Series: Hearts of the Anemoi #1
Published by Entangled Release date : October 1st 2011
Genres: Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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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.
I am a huge fan of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, so when I saw that the bundle for the first three books in the Anemoi Series was only $.99, I snagged it up. North of Need is a light – sweet & steamy romance.
I have always thought that Paranormal Romance was the one and only genre where the characters can meet, lust and fall in love in a short span of time and make it work. And that’s exactly what happens in North of Need. Don’t get me wrong, their sexual tension was off the charts, their encounters were HOT and they do actually go well with each other. But 4 days?
Not only with the romance, there were aspects of the story that I had to just let go of all logic, and go with it. Which is something that’s hard for me to do. But once I did, I enjoyed the simplicity of the romance and story overall.
My heart broke for both Megan and Owen. Both were lonely, grieving in their own way and just wanted to be loved and happy. Megan of course, deals with her attraction for Owen, grief of losing her husband and guilt at the same time. So of course, I was rooting for a HEA.
What I didn’t see was more depth to their character as individuals. I felt like we got just enough to feel the emotional aspect of their developing relationship, and that’s it.
Let’s set aside the romance for a second and talk about the world building/Paranormal aspects. I am a huge elemental magic fan, and while this isn’t magic, per se, I loved it all the same. Own is a God of Winter, able to control the snow and actually causes snow storms and such based on is emotions. How fun is that? I was a little disappointed that I didn’t learn about it right away, or more but this is the first book in the series, so.
Overall, I did enjoy North of Need. Laura is a master at writing the smexy scenes and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. I recommend this for those looking for a light, steamy read.
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