North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, Book One)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937044473
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/2/2011
  • Series: Hearts of the Anemoi Series , #1
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,457,419
  • Product dimensions: 0.53 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary romance, Laura Kaye's hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with the supernatural. Though an avid fiction writer as a teenager, a career as a historian took her in other directions until recently. Now that Laura's inner muse has awakened, she's constantly creating new story ideas!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Delightful!

    Warm hearted book that is a little mystical. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Wonderful Winter Wonderlust!!

    With the start of this new series Laura Kaye delivers once again with an erotic emotional journey, that pulls you in and keeps you there. Megan Snow is broken, an emotional wreck, trying to deal with the death of her beloved husband. Escaping to their cabin, she plans on spending the anniversary of his death - thinking of him, missing him, wondering when it will get easier. When it seems like it won't and she will never recover - her cries of agony call to him. Summon him to her... Her despair calling forth a Snow God. Not just any Snow God - a beautifully, delicious and ripped Snow God - Owen Winters.
    What ensues from the moment that the snow storm which is Owen breezes in - is pure poetry. Wonderfully written and emotionally provoking. I fell in love with Owen right along with Megan. His childlike ways and innocence is truly delightful. I couldn't put this book down and look forward to journey this series will take us on. Completely different story - which was refreshing and wonderfully new....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Couldn't Put the Book Down! A Must Read!

    You will fall in love with this book right from the beginning! The romance is incredibly deep and beautiful. So different from any other paranormal romance book I have ever read! Definitely deserves to be read again and again!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

    4.5! FROSTY THE SNOWMAN FINDS LOVE! A MUST READ! NORTH OF NEED BY LAURA KAYE....

    NORTH OF NEED (HEARTS OF ANEMOI) by Laura Kaye is an exciting fantasy romance set in the Appalachian Mountains. It is the first in a new series Hearts of Anemoi. It is the story of Megan Snow,a young widow of two years and Owen Winters,immortial,one of the four Greek Anemoi,and a snowman. It has Christmas magic,snowman,death of a husband,grief, global warming,environmental issues,romance,love,hot sex,second chances,the four Greek Anemoi(Wind Gods),snow,ice,wind(especially the North Wind),and a bit of magic. This is a faced paced story where Frosty the Snowman meets the widow Megan Snow.It is a fun,but serious story that is heartfelt and full of life's unexpected twists and turns,such as an unexpected pregnancy and a chance at second love.A must read for any paranormal,fantasy,romance, readers who enjoy a fast story that will have you turning pages from the beginning to the end. "North of Need" is a wonderful fantasy Christmas story where if "you only believe" anything can happen.Received for review from the publisher.Details can be found at Entangled Publishing and My Book Addiction Reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Try this - YOU WON'T REGRET IT!

    Lauren Kaye is a refreshing voice in contemporary romance!

    I think it is important to say that I don't usually read romance, but I recently tried Kaye's " Hearts in Darkness" & she COMPLETELY entranced me with the characters she created. Now, I'm a believer! :)

    This book was another pleasant surprise. It deserves at least 5/5 stars. The heroine is someone I genuinely liked and admired. Kaye has provided exactly what I feel most modern romances are missing - a main character that you find yourself wanting to root for... and to be friends with. I love the way that she alternates between the 2 characters' viewpoints. I enjoy knowing what both are thinking, and how they're feeling about one another.

    This book is a winner, you really can't go wrong. And friends, Lauren Kaye is amazing. I've already bought 3 more of her ebooks. I know I won't be disappointed & if you give her a try - you won't either!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Beautiful story

    I can only describe this book as beautiful. I had it in my library for months and kept delaying reading because of its mystical, supernatural feel. I bought it because I like all of Laura Kaye's books and the good reviews, but I honestly did not have high expectations. I was so wrong. The book is so beautifully written and radiates so much emotion that all supernatural events feel real. The love story is compelling and the characters are relatable and engaging. It is the kind of book that leaves you content and with a sense of peace after you read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Loved it!!

    Owen is so hot!!! Don't we wish we could all find a guy like Owen!! This is another book by Laura that I could not put down. This is a definite re-read for me as are all of Laura Kaye's books!! I can't wait for the next book in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    From page one, I was captivated by this story teller and her cha

    From page one, I was captivated by this story teller and her characters. I felt each tear Megan shed and each shout of laughter she gave, and I fell in love with Owen, the Snow God right along with her. Once again Ms. Kaye brings her characters to life on the page and sucks you into their story. You will be anxious for her next edition of the series! Well done, Ms. Kaye, Very well done.
    Jan Meredith

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2011

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    Magic of a snowman...so romantic!

    My Review:
    Now this is a book that I can get behind. I truly loved this book with it's sense of magic and whimsy for two people that have had enough heartache to last a lifetime. This is the romance between Megan Snow and Owen Winters. Megan lost her husband two years ago in a tragic car accident and her life has been filled with grief ever since. They had a mountain cabin where they spent every Christmas and she has maintained that tradition to honor his memory. Owen is a Snow God, who was betrayed and has since lived his life in a virtual void of unhappiness.

    In a rush of grief, Megan goes on a snowman making frenzy. As she realizes that she has made a whole family: man, woman, and child, the grief overwhelms her that she will never have that and she finds herself clinging to the snowman crying. The next morning, Owen shows up at her door and it soon becomes apparent that he is the snowman.

    To give you a little insight as to why I love this book so much, let me share a tiny excerpt:
    "John Snow," he said.

    "Wait. Are you telling me-"

    "The Snows were the product between a winter god and a human. Generations ago. He wasn't aware of it. In life."

    "John was a god?" Boy, he must've gotten a kick out of that! "Don't let it go to your head, mister," she called out to the room. Megan's face warmed under Owen's adoring gaze.

    "John wasn't a god. But his lineage caught the pantheon's attention. When his soul pleaded for assistance, we couldn't ignore blooded kin."

    "And he wanted-"

    "Happiness. For you. That's all he needs to find peace."

    Megan gasped. Her eyes stung. Oh, John.

    So, you can see why I love this book right? It's about Christmas magic and about the Snow family who are related to the gods. You did know my last name is Snow, right?? hehe!

    But honestly, this is just one of those books that is fun and magical and full of whimsy. Owen is an amazing hero. If only it were so simple as to build a snowman to get a guy like this. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It would be perfect to read during the next snowstorm or through the holiday season curled up under a warm quilt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    OMG You Have to give this author a TRY

    Wow I did not expect this story line. It was awesome. It had the feel good factor that you get when you know real love transends all things...even death. I love the God of winter factor. Gods always have that cocky attitude that makes you smile as you read but makes you want to slap them at the same time. I fell in Love with Owen and Megan made my heart ache. So can not wait for the next story. This is a must read!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    A snowy setting, mythology & character driven plot made a believer out of me!

    Admittedly, I am not the romance lover that some of my fellow dolls are, but I was urged by a certain friend (and publicist extraordinaire) to give it a try. I did and guess what..I liked it!

    Laura Kaye is an author that takes the all too familiar feeling of loneliness, something that is very relevant to this time of year and that many people can relate with, and blends it with unique concepts and her own fresh spin on mythology to create something new and exciting!

    More than just a great idea, this author is able to pen fantastic emotions in her characters that will make even the coolest heart melt. When I find an author, no matter the genre, that is able to write a story with strong world-building and characters that make a reader feel for them and empathize with their struggles.I always return for seconds:). But, don't take my word for it.discover for yourself!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Enchanting paranormal romance, perfect winter read!

    The legend of Frosty the Snowman meets contemporary paranormal romance in Laura Kaye's enchanting new book, North of Need.

    I very much enjoyed this book. Megan is a lonely woman, grieving over her deceased husband and spending the holidays secluded in her grief in her cabin in the snow. One day, she builds a snowman family, and as she cries into the snowman wearing her husband's clothes, magic is released. Owen Winters is a god of sorts. He is a winter god, one of the Anemoi. After heartbreak of his own, Owen had spent centuries in elemental form, in seclusion. When a descendent (Megan's former husband) asks the gods to help his wife, Owen is put to the task of making Megan happy and being there for her. When Megan creates her snowman, magic turns that snowman into Owen. In order for Owen to join the human world permanently, Megan must love and choose him, before winter is over. The elemental gods do not co-operate, and Owen has only days to get to know Megan, help her overcome grief, and get her to fall in love again before Owen leaves the human world for good.

    The magic combined with legend in this book creates a very sweet and emotional read. Both Owen and Megan are lonely people, and despite coming from very different worlds, they have a lot in common. Owen is very tender with Megan, he is considerate and I was very impressed with how well he handled being in human form. He is not a perfect character, he is not always upfront with Megan, but his hesitancy to reveal his true nature is understandable. I also like Megan's character, although she really does hold on tight to her grief. I really like how the relationship between Megan and Owen develops, they build a friendship, they have fun, and they allow themselves to enjoy their chemistry.

    The paranormal elements in North of Need are quite unique and interesting. The concept of the "Anemoi," the elemental gods is both fun and different. North of Need puts a basic structure to the supernatural world, and some of these other elemental gods characters sound very interesting as well. I really liked Owen's powers, as a god of winter, he controls the snow and lives in winter storms.

    North of Need is a fabulous winter read, it is a book that you want to read while curled up the the fire. North of Need is a very sweet romance with steamy attraction between the characters, powerful paranormal gods, and a bit of legend mixed in. Paranormal readers, if you are looking for a good book to read, I recommend picking up North of Need.

    *I received this book for review*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Awesome first in series!

    I found myself feeling Megan's widows grief. I also found myself loving Owen. This book does not disappoint. I can not wait to read about the other Hearts of the Anemoi!

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    I'm a huge fan of Laura Kaye and I love her Hard Ink series so I

    I'm a huge fan of Laura Kaye and I love her Hard Ink series so I thought I'd give some of her other works a try.  To be honest, when I first started this book I wasn't sure I would care for it from the synopsis description.  I was pleasantly surprised by just how good it was.  I really enjoyed the playfulness and witty banter between the characters.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Sweet and Beautiful

    I really liked this book. You felt the pain of Megan's loss yet the wonderful character of Owen melted me. I love him and this story was sweet and beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    some parts were a little cheesy - but it was sweet.

    some parts were a little cheesy - but it was sweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Christmas miracles... Never have they been both sweet and sinful at the same time

    Christmas miracles... Never have they been both sweet and sinful at the same time. Laura Kaye, is one amazing story teller and an equally amazing winter goddess *winks*. Spinning a tale of love, forgiveness, true happiness and new beginnings our winter goddess takes us on a roller coaster ride. Following the ins and outs of starting over and finding true love, acceptance, and even more important freedom.

    Megan Snow, is a women trapped in an endless loop of pain and heartache , ever since her late husband John died two years ago. Moving on for her is as about as easy us humans getting up and flying on our own. She is so full of grief, she can't even be around her family and their walking on eggshells routine So Megan heads to the cabin her and John had shared. Feeling lonely and mourning she decided to build a snowman, but by the time she is done, she has built and entire family. Emotions break free, and she's caught in the web of despair, until a miracle happens.

    HER TEARS BRING HIM TO LIFE.
    Sent to her by her deceased husband John, Owen Winters is a God of Winter and having been through his own heartbreak and misery he knows all to well her struggle and most of all how she was really feeling. Owen his a sweet, charming, thoughtful and a typical man sometimes withholding information. Armed with John's memories of her, he sets out on a mission to save her, to be there for her, to help her move past her pain and learn to live again. What he didn't expect was how he would feel about her once he was in her actual company.

    Sparks fly between these two beings, who are very much meant to be together and with a little help from John, Megan begins to open up and let some light into her once dark world. This fast paced, emotional story where Frosty the Snowman meets the widow will take you on a personal journey and make you think about your own life. It is a fun, but serious story that is heartfelt and full of life's unexpected twists and turns. A must read for any paranormal, fantasy, romance readers who enjoy a fast story that will have you turning pages from the beginning to end.

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  • Posted May 18, 2013

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    It's the second anniversary of her late husbands death. Megan i

    It's the second anniversary of her late husbands death. Megan is still grieving over the lost and that took place one Christmas evening two years ago. Owen's been sent down from the Gods to answer a plea from her late husband. He has until the snow melts (4 days) to get her to fall in love with him, otherwise he will melt like the snow.

    This was a sweet fairytale romance but it was way to instant for me. Considering that Megan has 4 days to get over her late husband, move on and fall in love with a complete stranger in the limited amount of time was too much for me. I believe in insta-attraction but not insta-love.

    Regardless, I still found the story to be entertaining. I'm a fan of the authors writing style. She doesn't bore the readers with a lot of inner dialogue and she keeps the story moving at a steady pace. Which for me, is what helped me enjoy the story and get over the 4 day progression.

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  • Posted November 30, 2012

    good book

    Read this book because I really enjoyed her others and this did not dissapoint. This one was different due to paranormal aspect but I enjoyed just as much as her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Great book

    This was a fantastic story. I look forward to reading the next book.

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