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West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi) Paperback – July 17, 2012
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"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."
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"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
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Marcella Raines had known loss of her own. Grieving for the loss of her twin brother she finds herself caught in a storm that both damages her beloved sailboat and leaves her badly injured. Waking in the hospital to find a mysterious male nurse waiting at her bedside she soon discovers the truth behind the storm. Yet, even as she's drawn to Zeph, Ella quickly learns that loving the God of the West Wind comes with a very dangerous enemy willing to do anything to bring him pain. If Zeph wants to return Ella's love he will have to confront his past hurts, learn to trust, and most of all, know when love is worth any sacrifice.
NORTH OF NEED, the first book in the series, is one of my favorite books and a very difficult one to follow. Right away I realized that WEST OF WANT can't compare--and I mean that in a neutral way--because they're very different stories. There's an isolated feel to the latter that makes the story highly centered on the hero and heroine without much outside influence, it's cozy (so to speak). But with WEST OF WANT the world of the Anemoi is cracked wide open within a few chapters. It serves well to provide the conflict for Zeph and Ella, while introducing future heroes and insight into just how the Anemoi factor into the modern world. Eurus is one heck of a villain, he literally made my skin crawl. Meanwhile, Chrysander's introduction is going to make the wait for SOUTH OF SURRENDER very difficult! If you love the vast mythological world of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series you will love WEST OF WANT.
As a hero, Zeph is a little tough to love but he is utterly relatable if you've ever had your heart broken. His flaws are the very human trust issues one would expect from a man who's gone through what he has. Ella, on the other hand, is the perfect foil for Zeph. She's quick to trust and her indomitable spirit is endearing. Though their chemistry is mostly shown through their scintillating love scenes, I found their pairing enjoyable. Kaye also manages to throw in a terrific twist for their HEA that romance fans are sure to find satisfying.
While it might sound like I didn't love it as much as it's predecessor, I truly loved WEST OF WANT, just for different reasons. One has an almost stand-alone quality, the other promises to give it a series-strong run. If you love Greek mythology in your romances look no further! This is one not to be missed.
Even lost in all the fantasy the story always seems believable. The amazing descriptions of the Chesapeake Bay and eastern Maryland coast were essential to the feel of the book. And didn't disappoint. In fact the whole book was filled with vivid descriptions and writing that just captivated me. The characters were multidimensional and dripping with emotion. The fact that "Gods" were dealing with betrayal, death, and family turmoil just brought all the magic home.
I really liked the fact that Owen had an essential part in the story. (Those of you familiar with the series will know who Owen is) A lot of time in these romance "series" the characters are very different from book to book and don't reaper. Having Owen as a central player in the action and family was a touch I appreciated.
As usual the formula was there. Anemoi comes into the human realm and meets and falls in love with a mortal women. Mortal women accepts who he is, and his magic, and they try to build a relationship. The differences add some degree of difficulty. In this case it adds a lot of difficulty, and the ending was not the usual happily ever after. I was shocked. In a pleasant way. The conclusion of their love story was different, and emotional, and if I say much more I might give away too many secrets.
Laura Kay hit a home run with this book. She just cemented her place as one of my favorite authors in the romance genre and highlighted how versatile she is. If you read one paranormal romance this year, make it West of Want!!!
These can be read as stand alone stories, but the overall story line builds in each book, leading to what is an epic battle, so I would encourage ppl to start from the beginning (North of Need) & enjoy the whole series. In this particular installment, we feel the pain and the anxiety of Zeph & Ella, we journey with them as they help each other to heal from various things. This is the kind of story, the kind of series, that sticks with you and demands re-reads. : )
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