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Review: East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi #4) by Laura Kaye
Paranormal Romance, Mythology
Ebook $0.99 (368 pages, ENTANGLED SELECT)
Paperback $11.24

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she's been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don't speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.
Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father's plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he's been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.
But Devlin's love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever...or lost. 

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Any way the wind blows... (4 stars)

There's something bittersweet about reaching the end of a series. You're eager to savor that feeling of completion but also struggling with the thought you're saying goodbye to a world and characters that you've had wonderful adventures with. EAST OF ECSTASY was most certainly just that. If you're a fan of the series grab your tissues and your glass of wine because you're going to shed tears and want to toast the author on a job well done.

After three books worth of buildup it's time for the final showdown between the Cardinal Anemoi. After one huge blow to the family has left them sorting out new roles and trying to strategize how to defeat the East wind's ruler they're far from at their strongest. But there's one man who can turn the tide, Eurus' son, Devlin. If Eurus is to be defeated and the balance of the winds restored Devlin must be prepared to take his father's place. When he breezes into the life of Annalise Fallston she's an artist plagued by a mysterious urge to paint horrific scenes of a dark man... a man that could be Eurus... or Devlin. Her kindness and devotion to her ailing father give Devlin a glimmer of hope for love and family he could one day know. With a storm rising that could destroy the world it's up to the Anemoi and the women they love to fight with everything they have.

I timidly admit here that I was dreading reading EOE. It's been a very long time since I read a series concluding book and there's always much fear going in. Will it be satisfying? Could the author be setting it up for a spin-off? What if they kill off a beloved character? If you've been as invested in the series I have you're probably feeling the same conflicted emotions. While EOE is essentially a romance, I actually found it to be the least interesting part of the story. It's good but since the series arc is ending the romance felt very much secondary to the conclusion. Anna is a pretty great heroine and I loved the surprise Kaye pulled with her. Devlin felt a bit under-cooked as a hero, but with good reason.

What I really, personally, wanted from the story though, was to see everyone we had been introduced to thus far taking part in the final chapter (not literally) of the story. There are lots of surprises. I wasn't lying about those tissues. Kaye still knows how to wring me like a mop and if the messages I've had with other bloggers are any indication everyone is going to feel all the feels. And then some.

Ultimately, EOE is a satisfying conclusion to such a well created series I felt something I wasn't sure I would. I was left very, very pleased. No stone felt left unturned and though there were some sad tears, there were also many reasons to feel joy at having completed this journey with these characters I've spent the past few years with. Sometimes after a series finishes I hope for a spin-off or something set in the same world and with this one I was completely satisfied that I didn't need another visit beyond a re-read. Well done Ms. Kaye and thank you for giving us such a wonderful series!

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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