The Eden Series, #4
by Rhenna Morgan
Date of Publication: October 11th 2016
Publisher: Rhenna Morgan
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
From The Book Junkie Reads . . . Eden’s Deliverance (Eden, #4) . . .
Things have come to an end with this final installment of the Eden series. The final fight has been fought and the final stand made. Brenna was the prophecy come to life and her life was now not fully her own. She had something within her that she cannot take back to the people (humans) she was torn away from. Ludan just wants to protect her. The fierce instinct was at its highest intensity.
Once free and safe in Eden Brenna begins to heals and come out of the abusive existence she has lived for years. She was once shy, scared, and quiet. She grows to be strong, resilient, determined, and worthy. The development and growth of Brenna makes things come together. Ludan falling for this one slip of a woman was mind-blowing for him. This one encounter changes his world forever.
I was just memorized by the sinfully sweet sense with Ludan and Brenna. Their interplay with each other was something to write home about. The scenes were crafted beautifully. Just the scenes with Brenna alone were emotional. I had times when I wanted to slap her but then hug her and keep her safe and hidden. She was a pivotal character. She was crafted well.
This was one sinfully sexy, astonishingly suspenseful, evocatively alluring, sweetfully endearing. You will leave Eden in love with each of the wonderful characters and remember their stories when you need a romance to fall back on, a mystery to intrigue you, and a world to lull your senses and your heart.
Now that the series is completed, I will be heading back to the beginning and pick up with all the details that I have missed. I will get to see the entire sub-plot unfold and reveal itself over the course of the four books. I will get to fall in love with four strong warriors and the women they claim. I have had the pleasure of reading two of the four books and have falling in love with the two men of Eden and their women. I will certainly keep this series close at hand to read again and again.
Unexpected Eden – Eden, #1
Healing Eden – Eden, #2
Waking Eden – Eden, #3 SEE REVIEW
Eden’s Deliverance – Eden, #4
Eden’s Deliverance – Eden, #4
Fate is the life we’re given. Destiny is what we do with it.
Captured as a child and forced into slavery by the Rebellion’s leader, Brenna Haven was raised in near isolation with the utmost cruelty. She knew nothing of kindness or compassion until Fate orchestrated her rescue. Finally free, she wants nothing more than to return to her home. To reconnect with her human family and live a simple, quiet life. But her newfound powers demand an entirely different future. One fraught with danger and a terrifying role in an ancient Myren prophecy.
A battle-hardened warrior and sworn bodyguard to the king, Ludan Forte wields a powerful, memory stealing gift. But his skill comes with a price. A torturous burden he’s hidden since his awakening over a hundred years ago. He never dreamed he’d find relief, let alone be tempted to forgo his vows to the king. Yet in Brenna’s sweet beguiling presence, the weight he bears is lifted. And when her role in the prophecy threatens her life, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.
This is the final book in the Eden Series.
Warmth and a soft tickle skated along Brenna’s jawline. Lips, the same full, delicious ones she’d craved since Ludan had kissed her, the scruff of his beard leaving the same unforgettable impact as his mouth. His wavy hair slid through her fingers, a weighted silk that teased her forearms. He slanted his mouth across hers and licked inside.
Perfect. The slide of his tongue, his taste, the way he groaned into the kiss and sent perfect trills coursing down her spine. Nothing on earth was better.
He lifted his head. His ice-blue eyes glowed with need and so much passion it resonated in her soul. “This is what you want.”
Odd. It was Ludan’s voice, but her own was superimposed with it. And it wasn’t a question, but a statement.
Candles surrounded them, and a scarlet satin comforter stretched beneath them.
“This is what you want,” Ludan said again, ghosting his knuckles along her collarbone and slipping his fingers beneath the neckline of her nightshirt.
Her heart leapt at the touch, his caress only hinting in the direction of her breast, but drawing her nipples to hard points. “Yes.”
He smiled and lowered his gaze, a long lock of hair falling over his forehead. “So beautiful.”
Cool air assaulted her flesh, sending goose bumps along her torso. Her nightshirt was gone, whisked away by her dreams.
Inch by inch, he trailed his fingertips down her sternum, his expression so reverent and caring she was afraid to move.
He cupped one breast, and she arched into the contact, too overwhelmed with the sensation to do anything but close her eyes and surrender to its magic. She tightened her grip on the back of his head, urging him closer. “Ludan, please.” She didn’t know what it was she needed, only that she did, and badly.
“Shhh.” He dipped his head and smoothed his lips along the path his fingers had taken.
Over and over, the word echoed through her head. Nothing else mattered except the feel of him against her. His weight, the warmth of his skin, and the safety of his arms. She closed her eyes and splayed her hands across his wide shoulders. So much strength. Power as rigidly contained as the man. “Ludan.”
One of his big hands cupped her shoulders, and his lips disappeared.
She squeezed her eyes and willed them back. “Ludan, please.”
He spoke again, but this time it was different. Farther away and muffled. “Brenna.”
She rolled her head back and forth on the pillow. No, no, no. She couldn’t lose him. Not again. She hadn’t done anything wrong this time. Had she?
The hand at her shoulder tightened. “Brenna, wake up.”
Heat registered beside her. Not the kind from her dream, but real. Tangible, deliciously masculine heat and muscle.
Her eyes snapped open.
Ludan lay propped on one elbow beside her, the other hand holding her shoulder as she’d felt in her dream. In the daylight, his form was intimidating, but in the night’s shadows, he was downright scary. “You okay?”
Not really. Sweat misted her skin, and her heart jack-rabbited in an out-of-control rhythm. The covers were too heavy, pressing against her tight breasts. She shifted her legs and nearly moaned at the throbbing pulse between them. “I’m fine.”
The comment earned her a sharp frown. He relinquished his hold and leaned back far enough that the bay’s moonlight brought him out of shadow. At some point after she’d fallen asleep, he’d removed his T-shirt, leaving his perfect body on prime display. “You didn’t sound fine.”
She pushed upright and leaned against the headboard, careful to hide her aching nipples with the sheet. Looking at him only made the ache worse. In that moment, she’d give a lot to let her fingers have free rein. “It was just a dream,” she whispered.
He stared at her, then lowered his gaze to her clenched fists in the sheets. “You’re afraid.”
“No.” It came out too fast, and his eyes snapped to hers. “I mean, it was an intense dream, but not something I’m afraid of.”
An odd look flittered across his face, caution or suspicion. “Tell me.”
This is what you want.
Clearly, her subconscious wasn’t in the mood to mess around. And while she’d happily go there in dreams every night, she wasn’t so sure Ludan would appreciate the concept of them together as much as she did. Especially after what had happened last time.
“I…” What could she say? “I’m not sure it’s something you’d want to hear. It was personal.”
His eyes narrowed. “Personal, as in…”
“Personal.” She pulled her knees up and wrapped her arms around them. “It was about the two of us.”
His head snapped back, and his breathing accelerated. He clenched the sheet at his waist, and his nostrils flared. “What about us?”
A strange yet not unpleasant sensation swirled low in her belly, and the pulse between her legs ramped to blistering demand. She could keep the dream to herself. Never say a thing and let it slide.
Or she could take a chance.
She licked her lower lip. “We were intimate.”
MY INTERVIEW WITH RHENNA MORGAN
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I’d say my books all contain robust world building and feature gritty alpha heroes and strong, smart heroines.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
I really need quiet to work. Any music outside of tracks designed to increase productivity is too distracting for me to focus and pulls me out of the story. Same goes for televisions and screaming kids.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
All of the above! J
I get character ideas from all over the place. Sometimes it’s while I’m out and about doing errands, and sometimes they pop in my head while I’m writing a story. I use Pinterest a lot for inspiration, too. The character sketches become critical when it’s time to sit down and start writing a new story. Somehow when I sit down to learn about their past, what they want, and what they’re afraid of, the story just plops in my lap. Then I run with it!
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I think I bond with them all at some level because when I’m writing, I’m not me. I’m them. So I feel, learn, and grow with them as the book progresses. I’ve just finished my eighth book and I can honestly say there’s not one of them who hasn’t left their mark on me. They all had their weakness to overcome, but I’ve loved them all.
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
I’ve had several of those, some whose books are already done and some who’ve yet to be written. For those already written, I’d say:
· Eryx Shantos (Eden Book #1 – UNEXPECTED EDEN)
· Ludan Forte (my current release – Eden Book #4 - EDEN’S DELIVERANCE)
· Jace Kennedy – (Haven Brotherhood #1—coming mid-February – ROUGH & TUMBLE)
For those yet to be written I’d say Axel McKee (Haven Brotherhood #6) and Priest (Dark Reckoning #1). Both of those guys are driving me crazy to get busy.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
It’s funny. Control is something I’ve chased my whole life, and it’s only in the last few years that I’ve realized how little of it I really have. With that acceptance, I’ve learned to stop playing the hamster on the wheel and start enjoying the finer things in life. Whether it’s sitting out on my front porch on a nice morning, or dinner and a movie with my family, that’s where best experiences are.
Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.
A native Oklahoman with two beautiful girls and a fantastic husband, her resume reflects her passion for new experiences. Since graduating with a Bachelors in Radio, Television, and Film at Oklahoma State, she’s racked up positions ranging from on-air radio talent, skip tracer, and promotions director, to real estate agent, project manager, and business analyst.
Like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. That’s where the romance comes in. Reading, or writing, romance has been her happy place since she cracked the spine on her first Christine Feehan book years ago. Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, and strong, intuitive men who’ll fight to keep the women they want.
Whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy you’re after, Rhenna’s stories pack romantic escape for the women who need it.