Tuesday, December 18, 2012

West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi #2) by Laura Kaye

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.


Type: Paranormal Romance, gods
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

Oh boy do the gods love them some drama! West of Want is the second book from Laura Kaye's Hearts of the Anemoi series and it's something else. Drama abounds, there's a whirlwind romance, a bit of betrayal thrown into the mix and some truly heart stopping moments. Basically. It's an excellent read and one that left me eagerly, patiently *snort* waiting for what will come next in the series.


West of Want was a little different than the first book in the series, North of Need, (and if you know me you KNOW that is one of my favorite-est books ever!) but it was just as delicious. This time around there was a lot more interaction between all of the different gods which was really interesting. And like I said these men love them some drama and really didn't disappoint. Long standing feuds reared their ugly heads with Zyph and his brother Eurus, punishments were inflicted, etc. The world building was fantastic and I loved getting to see how the Anemoi and other gods worked and dealt (or rather didn't) with each other.

Ella and Zypherous were fabulous. Ella. I just loved her. She's got a cute little quirk with green m&ms, is sweet and kind. And Zypherous. Whew. He's got a little edge to him and damn that man...god...has a lot of passion in him. I loved when he'd lose control of himself and his emotions and would rain down some damage. It was pretty impressive and completely spell binding.

The two are both dealing with loss and betrayal which can really make your heart for them. I loved watching them explore what they'd finally found in each other. The romance wasn't quite as strong as I was hoping for since it was a little rushed for my taste. But it was still very enjoyable and  steamy-wise, whew. Kaye can write some sexy scenes like you wouldn't believe. 

The start and ending of the story were incredible. Kaye had me on the edge of my seat multiple times and actually really surprised me with how things turned out. I didn't see all of it coming and I absolutely loved those twists and turns. I'm excited as hell about seeing where the series goes next. I'm already totally smitten with Chrysander (who's book South of Surrender is up next) and his delicious self and Eurus? Well, Kaye has her work cut out for her where he's concerned. That is one scary-ass angry god. But damn if I can't wait to see what happens to him either!

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53 comments:

  1. Laura Kaye was a great find. I love her books.

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  2. Loved this book as well as all of Laura's books!

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  3. I still haven't get a copy of North of need ( and i tried so many times^^ i won't give up) so i need to wait before reading this book 2 but your pleasure is communicative and i really want to discover this series soon

    thank you

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    1. Oy and now it'll let me leave you a note. Technology is so strange sometimes. Anywho. Miki I left you a little note down below in the comments :)

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  4. I have read a couple of her books. They are great! Vampire Warrior Kings got my interest piqued and I have been on the lookout for more of her books since! I would have to say I haven't picked a favorite character... yet.

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    1. Ooo that was the first series of hers I picked up and definitely got my interest too :) I've really liked all of her characters so far but oh my word Owen totally won me over :)

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  5. I Love her books and adore her characters ... especially the male ones ;)

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    1. LOL. They are excellent males aren't they?!

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  6. No - I haven't read Laura's books yet, but reviews like this one certainly make me want to.

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    1. Oh my goodness Di you are in for such a treat! Some of the best books I've ever read. So darn good!

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  7. Aw Miki not sure why it won't let me reply to you (the option isn't even there) but I bet we can do something about your lack of North of Need. You're on our "just because you're awesome giveaway" list and there may just be a signed copy in that stash :)

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    1. that would be wonderful yes ( and informatic can be so so strange)^^ ( i'm waiting to hear if i won the giveaway she did on her blog but it's great to know there is this opportunity too)

      thank you

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    2. I'll keep it nice and safe until you know :) I ordered one a good while back and it's been in my giveaway drawer waiting for the right time :)

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  8. I feel like an auctioneer ..... SOLD! (giggling here)

    Thank you for bringing so many new to me authors into my world with your blog. <3

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    1. ::snort:: That's too funny! I'm so glad you are finding new authors to check out! That's why I love blogging and reading so many other blogs. I'm always finding new authors/series that sound amazing! It's wonderful to get to chat with so many other book lovers!

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  9. Yes,I have read some of her books and they are excellent. I don't know my fave character because I like several of them. Enjoyed seeing Laura here today :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Laura's guest post. She's such a great author all around :)

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  10. I totally love her books :) great pick Anna!

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  11. This sounds really good!

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  12. I love the titles for this series. Very clever and attention grabbing. Not to mention the hot cover. The review was very helpful.

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    1. Oh I so do too! And yeah they are definitely hot covers. All of the ones of hers I've seen have been "whoa" take a second look (or 4 or 5) worthy :)

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  13. I still haven't read her book yet, been busy for a while.

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    1. Ah hope you get a little time to check her out soon. They're fabulous!

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  14. This is an excellent book to read and I really enjoy the books that Ms Kaye writes I am looking forward to the next one...

    Thanks for sharing the great review :)

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    1. Me too Beckey! No matter what she tries her hand at she really blows it away. I've loved everything I've tried so far :)

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  15. Just skimming this, as I am actually reading this book at the moment. :) great minds ...

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    1. LOL oh I hope you're enjoying it!! Did you read North of Need? Ahhh such a good book!

      Happy reading!

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  16. This one looks really good. Still haven't had a chance to read the two, I do have though.

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    1. Oooo hope you enjoy it when you get to it. Know how that is!

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  17. I think I mentioned it before but I read it and loved it!

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  18. I haven't read this one yet. Can't wait to do so!

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    1. Oh you so need to! She's got the best heroes! And her heroines are pretty great too :)

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  19. I hope I have more that 24 hours in a day so that I have much time to read my pile of book and ebook.. arghhh, seriously this book already in my TBR list, will read it Sooonnn :)

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    1. LOL we readers need a special extra couple hours of just "reading time" each day don't we? My tbr pile is massive!

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  20. I haven't read Laura Kaye's books but your review has made me add it to my list.

    Adria
    Breath of Life Reviews

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    1. Oh you so should! Everything Laura does is pretty fantastic no matter what the genre :)

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  21. I haven't read any of Laura's books yet, but I certainly have them in mind for some of my Christmas GC's. :D

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  22. Sounds terrific and Laura's books definitely going on my must reads!

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  23. I haven't read any Laura Kaye books yet but Hearts of The Anemoi has been on my radar for a while. I have been drooling and fiending to get my hands the first two books and hoping to do so before book 3 South of Surrender is released. Such wonderful reviews is just upping my fiending level:)

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    1. LOL oh they're definitely worth hunting down! Especially book one, North of Need. I'm so an Owen girl. One of the best books I've read :)

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  24. I have not yet sadly read these books but I am slowly catching up on a lot of readings I want to do and her books are on my list :)

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    1. Oooo hope you get the chance to start them soon! You're gonna love em!

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  25. I loved In the Service of the King and can´t wait to read more, =)

    Happy New Year!
    //Linda

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    1. Ahhhh I really liked that one too!

      Happy reading Linda!

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  26. Great review. I have this on my TBR pile need to move it up.

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  27. I've read the first in this series, North of Need. Can't wait to read West of Want!

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  28. I have read her books and love her writing. The books are fantastic. No particular favorite..but love them all. Thanks!

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