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Before the Storm (Eden #1)

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Whore…gift…and unexpected ally.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 e ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Samhain Publishing (first published April 6th 2010)
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Maldivianbookreviewer
I have never been one to indulge much in the world of fantasy romances, though I know that the world of romances and the happily-ever-after it offers is nothing much more than a fantasy in itself. However, I am talking about an altogether a much different kind of fantasy in this instance, stories where authors spin elaborate and fantastic worlds of their own making, within which mythical creatures of all types reside in, and the sky is literally the limit in what can take place in such a world. ...more
iamjenai
Before the Storm tells the story of Alexis Khayne, a mare/sex slave owned by Lord Stephen Garnath, the ruthless ruler of Radiath. When Lord Robert Demeresna, baron of Dawnever, visited Radiath, Lord Garnath gives Alex to him as a gift. Alex could not believe it. She is scared, so scared of Lord Robert. She heard everything about this baron and they call him the Bloody Baron for being cruel, brutal, sadistic ruler of Dawnever. They say that his lands are filled with scarecrows made from crucified ...more
anolinde
I received this book for free after winning it on a Goodreads giveaway. The book summary showed promise, but the book itself was unable to generate the same enthusiasm. I found that I cared very little for the main characters - not that I disliked them, it's just that I couldn't relate to them and wasn't particularly invested in their fates. Alex was a bland heroine and lacked emotional depth; Robert was just your typical noble hero who was "for the people" and a perfect gentleman with Alex. I w ...more
Nicole Prestin
So this book came as a surprise. Because I got a kindle fire this Christmas, I was looking for some interesting e-book reads. I bought it totally on a whim, and based on the blurb I thought I was going to be reading some trashy fantasy romance. I really didn't expect it to be as well written as it was, nor did I expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

I very much liked the main characters here. I know that some of the other reviewers feel like there's not enough sexual attraction between the two ma
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LynnMarie
Hunter's Review

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 romanc
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Scarlett Barnhill
Rife with sexism. I've always found fantasy books that use sexism as a major plot point to be tired and dreadfully boring. Seriously, you couldn't think of anything else? You had to make life miserable for all your female characters? Furthermore, I just got the impression that the book was written by a dirty old pervert.

That being said, I initially intended to give this two stars, because the writing itself isn't the worst I've come across. But, in the end, I was rolling my eyes too much at the
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Samantha
I liked the premise of this, and I enjoyed about the first 1/4 - 1/3. However, it felt like at least half of the book was some form of fighting or being on the move towards or away from battle, which really, really bogged things down for me.
Estara
very independent heroine taking no nonsense from anyone due to the circumstances of her upbringing but is open to new views and experiences. The hero was a bit too uptight for me, occasionally. All in all a very promising first book. I loved the hero's female cousin Susanna and her dog.
T.J. Michaels
I enjoyed the worldbuilding. Very unique. I usually like steamier books (this story had two fairly quick sex scenes, if I'm remembering correctly) but the sexual and romantic tension were pretty good.
Aves
An entertaining read, but the ending was a bit too Deus ex Machina for me.
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Marian Perera has a Portuguese last name, was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Dubai, studied in Texas, worked in Iqaluit and lives in Toronto. For now. She studied microbiology and medical laboratory technology, but fell in love with fantasy and romance along the way. With three books released by Samhain Publishing and four more to come next year from both Samhain and Loose Id, she's just getting st ...more
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