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Unexpected Eden: The Eden Series # 1 by Rhenna Morgan with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to te start of a new series from Rhenna Morgan Please be sure to check the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win the Grand Prize: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card, Print or eBook copy of UNEXPECTED EDEN, Eden Series Tote Bag, Coffee Mug, Pen/Stylus and Post Its, or the Runner Up: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card and eBook of UNEXPECTED EDEN  But first,

Unexpected Eden: 

Utterly unexpected and highly engaging are the best words I have for this fantasy romance. Rhenna Morgan created a lovely world and populated it with characters that are intriguing and feel connected, the heat fairly steams off of them.

A dual-species tale where Lexi, the heroine is a bartender with few friends and never quite feeling like she ‘fit in’.   She’s actually quite intriguing on introduction, even her manner is quite engaging.

Eryx is a Myren, a supernatural race left in Eden after humans were banished. He’s had Lexi on his mind for years, and despite all of the rules and regulations, he is determined to make her his.  Of course, he has a horrible pick up line that Lexi instantly fobs off thinking ‘yet another nob”, but he is determined and very convincing, if a bit heavy-handed in the cheese department.

Taking Lexi to Myren, and keeping her there safe will be the most difficult task of his life, and with a villain working to seize power and this prophecy that Lexi seems destined to fulfill and the story just races forward, bringing action, adventure and then some much awaited heat.

Secondary characters are really well developed, giving them a sense of depth and breadth that is as welcome as it was surprising.  The struggles that Lexi has with all she is learning, and Eryx’s determination to keep her safe and his, in between their wonderful banter and bickering the attraction is a palpable heat.  This first in the series was a wonderful change from my regular fare of contemporary and historical romances, and I can’t wait for the next book.

I will say that there is a significant amount of “head hopping’ between the good and bad side, it takes some getting used to at first, and may be off-putting to some.  But be patient, it soon starts to fall into place and enrich your understanding of the story as it progresses.

Unexpected Eden: The Eden Series # 1 by Rhenna Morgan with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Unexpected Eden
Author: Rhenna Morgan
Series: The Eden Series
Published by: Lyrical Press
Published on: 29 December, 2014
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 259
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

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.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

One of my favorite parts of romance novels is the anticipation. The build up to fantastical happenings and experiencing the leap of faith alongside characters I’ve grow to love.

This excerpt shows one of the many leaps Lexi makes in Unexpected Eden. She’s just about to see Eryx for the first time since she’s agreed to become his baineann…

 

The door opened.

Graylin stepped back.

Lexi stood, alone, perched on the precipice of something huge, yet utterly intangible. Her imagination ran wild, snippets of what her future might look like if she stepped forward or if she ran.

The smell of leather and worn parchment fluttered across her face. Books lined the far wall, and brocade chairs in taupe and crimson sat at conversational angles on thick patterned rugs. A glance at a corner window showed the Myren sun nearly nestled beneath the horizon, leaving a musky purple sky in its wake.

“Time for you to choose, Lexi.” A verbal nudge from Graylin at her back, though neither he, nor Orla, joined her.

An easy tug issued from the space around her heart, the pull strengthened by the memory of Orla’s quiet, heartfelt talk. She wanted this. Pitfalls and unknowns in all.

She sucked in a slow, deep breath. With trembling legs, she stepped across the threshold, turned, and drew up short.

Eryx stood near a mammoth fireplace, his torso covered in a thin mesh that looked like chainmail, but stretched across his skin like a fine fabric— similar to the one Ramsay had worn her first day in Eden, but with sleeves to the middle of his forearms. His pants were soft black leather, as were his boots. The braids he’d worn the day before were gone, his sable hair unbound and reaching midway down his back—just the way she liked it. The thickness against her fingers, the slide against her skin, the whole package reeked of power and screamed, “Wait until you see me naked.”

He prowled in her direction.

Heat blasted her as though she’d walked through a wall of flame. Take. Protect. Love. Eryx’s emotions, lust and raw possessiveness, but she felt them like her own. Powerful and barely restrained, so violent she stepped back.

Safe. The thought pushed through her mind as an invisible, silk cocoon wrapped around her. No matter his needs or emotions, Eryx would put hers first.

“Alexis.” His whiskey voice. A slow delicious burn. “Let me show you my heart. Take my hand and come with me to the home that would be yours as well.”

Heavy, sensual magic wrapped around them. His formal words, his voice, his eyes, even the hand he held out in offering, hypnotized. A perfect moment without so much as a touch.

She tingled, her newfound energy dancing beneath her skin. The wash of his emotions tugged at her spirit with a heady pull, but she was loath to move into the next moment too quickly. She’d never get this moment back. No way was she rushing through it.

She slid her hand into his open palm. A perfect fit. Two pieces meant to be together. His warm, strong fingers enclosed hers, and he pulled her into the shelter of his arm.

She stepped forward on shaky legs—and surrendered to the unknown.

 

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About Rhenna Morgan

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.

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