Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book review: North of Need

North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, #1)

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.
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I have to start by saying that Laura Kaye is one of my new favorite authors. She had me hooked the minuet I read "Hearts in Darkness" and I am eagerly awaiting her next release "In the Service of the King."For me she embodies all that is paranormal romance and gives voice to the kind of characters I strive to create in my writing. Vulnerable, searching, otherworldly, but above all else, believable. I want to jump right in the world she creates and never leave.

When Megan Snow locks herself in the mountain cabin she shared with her late husband John the last thing she expects is to fall in love. While trying to escape her grief she faces it head on. As the anniversary of her husband's death approaches she tries to distract herself by building a snow family. But the pain it represents is too much and she breaks down. When a stranger appears on her doorstep she is forced to make the choice between helping him and leaving him for dead in the snow. She has no idea that allowing Owen Winters into her home will also start her on the road to recovery. 
In fact Owen was sent after her late husband made a plea to the gods for help. When Owen is around Megan can even hear John. An occurrence that confuses her even more, she is convinced she is loosing it.  Owen slowly wins her over with his enthusiasm and zest for life, showing her how to open her heart to feel again. The true task, and the harder one, is convincing her not only that he is a god, but that she has the power to turn him human and keep him with her forever. Which almost turns out to be too much for Megan.
At first I was skeptical. Owen was one of the supreme gods of winter, embodied in a snowman, brought to life by human tears? Could I really find this believable? I did. And I wanted their love to work. The story was so earnest and well told that you could not help but loose yourself in it. Megan was the perfect combination of grieving young widow and strong survivor. Fighting for her sanity and for a return to normalcy. Owen was the perfect combination between  demi-god and vulnerable leading man. He made mistakes, and was not afraid to own up to them. And in his pursuit of Megan, feeling the time winding down, made mistakes that almost cost him their future. 
Add in just the right touch of sensuality, (the bedroom scenes were hot and tender) and you have the perfect book to warm up a cold winter night.  I loved this book. It not only was a good paranormal romance, it was  a touching story of the  power of the human heart to heal. This one was certainly a keeper.  I can't wait to February 1st when her next book comes out. 
Laura Kaye is a bestselling and award-winning author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance. Laura's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong.You can find out more about Laura Kaye and her books on her web site  http://laurakayeauthor.com/,  and on her GoodReads page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4805272.Laura_Kaye. Her books are available for purchase on Amazon.com 
 I purchased a Kindle copy for my review. I was not compensated for my review. 





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