“Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were suppose to be together… and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home… only to no home I’d ever known… I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like… magic.”
-Sleepless in Seattle
Day Three: A Life Earthbound & Of Water and Madness
Day three of Romancing the Book brings us to the third and fourth books of The Dryad Quartet…why am I doing two books at once? Well, this love story is so special it had to span the length of two full novels! 🙂
This is, without a doubt, my favorite love story I’ve ever written. I adore the others, but the romance between Rhiannon and Liam is the one that has stolen my heart for life. Even though I have moved on from these characters and have written the closing pages of their story, I still frequently think of them. Sometimes it’s that way with writers…we create these characters that in a sense haunt us for years to come, even long after we’ve told their story. These two are that for me.
Their love began at an early age…in A Life Earthbound, we see much of how the Dryads grew up on Euphora, and where their stories began. Liam, the Water Dryad, was fascinated with Rhiannon, the Earth Dryad, from the very start. However, she shied away from him at her parents’ insistence and instead preferred to be alone. It wasn’t until they were teenagers that she finally gave in to him and discovered how it could feel to both trust and love someone else. Of course, her mother had different plans and ended Rhiannon’s relationship with Liam.
Years later, they are largely strangers living in the same place. She still longs for him, but focuses on her work instead. He craves her like nothing else, but has been shut out by her for so long that he’s almost given up trying. That is until strange events begin to happen, and Rhiannon realizes that she must open her heart to love once more if she’s going to be able to survive the battle she’s facing. Of course, loving Liam should be easy…until outside forces nearly break them apart.
Rhiannon is a textbook workaholic. She is serious, straightforward, studious, and meticulously polite. It is these very qualities that make her prickly and not well liked by many of the others on Euphora. But Liam has always understood her in a way that she doesn’t even understand herself. He is empathetic, compassionate, carefree, and trustworthy. He listens, which makes him such a great friend. And all he has ever wanted was to be close to Rhiannon, the way she once let him in when they were teens.
It will take a lot of hard work to make her open up to him, but once she does, she’s his for life.
That is, until he goes mad…
Okay, so this was where I had to be evil and in many ways momentarily shatter their happiness for the sake of drama. In Of Water and Madness, Liam is not himself. Evil sneaks in and infiltrates his mind, causing him to both say and do things he would never do. He breaks Rhiannon’s heart…all the while having no idea what’s happening to him.
But in the end, their love for each other transcends even the powers of mind control, and even a rogue demon hellbent on war couldn’t keep them apart for long.
Liam just loves Rhiannon too damn much to let her go, not after all the hard work he put in trying to win her heart in the first place.
She didn’t hear the sound of soft footsteps behind her, nor did she notice the arms enfolding her, pulling her close and giving her an anchor to cling to while she drowned.
Liam rocked her slowly, pressing her face to his chest as she let herself go. He should have known this was what she was coming out here to do…she was finally, finally free.
“I love you,” he murmured, kissing the top of her head and closing his eyes. “You are the strongest person I have ever known.”
Hearing his words only made her sob harder, knowing just how callous and cruel she had been to him. He deserved so much better…
“Cry, baby…” he whispered, reveling in the sound of her release, knowing how badly she needed this. “Get it all out.”
And so she did, and he stayed with her while she weathered the storm.
Below is the song that inspired their relationship:
To learn more, you can read a sample of A Life Earthbound and Of Water and Madness on Amazon and download them on Kindle for only $2.99. Or if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow A Life Earthbound and Of Water and Madness for free!
Thank you for joining me for Day Three of Romancing the Book…tomorrow, I’ll be back with the three romances from my latest novel, When Empires Fall! Stay tuned! 🙂