I absolutely loved this book, and I don't give a real full 5 stars easily (sometimes 5 stars really means 4.5 based on my GraveTells reviews). It is tI absolutely loved this book, and I don't give a real full 5 stars easily (sometimes 5 stars really means 4.5 based on my GraveTells reviews). It is the WHOLE PACKAGE!
Heart-warming, emotionally devastating - do not read this without a box of tissues nearby, and yes, you still get your HEA. In spades! Perfect holiday read and I loved the not-so-in-your-face environmental spin.
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 end in heartache. He is both gentle and fierce, and so accustomed to hurt and betrayal that he lives a stark, solitary existence... until he meets Ella, that is.
Ella is a sweetheart who has lost everyone she ever cared about and just wants to make a positive difference where ever she can. She doesn't have any delusions of grandeur. Wholesome and reserved, determined and enthusiastic, Ella is the perfect match for Zeph. And boy do they have chemistry!
There are more private moments between Ella and Zeph than we got to see between Owen and Megan, so all you PNR fans will be happy to know that, and the scenes never get boring or repetitive. Laura Kaye writes extremely strong character relationships, makes you really feel their passion and experience their energy, and the first time Ella and Zeph get together? Gold. Pure hot, steamy, sweaty gold!
I practically bawled my way through North of Need, so the bar was set pretty high for this one. While i wasn't as blown away emotionally as i was with Owen's book, West of Want had some serious heart and just when I thought things were starting to get formulaic, the plot sprinted off in a different direction. I don't think we've seen the end of the non-romance portion of this story arc just yet.
Laura Kaye either has a giant stash of super secret sauce or is simply a master at her craft, because just about every book I've read from her to-date has been a homerun, the Hearts of the Anemoi stories especially so. The characters have depth, the plots are compelling, and the sexual tension is nearly unmatched. Not many authors can take a couple who has never met before and have them itching to jump each others bones within a few days so effectively that you feel more eager than they do.
This second installment in the Hearts of the Anemoi brings back some old friends, and gives us glimpse into the drama and family ties between the other gods. In true Laura Kaye fashion, all the characters are unique and entertaining. If i wasn't already hooked on this series, meeting Chrysander would definitely prime my interest in the sunny, aggressive Supreme God of the South Winds. West of Want is a GraveTells must read!
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South of Surrender starts off with a bang, falls into a lull for a while, then picks back up with a storm force gale. Getting to see the brothers together was a real treat and led to some special moments between them that we haven’t gotten to experience until now. Before they were all just gods, related but each doing his own individual thing, and South of Surrender brings them back together with a sense of family and singular purpose.
Chrys and Laney have some blazing hot scenes (holy hot tamales, batman!) and Chrysander’s self doubts are heart-breaking, but their chemistry took a little time to heat up for me. Laney is so self-sacrificing that I worried about her constantly, but that’s also part of the charm Ms. Kaye weaves into her heroines… they are all soft and vulnerable yet stalwart and nigh unbreakable. When the plot finally came together at the crux of the story, it was electrifying and set my heart racing. South of Surrender absolutely lives up to the high Hearts of the Anemoi standard set by the previous books in the series; I devoured it in a single day!
There are several new faces in this one, both human and supernatural, and it was fun getting to see the rank and file structure of the Anemoi hierarchy. Seth was a character I particularly enjoyed meeting and am hoping we get to see more of in future books. And holy shite is Eurus eeeeeveeeiiiil! He’s not one of those heroes you love to hate, he’s the guy you despise so much you hope he dies in a spectacularly painful and degrading spotlight. Even so, Chrys’ s compassion for his brother adds a softer, more relatable dimension to the Supreme God of the East Wind, making me wonder just what might be in store for him.
I also really like how Ms. Kaye organically introduces us to one of the Anemoi brothers each book so we get to know them each a little individually before their own story starts. This one comes full circle back to Boreus, who had some fantastic lines and scenes. I love Boreus! His old world formal speech is amusing and well crafted, and his relationship with Owen is so genuine and supportive it really resonates. Could Boreus have a possible love interest in South of Surrender? Maaaaybe! You’ll have to read it to find out! *grin*
Sweeping and unexpectedly poignant, South of Surrender is a pivotal chapter in the Hearts of the Anemoi saga. Chrysander is everything I hoped he would be and more, deeper in mind and spirit, and his lady is the perfect compliment, down to her love of horses and survivor spirit. This is a “must read” for any fan of paranormal romance, but you really should start with North of Need to get the full impact of the storyline. Ms. Kaye absolutely lives up to her potential, breathing life and spirit to a story that will break your heart and leave you wanting more, more, more!...more
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Intense. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think about Devlin’s story. Complex and charming and emotional. As the son of the outcast and evil Eurus, Devlin is the god of autumn rain and is the heir to the East wind, if the other Anemio can ever beat the Cardinal God of the East who has been making their lives such hell for the past year. This is the last book in Laura Kaye’s outstanding Hearts of the Anemoi series and the story arc comes full circle in a way that you’ll only fully get if you’ve read all the books from the start. The mistrust and animosity towards Devlin is heartbreaking but understandable given the awful history the Anemoi have had with his father. Devlin’s view of himself is low from a lifetime of being put down and mistreated, and it resonates painfully throughout the book. How can someone who has been so terribly manipulated, abused, and beat down by his father, physically and emotionally, think he’s got any good in him at all? This is a constant struggle for Devlin and Anna is the one outlet he has for finding his sense of self and value. She is my favorite of the heroines in the series, innately strong in character with a warm heart and gentle warrior’s soul. She may not go into battle with her man, but she will make damn sure he’s as strong as he can be and for the right reasons.
It’s not all doom and gloom though; there’s some great humor in East of Ecstasy as well. We also get to see a satisfying amount of interaction with the other Anemoi from the rest of the stories, particularly Zeph and Owen, and the alternate point of views give necessary depth and perspective to the overall sequence of events and character motivations. I also really like that while the villain of the series is the master of the East wind, Ms. Kaye takes great care to express that the wind or autumn itself that is not inherently evil, only the being who wielded it. Compelling and politically relevant, there’s a deeper message in there if you look close.
My reaction as I started reading the final showdown of the series? Oh. My. God. Heartbreaking. Stunning. Vivid and beautifully wrenching.
Easy of Ecstasy is hands down Laura Kaye’s best work to date and a ride so intense and shocking it will have you sobbing over your e-reader. This story is the epitome of great, entertaining storytelling, and that doesn’t always mean a happily-for-every-good-guy-ever-after. What makes EoE such a satisfying conclusion to an already stellar series is the care and patience that went into crafting and placing the pieces of the overall story. Every character has a healthy backstory and something both at risk and to fight for. Losses and sacrifices keep the events believable without becoming overwhelmingly traumatic for the readers. I didn’t want it to end but I couldn’t bear for it to go on, and it wraps up so beautifully! Laura Kaye has outdone herself....more