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5.30.2013

Review: South of Surrender by Laura Kaye

South of Surrender (Hearts of the Anemoi #3) by Laura Kaye
Paranormal Romance, Mythology
Paperback $14.00 (400 pages, ENTANGLED SELECT)
Ebook $5.99

She's the only one who can see through his golden boy fa├žade 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.

Author Site: www.laurakayeauthor.com

As emotional as NoN and as action-packed as WoW! (5 stars)

Hearts of the Anemoi fans have had a tough wait for this one, but it was so worth it! After spending the past two days trying to re-blurb SOUTH OF SURRENDER for my review, I realized it just doesn't need it. lol

SOUTH OF SURRENDER is very much a pivot-point for the series arc but Kaye pulls it off without losing the romantic storyline. Eurus established himself as the big bad in WEST OF WANT and he proves to be just as wretched this time around. When Chrys finds himself thrust into Laney's life his desires quickly fall into loving and protecting her but he has some issues. The Anemoi family has a complicated history and Chrys does not like to be touched, which makes him both compelling and somehow feels a little disjointed in execution. Any reader who has personal experience with abuse will understand why Chrys struggles with physical intimacy and cheer as his relationship with Laney deepens. I admit, I didn't quite buy how his touch-issues didn't have a bigger impact on the relationship but that was the only thing I didn't like in this story.

What really makes SOUTH OF SURRENDER a stand-out for fans of the big names in the paranormal romance genre is how well it carries a strong series plot thread while bringing Laney and Chrys to a HEA. There is an even stronger family element this time around and I just loved having everyone back again... dare I say I felt like the invisible cousin in the room? ;) Boreas' inclusion in particular really built on the series arc. If you're fond of paranormal families or brotherhoods you will love this series, but especially this particular book.

Emotionally charged and action-packed, SOUTH OF SURRENDER, is a must-read this summer. With Kaye's steamy scenes that scorch the page, refreshingly balanced adaptation of the mythological world, and wonderful characterization this is one book you should not miss. It sets up for EAST OF ECSTASY with some pretty big events and will leave you breathless in anticipation. Loved it!



Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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