Title: West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi #2)
Author: Laura Kaye
Source: Received by publicist in exchange for honest review
Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…
When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Recently divorced over her infertility and gravely injured, Ella still fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t saved him from betrayal and loss—worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt leads him to save her, but he vows not to get involved.
Ella’s honesty, empathy, and unique calming influence attract Zeph like no other, and he finds himself wanting…everything. Ella knows Zeph’s different and fears rejection, but falls for his otherworldly masculinity and ancient, sad blue eyes. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want—a love that can be trusted.
West of Want is the second book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series by Laura Kaye. I love the names of these books and how they relate to the Gods. It's very creative. In this book, we have Zephyros – who is the God of the West Wind. Because of his past, he has been hurt and doesn't trust easily. He meets Ella by accidentally injuring her and then saving her life. The guilt is initially why he chooses to stay and watch over her, but he is quickly drawn to her and can't leave.
Ella has been betrayed in the past as well, so they share that pain. Her and Zeph have amazing chemistry together and they share some very passionate love scenes. The romance aspect is very sweet and well done. Ella is lonely but emotionally strong, Zeph is emotional and flawed – and these two pairing up brings out the best in both of them.
In this book, we get to meet some new characters. Chrysander, in particular, interests me. He is the hero in the next book, South of Surrender, and I can't wait until it comes out. I was happy that Owen made an appearance in this book (from book #1). Laura Kaye writes her characters as perfectly flawed, and impossible not to love.
This book had a nice surprise ending that I wasn't expecting. There were no cliffhangers though, and it ended happily (just like I love). If you love paranormal romance, I highly recommend this series!
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