United Eden by Nicole Williams
Goodreads Summary: Life’s been many things for twenty year old Bryn Dawson, but one thing it’s never been is easy. And it’s only about to get harder.
As the gossip of Bryn being Betrothed to her true love’s little brother, Patrick, becomes more reality than rumor, Bryn does her best to think positive thoughts, ignore Patrick’s odd behavior, avoid Paul’s relentless advances, and attempts to conjure William back from his latest overseas mission. She fails on all fronts.
The night an army of Inheritors set out with an agenda to deliver vengeance on any Guardian surrounding Bryn, the Betrothal Ball becomes the least of her worries. Instead of worrying about who she’ll be marching down the aisle towards, she has to accept she might not be making the journey down the aisle ever.
My Review: Okay, I realize that I have not posted a review in three weeks…yikes…but I am working on reading and blogging as much as possible! Anyway, my short review without spoilers is that I loved this book as much as I loved the other two and it was a wonderful conclusion to a trilogy that I fell in love with at the start. The characters were more developed, especially Patrick (the comic relief), the plot took a while to pick up but I enjoyed the slow subplot of the betrothal, and the romance was beautiful and addicting!
Now for the review WITH SPOILERS! I spent the entire first quarter of the book freaking out about the Betrothal. As soon as the last book ended and the father agreed to grant Bryn a betrothal into the Hayward family, I recognized the ambiguity of his wording which brings me back to… I was freaking out! I do love Patrick, but I did not want Bryn to have to marry him and his “true love” for her was also a complicating matter. It’s almost a love triangle, but not…! I am in love with William Hayward and like I said in a past review, when I stopped reading I was depressed that he was not actually my boyfriend and that he is not real. The anxiety leading up to the betrothal for Bryn was awful and I was so afraid Nicole Williams was going to crush me because sometimes authors enjoy doing that, but Williams was nice and the moment William’s name was announced was a swoon-worthy moment and one of my favorites in the book. Throughout the book, the romance continued to grow and even after Bryn got taken, the romance was still so amazing without being overwhelming.
The plot at first was just romantic and about the Betrothal which kept me reading and I was completely absorbed. I was really surprised at how much I liked this portion of the book because usually I don’t like purely romantic plots but hey…props to Williams. The solely romantic part of the book didn’t last too long and the book soon took a turn for the worse and the antagonist captured Bryn. Although I was entertained by this, I wasn’t surprised because the antagonist who loves the protagonist always captures her.
The scenes where Bryn is locked in a cage and a war is brewing were some of my favorites. Patrick shows up and spends time with her which is totally adorable even though somewhat awkward because of his love for her, but I still love him and his personality. When Bryn gets out of the cage and sees the war, I was reminded of the Trylle books by Amanda Hocking and the battle scene from those books because the scenes were written really similarly. I liked everything that Williams did with the book and the fight and the love and balancing it all perfectly and I am so glad I read this series. If I had to pick a favorite book of this trilogy I would say the first but that’s just because my favorite part of romance in books is the beginning, but I always do love a happy ending so the last book was amazing too!
I definitely recommend this book for those who like fantasy or paranormal romance. You can buy United Eden, the conclusion of the Eden Trilogy by Nicole Williams here.