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.
*** I received an ARC from Lyrical Press through NetGalley for an honest review. Expected publication date: 12/29/14 ***
There was a moment of hesitation, and a little concern, when I started this book that I’d be overwhelmed with trying to navigate my way through the world that is Eden, but that wasn’t the case. Once we get to Eden we are immersed in everything that is Myren and while some aspects are told to us, the majority is shown through the various characters and that was a huge help in making the world believable. And the explanation of the differences between humans and Myran was done in a simple clear cut manner that made sense as to why humans would leave a place like Eden.
Lexi and Eryx’s relationship moved very quickly, but in the context as to why it made sense and I actually liked that it did. There wasn’t a lot of hemming and hawing over should I or shouldn’t I do this nor was there an overabundance of angst from either character, which for me was a huge bonus as well as the fact that the characters actually communicated with each other, even to where they admitted they did have things they weren’t telling each other, but allowing those secrets to stand until the other was ready to divulge them. Also I thoroughly enjoyed that it was Lexi who got to decide if things were a go or not. Eryx did the alpha male thing and nudged, pushed, seduced her in one direction but he always asked her what she wanted and made sure she knew that she held as much power in their budding relationship as he did.
As for the rest of the cast of characters, they were all well written from the villain Maxis down to Phybe who has a small role in the story. I loved the interactions between Eyrx, Lexi, Ramsay, Ludan, Galena, Graylin and Orla and find that Ludan and Galena are my favorites so I can’t wait to see what is in store for them.
Overall this is a no muss no fuss, strong debut by a new author that has created a believable world, interesting characters that I actually want to get to know better and a series story arc that I am fully invested in seeing through to it’s conclusion.
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