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Product Details

  • Series: Heart of the Anemoi
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937044475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937044473
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,531,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. With a heroine you can root for and a hero who is a dream come true, NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye's sparkling talent warms the heart. ~Stephanie Draven, author of the MYTHICA series

The mythology in North of Need was fascinating. The best words I can use to describe this book are: warm and sexy....The love seeps out of the pages and right into your heart....I am in love with this book. ~A Bookworm's Haven

The magic combined with legend in this book creates a very sweet and emotional read....The paranormal elements in North of Need are quite unique and interesting. Paranormal readers, if you are looking for a good book to read, I recommend picking up North of Need. ~Book Savvy Babe

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....This novel was well written and captivating. Both the grief and joy leap off the pages. ~Bad Ass Book Reviews

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Book Awards:
*HARD AS IT GETS: Nominated for Best Romantic Suspense of 2013 in the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards; Nominated for the December Seal of Excellence Award by RT Book Reviews Magazine
*HEARTS IN DARKNESS: EPIC eBook Award Winner for Best Novella of 2012, HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner for Best Romance Novella of 2012
*FOREVER FREED: NJRW Golden Leaf Award Winner for Best Paranormal of 2011, GDRW Booksellers' Best Award Finalist for Best First Book and Best Paranormal of 2012
*NORTH OF NEED: FF&P PRISM Award Winner for Best Light Paranormal Romance of 2012. Nominated for Cross Genre Novel of the Year and Erotic Romance Novel of the Year in the 2013 AAD Bookie Awards. Named GraveTells' Best Book of 2011, and voted Sizzling Hot Read of the Year at Sizzling Hot Books.
*WEST OF WANT: Winner of 3 2012 GraveTells' Readers Choice Awards: Favorite Heroine, Favorite Sidekick Character, Best Cover
*IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING: Winner of 4 2012 GraveTells' Readers Choice Awards: Most Outstanding Series, Favorite Novella, Sexiest Story, Hottest Couple; Runner-Up: PRISM Award for Best Paranormal Romance Novella of 2013
*SEDUCED BY THE VAMPIRE KING: PRISM Award Winner for Best Paranormal Romance Novella of 2013
*TAKEN BY THE VAMPIRE KING: Favorite Novella of 2013 in the GraveTells Readers Choice Awards

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The story that Laura Kaye crafted was very emotional.
Her characters come to life on the page and I felt each tear as Megan mourned for her late husband, and fell in love with Owen, The Snow God, right along with her.
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Laura Kaye weaves an amazingly original paranormal love story that is the first in a series and I can't wait to read the next book.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on November 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
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 characters make brief appearances, but the heart and majority of this story centers on Megan and Owen. And in the beginning, it's just Megan.

In my opinion, to ask your readers to hang out with only one person and want to keep turning the pages--without the lovely distraction various minor characters can bring--you have to have a main character who is relatable, lovable, endearing, and have at least a touch of wit . . . which in this story could've been difficult since Megan was so heartbroken in the beginning. But in the talented hands of Laura Kaye, I didn't even realize until the story was over how few characters there were. I *wanted* to hang out with Megan. I wanted to be her friend. And when Owen appeared on the scene, I completely rooted for her to risk her heart again.

Owen was an awesome love interest. Sexy, strong, compassionate, with just a touch of innocence, he swept me off my feet right along with Megan. The mystical, paranormal elements he added to the story were fun and fresh, and oh, my goodness was he HOT!!

I will NEVER look at ice cream the same way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By READING, EATING & DREAMING on November 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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 a widow for two years, and she still mourns the loss of her late husband, John. John died tragically and unexpectedly; Megan associates love with loss. She feels herself falling for Owen, but she is scared to love again. She doesn't think she could handle losing another person she loves.

My biggest fear was that I would have trouble believing in the paranormal element of this novel, but I was very wrong. It was extremely easy to fall into Laura Kaye's magical world of gods, seasons, and magic.

The Hearts of Anemoi is a companion series. There will be four books, and they are each about a different seasonal god. I loved the writing style, the plot and the originality of this novel. I am looking forward to reading three more books with all these elements but also with new characters.

I gave North of Need by Laura Kaye 5 STARS. This novel made me cry and jump for joy. It's a wonderful paranormal romance novel, and I strongly recommend it.



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blue Shedevil on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
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. He is drawn to Megan, but with a warm front quickly approaching, his time with Megan may be far less than either want or need.

North of Need is like a steaming mug of hot cocoa after playing in the snow all day. It's dark, sweet and will absolutely raise your body temperature. I just loved this book. It is magnificently suited to the season, with it's messages of love, trust, hope and healing. The only villains to battle are the inner demons of fear and loneliness. Owen has his own past traumas to overcome, and as a god, he had a bit longer to work on his issues so he was ideal in helping Megan battle hers. Unfortunately time and climate change play a factor in his game plan. The reader is given a brief glimpse into the world of the Anemoi and the roles they each play. I was thrilled with this new and unique aspect to the paranormal, and even though this book is not classified as paranormal, it still fulfilled my craving for things not of this world.

Laura Kaye definitely brought out the big guns when plotting out the more amorous scenes in North of Need. The snow cone scene in the igloo, *sheesh* let's just say it's a good thing I wasn't reading this in public. And sneaky girl that she is, Laura even manages to work in a relevant message or two in this sweet story. Nicely done, Ms.
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