Title: South of Surrender (Hearts of the Anemoi #3)
Author: Laura Kaye
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
She’s the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within…
Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious summer storms that threaten the mortal realm, dangerously drain Chrys, and earn the ire of the Olympic gods who ordered Eurus dead.
Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather’s horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.
Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can’t resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who’s ever loved the real him.
South of Surrender is the 3rd book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series by Laura Kaye. This one centers around Crysander, the God of the South Wind. He is fighting with his brother at the beginning of the book, which leads to him being wounded and crashing down onto Laney's land.
Laney is an amazing woman who is nearly blind. I loved that Laura wrote about an impaired heroine. She lives alone and tends to the horses in the horse farm that she inherited. I couldn't imagine not having my sight. Laney is able to take care of herself and the horse farm by counting how many steps it takes to get from point A to point B. She doesn't give up and doesn't live in self pity. When Crysander falls through her barn, she's able to tend to him despite her lack of vision.
Crysander is seen as a bit of a player. He doesn't like to get emotionally attached and doesn't like to be touched. Laney's beauty, both inside and out, makes him feel things that are unfamiliar to him. She is such a compassionate and selfless person. Despite her blindness, and the fact that he is a God, she wants to protect him – and she saves him more than once. Crysander's connection to Laney puts her in danger from his evil brother Eurus, so he spends a lot of time with her to protect her. Yet, he also tries to push her away emotionally because he doesn't want her pulled too deep into the family drama.
The passion in this book is sizzling. I haven't quite read all of her books, but I think that that South of Surrender has the hottest love scenes that I've read from Laura Kaye. When you're not blushing from reading these scenes, you'll be glued to the book from the action of the other scenes. There's a lot of emotion in this book as well. There is one particularly sad part that shocked me. It was heartbreaking. All around though, this is a great love story. I was very happy to see characters from other books make an appearance in this one. I'm not sure who the next book will be about but I'm really looking forward to it.
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