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Editorial Reviews


"Laura Kaye's captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans." ~Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardians series

"Sexy, emotional stories, powerful, evocative writing, a vivid and unique vision, and enough magic and mysticism to keep the most demanding reader satisfied, Laura Kaye delivers it all.  I love this series!"  ~Maggie Shayne, NY Times Bestselling Author

5 Stars & a RARE TOP PICK from Night Owl Reviews: "The two main characters Ella and Zeph were so down to earth that it was impossible not to like them....The pace of West of Want was absolutely perfect and incredibly easy to follow."

Urban Girl Reader Gives West of Want its 1st 5-Flower Review of 2012!: "As long as you like your sex hot, you'll be very happy with this book....Laura had me so tightly gripped into the story....If you haven't read North By Need, you will want to catch up on this great series...and pick up a copy of West of Want!"

5 Hearts from Sizzling Hot Book Reviews!: "It's a crazy passionate love story that will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning just so you can read that final page. Readers will definitely not be disappointed; West of Want is absolutely fantastic."

Praise for Hearts of Anemoi

"West of Want brings the human heartache of love and betrayal to epic heights in this turbulent tale of the West Wind and the mortal he falls hard for. The tempest of emotion swirling around the characters is surreal, intense and sensual — in short, exactly what a romance of the gods should be." --Abigail Ortlieb, RT Magazine

“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

GraveTells Fave, Book of the Month (December) & 5-STAR Gold Heart Winner

Top Read of 2011 (tied for 1st with Julie Kagawa's The Iron Knight), and Paranormal Book of the Year, GraveTells

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Nominated for EIGHT 2011 GraveTells Readers' Choice Awards: Favorite Book, Best Cover Art (Runner up!), Sexiest Story (Runner Up!), Most Compelling Hero, Most Kick-Ass Heroine, Favorite Author of 2011 (3rd!) & Breakout Author of 2011 (WON!)

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Product Details

  • Series: Hearts of the Anemoi (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620610558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620610558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,685,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly twenty 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 YOU CAN: Nominee, Best Romantic Suspense of 2014 in the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards; Finalist, Best Romantic Suspense of 2014, NJRW Golden Leaf Award
*HARD AS IT GETS: Winner, Best Romantic Suspense of 2014, NECRWA Readers' Choice Awards; Winner, Best Romantic Suspense of 2014, Golden Quill Awards; Finalist, Best Single Title Contemporary of 2014, Maggie Awards; Nominee, Best Romantic Suspense of 2013 in the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards; Nominee, 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
*SOUTH OF SURRENDER: Winner, Best Dark Paranormal Romance of 2014, FF&P PRISM Awards
*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: Finalist, Best Paranormal Romance Novella of 2014, FF&P PRISM Awards; Favorite Novella of 2013 in the GraveTells Readers Choice Awards

Customer Reviews

I am so looking forward to not only the next books in this series, but the new series Ms. Kaye will begin soon.
Angela Warren
There are a lot of hot love scenes in this book, if you enjoy that kind of thing, and the story itself is well written, and good paced.
Trust isn't easy for either one of them, but they must overcome their fears and learn to trust each other in order to find love.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DaVinciKittie on July 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jessica soete on July 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Good Gods.. Laura Kaye has done it again!!

Oh my Gods book #2 in 'Hearts of the Anemoi' series was just A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
It was so hard to put this book down, so I just stayed up untill 4am to finish it..

Can I get a cleansing by Zephyros :) Some touching & feeling all in the name of removing a bad mark off course :) Ooohhhh for the love of gods.. his hands all over my body..*dreaming away* Uhumm right back to why I loved this book.

Absolutely loved how we get to learn more and more about the Anemoi's in this book. We also learn a lot of there history, the family members, stories about old lovers + we see a few of the ones we already met in book 1 back! OWEN!! *Squeeeeeeellll*

If people would ask me to choose between Owen & Zephyros, then I would simply say that there are mad to aks me to choose! I simply choose them both because there so unique, gorgeous, funny and lovely in there own way!

It's official.. Hearts of the Anemoi is my #1 series of all times, because it combines just all the things I love in a good book.. A great meaningfull story, a very hot male caracter, suspence, drama, sizzling hot sex and most of all 2 people who discover the existence and meaning of true love!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By READING, EATING & DREAMING on July 27, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The Hearts of the Anemoi is a sensational paranormal romance series that focuses on the mythology of the Anemoi "seasonal" gods. I enjoyed and recommend the first novel in the series North of Need, but I must admit that I enjoyed West of Want even more. One reason I enjoyed West of Want more was because Ms. Kaye expanded on the hierarchy and history of her mythological characters in this novel, which really helped me better understand the characters and the story. I also thought that Ms. Kaye did a fabulous job turning up the heat in this novel. The scenes between Megan and Owen from North of Need were hot, but the scenes between Zeph and Ella in West of Want were even hotter!

West of Want, the second novel in the Hearts of the Anemoi series by Laura Kaye, was another spectacularly well-rounded novel. This novel has it all: passion, personality, intriguing mythology, romance, true love, and hot sex! What more can a girl want?

Perfect for paranormal romance fans, West of Want is an exciting, enchanting story about two vulnerable, heart-broken characters. Zephyros, the god of the West Wind and Spring, is a sensitive hero who been abandoned and deceived by everyone he has ever loved. I typically prefer alpha males but Zephyros's brokenness won me over. He has a soft, sensitive side, but he is still very much a manly man who isn't afraid to kick a little ass if he needs to. Ella is a multifaceted character with a heartbreaking past of her own. Her parents died when she was relatively young, her ex-husband betrayed and disregarded her, and her twin brother, who was also her best friend, died. She is the type of character that you can't help but root for. Both characters are full of depth, personality, and passion. They have both been wronged in the past.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Niina "For The Love of Reading!" on July 31, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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Ella has lost it all, her parents, her husband- cheating bastard - and her brother, releasing his ashes into the sea while on board their sailing boat True Blue a storm hits, even while a great sailor she can't fight the storm and as she hits the frigid water her world goes black and she believes this is it.

Zephyros, the God of the West Wind, is storming about his nephew's happiness, while he never has had any, only betrayal and disappointment, but just before it's too late he realizes his actions have but an innocent near death and he barely saves the woman from his storm.

Deeply regretful of his carelessness he sees her to shore, but can't bring himself to leave before he sees she's making a recovery, but the woman keeps him coming back again and again until he makes the mistake of materializing at the wrong time and getting an earful from Ella. But as they begin to get to know each other and as Zeph feels the need to heal the injuries his storm caused it dawns to Ella that Zeph is more than just a stalker - and there is more to the world than she ever thought.

But with Eurus, Zeph's estranged brother and ruler of the East Wind, dead set on breaking any happiness Zeph has Ella isn't safe, but even if Zeph can protect her against his brother's maliciousness can he protect her from his own fears of betrayal that's branded on his soul.
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