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Posted May 31, 2013
I was looking forward to reading Chrys's story and, while I liked it, I was not as engaged as with the previous books. Chrys shows a side, with complexes and low self-esteem, that was very different from the way he had been portraited in the previous books. I did not particularly like how rough he was with Laney in their first two sexual encounters. He seems to adore her and try to protect her at all times and then, bam! and becomes this selfish lover. I also thought that the author introduced too many characters. In the end everybody seemed to be divine, what a coincidence! And there were fights, a lot of them. I like action but in this book the fights took over and the romance was diluted. There was no build up of emotions between the two characters. It was on and off, on and off. A little bit of a teaser. That said, the overal plot is getting really interesting and I cannot wait to read the next book. I am just hoping the author goes back to focusing on the love story and does it more justice.
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Posted July 7, 2013
4.25 out of Five Stars, South of Surrender is the third book in the Heart of Anemoi series by Laura Kaye; the first book being North of Need and the second book is West of Want. The books center around the Anemoi.
What? You have never heard of the Anemoi?
Well for those of you who aren’t versed in minor Greek mythology, the Anemoi were the minor gods that commanded the elements and seasons. Since the Anemoi are not widely known or written about, Ms. Kaye is able to spin a very beautiful tapestry in her paranormal stories about them.
Kaye’s series deals with the Anemoi as a family united. All of them are brothers that command the four winds, with some of their progeny commanding lesser elements and seasonal aspects of nature. Like any family they have their strife; and in the Anemoi family the strife is caused by the east wind god Eurus. Eurus is the son of Aeolu(supreme god of the elements), the brother of the Zephyros(Zeph) (west wind), Boreas (north wind), Chrysander (Chrys) (south wind) and uncle to Owen (minor snow god).
Eurus is a trouble maker and was introduced as such in book two of the series West of Want, which was Zephyros book. As book three, South of Surrender begins, Chrysander, god of summer, is in a battle with his brother Eurus who he has been trying to capture and bring to justice. I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone but he did a bad, bad thing in book two. It is summer, therefore, of all the gods Chrys is the most powerful, as it is his season, or so it should be. But Eurus in this first battle, triumphs over Chrys and he goes crashing through a barn roof in Virginia during a violent storm.
Did I happen to mention that when these siblings fight they use the elements to go after each other, and they also are able to take a sacred animal shape? Chrys’ happens to be a winged horse. No, not Pegasus, but close. The owner of the barn roof he happens to crash into while in his animal form, is that of a horse lover named Laney. Laney has lost her sight to retinitis pigmentosa, and is almost totally blind. Despite being blind and terrified of storms, Laney braves the elements to go check on her horses. She follows the rope guideline out of her home to her barn (as a horse woman, I would have done the same thing). Laney checks on her horses and even slightly injures herself in doing so. She also discovers a wounded horse on her barn floor, which she thinks must have been dropped by a tornado; but then she feels the wings, and she is dumbfounded.
I mentioned she was blind not stupid right?
She tends to the wounded animal, and falls asleep next to the horse; both physically and mentally exhausted. One major problem is that she wakes up the next morning, to a healed man… a naked healed man. Hmmm, interesting yes, but scary as hell for a blind woman in a ruined barn.
So that is how the adventure of Laney and Chrys, starts and it is an adventure, as Kaye blends romance, sibling angst, and mythology, seamlessly into this story. What I like about the Heart of the Anemoi, South of Surrender, is that despite the heroes being gods they are each vulnerable in their own way. Chrys is, in my opinion, the most wounded out of all the brothers, despite what appears to be his carefree and charmed life. There is enough family drama to keep even a non-paranormal reader enthralled, because the paranormal elements never supersede the romance or humanity of the stories that Ms. Kaye writes.
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Posted May 12, 2014
I really like the characters. Laney for her strenght and love for Chrys. Chrys because what woman wouldn't like a man that's sweet and likes to take charge in bed. I would have liked Laney to have taken charge at some point in the book though. Nice readWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 2, 2013
If you enjoy mythology, fantasy, and romance, you will thoroughly enjoy South of Surrender, a stunning paranormal thriller that demands attention from its opening sentence. Laura Kaye with her graceful storytelling voice creates her own uniquely perfect blending of the realm of the gods of wind with the modern world of man.
Chrysander (Chrys) Notos, the Supreme God of the South Wind, is broken on the inside because his father showered him with love and affection while denying his brother the same attention. Chrys feels unworthy of anyone’s love until he meets Laney Summerlyn. Laney stirs up feeling inside of Chrys that he never expected to feel, love and protectiveness. When Chrys visits Hephaestus to help him protect Laney, you know that Chrys is a worthy man, even if he isn’t sure of it at the time, making him a stunning leading man. Laney, who is mostly blind, sees Chrys’s golden aura and is immediately drawn to him. Laney senses the good person underneath this gruff exterior. Laney’s ability to “see” the heart in Chrys’s character and his true worth without actually seeing him makes her an endearing character. Their sexual chemistry jumps off the page, making their first sexual encounter intense and erotically sexy.
Before starting this book, I was concerned that I hadn’t read the other novels in the Heart of Anemoi series and that jumping in would be confusing. While reading, I happily discovered none of my concerns were valid as the author provides enough backstory to understand the numerous characters and the various story arcs. South of Surrender can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel. With its intriguing plot, fast-paced action, and engrossing romance, South of Surrender is impossible to put down.
I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted July 2, 2013
South of Surrender is the third of four books in Laura Kaye’s Hearts of the Anemoi Series. I will never view summer storms
in the same way again. Now I see what the power of loving someone who will help you understand life and how to overcome
personal storms, can be a loving and magical experience. It is also as equally sexy and passionate as the first two books
in this enthralling series, which include North of Need and West of Want. Like the first two books I didn’t EVER want it to end.
In this book Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer is the power behind these winds in the form
of bolts of colorful lightning like fireworks, powerful winds and thunderous rain. His ability to become a golden flying horse,
HIS sacred animal form and his capability to become a muscled, powerful human form, a grief stricken emotional man,
with long blond hair, is thrilling and romantic. I was WOWED by the end of Chapter one! Enter Laney Summerlyn, a
compassionate, beautiful woman, who becomes an integral part of this Supreme God’s life. How Laura Kaye artfully
unfolds how they meet, help one another, overcome Laney’s disability ( read the book!!), fall in love and fight Chrysander’s
and now Laney’s immortal enemies is mind boggling and simply amazing. I loved both of them before I finished the book!
After all, what woman would not love to touch a golden flying horse that then becomes the protective, sexy, golden haired
love of her life?
PS Adding a tease here by saying all the books have gods in them and to discover their connection, read all three books.
I so can’t wait for her fourth book and discover how she uses her remarkable ability to weave a magical closure to this
compelling life-like (yes!!) romance series!
Posted June 22, 2013
5 Steamy Stars!!
I discovered Laura Kaye’s books two years ago when I read Her Forbidden Hero, fell in love with that story, and went on to read more of her books. South of Surrender once again proves to me how much I love Laura’s books and I can’t wait to read every single book she has and the upcoming books.
In South of Surrender, we get the inside life of Chrysander Notos and Laney Summerlyn. Laney intrigued me from the get go by her determination to be independent in spite of her near blindness. Her kind heart and willing sacrifices for those she loves really takes her above and beyond normal human compassion. Chrysander is instantly drawn to her because of her selflessness and her independence. Chrysander struggles with his own in turmoil of believing he brings devastation and destruction everywhere he goes, and especially to those he cares about.
Chrys is battling his older brother who has many crimes to account for, but he doesn’t want to kill him, only save him. Eurus makes this admirable cause an impossibility for Chrys when he goes for Laney. No matter how hard Chrys tries to stay away from her to keep her safe, he realizes that with him is the only true protection for her. But what does that mean for Chrysander and his draw to her warmth?
South of Surrender has an incredible number of layers to its story. The synopsis doesn’t even begin to cover every thing, every person, every mythological creature, and every God that makes their appearance. I couldn’t believe the amount of things that kept popping up, creating an even more in-depth story than just Chrysander and Laney’s. With Laura’s incredible writing, I never was lost in the story, other than in the sense of losing myself to this riveting tale. I recommend this book to EVERYONE! I cannot wait for the 4th installment of this series ¿
Thank you Laura for Chrysander and Laney; they have found a place on my favorite characters list!
(I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
Posted June 17, 2013
I really enjoyed Chrys and Laney's story. I am loving this series and love that you get to see all of the people from the previous books. I felt so bad about Boreas! I am looking forward to the next book and see what happens to Eurus and the rest of the Anemoi. This is such a good series that it is a must read series!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2013
I am a huge fan of Laura Kaye's, but had yet to read any of her paranormal books. I was very excited to have the opportunity to read South of Surrender, and I will confess that I haven't read the first two books in the series, though I own them. I think having read North of Need and West of Want would have made the experience even better, and knowing the characters like I do now, I am very anxious to go back and read them. But I can say, for me, that Kaye did such a great job of giving the back story on the series without info-dumping, and I wasn't lost reading South of Surrender.
South of Surrender was a treat! I have always loved mythology and many of the various re-tellings, but I can say that I have not come across a re-telling like this. Not only do you have standard gods and goddesses, but what I loved was the Anemoi. You have the Cardinal: North, South, East, and West; the Ordinal, such as: Southwest, Southeast, etc.; and the Inter-Ordinal Anemoi, who are in charge of the half-winds like North-Northwest. (I took this info from the book to help explain.) These gods are in charge of seasons and the cause of the weather patterns. I loved this aspect of the story and found it really inventive and cool.
Chrysander "Chrys" Notos is the god of Summer. He thrives on heat and growth and life. I kind of expected Chrys to be this really nice guy, which is weird because he's a god/Element. Chrys was nice, essentially, but he was really complicated, with a long and troubled backstory. He's a little harsh, down to business, and a really dominant guy. He's set on bringing his brother safely to justice, no easy task, and this leads him crashing into Laney Summerlyn's life.
Laney Summerlyn was such an endearing heroine. She has a horse farm in Virginia, and leads a very quiet and sheltered life, due to a degenerative eye disease. When Chrys crashes into her barn, and life, Laney gets the chance to help him, get to him, and fall in love. I loved that she forged ahead despite her condition and the fact that Chrys is a god in the midst of an epic battle. The relationship between the two was romantic, complicated, and heated. The two seem to have impossible odds against them, but you just know love will overcome all.
South of Surrender is another great book from Laura Kaye. With her books, you always know that you will get fabulous characters, an exciting story, and super hot romance. This book is no exception. Having read it, I am dying to read the first two, and the fourth books in the Hearts of the Anemoi series. If you're looking for a great Paranormal Romance series, this is it.
Posted June 11, 2013
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
Ms. Kaye yet again provided another sexy Greek God with an emotional flaw ” ~Under the Covers
Ms. Kaye yet again provided another sexy Greek God with an emotional flaw then pairing him up with a human who is physically disabled but strong willed and kindhearted. Though they are from opposites of the spectrum they, are just a perfect match.
My heart broke for Chyrsander, the Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer. Because he feels responsible for his brother’s mishaps, he feels that it is his duty to save him from the higher Gods of Olympus. Poor guy he has been chasing Eurus (Supreme God of the East Wind and Harbinger of Misfortune) all over the mortal world and taking a good beating from him. The worst part is that while his other brothers are more than willing to help, he refuses to ask because his family Zephyros, Boreas and his son Owen were all family men and should not be burdened. He feels undeserving of their support of love for that matter. In an attempt to take Euros down, Chrys ends up hurt in Laney Summerlyn’s barn. And of course that is where Chrys meets Laney , and he is instantly enthralled by her.
Who wouldn’t be? Laney is a strong and independent woman despite her disability of blindness. She has her own horse farm and is managing well with a little help from her friend. I love Laney’s characters, from the start she saw right through Chrysander and had trusted her instincts about him. She is just the perfect heroine to love a flawed God.
I really enjoyed watching Chrysander and Laney’s romance unfold. I love that a simple blind human can teach a Supreme God a thing or two about love. Not to mention they were super hot together, hot enough to break windows and glasses during a heated scene. As with all the Greek God stories, the drama between the families continues. There will be betrayals, reunions , and as we are expecting Euros book, unsolved issues.
I started this series with West of Want, which is book two of this series. Though it was easy for me to follow the story and Ms. Kaye excels with backstory recap, I recommend that you start with the first book, North of Need. It really matters when you see the development of every character as you will see them again in this novel.
Overall, another enjoyable read by Ms. Kaye.
*ARC provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted June 7, 2013
Due to a huge battle with his brother, Chrys finds himself wounded and unconscious in a barn. During the storm, Laney decides to check on the the horses in the barn to make sure they are okay. Only, when she makes her way to the back, she finds another horse and this horse has wings! Unsure what to do, she tries to bandage up the winged horse as best as she can and lays down with it in case it wakes up and needs any more medical attention. However, in the morning there is no longer a horse but a man laying next to her and before she knows it she's sucked into his world and war of the Anemoi.
I'm a huge fan of this author's Hero series, so when I saw this series I was quickly snatched it up. However, so far I've just not been able to latch onto the HotA series. I love Laura's writing style and the fact that the story just seems to flow seamlessly on the pages. She creates characters that are so versatile that they stick out in your mind well after you've read the book. Like for instance the fact that Laney has retinitis pigmentosa which is a genetic eye disease that causes Laney to be blind in one eye and very limited sight in the other. I can honestly say that I've never read a story before with the main character having this huge of an impairment before. Way too many times the characters are perfect except for some slight emotional problems but never anything like this. Laney's condition was what really made the story for me.
The romance was sweet and I liked that previous characters make an appearance in this story. The family gets together a couple of times during this book and it was interesting to see them interact with each other. I liked that due to the fact that they all control different winds, when they get together they create a massive storm. There were a lot of interesting elements to this story and Laura did a great job thinking outside of the box with this series.
Even though this doesn't seem to be the series for me, I will still keep up with Laura's Hero series.
Posted June 2, 2013
South of Surrender is the 3rd book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series by Laura Kaye. This one centers around Crysander, the God of the South Wind. He is fighting with his brother at the beginning of the book, which leads to him being wounded and crashing down onto Laney's land.
Laney is an amazing woman who is nearly blind. I loved that Laura wrote about an impaired heroine. She lives alone and tends to the horses in the horse farm that she inherited. I couldn't imagine not having my sight. Laney is able to take care of herself and the horse farm by counting how many steps it takes to get from point A to point B. She doesn't give up and doesn't live in self pity. When Crysander falls through her barn, she's able to tend to him despite her lack of vision.
Crysander is seen as a bit of a player. He doesn't like to get emotionally attached and doesn't like to be touched. Laney's beauty, both inside and out, makes him feel things that are unfamiliar to him. She is such a compassionate and selfless person. Despite her blindness, and the fact that he is a God, she wants to protect him – and she saves him more than once. Crysander's connection to Laney puts her in danger from his evil brother Eurus, so he spends a lot of time with her to protect her. Yet, he also tries to push her away emotionally because he doesn't want her pulled too deep into the family drama.
The passion in this book is sizzling. I haven't quite read all of her books, but I think that that South of Surrender has the hottest love scenes that I've read from Laura Kaye. When you're not blushing from reading these scenes, you'll be glued to the book from the action of the other scenes. There's a lot of emotion in this book as well. There is one particularly sad part that shocked me. It was heartbreaking. All around though, this is a great love story. I was very happy to see characters from other books make an appearance in this one. I'm not sure who the next book will be about but I'm really looking forward to it.
Posted May 29, 2013
This is the best of the series so far. The others were good and you should read them, but this one is really great! I enjoyed meeting Chrysander in West of Want and so glad he's back. Do not miss reading about these Gods!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2013
South of Surrender by Laura Kaye
This third book in the 'Hearts of the Anemoi' series tells the story of Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer. He is desperate to prove that his brother, Eurus, isn't deserving of the death sentence handed down by the gods of Olympus. But Eurus isn't making it easy for him.
During the brothers' fight, in the storm-filled skies above Maryland, Chrys is seriously wounded and falls to earth – through the roof of Laney Summerlyn's stable. Despite near-blindness and a crippling fear of storms, Laney can't ignore the sounds of her horses' distress. Summoning her courage, she drags herself from the safety of her home and into a world she could never have imagined.
A huge fan of mythology, I was immediately pulled into this story. Any book that starts with a storm-crashing battle between gods deserves a permanent spot on my virtual bookshelf.
Obviously, Ms. Kaye has spent considerable time with the mythos of the Anemoi and in creating a believable world for her heroes and heroines. Although I hadn't read the first two books, South of Surrender is a great standalone novel with enough 'reminders' from prior stories to eliminate any questions or confusion.
Chrys is the epitome of the flawed hero. His back-story clearly explains how he came to be the way he is and why, despite what he begins to feel for Laney, he keeps pushing her away. But, because he is determined to find a way to redeem Eurus, a character that doesn't seem to deserve it, we just know that there is a huge heart in there … somewhere.
The issues with Laney's RP are brilliantly described, without constantly beating the reader over the head with details. (A lesson many writers could stand to learn.) I absolutely loved the visual 'compensations' that the author provided for her. Some made me sigh; one made me cry, as did the choice Laney makes at the end. Sitting here, days later, I still want to tear up thinking about it.
And, it needs to be said: “Yay, Hephaestus!” (No, I'm not saying anything more. You'll just have to read the book.)
My only caveat relates to the 'love scenes'. They are steamy and they are graphic; far more graphic than I anticipated or was comfortable reading. But that's me and takes absolutely nothing away from my appreciation of the novel. Or the series.
Given what I now know, and the only 'direction' left to explore, I cannot wait to see how 'Hearts of the Anemoi' concludes. Seriously – I. Can. Not. Wait.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted May 28, 2013
South Of Surrender is amazing.
Each book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series goes deeper into the family and their history. They aren't books you forget between each one. You think about them until the next one arrives. I reached a point with South of Surrender that felt like my heart was wrenched from my body, then repaired and returned better than before.
Chrys is torn between guilt and loyalty. No matter what he does, someone he cares for is going to be hurt. We have to wait, biting nails, to find out what his decisions will be.
Laney is confined by a disability and Chrys is the only man who can free her, but she also has hard choices to make.
There are no secondary characters in this book. Everyone is as interesting and important as the next, yet without confusion.
Laura Kaye is in a class all her own, exceeding excellence.
I'm braced and more then ready for the East wind to blow.
Posted May 28, 2013
A Hearts of the Anemoi Novel
Laney Summerlyn is a fiery, determined heroine who despite her physical handicap manages a rescue shelter for abused horses. Because of her gentle and generous heart she is pulled into a conflict amongst the gods. Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer (that's a heck of a title) is trying to save his brother, Eurus, who has gone rogue. When Chrys plummets through Laney's barn roof during one of their godly battles, Laney rushes to his rescue and their romance begins to unfold. I felt that Ms. Kaye created a rich and detailed world with flawed but human (even the gods) characters that made it easy to fall in love with them. Pure, enjoyable escapism.
Posted May 28, 2013
How did I not know about the Hearts of Anemoi series? I don’t know but am sure glad I learned about them now. I normally don’t ever read books in a series out of order, but I honestly didn’t have time to read North of Need and West of Want (the first two books in the Hearts of Anemoi series) in time to read South of Surrender before release day. Now I am kicking myself for not. While this review is based on my reading of South of Surrender, it is also my introduction to Chrysander’s world.
I haven’t read any stories about Gods and Goddesses before. I have read about angels, vampires, shifters, and demons, so that fact alone intrigued me about this story. As with any new fantasy world I read about, it takes me a little bit of getting used to in order to put myself into the story and feel what the characters are experiencing I think Laura Kaye did a fantastic job of world building in South of Surrender. For someone who was not there from the beginning, I still felt like I could keep up. I think I would have enjoyed the book on a different level if I had started at the beginning of the series, though, and plan to do just that. By the end of the story I was easily able to visualize what was going on when Chrys would take Laney out of the human realm and stir up the wind. And, I will definitely not look at thunderstorms the same way again.
The characters in South of Surrender are very well developed. Even the little bits I got to see of Zeph, Owen and the others I could tell had so much to them. Eurus is a mystery to me and I look forward to learning more about him when I read the first two books and in future stories. Chrysander and Laney are just wow. Chrys wants to save/protect everyone and blames himself if he can’t, but also blames himself for causing them needing to be saved/protected in the first place. He is hurting from so many things. Laney is one tough human. How she can do what she does with blind faith makes her amazing. She is so incredibly compassionate and selfless. She could easily be having a pity party for herself in so many situations she found herself in the story but continues to pull herself up and show Chrys what he needs. Her. She is willing to love everything about him. Every flaw. Every power. Everything. But, he doesn’t feel as though he is worthy of her and fears for her safety. It definitely takes a strong woman to show him what he needs and Laney is it for him.
There is so much going on in this story and I truly enjoyed getting away from reality. There isn’t a lot of time to stop and think about what you just read because the book doesn’t slow down, which I love. These are the types of books you read over again. South of Surrender is truly an experience like a ride you are on at an amusement park. Laura takes you on a journey where you experience so many emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum. If you are looking for a paranormal romance that will take you out of this world with an evil villain and involves strong family bonds, friendship, love and romance, I highly recommend South of Surrender.
Posted May 27, 2013
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and POWERFUL storyline
SOUTH OF SURRENDER is the third storyline in Laura Kaye’s paranormal Heart of the Anemoi series focusing on the mythological gods of the seasons and the winds. This is Chrysander’s storyline-Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer.
Laura Kaye has brought together two strong but damaged souls in SOS. Chrysander believes himself responsible for his brother’s dark and tormented life. Time and again, Chrysander will search out Eurus-the god of the East wind- hoping to convince his brother that death and destruction are not the only option. But Chrysander bears the scars of his brother’s actions and cruelty. Literally falling into Laney’s Summerlyn’s life will bring the reality of his brother’s evil front and center to Laney’s front door.
While Laney is strong and independent, our heroine is slowly going blind. But there is something else about Laney –something that will make her the perfect mate for a god who believes he is not worthy of love or the sacrifices she is willing to make. Laney’s soul will call to Chrys and in doing so will begin the long road to recovery for both Chrys and his new mate. But Laney is something more and it will take another god of Olympus to show Laney that she is much more than a young woman going blind.
The relationship between Laney and Chrys is both beautiful and aggressive. Chrys knows that to pursue any relationship means to put Laney in the eye of the storm-the storm that is the war between the gods and the brothers. But the heart knows only one thing, and when Chrys begins to push Laney away, there will be others who will open their eyes to the truth about love and sacrifice.
SOUTH OF SURRENDER is also a heartbreaking storyline. Eurus’s anger and rage knows no boundary-he attacks without provocation-believing himself to be wronged. The gods will suffer losses-some more than others-but in the end power will be passed to the sons; a potential new hero will emerge; and Laney will discover that when it comes to sight, she has been gifted beyond the ability of human comprehension.
Laura Kaye has written a wonderful storyline of sorrow and pain; betrayal at the hands of family; and a love story that will see two broken hearts finding what they need to begin a new life together with one another. And in the end it is still an amazing story of heartbreak and love.
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Posted May 25, 2013
Not since Gena Showlater’s Lords of the Underworld series have I been so excited for a paranormal romance series. There’s a reason I mentioned LotU, although there are more favorite series on my list. If you’re familiar with Showalter’s story telling, you’ll know that she doesn’t shy away from shocking a reader or making you tear up during certain scenes. Well, neither does Laura Kaye, and I love her all the more for it.
This book can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest reading them in order. There are repeat appearances of past characters, and part of their histories aren’t rehashed in this story, so you may find yourself a little lost at times. But the story isn’t difficult to follow. I have read the first book, but not the second book, Zephyros and Ella’s story. Their history is tied to this book, so I was constantly kicking myself for not having read West of Want yet.
I absolutely loved this story! Ms Kaye has crafted a world that is filled with interesting characters and mythology. The Anemoi are Greek wind gods who were each ascribed a cardinal direction (N, S, E, W) from which their respective winds came from and were each associated with various seasons and weather conditions. Chrysander Notos is the Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer.
It isn’t often that I come across a hero and heroine that I love in equal measure, but that was precisely the case with Laney and Chrys. Laney was kind, gentle and deeply compassionate to both her beloved horses and her one and only friend, Seth. Laney may have been blind, but I loved that she wasn’t a heroine who dragged her insecurities around with her and used them as an excuse not to feel anything for Chrys. She wore her heart on her sleeve and didn’t shy away from his advances. Now that’s a character I enjoy reading about.
Chrys was our beloved tortured hero. Not one to fare well with physical contact, it gave him pause when he didn’t feel the normal level of anxiety with Laney. When his mission of hunting his (deranged) brother, Eurus, down brought the danger to her doorstep, there was no longer an option of staying away from her. I loved how well they complimented each other. Her blindness meant it wasn’t a “love at first sight” kind of romance. Her other senses compensated for her lack of vision and made her look a little bit deeper, past his “golden boy” persona.
The plot is a damn good one. It’s fresh, exciting, and the author brings it to life with vivid descriptions that engage your imagination. The story never dragged in places. From the first page it kept it’s tempo and gained momentum towards the climax. I read this book in one sitting and never wanted to put it down for any reason. The main characters had a believable arc that transformed them both from what they thought they knew about themselves to accepting what they could give each other if they just took that leap of faith. If you’re a fan of PNR and are looking for something fresh and exciting, Hearts of the Anemoi is exactly what you need.
Warning: This book contains one sexy God with a dominant streak and a heroine who, despite her blindness, sees him for the man he keeps hidden. There is also anal play involved. Oh my.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review but have since purchased all three in paperback for my collection.
Posted May 24, 2013
Another fine read from Laura Kaye. South of Surrender is the third in the Anemoi series. A word of warning to you when you begin this book, set aside everything and prepare yourself, because you aren't going to want to put it down until you've read the last word. I can't wait for the next edition!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2013
OH MY GODS!! I have read the previous two books in this series and thoroughly enjoyed each of them, so when I received an advance copy of this one, I was thrilled. The only thing better than getting the advanced copy ... was reading it. It was FANTASTIC!! I truly believe that Laura Kaye out did herself on this one. All of the characters from the previous books were there, and then there were new ones, with new plots and twists. The amount of research that was evident in this story line was astounding and had me wanted to learn more about mythology. The story and plot escalates at a great pace and completely sucks you in.
The heroine of the story, Laney, suffers from a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which is has to do with the deterioration of her vision. The way Ms. Kaye was able to describe things from the heroine's POV even though her vision was impaired, showed me as a reader how talented she is. The level of detail brought you right there, seeing through her limited sight. I was impressed over and over with the world that was being created for me, the reader.
South of Surrender was a five star read that pulled at my heart strings, had me rooting for the good guys, cursing the bad guys, sucking in a startled gasp here and there...and crying. Ms. Kaye gutted me with this one, but then picked my heart up and put it back together. I can not wait (although we have to) 'til the next book comes out. The new and uncertain future for Chrys, Laney and the rest of the Anemoi is something that I am really looking forward to reading. Bravo Ms. Kaye!! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great story, great plot, and great characters.