Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Whore…gift…and unexpected ally.
Eden Trilogy, Book 1
In Dagran society, Alex is the lowest of the low—a “mare”, an object to be used by the nobility. When her owner, Stephen Garnath, gifts her to his greatest rival, she begins plotting her path to freedom. Nothing and no one will ever control her again. Not her degrading past, and certainly not her growing attraction to a man reputed to be an even crueler master than Garnath.
Robert Demeresna is instantly suspicious of such a generous gift. Yet she comes to him armed with only her sharp mind—a potent weapon he can use to defend his people from the enemy. And underneath, an unbreakable spirit that besieges the walls of his heart.
Slowly, Robert chips away at Alex’s defenses, striking sparks that make her begin to believe even a lowly whore like her could be worthy of him. Until Garnath springs a trap so cleverly hidden, war is unleashed before either of them sees it coming. A new kind of war fought with steam engines, explosives—and magic with a killing edge…
Warning: Contains violence, steam engines, steamier sex and multiple explosions of the unstable chemical variety.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was well written and creative. But I soon found myself completely sucked in. I read it in one sitting and it is not a short book.
Robert is not a typical hero, he is multi-faceted and there were times I wanted to scream at him. But then again Alex is not a standard heroine. She doesn’t break easily and she frequently gives as good as she gets—even if it is silent contempt.
What you get at the end of this book is an adult romance about people who are flawed, scarred, burdened, and terribly terribly remarkable. I loved them and I loved this book. I see that it is a trilogy and I am fascinated to see where it will go from here.
Bravo. My highest endorsement.
5 Tea Cups and a Recommended Read!