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North of Need

(Hearts of the Anemoi #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,495 ratings  ·  407 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 November 1st 2011 by Entangled Publishing (first published October 29th 2011)
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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 c
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
Oct 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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 how m
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really good Christmas romance read.
Megan has been a grieving widow for 2 years. Spending Christmas at the cabin she shared with her husband (who died on Christmas night). Owen is the snowman she makes while trying to distract herself from her grieft. Breaking down and sobbing, her tears bring him to life.
Is the snowman come to life as a sexy hot guy cheesy? Yes. Did I know how this would end before reading it, Yes. So why 4 stars? Because Laura Kaye writes good characters. Megan is l
Ellen Gail
No one else but Laura Kaye could make this cheesy, adorable mess so much darn fun. This was like Christmas in April.

Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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 c
Rachel Annie
I had initially given this a Goodreads rating of "liked it", but after I was made aware of some things I've decided to remove my previous ratings for this author and put the original reviews under a spoiler tag. I will not be reading anything further by this author.

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Amy | Foxy Blogs
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
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
Aly is so frigging bored
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
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 :)

Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever been sitting by your Christmas tree, drinking eggnog and listening to Christmas music like “Frosty the Snowman” and thought, “This song would make a great paranormal romance novel” - then this is the book for you.

Our heroine Megan is a widow, spending Christmas alone in a cabin, thinking about how her husband died on Christmas in a car accident getting her eggnog.

And that’s why you shouldn’t drink eggnog - also it’s disgusting.

She builds a snowman family, as one does, and the
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was ok

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
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)
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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
 Crystal ➳ Reading Between the Wines Book Club
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
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Christi Snow
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. The premise of how Owen came into Megan's life was really cute and I liked both characters, but somehow it felt too easy. Megan's so desperately in love with her dead husband she's been mourning him for two years, and yet Owen shows up and suddenly everything's different in less than a week? Not to say I wasn't happy to see her moving on, it just cases of insta-love like this always bug me a little bit.

I loved the way Owen's powers were displayed and hi
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
The BookChick
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lendable
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 :). ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-other
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Shan ~A~
First of all I love that the characters in this series all have last names that coincide in someway with the time of year the story takes place and what type of god we are dealing with. Kudos for that.

The book takes place 2yrs since the death of Megan's husband on Christmas day. She has went to their cabin to grieve and to feel closer to him. While there Megan experiences something she least expects after building a snow family.

Thanks to John's (Megan's late husband) entreaty to the gods, she
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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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, Blasphemy, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her lif ...more

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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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