden Series and was definitely such a lovely surprise. I rarely read and review novels from the Paranormal and Fantasy genres but I’m glad I was given the chance to check this one out. Reader’s are able to get a good feel of the story through the three P.O.V.’s(point of views) in this story of Alexis “Lexi” Merrill, Eryx Shantos, and Maxis Steysis.
Alexis “Lexi” Merrill is a beautiful black haired woman who works as a bartender in order to take care of herself now that she’s an adult and on her own. She was raised in foster homes but eventually grew out of the system. She has only one person she considers her closest and trusted friend, an older man named Ian Smith who is a retired cop. When she meets eyes with an attractive stranger across the bar while she’s working one night, the life she’s known will soon be completely turned upside down. Her journey through life will go in a whole new unexpected direction.
When Eryx Shantos is led to her, he is certain that she is the one fate says will be his mate. He is tall, with a bold-sexiness to him and completely determined to make this beautiful woman his. The only thing is that he is not human and comes from a different world known as Eden where he holds a very important title among those like his kind who are called the Myren people.
I would love to say more about this amazing story but I’m afraid of giving away too much and spoiling the exciting storyline. Readers who love an entertaining paranormal or fantasy romance novel will enjoy this one. The main characters are easy to like and enjoyable to follow. All of the supporting characters were also easy to get attached to while reading this novel. I enjoyed the interactions between them all. There is also a dash of suspense because of the enemy who leads an underground group of Myren. The beginning of the story was fairly enjoyable but I was really captivated by the story so much more about halfway through because the suspense and action picks up there.
I recommend this great novel which is the debut novel and first of the series. How will Lexi feel when she finds out the truth about Eryx and where he is from? Who is determined to undermine and bring down Eryx and the Myren people that follow the current rulers? Who will live, who will die and who is at risk of being put in the middle of danger? I look forward to the next novel of this wonderful series. Check this one out because it was a fun read! 🙂
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘UNEXPECTED EDEN’ 4 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined the characters while reading ‘UNEXPECTED EDEN’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘UNEXPECTED EDEN’★★★
Lexi and Eryx: He couldn’t know about those images. No one knew about her dreams. Not even Ian. “Why are you telling me this?”
Eryx held her gaze, his lips pressed tight for so long she thought he wouldn’t answer. “Because I searched your memories. And the places you see in your dreams? That’s where I’m from. Where I think you’re from.”
The white noise turned deafening.
“I think you’re one of our lost.”
Eryx and Lexi: “Now, are you going to take what you need, or leave us both miserable?”
She licked he lip, innocent and seductive in one swipe. “You’re different.”
“More than you know. And I’ll show you, but you could put me out of my fucking misery with a taste of those sweet lips before I do.”
Eryx’s thoughts: She wasn’t plotting to run. Or if she had been, she wasn’t now. This woman, this brave, stubborn female who’d been carted off to a realm she’d never known existed, with a man she barely knew, was looking out for him.
Maxis’ thoughts: Gaining ammunition to use against Eryx and his throne was one thing, but his real plans lay minutes ahead. The big picture strategy to advance the Lomos Rebellion and ensure his place as ruler.
Lexi, Ramsey, and Eryx’s connection: Her libido poked an eye out from its hidey-hole. “Wow. That was not.”
“Really? You think that’s hot?” Ramsey’s laughter chimed in her head. His voice shifted to a considering tone. “Is it a dominant thing? ‘Cause I’m pretty comfy in that mode.”
“Ramsey!” Eryx’s warning had bite. With a lazy, panther-like grace, he descended to her and his gaze heated. He held out his hand, palm up.
Lexi slipped her hand in his and almost moaned at the fire his touch ignited.
“We really need to work on what you think out loud. Or at least make sure you channel it to only me.”
Lexi’s thoughts: He had to be the presence from her dreams. She’d never seen a face, but she always woke with the same feeling she had right now. Content. Protected. He’d said dreams were what led him to her, so it only made sense her dreams would reciprocate.
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