The water spray dances over my face like tiny fingers massaging my forehead, temples, and cheeks. After the last two days, a warm shower hands down equals that of a luxury spa treatment. I’m going to make an appointment as soon as I get home, and right now, I don’t give two fucks of the cost.
My stomach drops.
I owe my family and friends a call.
Lathering soap over my body, I cringe when soap stings the small scratches on my shins.
Securing one towel on my head and another around my chest, I check if my phone is still charged. My room is closer to the reception area than the previous one, and it picks up the Wi-Fi, albeit slow. I flop on the bed and send a text to my friends to confirm my safety. While I’m waiting for the little blue line to cross the top of my screen, I open the last message I sent to my father. It will probably take a while for all the replies from my previous texts to come through.
“Eden.” Knock. Knock.
I spring up to open the door.
Blue eyes lock with mine. A slight breeze carries his freshly showered scent into my room, and it jolts my memory of us together in Ilheus. His Adam’s apple bobs. “May I have a word?”
“Sure.” I widen the door for him to enter.
“I see you’ve showered.” He turns in a slow circle as though assessing my room.
“I did. There was room for two.”
When his gaze shoots to mine, I turn away and casually towel dry my hair. “Are you heading to dinner? I’ll be ready after I call my friends and arrange my flight out for tomorrow.” I hate talking about leaving him, especially not knowing where I stand makes the effort of finding him somewhat pointless. I understand his commitment, but it doesn’t have to be forever.
I push the comb through my hair with extra force. “Ouch.” My knots are glued together since I haven’t used a brush in two days. The wind factor from the river ride was a formula for hairspray.
“Is it what you want?” he questions and takes a seat on the edge of the bed.
I stop combing. “I’m sorry, what?”
I shake my head. “I don’t have a choice.”
He stands and walks to the door. “I’ll wait in your hammock while you make the calls.”
I’m gaping at the closed door. He walks by the window and slides into the hammock on my porch with the slightest rock. He folds his hands behind his head and stares out at the lake.
I yank open the door. “Don’t put this on me. You said I wasn’t allowed in your village. There are restrictions, and you can’t touch me.”
He flies out of the hammock and pushes me inside. “Yes, we have limitations.” He spins me. His lips caress my bare shoulder. His hands wrap around my waist, so I feel the length of him pushing into my back. “We don’t have any here.”
Leesa Bow is a romance author who began her writing journey years ago when her daughter fell ill. After writing for therapy Leesa now can’t imagine doing anything else. Thankful to be following her passion for romance, she is living out her own happy ever after with her husband in Brisbane, Australia.
In her spare time Leesa enjoys watching sport, having beach days with the family, catching up for coffee with girlfriends, and taking long walks. Most importantly the cinema dates with her husband to watch all the Marvel movies.
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I’ve been intrigued by the blurb. I started reading it and I felt like I was on the top of a waterfall in the middle of the jungle and suddenly I jumped, feeling the thrill of something exciting and then almost feeling fear and afraid to crash violently. I felt that way from the moment the two main characters met but it definitely gets better afterwards.
I was ready to stop reading because I was frustrated, not understanding the heroine’s actions when it came to the one who literally stole her heart without any warning. I could sense that this story has definitely more potential, more things to discover.
Eden didn’t understand her father’s warning to stay away from the jungle when she decided to go for a trip with her friends. The girl who used to follow the rules would never have imagined that this vacation would change her life forever. It took me some time to connect with Eden. I was waiting for her to take the lead and not telling people what she had to do. I enjoyed her evolution into this journey. Challenging and very far from her comfort zone.
Samuel was so mysterious, intriguing and so infuriating in the beginning. A charismatic, magnetic character but putting people at distance. It took me a while to appreciate this character at his fullest but the story arc when the main characters unfold in tandem, slowly unveiling the mind of each was kinda great actually. Someone who has found his real meaning and purpose to help other people, compassionate and open minded to the world.
I appreciated this powerful connexion and smoking hot chemistry. Like they meant to meet one day and experience as individuals and as a couple as well. I had to admit that the hot and cold banter drove me crazy in the beginning but I’m glad that I did not give up because once you started discovering a part of the whole picture, you just wanted to keep reading. This mix of spiritual journey and romance was enticing and mesmerizing.
I was extremely interested in this journey. It’s kinda hard to explain without reading it but it was a dimension full of possibilities, a means of exploration and self discovery. Scenery places transporting the reader to another world, rich in culture and history. Can’t wait for the next book!