Type: Paranormal/ Fantasy Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
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.
Unexpected Eden is the debut book from Rhenna Morgan and I was pleasantly surprised by the book she has graced romance readers with. I love checking out new authors because the voices are so fresh and there is just a newness that shines from within the pages. Morgan is no exception and Unexpected Eden was a well thought out novel that should impress fantasy romance readers.
Lexi is living a solitary and empty life. With no family and only one close friend, she has always felt like she was missing something important in her life. When the mystery man sits down at her bar, he intrigues her for reasons she doesn’t understand. He feels familiar but she’s sure they just met. Finding him waiting for her in the parking lot after her shift freaks her out as much as it thrills her. Eryx claims to be her mate from another dimension and she’s inclined to believe him.
Eryx refuses to leave without his mate. Now that his nemesis is aware of her existence he’ll stop at nothing to take her from him. Taking her to Eden is the only way to cement their relationship and awaken her true powers. Can he convince Lexi that the walls she has built over the years can’t withstand his growing feelings for her?
I liked this book a lot. It gave me a lot of the things that I look for in a romance while also painting a vivid picture of a world I’d love to visit again and again. Eden is everything you would think it would be and to Lexi it was the home she always dreamed of but never dared to dream actually existed. Her journey to Eden was fast, since she agreed to go with a near stranger, but she was following her instincts and I can’t begrudge her that. I often wish some hot guy would come take me away to a far away land. That’s why books like this are so good because if that did happen in real life you’d end up in some dark back alley with a crackhead instead. Lexi does take quite a while to let Eryx in completely because of her trust issues which was kinda weird since she seemed to trust him inexplicably to take her away from everything she’d ever known in the beginning. Their relationship does a steady build as the book progresses. There was a lot of stolen looks and faltering pulses before these two finally give in to the building attraction between them.
The only place this book truly seemed to falter was in the complex world building aka the information dump and the giant cast of characters. It could get a bit overwhelming at times trying to keep up with the authors vision and not get confused. I think as the series progresses this is just something the author will get used to and iron out on her own. The groundwork has been laid and so book two should focus a bit more the relationship between the hero and the heroine.
I will definitely be back for more from this series and author!
I give Unexpected Eden by Rhenna Morgan 3.50 stars!