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Review: West of Want by Laura Kaye

West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi #2) by Laura Kaye
Paranormal Romance, Mythology
Paperback $14.99 (400 pages, ENTANGLED)
Ebook $5.99

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. Though she's gravely injured--and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce--Ella fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn't protected 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 forces him to save her.
Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting...everything. 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.

Author Site: laurakayeauthor.com

Take the keys to the Anemoi kingdom and dive in! (5 stars)

Zephros Martius, Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, hasn't been very fortunate in his relationships. As one of the Anemoi he's responsible for bringing his season but he finds himself eternally in conflict with his brother Eurus of the East. When his broken heart drives him to a tempest—literally—his actions bring harm to a human woman that will have lasting consequences for both.

Marcella Raines had known loss of her own. Grieving for the loss of her twin brother she finds herself caught in a storm that both damages her beloved sailboat and leaves her badly injured. Waking in the hospital to find a mysterious male nurse waiting at her bedside she soon discovers the truth behind the storm. Yet, even as she's drawn to Zeph, Ella quickly learns that loving the God of the West Wind comes with a very dangerous enemy willing to do anything to bring him pain. If Zeph wants to return Ella's love he will have to confront his past hurts, learn to trust, and most of all, know when love is worth any sacrifice.

NORTH OF NEED, the first book in the series, is one of my favorite books and a very difficult one to follow. Right away I realized that WEST OF WANT can't compare—and I mean that in a neutral way—because they're very different stories. There's an isolated feel to the latter that makes the story highly centered on the hero and heroine without much outside influence, it's cozy (so to speak). But with WEST OF WANT the world of the Anemoi is cracked wide open within a few chapters. It serves well to provide the conflict for Zeph and Ella, while introducing future heroes and insight into just how the Anemoi factor into the modern world. Eurus is one heck of a villain, he literally made my skin crawl. Meanwhile, Chrysander's introduction is going to make the wait for SOUTH OF SURRENDER very difficult! If you love the vast mythological world of Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series you will love WEST OF WANT.

As a hero, Zeph is a little tough to love but he is utterly relatable if you've ever had your heart broken. His flaws are the very human trust issues one would expect from a man who's gone through what he has. Ella, on the other hand, is the perfect foil for Zeph. She's quick to trust and her indomitable spirit is endearing. Though their chemistry is mostly shown through their scintillating love scenes, I found their pairing enjoyable. Kaye also manages to throw in a terrific twist for their HEA that romance fans are sure to find satisfying.

While it might sound like I didn't love it as much as it's predecessor, I truly loved WEST OF WANT, just for different reasons. One has an almost stand-alone quality, the other promises to give it a series-strong run. If you love Greek mythology in your romances look no further! This is one not to be missed.

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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