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West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi #2)

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Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supre
ebook, 222 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
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Claire Robinson
Apr 12, 2014 Claire Robinson rated it really liked it
4 - Poofing and M & M Stars.

No review as such, just a few pics and quotes to highlight some of my favourite parts of the book.

Laura Kaye is one of my "go-to" authors, when I am looking for a well written, sexy, entertaining read and she never lets me down.

Zeph - "There's just you and me."...

"In this moment."...

"There's just this lost soul."...

"Who wants the most beautiful woman he's ever seen."...

Zeph - "You don't understand how much you intrigue me."...

"You don't understand how much you a
Sep 05, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
I would like to suggest that "Women's Fantasy" become a new genre, because that's exactly what you get with Kaye's second book, West of Want in her Hearts of the Anemoi series. The hero, Zephyros, god of the West Wind and Spring, and his human heroine, Ella steamed up the atmosphere even more than he himself could; boat accident and all! Which is why Zeph ultimately sticks around once he regretfully figures out that Ella's sailboat fell victim to his wind storm tantrum at sea. Yep, he can heal h ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Guys, you're not going to believe how awesome this book turned out. Zeph is hotness personified and I love that Laura takes readers deeper into the world of the Anemoi. My favorite read of the year so far!
Heather Book Savvy Babe
With her believable characters, touching romances, and sizzling heat, Laura Kaye continues be a favorite author of mine. I can always count on Ms Kaye’s books for a touching romance story that I fully enjoy. West of Want is the second book in The Hearts of Anemoi series, and I am an official fan of this paranormal/mythological romance series.

The setting and background of this series is intriguing. The Anemoi are based in mythology and bring the paranormal/fantasy element into the series. The Ane
Jul 18, 2012 Meaghan rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series, North of Need (review here) and was so incredibly excited to get my hands on West of Want. When we enter the world of West of Want we are following Zephyros and Ella. Zephyros is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring and has never been lucky when it comes to love. He has been burned numerous times and when we meet him in this book he is in the middle of creating a storm fueled by his grief. His story was heartbreaking and my heart went out to him beca ...more
The BookChick
I loved the mythological corollaries. Ella and Zeph were interesting and the story was paced well. Although I enjoyed North of Need more, this was a good story.

The only point of the story that I didn't care was the excessive use of 'Jesus' as an expletive replacement. 19 in all throughout the story. It was off-putting because of repetitive use.

Overall, a quick and easy read.
Jan 22, 2015 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, read-2015
If I ignored the plotholes, West of Want is pretty good. But I can't, so it's just okay. This time we're following Zephyros, the god of Spring, as he finds his one true love in Ella. Ella has taken her sailboat out to spread her twin's ashes when a storm hits. It's no ordinary storm. It's actually Zeph is his elemental form, and he's quite upset. The storm is raging and Ella is tossed from her boat. Of course, Zeph is drawn to her and rescues her. After getting her to the hospital, he sticks aro ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Hearts of the Anemoi is a new paranormal romance series built around seasonal mythology (gods of winter, spring etc). It’s a great springboard for a series, sadly, WEST OF WANT was a really sub par paranormal romance that included just about everything that I dislike about the genre.

The two lead characters are completely flat and two dimensional. They don’t have personalities or even really distinguishing characteristics. They were each burned by love i
Mar 16, 2013 Lyndi rated it really liked it
"Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring..."

That shit made me snort out loud. I'm sorry, but it's just so pretentious sounding. I'll still read it, though.

And now that I've read it... I liked it, but I'm kind of embarrassed that I liked it. You know what I mean?

Zephyros (not a name that rolls off the mental tongue for me) is a good character. He's a good person. Maybe a little too good? He wore his heart on his sleeve, which made him entirely too vulnerable to his younger
Jul 07, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
ORIGINAL POST: WEST OF WANT, Mars Comes in Like a Lion

West of Want
Hearts of the Anemoi, Book Two
Laura Kaye
Paperback 400 pages, e-book
7/10/12 Entangled Publishing
Received via publisher with no expectation other than a fair review. No remuneration exchanged and, except as noted all opinions are my own.

Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...
When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting th
Oct 20, 2012 Tamara rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I can only give West of Want 5 stars it deserves 10 at least! Laura Kaye has 3 series that I love. Every time a new book comes out I think "It will be good, probably great, but it can't possibly be as good as the first one" With West of Want I was sure this would be the case, because frankly North of Need is one of my all time favorite novels...however, Laura proved me wrong again!

West of Want takes us deeper into the mythology of the Anemoi, a unique and fascinating take on Gree
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Zephyros is the Supreme God of the West Wind, Guardian of Spring, and one of the four Cardinal Anemoi. If you read North of Need and remember Father-of-Time-resembling Boreas, Zeph is his brother. No minor deity here, and his power alone is something to admire. Kind and passionate, Zeph is the kind of man who loves with all his soul, even when he thinks it might
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)

Review also posted at Under The Covers Book Blog

Ms. Kaye surprised me with this brilliant love story. Though I missed North of Need, I feel like I did not miss a thing. This book is well written with full background details and well developed characters. I actually was doubtful at first but as circumstances as they are, I took a chance. I’m glad I did as now I have another series and author to follow.

Ms. Kaye starts out the book with a bit of suspense that kept me turning the pages nonstop. An
Delve into the Realm of Gods!

North of Need is one of my favorites! I adored Megan and Owen's story! So it was natural that I highly anticipated its sequel.

“Undeniably, there was some connection between them, and he found himself flirting with the most dangerous emotion there was—hope.” --West of Want, Laura Kaye

Zephyros Martius is a sensitive Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring. As his story unfolds you'll find out why. When he's upset, he can stir up a strong storm like no other. So, he wa
May 30, 2014 Nicola rated it it was amazing
If you loved North of Need wait until you read West of Want. This truly introduces to the Gods of Godliness and builds on what I can forsee as being an epic clash of the titans.

As for Zephyros; well Spring has always been my favourite season, and he is the finest reason why.

Sexy, sweet and heart-wrenching, the second book in the series is filled with action, passion, pain and discoveries. Owen and Zeph have wooed me and wowed me and I’m off to see what treats Chrysander brings; judging by his in
Corrie Ann
Dec 18, 2014 Corrie Ann rated it it was amazing
(duplicate review for book#1 since it contains info about the series)

This was a test read for me. I usually don't read fantasy, well, I guess I should say that I don't read fantastical-fantasy. (Most of the romance genre is pretty much fantasy!)

Anyway, I loved a couple of Kristen Ashley's fantastical titles and I really wanted to try another, but set in modern day. This read wasn't so bad, it was enjoyable, yet a bit predictable, and steamy enough.

However, it did end on a slight cliffhanger, and
May 19, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I loved about this book. I say that a lot about this author because all her characters to me are the best. However Zeph and Ella are a little a head. Ella is such a strong character, she has dealt with so much loss, yet still remains positive. While burying her brothers ashes at sea, Zeph is in his elemental form, and is making a powerful storm that throws ella overboard. She is badly injured when zeph realizes what her has done he saves her. Then he cant seem to leave h ...more
May 08, 2014 Sandreen rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
So what did I think about the book? I didn't think it was as good as the first one in the series but it wasn't bad either. I lost my interest in the characters the more I read and I can't pinpoint what exactly made me feel that way. The hero was hurt and broken throughout the book and I liked that because I felt more for him. The heroine was harder to relate to, she just existed. She wasn't annoying or got on my nerves, she was just not interesting enough for me to have an opinion.

I was however
Okay, okay, I'm kind of a Kenyon minion when it comes to this type of book. Was it good? Of course. As far as I've read, entangled can't publish a bad book. But I guess the adventure didn't quite catch me as much. I did love the ending, though--happy, but with sacrifice to keep it from being too Deus ex Machina.
Feb 25, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic. Sexy and steamy, with absolutely life-like characters that just capture you. Zephyros is officially my favorite god!
Jun 19, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read! The characters were extremely likeable..even Zeph who seemed to be extremely self-destructive with his thoughts. Seems a shame that such an awesome guy would harbor self such-doubts about himself.

Anyways, Ella and Zeph made a pretty good couple. I would have loved to have had an epilogue farther into the future.

Could you read this without having read the first? I believe so. Yes, you wouldn't know who Owen is, but I wouldn't say that he played such a part that you'd n
May 11, 2014 Mare rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-paranormal
Zeph is constantly tormented by his younger brother Eurus. During one of theirmore recent fight he lets his emotions get the better of him & a violent storm hits the waters....right when Ella is on her boat trying to say goodbye to her late twin by distributing his ashes at sea. After regaing some composure, Zeph notices a faint life signature & rushes to it knowing its his loss of temper that caused it. He gets Ella to safety only to overhear on the hospital she has no relatives to care ...more
Verna O
May 24, 2015 Verna O rated it really liked it
I am really glad I kept reading this series, even though I found North of Need a little softer reading than I would normally expect from LK.
The story of Zeph and Ella had a much harder edge to it than the first story in the series, and was more of a page turner, especially the more evil Eurus (the East wind) became.
For me the sign of a great book is one that makes you cry in anguish, sigh in delight and finish with a smile....West of Want did all those things for me and I leapt straight into Boo
Tara Jo
Mar 24, 2015 Tara Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: ravenclaw-mmp
I enjoyed this book...I'm not a huge mythology fan, and to be honest I usually shy away from books that are labeled as such since I get all of the gods, etc confused! I never enjoyed Roman/Greek Mythology much since I could never keep them straight!

I'm enjoying this series, however. I had put off reading it forever, but needed a book with a direction (N/E/S/W) in the title for a reading challenge! I knew I liked the author's writing as I'd read several other books by her so figured I'd give thi
Mar 09, 2016 Marta rated it really liked it
3.5 to 4 stars.
3 Stars

** Possible Spoilers **

Book: #2 of 4 of the completed HEARTS OF THE ANEMOI series. 220 pages.

>Hero: Zephyros Martius, Ancient--Supreme God of the West Wind, Guardian of Spring, one of the four Cardinal Anemoi. Marshals the rebirth of nature after winter's slumber.
Zeph was such a sweet and broken hero. After being betrayed, cast aside and having his heart broken repeatedly by his past lovers (male and female) Zeph feels unworthy and mistrustful. He's very hesitant to fall in love again
Feb 05, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "Betrayal is all he's ever known, but in her, he'll find a love strong enough to be trusted...

When Marcella Raines' twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.

Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse
DNF 22%

I tried giving the second installment in the "Hearts of the Anemoi" a chance. I really did. I wanted to like it more than the first one, I wanted to be invested in the story but sadly I was mostly waiting for something to actually happen, for the characters to be interesting and not whinny or just boring to tears. I can't say more about the plot than is written on the cover since I've DNF on 22% and in this time - nothing actually happened.. well.. Ella almost drowns when a storm strikes
Jul 20, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Holy bananas. Zeph is so ever lovin' tormented. It killed me. And a lot of what he felt guilt for were things that weren't his fault. Poor guy. He needs hugs. And cookies. Someone get on that.

Loved, loved, loved how Ella was so willing to accept Zeph and what he had to offer. When confronted with the supreme weirdness of gods and elemental power, she handled it incredibly well. Sure, she had questions and dealing with Eurus was no picnic, but she listened to her gut and trusted the man who seeme
Laura Kaye is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. When I read the first book in this series North of Need I thought these books would be loosely connected and I was going to miss Owen, Megan and Boreas. But instead the characters from the previous books playing recurring roles. That's a good thing. In this book, we begin to learn about how truly awful Eurus is,
(view spoiler). Zeph and Ella manage to rise about him. Of course, this
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Hearts of the Anemoi (4 books)
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