I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Healing Eden by Rhenna Morgan
Also in this series: Waking Eden, Unexpected Eden
Series: Eden #2
Published by Kensington/Lyrical Press on December 8th 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Nothing good grows in the shadow of secrets.
A reluctant warrior in a rebellion he abhors, Reese Theron has buckled beneath blackmail to keep the circumstances of his birth on lockdown. He’s lost everything that counts—the right to fight for his king, the trust of his best friend, and any hope for a family of his own. Death seems preferable, until Galena Shantos meets him at his fateful crossroads and saves his life.
Galena’s loyalty to her brother, the king, is absolute. Healing his warriors on the sidelines of war, she’s witnessed too many rebellion atrocities to be swayed for mercy. Yet something about Reese blurs the lines of allegiance, the call to her heart raw and primitive.
When Reese ends up a prisoner of war, he’s visited by a mysterious being of another race and learns he’s the linchpin in a battle between good and evil. The lovers will face choices—Galena between family loyalty and championing Reese’s cause, and Reese between keeping his shameful secret, and saving all races by leading the darkest of his kind to redemption—starting with his own confession.
Reese Theron is being blackmailed, and having to fight on the wrong side in hopes that he can find a way to make things right for himself. But when he is injured, he is healed by Galena Shantos, a woman who he has always cared for but has never had the opportunity to puruse because of who she is. He broke his ties to his best friend and the leader of his people because his half brother is the leader of the rebels. Reese knows that his life is forfeit once he is taken captive by Eryx and Ramsay. He knows that the moment he leaves the protective cell that is hindering his powers, his brother will kill him through the mental bond. But he is also a traitor and will be killed by his closest friends. There is onyl one person that still believes there is good in him, Galena. Galena knows that not everything is as it seems with Reese. She feels a connection to him…a bond she has never experienced before and she will fight for Reese even if that means going against her family.
Plot and Story Line
What a AMAZING read this was!! One of the best fantasy romance themed stories I have read in a long time. I just couldn’t get enough, and the moment I sat down to read I was just consumed by this one and WOW….this author is on my favorite author list now. And I can’t wait to get the first book because really I loved Eryx and Lexi—they were so cute together. Lexi plays a huge role in this story because she is close to Galena, she was raised in the mortal human world, so she is spirited, flirt and fun. I loved how carefree she is and she really helps the “He man” mentality that surrounds Lexi and Galena and helps tone down the alpha male tendencies.
This is quite an epic romance in some unique ways. I really found this story so enchanting and compelling and I was cheering for these two because they really have to struggle over some hurdles before they get their HEA. The biggest struggle in my thinking, is her family. She has a close bond to her brothers Eryx and Ramsay.
“Remember Ramsay, Not all battles are fought with weapons. The heart is a valiant weapon for those brave enough to wield it”
So you can imagine how hard it must be for her to decide over love and family. It really tests her, but she realizes pretty quickly how important it is to stand by the man she loves and she is solid in every way that matters. I really couldn’t contain my excitement while I was reading this one. What I found most unique was the magical elements, I loved seeing how different it was from other Fantasy romances I have read. The author does a great job with doing great world building and even though this is the second book in the series I didn’t feel lost. It weaves the reader gradually in with each chapter, and you see more and more of this world step by step which I loved. Even though I really would love to read the first book due to the sweet and easy going relationship that Lexi and Eryx.
The romance that builds between Galena and Reese was heart throbbing in every way. It is compelling and vibrant and from the beginning you see their strong connection…this bond is slowly building but its strong from the beginning. We see how they are both tested and how it strengths what they have together. I found this to be a story I couldn’t put down. I would recommend reading this when you have plenty of time to read it without any interruptions because you won’t want to be disturbed while reading it. I loved the details that is put into this story and it really makes the story come alive. This is a story that I would recommend to anyone that love a splendid romance that will captive your heart!!
This is one of those covers that would make you pick it up just because of the imagery shown. I have such a weakness for muscular backs…and boy this model is mouth watering delicious.
Healing Eden is a vibrant and nail biting intense romance that is riveting and sensual!!! A STIMULATING PAGE TURNER!!
“Reese’s heart stumbled then took off at a pounding gallop. Of all the reasons he might have rationalized to explain Galena’s visit, a personal request hadn’t been one of them.
She needed him. Not wanted, but needed. His cock stirred, and a rush of something dark and primitive swamped his reason. He shifted to ease the hard press behind his jeans, caution the only thing that kept him locked in place. Surely he’d misinterpreted things. Yesterday’s kiss had just been a gift, a sendoff from a generous woman before he met his death. Hadn’t it?
“Say something.” Galena whispered, the rasped request so vulnerable it raked inside his chest.
Maybe he hadn’t misunderstood.
She ducked her head, gripped the chair at her side for a beat, and turned away. “I should go.” Chin high, she strode toward the door.
“No.” He burst across the room with Myren speed and slammed his palm against the door to block her escape.
He caged her against the wall, her back to his front. Her ear nearly brushed his lips, her neck exposed by the long, thick braid down her back. He dragged his finger down the center of the plait. Myrens rarely bound their hair in any fashion outside of a relationship as it signaled commitment. The idea she’d come here bound to someone else rankled. “Why did you bind it?”
“The wind.” Energy bristled off her, and her stance made her seem torn between flight and surrender.
“There’s no one else?”
She peeked over one shoulder and shook her head, eyes trained on the floor.
The breath he’d been holding released and “stirred the fine hairs at her nape. He toyed with the platinum bead keeping the braid in place at the tip. “Will you let me free it?”
An innocent question for a human, but for a Myren it was intimate. A gift restricted to deeply tied lovers and mates.
She lifted her gaze, bringing her full lips close enough her breath fluttered against his face. “Please.”
His heart jolted, just the illusion of intimacy with this woman driving adrenaline through his bloodstream like a mainlined drug. He kissed her barely parted lips and groaned, imagining her soft, plump mouth stretch around his cock.
“Turn around,” he breathed against her mouth.
She shivered and turned, but kept her gaze locked to his until the last moment.
Using his mind, he warmed and loosened the platinum bead, and slipped it free. He sifted through the soft strands one section at a time until the fiery mass spilled down her back, unleashing more of her unique scent. He nuzzled the spot behind her ear. How easy it would be to lose himself with this woman. In her scent and her warmth. He let out a rough exhale. “This is wrong.”
She stiffened, but he tightened his grip on her hips and kept her locked in place.
“The secrets.” He pressed a lingering kiss where her neck and shoulders met. “They’ll hurt you and your brothers.”
“They’re only secrets if you’re not willing to own them.” She met his stare and a shiver rattled through her. Covering his hands with hers, she urged them up her torso. “I’m willing to own this.”