After grabbing a book off of NetGalley I realized it was the second book in a series and I was totally lost. Wanting to read it I back tracked to the first book, Unexpected Eden by Rhenna Morgan. I really didn’t know what to expect, but I was looking for something different after getting into a slump with all of my current reads. This one was good and hit the spot, but still didn’t hit the ball out of the park.
Imagine a world of people who dress like days of old, have special powers that allow them to do things like fly, heal, see into the mind and they a separated from humans. They have laws to protect themselves with a royal family that sees to upholding those laws. Humans must never learn of the Myren people and Eden where they live. Myrens can live amongst humans, but over time they grow weary and run down. No humans are allowed to enter Myren.
No image the king is having dreams of a woman. A woman in the human realm. He spends years searching for her and his people, well, mostly his enemies are wondering why he is spending so much time with humans outside of Eden. He searches continuously for the woman the Fates have decides is his mate. When he finds her, he really isn’t thinking about the good of his people, but the good of his heart.
Lexi Merrill is a hard working bartender who knows when a man is giving her a pick up line. Something about Eryx Shantos draws her like a moth to a flame. Physically weary, Eryx gives her a power boost she can’t explain, but when he pushes into a life, she can’t seem to say no. She keeps on guard, but finds her sexual desire spiraling up each time she is in his presence. No explanation in her logical mind can explain everything she is feeling and seeing.
Eryx is the king of the Myren race who reside in Eden. Being king allows him to have all of the powers his constituents have. Searching for years for Lexi, he isn’t going to let anyone take her away. He pursues her relentlessly, but gently knowing he needs to get back to Eden to replintish his powers. Feeling Lexi is a lost one, a Myren, he takes the chance of taking her to Eden when his nemesis targets Lexi to get to him.
The story moves fast. Maxis, Eryx’s enemy, is out to get the throne. He is stealing powers from other Myren’s, Blackmailing some, befriending others under false pretenses. All of this to gain power which he feels is his due. He has a human, Breann, that he had raped, beaten and cowed this is power. All illegal, but who is going to get him when they don’t know where he is or even that he has a human slave.
So Maxis antagonizes the hero and heroine as they are learning just what Lexi is capable of and if she can be Eryx’s queen. It kind of moved way to fast for my tastes and some of the intricacies of this new world, just left me scratching my head. It kind of suffers from the first book in a new series syndrome. A lot of information to get out and have the heroine learn as well.
There are some rituals like awakening Lexi or the mating ritual, that left me not feeling bad, but not really wanting to read about it again either. The sexual endeavors were nice. Just nice, nothing that I would jump up and down over.
The romance is a whirlwind, fast falling kind of love. Respect, faith and loyalty are fast and furious and I wanted to step back and look a tit longer than she did. Maybe I was just too cautious about a weird guy taking me to a new world I know nothing about. Maybe?
This did bump me out of my slump and I will be reading book 2 now. Just on the fence on whether I really like this series or not. Book 2 will probably break the fence and push me to one side or another.
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