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North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,727 ratings  ·  290 reviews
While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband-and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she'll never have. Called to life by the power of Megan's tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on h ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Entangled Publishing
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Jo ★The Book Sloth★
3 Not What I Expected Stars

There will definitely be huge SPOILERS

I have to admit that after reading the BLURB and seeing the hunk on the cover I expected this to be some kind of Alpha, Immortal Warrior PNR. There is nothing in the premise to suggest it but come on, you see a half naked guy in the cover, you read the words PNR and Greek Gods and your next thoughts are "When are the daggers coming out?". That's what I get for not reading reviews before I pick up a book, because this book was com
Rachel Harris
North of Need had me at the cover. I don't think a woman alive would argue that the man isn't hot. But what kept me eagerly clicking the button on my kindle, so emotionally tied to the story and needing to see what happens next, was Laura Kaye's amazing characters.

Megan has to be one of the best-written protagonists I've seen in a long time. The story really only has two characters . . . she talks on the phone with a few family members and friends, and later in the story a couple other character
A cute, sexy romance perfect for the holidays. But something that happens with Owen that makes me go hmm...

The heroine Megan is mourning the death of her beloved husband after 2 years. To stop from becoming too depressed on the anniversary of his death, she makes a snowman. The snowman transforms into the hero, Owen, who is also a god. But, if Owen gets too overheated, his body parts will vanish. So this is where I ask, when his peen is having fun with Megan's hoo haa, which is toasty warm, woul
Claire Robinson
4.5 - Snowflake, Snowman & Teddy Stars.

Imagine yourself waking up on Christmas morning, you slip downstairs, and find a present under the tree, you have no idea who sent it or where it came from, but when you open it, imagine to your surprise that it is that one thing you have been secretly lusting after, but haven’t told anyone that you actually wanted... North of Need is just that, an unexpected and totally remarkable gift.

This isn’t a review as such, just a few quotes and images to show h
Jun 15, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Read-along with Bethany, Laura, Brandie and Sara
3.5 Stars

"I know what this sounds like, Megan, but I was sent here. For you." He released a deep breath. "A Christmas gift, of sorts."

This is exactly what Megan Snow needs after grieving the death of her husband, for the last two years (heck I wouldn't mind this kind of gift either!). Megan is keeping up tradition by spending Christmas in a cabin out in the snowy woods, just like she always did with her late husband. Megan can't stop thinking on what she may never feel again: true love and com
3.5 stars

Megan Snow is still grieving the loss of her husband John, two years after he was killed in an accident on Christmas Day. Now she holidays alone at their cabin over Christmas. Lonely, bored and trying desperately to push the memories aside, one afternoon she builds a snow family - father, mother and child. Overcome with sadness she cries, her tears soaking the flannel shirt she placed on the snowman.

Owen Winters is a snow god. He has been living a self-imposed exile, but now has been su
Amy (Foxy)
Fun read for BW's birthday book.

I feel the need to go outside and make a snowman. Only problem is we don't have any snow here.

Snowman description + hot guy description = North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, #1) by Laura Kaye
Cocktails and Books
Megan Snow, still grieving the loss of her husband two years ago (on Christmas day) in a car accident, heads to the mountain cabin she and John shared to spend the anniversary of his death in solitude. She heads outside, deciding she needs the physical activity to stop her mind from remembering John and how his death was her fault.

In the middle of a blizzard, she builds a snow family. A snowman with mismatched eyes, a black knit cap and John's old flannel shirt. Next she builds a snow woman and
Aly is so frigging bored
Buddy read with Jo

I didn't know what to rate it, but in the end I really loved the epilogue so 4* it is :)

This was a beautiful sweet story. It wasn't hard to guess what was going on, it wasn't even hard to guess what was going to happen in the end. It was a sweet romance through and through and I loved it.
Owen was an entirely different kind of hero than what we get now a days. Gentlemen, caring, his words You needed me and I am here for you have not been read by me coming from a mans mouth in a long time. He was patient and really was there for her.
Anyway if you want a change of scene and are afte
Mrs. Badass
Grade: B+

When I first saw the premise of this book, I thought to myself, now this, THIS, sounds cool! Finally, something different and interesting. I like to read contemporary romance every now and again, and North of Need was a little Contemporary meets a little magic.

The story that Laura Kaye crafted was very emotional. Megan Snow, our Heroine is in the midst of grief that is two years in the making. Her husband John was killed in a car accident on Christmas {Eve} while going for Egg Nog. Mega
Amy (BW)

I chose this book to read with the girls as my birthday read. Since my birthday is 6 days before Christmas, I was looking for something that was well...Christmasy, duh!? The cover instantly grabbed me. I read through the synopsis and thought...hmmmm, this could be interesting. Widow builds snowman. Widow cries on said snowman, while mourning dead husband. Snowman comes to life in the form of a super, duper hot and sexy Snow God, disguised as a human to win her love. Yep...tot
Megan is still struggling to cope after the death of her husband so rather than face Christmas with her family and friends she follows their tradition and heads off to the isolated cabin they own in the mountains. Trying to take her mind off her grief she builds a snow family but the reminder of what will never be just makes her feel worse. When Owen appears on her doorstep in the middle of a blizzard she isn't able to leave him outside to freeze and reluctantly allows him into her cabin. What s ...more
Now, this serves me right for trying to read a HET book, but the cover intrigued me, and the mythological premise sounded fascinating.

Unfortunately, the depth promised at the beginning peters out into the slightly ridiculous.

Now, I like sex, and I like erotica. I can appreciate a well written HET scene, and even enjoy it. But what I can't get my head around are sex scenes simply tossed into the mix for the hell of it.

Yeah, I get can write sex...but there sheer quantity of it detracted f
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Humans have personified the great forces of nature since mankind (and womankind) first created fire. The winds howling outside of those early cave-dwellings must have seemed like gods...and so some of the world's most fascinating and enduring myths were born.

Zephyrus, the west wind, Eurus the East Wind and Notus, the South Wind are three of these, but the greatest and most feared is Boreas, the North Wind. Boreas is feared because t

I give this two stars.
It's still an okayish read but the storyline is boring and... come on, let's face it. There's no wow factor here (now I'm talking like one of the judges in Great British Menu). It's dull, it doesn't spark, ignites me or give me any depth of emotion.

Before I start, Ladies. A little warning here. Don't fuck a snowman.It's...unhealthy. And hella weird.
unless if its in a shape of Jon Snow of course.


Anyway, when I found out this story is about a snowman from Megan's porch tra
Sofia Grey
A simple and moving premise: Megan is enduring the second anniversary of her husband’s untimely death and is close to rock bottom, having a tearful meltdown over the snowman that she builds.

She’d made a snow family. A snow man, a snow woman and a snow child. A sob tore up her throat and echoed into the stillness. What the hell was she thinking?

When a sexy stranger turns up at her remote cabin – in a blizzard – she gives him shelter and starts to realise there’s more to life that she first thoug
Christi Snow
My Review:
Now this is a book that I can get behind. I truly loved this book with it's sense of magic and whimsy for two people that have had enough heartache to last a lifetime. This is the romance between Megan Snow and Owen Winters. Megan lost her husband two years ago in a tragic car accident and her life has been filled with grief ever since. They had a mountain cabin where they spent every Christmas and she has maintained that tradition to honor his memory. Owen is a Snow God, who was betra
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
North of Need is an exciting and fresh new paranormal romance that captured my heart and kept me glued to the pages!

It has been exactly two years since Megan Snow suffered the loss of her husband on that cold Christmas night; guilt ridden and grief stricken she escapes to their snowy cabin to celebrate this year’s Christmas alone. When she’s overcome by painful memories though, Megan ventures into the coming blizzard to make a snow family, a family she believes she will never have now. Using two
NORTH OF NEED (HEARTS OF ANEMOI) by Laura Kaye is an exciting fantasy romance set in the Appalachian Mountains. It is the first in a new series Hearts of Anemoi. It is the story of Megan Snow,a young widow of two years and Owen Winters,immortial,one of the four Greek Anemoi,and a snowman. It has Christmas magic,snowman,death of a husband,grief, global warming,environmental issues,romance,love,hot sex,second chances,the four Greek Anemoi(Wind Gods),snow,ice,wind(especially the North Wind),and a b ...more
Michelle (Reading Lark) (Reading Lark)
My Thoughts:
Alright, my one sided love affair with Laura Kaye's leading men is well known, as is my serious case of hero worship with the author herself. She's warm, funny, and incredibly smart; and she hasn't served me with papers regarding my stalkerish tendencies.

Anywho, I love her and I adore her writing. I pre-ordered my paperback of North of Need back in October for its November 1st release - my birthday is on November 3rd, and decided it was a sign from the gods that it was meant to be m
I am considering this my first holiday book of 2011. It was just what I needed. It was sweet, smexy and had a happy ending (Of course) I enjoyed the characters and although everything moved quickly, it worked. If you read romance or PNR on a regular basis you will see where the story is going but it does not make the trip any less enjoyable.

The only thing in the book that left a nagging thought was an incident that occurred, was mentioned again but not resolved. It left me thinking "what was th
Bookie | The BookChick
I really enjoyed this story. I first got an introduction too Laura Kaye by reading Hearts in Darkness. Kaye has am interesting way of sharing a romantic story with. a sweet and heartwarming trust. I loved Owen...I'd like to build me my very own snowman right now :).
Megan is a sympathetic character who has been widowed 2 years ago. She was unable to break the bonds of grief and was barely living. She builds a snowman family to exert herself to exhaustion to avoid her feelings. It doesn't work and as she sees the family she built she grieves for the one she will never have with her deceased husband. However, that night she finds a stranger on her doorstep. One that worms his way into her grief and gives her permission to feel once again. To laugh again. Now, ...more
Wendy *Sebella Blue* Mitchell
Megan Snow was spending another Christmas alone in the isolated mountain cabin she used to share with his husband. Though he has been dead for two years, the grief is still fresh and stark. When she begins making snowmen outside, she realizes she has created a snow family and falls into tears mourning the loss of her dream. Awakened by the widow's tears, Owen Winter is called from his god realm to answer her plea. He didn’t realize how much he missed being corporeal or the touch of a soft female ...more

4.5 stars!

Megan Snow is still mourning the death of her husband, John. It's Christmas Eve and she won't forsake the tradition of spending Christmas at their mountain cabin. As the hour of the anniversary nears, she tries to tire herself out by building a snow family in her front yard. Instead of being soothing, looking at the frosty figures rips open her still wounded heart and she breaks down.

Owen Winters is a winter guardian, one of the guardians of seasons also known as the Anemoi. Megan's
Among The Muses
This is the type of story that leaves you feeling a little warm and fuzzy. It's sweetly romantic, sprinkled with a healthy dose of sexiness. Who knew a snow god could warm up the pages!

Angst has occupied Megan Snow's life for nearly two years. Mourning the death of her husband, Megan retreats to a place that reminds her of times that were spent happy with her former husband, John. Little does Megan know that her time spent at a remote cabin on Christmas would call a snow god to her; sent to sedu

North of Need was exactly what I was looking for. It's passionate, romantic, heartbreaking, original and exciting. Oh, and it's sexy too.

North of Need, the first book in The Hearts of the Anemoi series was about Owen and Megan. Owen is a god of winter, and Megan is a grieving widow. Her tears bring Owen to life, but he only has a limited time to earn her love and trust or he will turn back to snow. Megan has been
Heather Book Savvy Babe
The legend of Frosty the Snowman meets contemporary paranormal romance in Laura Kaye's enchanting new book, North of Need.

I very much enjoyed this book. Megan is a lonely woman, grieving over her deceased husband and spending the holidays secluded in her grief in her cabin in the snow. One day, she builds a snowman family, and as she cries into the snowman wearing her husband's clothes, magic is released. Owen Winters is a god of sorts. He is a winter god, one of the Anemoi. After heartbreak of
A Toasty-Warm Read For Any Cold Night
Still crippled by grief from the loss of her husband two years ago, Megan Snow is holed up alone in their...her mountain cabin. Christmas is the worst, the two year anniversary of his death, and being with family and friends is unthinkable. Alone is better. Marginally. the pain of loss threatens to crush her, pushing her out into the snow, nearly compelling her to exhaust herself just so she can sleep, maybe alone isn't the best thing at all.

But she d
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“Instead of an ugly scratch of a scar, he'd given her a beautiful piece of himself. A snowflake. Small and discreet, noticeable if you knew to look, but otherwise really just for her. A gift.” 10 likes

Her breathing stuttered at the thought of tasting the sweet cream off his skin. "Nothing."

"No, tell me." He stepped closer.

She shook her head. "Why mint and peach?"

He quirked a crooked smile. "Mint for fresh breath, peach because it's breakfast. You know, fruit."

"I don't think peach ice cream counts as fruit."

"What's that right there?" He pointed to the hunks of frozen orange buried in the mounds of ice cream overflowing his bowl.

"Peach, but--"

"Nuh uh. No but. It's peach. Case closed." He lifted the bowl and took a big bite.”
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