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Review: North of Need by Laura Kaye

North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi #1 by Laura Kaye
Paranormal Romance, Mythology, Holidays
Paperback $12.99 (234 pages, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING)
Ebook $4.99

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.

Author Site: laurakayeauthor.com

In the Heart of Winter, Something Hot for the Holidays (5 stars)

Holed up in the winter retreat she once shared with her husband, Megan Snow can't yet bear the holidays with family and friends. Still greiving the tragic death of her husband just two years earlier she needs to celebrate in her own way. Building a snow family is hard work to take her mind off things at first but reminds her more of the life she believes is lost to her. When her tears awaken a snow god in the form of her snowman she finds herself faced with a chance at the very thing she thinks is lost.

Brought to life by Megan's tears, Owen Winters has his own painful past and a powerful reason to bring happiness back to Megan's life. But can he warm the heart frozen by grief before his chance at a life with her melts away? In a season of Christmas miracles can a snow god bring the heat of passion and the fire of love to a woman so deeply chilled by loss?

Alright, I hate admitting this but six months ago when I first heard the concept for NORTH OF NEED I laughed my butt off and rolled my eyes. "Didn't they make a movie like this back in the 90's?" I asked myself. Yeah, they did. But no, they didn't. 'Snowman comes to life' is about all they have in common. Owen becomes a man (a very good looking man!), not the creepy vision that might arrise thanks to holiday movies. So don't panic.

Now I am a slow reader in spite of my status as a reviewer so it says something when I finish a book in one evening. It was too good to put down for more than getting my kids to bed and making another cup of tea. Kaye manages to take a concept that could be very cheesy and blend it with strong emotional content, a fascinating mythology, and just enough action and physical intimacy to make the story flow perfectly. It isn't just any book that has tears sliding down my cheeks before the first chapter is finished.

Fans of Greek mythology will delight in the fresh life Kaye brings to the paranormal romance genre. Readers who love an emotional rollercoaster ride in their romance—the sting of sadness, the warmth of hope, and the bliss of a happy ending—will be richly rewarded for picking NORTH OF NEED up. Looking for something a little steamy to warm the cold winter nights? Passionate, truly sensual love scenes pepper this novel in just the right places. My only issue at all with the book was that occasionally the dialog during the love scenes was distracting but it's a personal preference for only romantic—not 'instructional'—chatter when things get hot in romances. Megan is a compassionate, struggling heroine you will ache to see happy and Owen a hero who will warm your heart with his enthusiastic, loving spirit.

Quite simply, I loved this book so much I'm gifting it for Christmas! While it sparkles as a seasonally appropriate winter wonder it isn't so Christmas-centric it wouldn't work any time of year. If you love your paranormal romance without vampires and shapeshifters or are just looking for something new add Laura Kaye and her Hearts of the Anemoi to your list of must-have authors.

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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Wall-to-wall books said...

Hmm thanks for the great review. I probably never would have even looked at this book. Just added it to my wish list!

Sophia Rose said...

This one is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

Thanks for the review!

Rhianna said...

You're both very welcome. I'm so thrilled it helped you guys decide to give it a try. :)


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