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North of Need by Laura Kaye
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, romance, kindle
Read from January 28 to 29, 2012

I really enjoyed this fantasy romance set almost entirely in a cabin on a snow covered mountain. Don't get me wrong, I love me some vampire warriors and alpha male shifters but this was a nice break from all that. I hesitate to use the word sweet because there was certainly a fair amount of sex but the emotions were sweet, and in some cases bittersweet. I felt for each of these characters and the romance between widow Megan and snow god Owen, who her tears bring to life, felt very real despite the paranormal/fantasy elements. I liked that the fantasy elements didn't overwhelm the romance or the characters. There's a certain amount of magic (Owen owns his existence to it) but it is set very much in the contemporary world. More than magic or woldbuilding it's a story of learning to love again after having love taken from you by a tragic accident. If in retrospect it all happens a little fast, and if Megan believes a little bit too quickly, for me it all worked as part of the fantasy. It was a like a lovely little snowglobe of a story. It made me wish we had snow on the ground, which is an odd wish for me who's usually complaining about it. Beyond Megan and Owen's romance I also liked the mythos of the other gods that the author created and I'll be looking for book 2 when it's out.
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