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Posted June 16, 2014
Laura Kaye is an artist with words.
I read the Hearts of the Anemoi series first, and HAD to finish it off with East of Ecstasy. I don't usually bother writing a review, but couldn't resist writing one for this series. It is wonderfully crafted by an imaginative and talented writer. If you enjoy fantasy romance and accept the premise of the series, then you will enjoy the well-crafted plot and character development. I will look for more from Laura Kaye.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 13, 2014
Posted May 13, 2014
Posted May 13, 2014
A sequel that ends the Hearts of the Anemoi series in spectacula
A sequel that ends the Hearts of the Anemoi series in spectacular fashion!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In Greek mythology, the Anemoi were wind gods who were each attributed to a cardinal direction. Each book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series focuses on the life and journey of a Greek god as he battled some sort of loss or pain, discovered everlasting love, and rose to power within the Realm of Gods. East of Ecstasy is Greek god Devlin Eston's story. Devlin's father, Eurus, is the current Cardinal Anemoi of the East Wind, and he's one giant, mean bully creating a whole lot of havoc and imbalance in more than one world. The books have been gradually building up to one helluva furious confrontation. What a spectacular way to finish this series!
If you like your heroes battered, broken and scarred inside and out, then Devlin will easily breeze into your heart with his absolutely heartbreaking backstory. Having gone through a lifetime of parental abuse, Devlin shoulders tremendous guilt with what happened to his brothers, and he literally tortures himself everyday. On top of that, he must prove his trustworthiness to the other gods, who thinks he's just like his father. Plus, time is of the essence, since Devlin needs to sort all that out before Eurus comes into full power. Yeah, he pretty much got his work cut out for him.
“He leaned down, planted his hands in her silky hair, and kissed Anna like she was the air he needed to breathe.”
When he meets Anna, she is the light to his dark, but he does not feel worthy enough for her.
“And I want you, Anna. Gods, I want your heat and your touch and your body surrounding mine. But I don't deserve you. And I'm no good for you.”
Anna is my favorite kind of heroine. She's fearless, has a strong mind, and can stand on her own. Anna provides Devlin everything he never knew he could have...someone who cares for his well being, someone who believes in him and connects with him in the soul-deep level. She is the soothing balm to his pain. East of Ecstasy is also very much Anna's journey as well. I loved how everything comes about with her story.
Having been a huge fan of this series from the beginning, I craved and indulged every single book like they were decadent pieces chocolates! Ms. Kaye creates some of the most vivid, heart-twisting and sincere scenes I've ever read in all her writing to date! I recommend reading this series in order for the gradual and incredible world-building alone, which gave me the feeling of being swept away to a far off place in each and every book. Don't you love that feeling?
As the seasons change, I know I'll be thinking of Owen, Zeph, Chrys, and Devlin. These characters will stay with me always. I have a huge soft spot for Owen (his story begins in North of Need), so I just about died with what he goes through in this book! Pretty much all of the previous main couples are back in this book and contribute to the plot in huge ways. Full of suspenseful moments, loss, hope, and LOVE, East of Ecstasy and the Hearts of the Anemoi series has it all! I'm so sad that this series has come to an end that I'm actually a blubbering mess!
Sending huge THANKS to Laura Kaye for writing such an amazing, otherworldly, and breathtaking series! Everything she writes continue to touch my heart. I know that I will read the Hearts of the Anemoi books over and over again. She sure knows how to make Greek gods super, swoon-worthy sexy! *A copy was gifted to me for an honest review.
Posted May 13, 2014
Posted May 7, 2014
Great ending to the series!
I really enjoyed Anna and Devlin's story. I loved seeing all of the other gods and their families. This story was emotional, but it was great to see everyone come together to defeat Eurus. I have loved this series and am sad to see it end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2014
4.75 stars: EAST OF ECSTASY is the fourth instalment in Laura Ka
4.75 stars: EAST OF ECSTASY is the fourth instalment in Laura Kaye’s adult, contemporary, paranormal erotic Heart of the Anemoi romance series. Based loosely on Greek and Roman Mythology, the Anemoi are the gods of the directional winds-North (Boreas), East (Eurus), South (Chrysander) and West (Zephyros) and connected to the seasons. This is Devlin Eston –son of Eurus- and Annalise Fallston-an artist whose paintings divine the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The focus of the storyline is the continued hunt for Devlin’s father Eurus-God of the East wind; the man whose anger and rage against his own absent and negligent father has been directed at his brothers and sons. As Eurus takes his vengeance out on his brothers, his son Devlin will bare the scars and the stigma of a man whose pain and hatred knows no boundaries. With the increasing storms battering the East Coast, Devlin will find himself drawn to a woman who ‘paints’ the future and the future looks pretty grim.
Devlin is the son of Eurus and has been caught in the maelstrom of his father’s revenge; a war between family that extends to the heavens and to Earth. With one brother already lost to the afterlife and another held captive, Devlin wars with his honor as it pertains to his extended family and his father. As the son of the most hated God of the Winds, Devlin will reap the pain and sorrow of a family who will continue to suffer losses at the hands of one of their own. It is only with the help of Annalise-a human with powers only a god should posses-that Devlin will earn his place amongst the Gods of the Winds.
The relationship between Annalise and Devlin is one of mutual distrust-strangers who meet under mysterious circumstances-but who are drawn to one another like moths to a flame. With her ability to ‘paint the future’ Annalise’s true powers and heritage will manifest themselves into a purpose known only to the gods. The sexual energy between our couple is fueled by the knowledge that Devlin believes himself unworthy of love-a man whose heritage has marked him for death-but a man who has never felt a kind touch; heard a kind word; or experienced love with another being.
The world building continues with the inclusion of the Wind Gods and their mates from each of the previous storylines. The reader is pulled into an emotional storyline of loss and revenge; betrayal and pain; forgiveness and letting go. It is said that when someone dies there is always someone waiting to be born and in this the Gods of the Winds will experience death and rebirth but not before many tears are shed and hearts are shattered.
EAST OF ECSTASY is a storyline with action, suspense and romance. It is a story about family and betrayal; about a man who is unable to let go of the past and in doing so destroys everything in his wake; and a story about saying goodbye to those that we love. Laura Kaye pulls the reader into an intense and imaginative storyline that will captivate lovers of both romance and mythology. If you have ever wondered why some storms are more intense than others think first about Hearts of the Anemoi and family feuds built from the power of the Gods.
Posted May 3, 2014
East of Ecstasy is the fourth and final installment in author La
East of Ecstasy is the fourth and final installment in author Laura Kaye’s Hearts of the Anemoi Series, which is one of my favorite paranormal series to date. I am terribly sad to see the end of this series but the happiness I feel with the way the series ended far outweighs the sadness. This book was incredible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Before I begin my sure-to-be-long-winded review, I will say that if you haven’t read the entire series, I don’t think you should jump right into East of Ecstasy…if for no other reason than the relationships that have been built throughout the series really shine in this book and I would hate for anyone to miss out on truly feeling the emotions associated with having gone on the journey with these characters since the first book, North of Need.
Ok, here goes….
Artist and painter Annalise (Anna) Fallston was used to seeing the beauty in things. Even in the most bleak of circumstances, she could usually find something of beauty to carry her through. She had lost her mother and brother years ago and had been the sole caregiver to her ailing father for a few years now but even in all of that, she could find beauty in her memories of when her father was whole and healthy and when her family was all still alive. She could even find a bright spot in being colorblind…because when she painted, she could somehow see the colors. But finding the good was really getting tough to do lately. She was getting more and more tired and had been having these unexplained urges to paint certain scenes. Dark scenes. And when the man from those dark scenes shows up in her studio one night, she truly believes she’s finally lost her grip on reality and the stress has taken over. He’s real though, and after he informs her he isn’t going anywhere because he needs her help and after she panics a bit, she decides that maybe there really is a reason behind the frantic urges to paint the scenes. Maybe there’s more to her ability to see colors when she paints, but not any other time. Maybe she’s meant to help this darkly handsome stranger. Time to do what Anna does best ….jump in with both feet and look for the positive in this strange situation.
Devin Eston isn’t exactly in good standing with the rest of the Anemoi and he didn’t blame them. Not when his insane and manically power hungry father had done his best to make Devlin look like he was responsible for so much death and destruction. Growing up knowing only pain and torture, Devin could say he was used to the feelings of hatred and anger. Those were the only things he’d ever known. But now, with the storm raging between his evil father and the Anemoi he realizes he’s had enough. He can’t let more death and destruction happen. No more blood on his hands and no more sins to atone for. He would help destroy his father once and for all. Trouble was, it was a whole lot easier said than done. Deviln still hadn’t figured out how to leash and wield the tremendous amount of power within him and he had no one who would believe he wanted to end his father. Until he meets Anna. He had no idea that sneaking into an old barn for shelter would lead him to the one person he may be able to count on and who may be able to help him and the Anemoi. Now, if Devlin could only believe he was worthy of that help.
With things between Devlin, Eurus and the Anemoi coming to this final conflict, where lives will be lost, bonds will be forged and family will be strengthened, Devlin will finally have a chance to prove he isn’t anything like his father….and he will need Anna every step of the way.
If you follow me on twitter, you may have caught the convo I had with Laura Kaye after finishing this book. If you didn’t I will recap it simply by saying that I was an emotional wreck while reading this story….of course I loved every minute.
I have loved this series since Owen’s book and cried my ever-loving eyes out on a flight home last year reading South of Surrender. I was dying to get to this book. Well, I’m actually at a loss for how to describe how much I loved Devlin’s story. Devlin has been painted as one of the bad guys since the beginning and I pretty much hated him…until we got a teeny peek at some goodness within him in the last book. And that did it. I wanted to believe he could be saved and that he wasn’t Team Evil after all. Devlin is broken and hurt and had been tortured and abused all at the hands of his father. He was forced to live a life he wanted no part of and had major trust issues because of it. He didn’t believe himself worthy of any kindness and when he shied away from Anna in the beginning, I cried. He was the battered puppy that had grown into a fearful but powerful animal. He carried so much guilt over his father’s actions and it broke my heart. He so needed someone like Anna. She is strong and giving and willing to help Devlin get over his personal demons. She is a brilliant match for him and they make a beautifully balanced couple. There were more than a few moments shared between them that were beautiful and touching and it was a gift to read.
Beyond their growing relationship there is the fight with Eurus that has risen to a fevered pitch. Of course, that means we got to see the entire cast: Owen, Megan, Zeph, Ella, Chrys, Laney…and a few more that I can’t mention because I don’t want to ruin anything for you. The situations are intense and highly emotional but it’s one of the things I admire most about Laura’s writing. She has that gift to make the reader feel everything. Case in point: me sobbing uncontrollably during a scene with Owen and Megan. That scene is the most touching scene I have ever read….in any book….ever. And it will stay with me for years to come. (of course, I’m crying while typing just thinking of it!)
If you take one thing away from this admittedly long-winded review I hope it’s how much I loved this entire series. I recommend this for any romance fans, paranormal or otherwise. Thank you, Laura, for the Hearts of the Anemoi. You will continue to be one of my go-to authors and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us next. Oh, and Team Boreas!
Posted April 30, 2014
Another fantastic Laura Kaye novel! This is the conclusion to th
Another fantastic Laura Kaye novel! This is the conclusion to the Anemoi Wind novels, and brings together the entire cast of characters for a final showdown between Devlin’s evil and destructive father Eurus, god of the East Wind, and the rest of the Anemoi deities. Having recently been the subject of a divine experiment meant to gift him with the power to defeat his father, Devlin Eston is literally a breath away from creating a super-cell storm capable of wiping out an entire portion of the east coast. So far unable to control his temper and the resultant power, he struggles to find something that gives him enough peace to calm the raging turbulent inside him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
That something turns out to be Annalise Fallston. Petite, but fiery, she holds the key to his composure. Mostly colorblind since birth, she seeks solace in the one thing that allows her to see the beauty of the world. Her painting. For some reason, she can see color only when allowing her mind to delve into her art, and can actually manipulate the depth and light in her masterpieces, simply through thought and touch. She's also been having disturbing visions of The Dark Man that make Devlin think she may be more than meets the eye.
Brought together by fate, kept together by circumstance.; they are fundamental to each other’s happiness and future. This story was so fantastical and so full of imagery and natural beauty, that I was absorbed into it. Although, this is the only Anemoi novel I have read, I went straight through it in one sitting and almost ordered the first 3 as soon as I finished, just to stay with these characters a bit longer. Definitely a must read series if you like fantasy/paranormal authors. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to search out more of her books! Received for an honest review.
HEAT Rating: Hot
Reviewed By: Daysie W.
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
Posted April 28, 2014
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
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Holy hell, Laura Kaye, ended Hearts of the Anemoi series with a bang of emotions. The writing was stellar and the storyline was superb. I swear, this author’s writing just keeps getting better and better.
Devlin did not have a good reputation with his brothers. Associated with his father who has caused much chaos to this world, no one really trusted him. In fact, I really wasn’t sure how Ms. Kaye could turn things around for him to be likable. If you read the last installment, South of Surrender, Ms. Kaye revealed some good in Devlin. In this book, East of Ecstasy, she shows us a lot more of that good including his screwed up relationship with his father. With the help of a good heroine, Anna, gave him an unbiased trust without expectations. Fitting for a damaged hero, Anna is kind and easy to love. But wait until you find out what makes her even more worthy of our hero.
I love Devlin. Everything about him and his survival from his fathers crap kept me drawn to him. His dream of acceptance from his family and not knowing what he deserved broke my heart. He was dying to prove himself worthy to his brothers and the fact that he kept on going despite the prejudice, earned him my respects. Anna got my respects, as well. I love how kind she is and her “ability” took me by surprise. I didn’t expect her family background either, but then again, with her heritage… everything about her is all very fitting.
The brothers really come together in this novel but what amazed me is how Ms. Kaye had linked this last installment to where it had all began…North of Need. Devlin and Annalise is the main couple in this book, but Owen and Megan was also showcased in a very big way. I have no words to describe what this couple had to endure but let me just say that it was beautiful as it was heart breaking. Their story brought me to tears.
EAST OF ECSTASY was an AWESOME read!!! Ms. Kaye did an excellent job writing this book especially at the end where my heart raced, broke and then mended with a happy-ever-ending. Amazing job, Laura Kaye!
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Posted April 27, 2014
For those of you who know me, you know I love Laura Kaye's books
For those of you who know me, you know I love Laura Kaye's books (I own all of them ;)) And the Hearts of Anemoi series was what got me totally addicted to her writing. I was a little sad when East of Ecstasy arrived in my in box because it meant the series was coming to an end but i was excited too because i couldn't wait to see what Ms Kaye had in store to wrap up the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This book is a wonderful amazing heart wrenching finish to the best fantasy series I've read I give it 10 out of 5 seriously if you haven't read this series you're missing out.
Around chapter 20 make sure you have your tissues near by because you are going to need them. And also a fan for a few of the chapters because it gets mighty hot.
If you haven't read the other books in the series i definitely recommend reading them first before starting East of Ecstasy.
5 out of 5 (Because i have to give an official rating :)) Excellent Book
Posted April 24, 2014
Analise is an artist who is color blind. Only when she is painti
Analise is an artist who is color blind. Only when she is painting does the color come to her in briliance. Her father is ill and she has put her dreams on hold to take care of him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Devlin is the heir to the East winds, but has to overthrow his evil father who is making storms has stolen the Supreme God of Wind and Storms powerful ring making him almost indestructible. Devlin to help and try to earn the trust of the other Gods who think he is a evil as his father.
Devlin falls for Analise, but doesn't think that he has a chance. She is so good, and his past (no part of his own) is so bad. Analise helps heal Devlin.
This is a great book, and keeps you enthralled. You can't help but pray that Devlin is going to prove himself to the other gods and make it right, but you don't know until the end who is going to win!
I was provided a free copy of this book for my honest review.
Posted April 23, 2014
I was given a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest r
I was given a gift copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This story truly tugged at my heart stings in so many different ways. This is a story about Devlin a God and a woman named Annalise who has a very unusual gift. They meet in the most unconventional of ways and the relationship they share is anything but easy going from the start. Devlin had joined forces with his grandfather and his other brethren to bring down his Father Eurus who has turned truly evil and done inexplicable things. Devlin is a tortured soul and Ana just want to help in any way she can. This is truly an amazing tale that will have you laughing, crying and wanting to punch someone. This story has it all the good the bad, the ugly and the happy endings. I hope you will pick up this book and enjoy it as immensely as I did you won’t regret it this is a great story with an interesting twist on how we view Gods.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2014
I loved everything about this book! I am such a sucker for a da
I loved everything about this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I am such a sucker for a damaged bad boy, and there is no one who has been more damaged than Devlin Eston. He has spent his life being abused by his father, and his scars envelop him physically and emotionally. And even though he is now dedicated to stopping his father before he can destroy the world, the rest of the Anemoi still do not trust him, feeling he carries the sins of his father.
Annalise Fallston has returned home to care for her ill father. She has always sought refuge in her paintings, but lately she has been plagued by visions of dark images that she has been compelled to paint. When fate lands Devlin in the farmhouse that Annalise uses as her studio and he recognizes himself in the pictures that Annalise has been painting, Annalise and Devlin find themselves in a race against time to stop Devlin’s father Euros from destroying the world.
I just loved Annalise and Devlin together. She was definitely the light to Devlin’s dark and was just so perfect for him. Her kindness and caring slowly began to break down the walls that Devlin had built, and it was so heartwarming to see her help Devlin realize and accept the goodness in himself. I loved watching Devlin become more self-confident as a result of his relationship with Annalise, and it was great watching them draw strength from each other as they faced confrontations, danger and heartbreak. Watching Devlin struggle through his feelings for Annalise and accepting the fact that he was worthy of her love just made me fall in love with him a little more, and his protective nature and gentleness toward her were just**sigh**. When he finally gives in to sexual tension that has been building up with Annalise, well, let’s just say things definitely get hot!I can’t say enough about the world that Laura Kaye has built and the mythology surrounding all of her characters. She has created characters that are three dimensional and have you riding the waves of emotions with them. I love when I become emotionally invested in the characters that I am reading about, and Devlin and Annalise had me from the first page.
I have not read the other books in this series (this is book 4) but I didn’t have any trouble jumping in to the series at this point and understanding what was going on. But what I will say is that after having read this book I am kicking myself for not having discovered this series earlier – it is that good – and I will definitely be going back to read all of the other books in this series!
Thank you Laura Kaye for such a wonderful story – I can’t wait to go back and start at the beginning!
I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.
Posted April 22, 2014
I couldn¿t wait to get my hands on this, the 4th and final novel
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, the 4th and final novel in Laura Kaye’s Anemoi Series and once I had it, I was almost afraid to start to read it. This series is so good, so well written, that I hate to see it end and what if this one isn’t all the first three have been? East of Ecstasy is outstanding, the best of the series, by far (and I LOVE the first three). Laura Kaye is a very talented writer but this is her best yet - Devlin, who’d been just a bit more than sketched out previously, comes to life as a fully realized, complex character. He is the damaged, wounded and emotionally broken hero that so many other authors try to write and fail, falling back on tired tricks of secrets, lies, and cold, unfeeling behavior. Devlin’s growth and development as a character is a beautiful thing to experience. Annalise is a terrific heroine who stands shoulder to shoulder with the women who lead the other three books in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Usually, when I get my mitts on a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting, like this one, I tear through it as quickly as I can, to see what happens to these characters I’ve come to care so much about. But with East of Ecstasy, I found myself, turning back more than a few times and rereading passages simply because they were so beautifully written I wanted to read them again.
I won an e-ARC of East of Ecstasy from Heather Howland in a Twitter giveaway & offer nothing more than my honest opinion in this review.
Posted April 22, 2014
Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dr
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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.
Spoiler Alert! Don't read if you don't want to know what happens before reading the book.
Okay, so I am stopping to write this 3/4 of the way through the book and holy cow...it is like watching an episode of Game of Thrones. If you have read the last book you know that Boreas died, well that ain't the end of those surprise deaths. All I can say is don't get attached. Back to reading....
All done, that was an exciting and dramatic end to this series!
Where do I start? I am sorry to see this series end. The story is crammed with action, suspense, a few surprising twists and turns, and an awesome love story between Devlin and Anna. I love Devlin's character, tortured, misunderstood but trying to right wrongs and bring justice not just for his brothers but for the world. He is such a complex character that make reading about him extremely satisfying. I think Anna is a perfect partner for Devlin. Even though she has an eye condition, is taking care of a parent and having bouts where she must paint what comes to her; she is tough, caring, loyal and tender. I thought the moments with her Father who is suffering with Alzheimer's are timely and touching. Anna finds out that she is actually the daughter of two gods and as punishment for their love Anna was sent to the human world. I loved near the end when Anna's father dies and her biological father holds gives Anna one last chance to say goodbye with him lucid, made me want to cry. Now, I have to say this, Eurus, is one bad character, but in a good way. His evil, twisted ways really help propel the story and the whole arc of the story. I would love to have seen what happens with Alastor, I think there is a character crying out for a story of his own.
This was a great story to end a great series!
Posted April 22, 2014
Woah! This book is gripping, captivating, suspenseful and fabulo
Woah! This book is gripping, captivating, suspenseful and fabulously done in true Laura Kaye style. You will devour it in all one sitting! You will be shocked and amazed with the characters in this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Anna is amazing. She's got raw talent and takes care of her father. She doesn't complain about dealing with her father at all, despite him not remembering her own name. Things change in an instant. She's now compelled to draw until she is drained and sees a dark shadow.. one that forever will change her. This shadow is Devlin and she wants to help him, but will he let her?
Devlin is trying to make things right and in the meantime sees a unique woman and sees she has paintings. Paintings that a human shouldn't know or see. This angers him and he has to find out what is going on. Yet, his feelings for her surprise him. Will he give into them or hurt her like everyone else?
I loved Anna. She's a wonderful person, friend and daughter. I loved how she stood up to Devlin. She was devoted, sympathized and cared without the same in return. I enjoyed watching her stand her ground even around the other elders. That was hilarious. You will fall in love with her and sympathize her with all the new revelations unfolding in her life.
Devlin, oh that Devlin. He is complex. He is angry, vicious, kind, loving, has a heart and more! You will love him. He is wonderful to Anna and his thoughts/feelings for her- I just loved. I loved watching his possessiveness. It was hilarious and amazing at the same time. I loved the flying scene and his feelings. I loved that part, when true revelations are told. He's just overall an amazing man who feels he isnt worthy of anything and so much loved that he started to believe it because of Anna. YOU will fall in love with him for sure!
This fabulous book is filled with loss, pain, love, captivating moments, redemption, shocking revelations, amazing characters, friends, family and more that will truly captivate you until the very end.
I give this book 5 Aneomi stars! :) * Recv'd a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted April 22, 2014
Rating: 4.5/5 The wonderful world of the Hearts of the Anemoi s
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The wonderful world of the Hearts of the Anemoi series is brought to a close with East of Ecstasy, and the end didn't come quietly. Loyalties were questioned and tested, loved ones were threatened and lives were lost. Laura Kaye continuously raised the bar with each book, both in her writing skills and the challenges she put her characters through. I was delighted to see that she'd done something I've only seen Gena Showalter do, thus far. If you've read any of the LotU books, you might get the hint. I am sad to see it come to an end, but I can not wait for Ms. Kaye to start a new paranormal/fantasy series. When I think of paranormal authors, her name has already become synonymous with that genre along with a few other heavy hitters. This series is a must have, must read, will love collection. Pick up this series if you're looking for something new and fresh, and a series that encompasses love, loss, passion and suspense.
These books are best read in order. Each book deals with a new couple and each book has a happy ending with no cliffhangers, but the main story arc is a continuous thread throughout all four. If you want to avoid spoilers or understand what the Gods are fighting for, you need to read these in order.
I really liked this couple, especially Anna. She was level-headed, courageous, compassionate and very perceptive. For a young woman, she was refreshing. At least to me. But first, let's talk more about the tortured hero, Devlin Easton. Misunderstood, underestimated and consumed by guilt. With the events of the last battle still fresh in my memory, it served to really bring out everything Devlin was feeling in the first few opening pages. He thought he had no one to turn to and no where to go. No one, except his grandfather, believed in him and his allegiance. And while hiding from Eurus, his uncles and trying to get his volatile powers under control, he stumbled upon the one thing that would change his life for the better. Love. Devlin wasn't the more typical beefed up bad-a$$. After his initial flare up with Anna, I loved that he kept her at a safe distance, but he didn't try that hard to push her away. That seemed to make him more intriguing and lovable.
I certainly believed their chemistry and the connection that grew between them was paced so nicely. It wasn't a “I want to jump your bones” frenzy, but rather two people looking out for one another and paying close attention to what was said around them, or how others acted. I can not get enough of stories or love connections that start out along those lines. My favorite moments between them were the shower scene (I sobbed) and the moments of tenderness he showed her and the other Anemois catching on to that.
The romance was paced well and nicely meshed with the action throughout the story. There was a very interesting revelation about Anna and the fierce battle at the end was well worth the wait and the build up to it. If I had one minor complaint, I was hoping to see Anna on the offensive during the battle. Given her new standing and her power, it just seemed a wee bit anti-climatic how things ended. Regardless, this story was gripping up until the end, and seeing Devlin get everything he deserved to have was a beautiful ending to a thrilling series. I own all the books in print, and this will be added to my collection.
FD: Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Posted April 22, 2014
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this and it is simply a ph
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this and it is simply a phenomenal ending to a fabulous series! I've been a fan since the very beginning and anxiously awaited this final book to see how it ends. Laura Kaye nailed it. It was everything I'd hoped for and more. Even if I did rant and curse her during a certain part. ;) It was an incredible ending and after I finished, I sat there holding my kindle to my chest and smiling. Nothing better than a book that leaves you with a satisfied smile.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2014
4.5 Ecstatic Stars I need to start by saying that I normally do
4.5 Ecstatic StarsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I need to start by saying that I normally do not read paranormal stories. But not too long ago I ordered a book North of Need because it sounded like a cute love story and it was inexpensive. What unfolded was something amazing. Now likely since I normally do not read this genre I for some reason did not read the West and South books and yes I do believe that you should read them first. However, I did not and still I found myself really enjoying this book. Unfortunately for me, this book picks up right away with the story of the gods and the evil that is coming and it initially was a little hard for me to get in to what was going on. The good thing though, was I did not have any real negative feelings towards the hero in this story, Devlin.
Anna was not your typical heroine by any means. She has an unusual condition that winds up being explained later in the book. How Devlin stumbled upon her little artist sanctuary is beyond me but he does. Initially Devlin is really a jerk to Anna, yet she sees something in him that she is drawn to. Likely it is simply because he seems to understand her even though many others have never seemed to believe her. Along the way the two help each other uncover shall we see their "inner selves" and they fall for each other hard.
The crazy thing is their love story takes place during what could possibly be the ultimate war among the winds which could have serious repercussions along the way. I loved that Owen was back and had an important part in the story since I really loved him in the first book. All the other characters from the West and South books are also there too. While this war was a very important part of the book and the dynamics relating to the controlling winds, it is this part that I was less in to. I love the chemistry and the loving interactions among the couples.
I do love the way Kaye writes the males' responses both from a verbal and physical standpoint. She did an amazing job creating a world that I could have ever wrapped my mind around without her beautiful imagery. She is just as wonderful at getting you to that point where your heart is literally breaking for the characters and you can't help but cry. Truly amazing writing and a really great ending to this series.
Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.