Book 2, Eden
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In a world divided by war, falling in love is the ultimate betrayal.
Galena Shantos has never questioned her loyalty to Eden. As sister to the Myren king, she serves as a healer, one of the best in the army fighting to suppress the brutal Lomos Rebellion. She’s never doubted the importance of stopping the rebels bent on enslaving humans, until she spots a warrior across enemy lines—and knows instinctively that their destinies are entwined. . .
Rebellion warrior Reese Theron has nothing left to lose. He’s been forced to fight on the wrong side of a war he abhors in order to protect his family secret. His honor lost, as well as the trust of his own people, Reese has thrown himself into a battle he cannot possibly hope to survive. But after being rescued by a beautiful woman whose exquisite eyes seem to see him for more than the traitor he’s become—he may have just found a new reason to live. . .
the story has all of those ‘moments’ that makes fans of fantasy swoon, while keeping romance fans h
Picking up where the first left off, Healing Eden is again unique and unexpected as Rhenna Morgan gives us glimpses of Lexi and her increasing comfort levels in Eden, and the overriding plot line of good v evil is still in play, but at the core, this is the love story of Galena and Reece.
Morgan’s world building and history for the Myren that was so well-established in the first book is just as strong in this second, allowing readers to jump into the story without feeling like they are totally lost. This couple, however, has some obstacles from the get go. To start, Galena’s brother Eryx is King, she’s the healer and dedicated to helping those who need it. Unfortunately the battle for control (and the good v evil part of the storyline) is a seemingly never-ending struggle, and of course, Reese is on the wrong side. Or is he? The second in command to Maxis, Reese is a warrior for the other side. But then, Reese sacrifices himself to keep Galena safe (cue love songs, white doves and cupids) and you just know that this will be epic.
But Reese wasn’t a willing participant in the rebellions, he has secrets too deep that he doesn’t want known, and is sure that he is unworthy of Galena. But apparently no one clued Galena in on Reese’s unsuitability, because she sees someone worthy of respect and trust, and even love.
Add to that pile of awesomeness just waiting to be discovered, there is another player in the good v evil, light v dark battle, and these spiritu (good and bad) will push the edges of everyone’s lines, testing relationships, family ties and loyalties. There’s still a significant amount of head-hopping, less jarring than in the first title, and the story has all of those ‘moments’ that makes fans of fantasy swoon, while keeping romance fans happy: quests, battles, passion, deception, plots and above it all, relationships that highlight the real connections and hearts of those within them.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.