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.
After finishing Unexpected Eden I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’d be waiting impatiently to get my greedy little hands on the next in the series because I loved the world that it was set in, Eden never looked like this in my head, and I really wanted to spend more time with the Myrens, especially Galena and Ludan. So to find out that Healing Eden was Galena and Reese’s story it totally up the ante on my impatience but the wait was totally worth it! Healing Eden was a fun, steamy read with a well thought out plot and filled with great characters.
Galena was one of my favorites from the first book and I really liked her in this one. She understands and accepts her role as the Malran’s (King’s) sister and all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it, but that doesn’t mean that she allows him, or her other brother, to control her every move. She follows her heart even when it doesn’t coincide with what others around her think is right.
Then there is Reese, half of me wanted to strangle him while the other half wanted to hug him. His reasons for being apart of the rebellion were understandable, though misguided.. Thankfully, he does redeem himself, though he does have quite a few mountains to traverse with Eryx and Ramsey, Galena’s brothers, and talk about total book boyfriend material. He’s got an alpha streak, but is still sweet, charming and talk about sexy, the man definitely has it going on!
As far as their courtship, I really liked how it played out. It could have been filled with a lot of angsty drama due to the fact that Reese had been apart of the rebellion, but that didn’t happen. There was drama, but it was from the outside, not between them. Yes they had doubts as to where they stood with each other, but met it head on instead of letting things get muddled in unnecessary worry. And with each step they took towards their HEA it not only brought them closer together, but they also brought out the best in each other and made them stronger in the end.
The issue of the rebellion and Maxis was ever present throughout the book and I found myself sitting on the the edge of my proverbial seat waiting to see what would happen next, especially at the 70% mark and beyond. I thought that the various twists and turns in the overall story arc were well thought out and executed, as well as the secondary ones that were woven into it. And that ending? So did not see it coming, but found it made perfect sense.
The writing was engaging and paced well. The multiple 3rd person POV worked very well for me. Being able to know what they were all thinking and feeling only added more depth to the story and the world. It also meant that I got to spend time with the characters that I’d come to really like from the first book, something that scored big brownie points with me. It was fun to see Lexi in full on malress mode and now I’m quite interested to see what the future holds for Ramsey, but Ludan is still my absolute favorite, though Jagger has peaked my interest.
The Bottom Line: A great addition to the series that only served to make me want more!
~ ARC provided by Kensington Books - Lyrical Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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.