Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Review: North of Need by Laura Kaye

Title: North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi #1)
Author: Laura Kaye
Source: received through blog tour in exchange for an honest review


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 her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen's mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things, and her heart opens enough to believe he's a Christmas miracle. But this miracle comes with an expiration before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow's grief and learn to trust love again, or she'll lose Owen forever.


North of Need is the first book in Laura Kaye's new series, Hearts of the Anemoi. This book centers around a 29 year old widow named Megan. Her husband, John, died 2 years earlier and she is still holding onto the guilt and sorrow. She just can't push past it, until she meets Owen – a handsome snow god.

When she finds Owen unconscious outside of her cabin during a Christmas blizzard, Megan feels compelled to take care of him. Megan has been lonely for so long, it's nice to have somebody around to take care of. As the two of them quickly grow closer, Megan feels guilty about having feelings for another man. Still, Owen makes her smile and feel happier than she has felt in a long time.

The relationship that these two have is really very sweet. You feel sorry for Megan and want her to find happiness, but at the same time it's so understandable why she would have trouble moving on. Owen has been dealing with his own loneliness so these two are just perfect for each other.

I thought the book was a little slow getting started, yet I understand the need for the reader to really get the feel of Megan's pain and suffering. I thought the author did a really good job of making you feel these emotions. I really liked how the book was centered around just these 2 characters, without a lot of outside things going on. I liked seeing Megan slowly open up to Owen. Oh, and the love scenes are SCORCHING!!!

I definitely recommend this book to adult readers who enjoy paranormal romances. It's romantic, sexy, and an overall good, original story. I am really looking forward to the next book in this series.

You can find this book at the following places:

Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle)
Barnes & Noble

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