East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi Series #4)

East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi Series #4)

by Laura Kaye

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The final chapter in the award-winning and bestselling Hearts of the Anemoi series...

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.

Each book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series is STANDALONE:
* North of Need
* West of Want
* South of Surrender
* East of Ecstasy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622661282
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi Series , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 36,193
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Laura Kaye has written nearly a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. She grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her lifelong fascination with the supernatural and storytelling. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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East of Ecstasy

Hearts of the Anemoi

By Laura Kaye, Heather Howland

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Laura Kaye
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-128-2


Devlin Eston paced the length of the dark space wondering what the fuck he was supposed to do now. No allies. No plan. And precious little hope.

The world had no idea it was standing on the precipice of disaster. Nor that Devlin was the main thing that stood between humanity and a madman bent on power and destruction. And that was probably a good thing. The idea that Devlin was anyone's best hope for salvation was almost laughable — his own brothers could testify to that. Which was why he'd been camped out in an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere Maryland for the past twenty-four hours trying to get his emotions under control.

Devlin had an anger management problem of divine proportions. Literally. When he got mad, things caught on fire, blew up, or got fried by electricity. You'd think the fact that he was a rain god would provide a counterbalance to his pyrotechnics, but having the power to put the fire out didn't negate the damage he caused in the first place. He'd already firebombed one hideout, which was why he was here now.

Trying to get his shit together. His heart raced like he was in the middle of a fight, his muscles braced for attack or defense, and his hands burned with preternatural energy just waiting to be called forth. Problem was, he didn't have good control over himself and he couldn't just calm down because he wanted to.

Not since his grandfather Aeolus, the god of storms and ruler of the winds, conducted what amounted to a divine science experiment on him — with Devlin's full cooperation — a few weeks before. Without question, drinking of the infernal rivers Styx and Phlegethon had given Devlin destructive powers — powers they needed to have a shot at taking out Devlin's evil father, Eurus, who in recent months had earned the top spot on Olympus's number one most-wanted list for a string of crimes against both gods and man. Even worse, since Eurus had stolen Aeolus's Firestone ring six months before — the one that had allowed the storm god to rule and control the Anemoi for most of their existence — Eurus had become too damn strong for the others to successfully fight.

Which was why Devlin had agreed to drink a cocktail of the Underworld variety. After all, of any of them, he had nothing to lose and the most to gain. Namely, freedom for himself and his youngest brother.

And it'd seemed he and his grandfather had been on to something. In those rare moments when Devlin could harness the new gifts the magical waters had given him, he was as powerful as his grandfather. In training to control and master the fire and lightning storms inside him, Devlin had occasionally even bested Aeolus, the strongest storm god of them all. But imbibing the hatred of the Styx and the fire of the Phlegethon had made him volatile. Unstable. Dangerous.

Even more than a lifetime of paternal abuse had already made him.

Now, the foreign energy inside him felt like a car that would suddenly jolt from zero to eighty without Devlin having ever stepped on the gas. And, once the energy spiked, the brakes failed every damn time.

Devlin's emotions were so out of control right now because he'd been outed as a traitor to his father, putting his remaining brother in even greater danger, and yet the rest of his family continued to mistrust and suspect him of secret loyalty to his father. Well, all except his grandfather. But, for the most part, Devlin was damned any way he sliced it.

It had all come to a head two nights ago, when he'd tried to warn his grandfather and his Anemoi uncles that his father, Eurus, Supreme God of the East Wind and Autumn, was preparing to attack them. Animosity had always separated Eurus from his brothers in the north, south, and west, but in the past year, the fraternal feuds among the Anemoi gods had escalated into actual attacks. First, this past spring when Eurus abducted and nearly killed Ella, mate of the West Wind's Zephyros, and second, just days ago when Eurus employed the screeching birdlike Harpies to ambush all the Anemoi after what was supposed to have been a secret meeting deep inside the Rock of Gibraltar. The North Wind's Boreas and the South Wind's Chrysander had both been injured that time, while Devlin had been chained helplessly to the mountaintop by his father's invisible but inescapable will. A forced witness to Eurus's evil. Again. So maybe Devlin shouldn't have been surprised that, instead of a little damned gratitude for taking the risk to warn them before Eurus's third attack, he'd gotten a big steaming pile of suspicion and accusation.

Suspicion that no doubt grew after one of his uncles was killed in the battle that followed his warning. Boreas, Supreme God of the North Wind and Winter, had died in a fight that had raged so furiously Devlin could still feel it in the air around him. Devlin didn't know exactly how Boreas had died except that, without question, it had been his father's fault. Which meant it would be a very cold day in Hades before the Anemoi would ever be willing to fight beside Devlin, guilty by the accident of his birth.

Devlin would have to figure it out on his own. Just like always. Somehow.

Blowing out a long breath, he braced his hands on a dusty counter and let his head hang on his shoulders. Rain fell in a steady metallic shh on the barn's old roof, and Devlin tried to concentrate on the clean white noise and nothing else. Over the past few weeks, Aeolus had been secretly training him in various focus and visualization techniques to help him develop the discipline he needed to master the unnatural powers now flowing through him. They'd done it in secret to protect Devlin from his father, maintain the element of surprise in their new weapon — meaning him, and because Aeolus feared that his Anemoi sons wouldn't trust Devlin enough to give him the chance to help. Given Devlin's reception before the battle, it looked as if Aeolus had been right.

Which really pissed Devlin off.

Sparks of electricity sizzled in the air around him.

Focus, damnit. Right. Breathe. Push everything else aside. The sound of the autumn rainstorm — a storm he'd unleashed to release some of the overflowing energy inside him — calmed him, slowly but surely easing the tension from his shoulders and jaw. Devlin closed his eyes and began the mental warfare necessary to clear his mind of thought, of image, of emotion.

And it was warfare. Because Devlin bore the weight of so much guilt, sometimes he could barely stand on his own two feet. An image flashed into his mind's eye. His middle brother, Farren, begging for his life. Devlin flinched and pushed the sounds and pictures away. Farren's blood running freely down his back, from where a dagger had been buried into his heart from behind. A strangled groan as Devlin fought to clear that one away, too. Sweat beaded on his brow and the counter squeaked and cracked under the pressure of his hands. A field of black opened up on the insides of his eyelids, a little at a time, and a little more, until he was staring at blessed, empty nothingness.

The rain on the roof. The in/out of his breathing. The blackness.

Light and color edged into his visual field. No! Hold it! Devlin pushed it back, shaking and grunting as though he fought against a physical thing.

The image won. Alastor. His youngest brother. His only brother, now. In solitude. In danger. Imprisoned. His torture was punishment for Devlin's challenging Eurus's authority and insurance that it wouldn't happen again, just as Farren's death had been.

And now Eurus knew Devlin was working against him ...

Fire flashed out of Devlin's hands, singeing and melting the Formica counter in front of him.

Devlin jumped back and unleashed a damp wind that smothered the fire before it truly caught, and then a harder gust to disperse the smoke altogether. "Fuck!" he roared, knotting his fingers in the hair on the top of his head, pulling on the length to make it hurt. Just at the point that his scalp stung so bad Devlin half expected clumps of hair to come free in his hands, some of the stress and tension melted out of him. What kind of twisted did you have to be to find pain calming? Problem was, he hadn't found anything else that came close to focusing him and calming the chaos of his mind.

When he was mostly sure he'd driven the fire back, he dropped his hands. The fingers on his left hand brushed the denim over the spiked band of the cilice he'd worn on his thigh since Farren's death. It was a small sacrifice to mourn someone whose death he'd caused, though unlike the saints and clerics of old, Devlin had no expectation that the physical mortification would lead to redemption. Not for someone like him.

Damnit! His lethal powers were of no use to anyone if he couldn't master them.

Devlin needed a way to center himself, to set aside the soul-deep desire for vengeance and eons of rage — both his own innate rage and that amplified by the infernal rivers — so he could focus, concentrate, and do the job that needed done. The job that, since Aeolus had lost the Firestone ring that allowed him to control the winds, only Devlin could do.

Kill Eurus. Kill his own father.

Doing so would solve so many problems. Save so many lives. And free him and his brother once and for all.

Headlights swung across the curtained front windows of his refuge and the soft rumble of a car engine moved down one side of the building. Devlin cursed as the sound came to a halt around back and a car door slammed. Sparks of electricity sizzled in the air around him. As keys jingled at the rear door, Devlin dematerialized, hoping the intrusion would be brief. He'd thought this place was abandoned when he chose it, but if he'd been wrong, he'd have to relocate. He couldn't take the risk of —

A small hooded figure rushed in from the rain, spilling a stream of gray light across the concrete floor before securing the door behind her. On a counter by the door, she dumped keys, a bag, and the hooded jacket, then turned, revealing a woman who appeared his opposite in every way. Petite where he was tall. Soft where he was hard. Nearly white hair where his was jet black. In fact, she was so pale that only a flush on her cheeks and a bit of makeup around her eyes gave her any color.

The woman froze and looked around, her nose wrinkling as if she smelled something bad. The fire. Directing his energy behind her, the door she'd just come through whipped open, and as the woman gasped and turned, Devlin cycled a gust of air through the space to cleanse it of the last of the smell.

In a lithe movement, she dashed to the opening and grasped the handle, tugging it against the wind. "Damn wind," she muttered when she finally secured it again.

The curse was almost amusing. He was damned, all right.

In his invisible wind form, he moved closer, close enough to see that her eyes were as pale as her hair. An unusual light gray.

Devlin flinched. For a moment her coloring so reminded him of Boreas, with the Northern god's white hair and silver eyes, that he thought she must be some sort of wraith sent here to exact vengeance against all those associated with the East Wind. Though Devlin hadn't been present when Eurus killed Boreas, he wouldn't be surprised to learn his Anemoi brethren were hunting him now as they were his father.

Just once in his life he'd like to not have to be looking over his shoulder in preparation for attack from those who ought to be on his side.

Whatthefuckever. Electricity rippled over his being.

The woman yelped and pressed herself back into the counter behind her. For a long moment, her gaze zeroed in on the exact spot where Devlin's energy coalesced ... as if she could see him in his elemental form. Even more shocking than that possibility was the fact that her gaze shifted from fear to wonder. She slowly reached out her hand toward him.

Devlin bolted. Instantly, he removed himself to the loft above her, wondering what the hell had just happened. He was about to flee the place altogether when the woman spoke.

"I must be going crazy," the woman muttered. "Okay, deep breaths, Anna," she said.

Anna. The name was pure and innocent and normal, but her words seemed to indicate she had in fact seen something. And that made Devlin curious ... suspicious ... intent on finding out how the hell a human could perceive him in his elemental form.

Downstairs, a door opened and lights flickered on, spilling a yellow glow into the dark main room below and pulling him from his thoughts. Small sounds reached his ears. Footsteps, the movement of objects, Anna talking to herself. Suddenly, music blared, flooding the near-silence with a driving rock song, and ratcheting up Devlin's curiosity about the woman's activities.

He shouldn't waste the time to see what she was doing. But a part of him needed confirmation that she hadn't seen him, needed to see that she was normal with his own two eyes, needed to know she wasn't yet another threat. So, in his elemental form, he found himself returning to the first floor and peering in the room into which she'd gone —

Devlin didn't know what to look at first. The beautiful woman, the racks of art, or the paintings lined up along the floor?

The woman drew his attention first. She'd removed her button-down shirt and now stood in a pair of cutoff shorts and a lacy white tank top that highlighted every one of her curves. She'd also kicked off her sandals and secured the length of her hair in a messy knot held in place by two thin paintbrushes. With her bared neck, arms, and legs, she was showing a dizzying amount of skin, making Devlin notice just how delicate and feminine she was. Pretty. Ethereal, even. Normal and human, to be sure, but still remarkable.

Too good for him. Then again, who wasn't?

Not that he was interested.

He dragged his gaze away to the paintings that filled every space in the room, their bright colors clamoring for his attention. They covered the floor, the walls, large metal racks. A series featuring autumn trees in full color against an urban backdrop caught his eye. She'd depicted the death of his season with such grandeur ...

Then he noticed the other paintings.

Despite his lack of corporeality, tension shot through him as he moved around a table full of paints Anna stood preparing to the far side of the large rectangular room. These paintings were nothing like the others. Chaotic, violent, almost apocalyptic in color and dynamic and tone.

Six in all. Some broad panoramas. Some narrow studies. All featuring a dark being — a man — wielding immense power over nature at their center.

A very familiar man. Exactly how familiar was the only thing he couldn't tell.

Ice-cold foreboding crawled up Devlin's spine.

He turned and approached Anna. Slowly. His instincts back to assessing who she was. What she was. What kind of a threat she posed.

Should he investigate her and her strange paintings? Because he didn't have time for anything unrelated to defeating his father. The autumn equinox was in just eight sunrises and marked the day upon which Eurus would come into his full seasonal powers. If somebody didn't take him out before then, he'd be nearly invincible until the new Supreme God of the North Wind, Boreas's adoptive son, Owen, came to power in late December.

By then, it would probably be too late. No, given Eurus's evil and ambition, it would definitely be too late.

So Devlin couldn't afford to miss this window of opportunity. Hades, the world, couldn't afford for him to miss it. He needed to get his head out of his ass and get himself under control. Like, yesterday.

With intense focus and a fast hand, she added a few details to a rough sketch of a scene on the canvas. Her new painting was to be like the others, then, with the dark man at the center once more.

Devlin studied the woman's face, his mind a whirl of questions and anger.

Were the images of him or his father? What exactly was it that the images depicted? And why in the name of the gods would this human be painting either of them?

Devlin glared. Like he needed another mystery to solve when his own head, his own emotions, his own body, felt like a foreign country.


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East of Ecstasy (A Hearts of the Anemoi Novel) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the series and loved this book. Great way to end the series! Devlin was a surprisingly great hero, matched up with a strong woman. Perfect combination. This book is even richer in details and imagery than the other books, making the read a feast for the imagination. I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 because I found the ending way too cheesy. Other than that, it was superb.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, loved the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book thanks for the awesome ending putting Devil in charge of his father realm and having Anna and Devil to marry and making Megan and Owen OK and having Megan to stay alive for Owen and can have his sons and having all of the gods of the seasons Thanks for the amazing book and amazing story
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this series. This was a good ending to it, but I still missed the characters when I was done.
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This was such a great book. I have loved this series from the moment I first read it. Its emotional and I cried butitssuch a wonderful story.
GraceDZ More than 1 year ago
A sequel that ends the Hearts of the Anemoi series in spectacular fashion! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful end to the books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
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. 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put this last book down. There are some heart breaking moments in this book. I loved reading this series. A must read.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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. 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. Rating: 4.5 HEAT Rating: Hot Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog 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! Review copy provided by publisher
mkendallauthorMK More than 1 year ago
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. 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
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kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Annalise gave up being a big shot artist to take care of her father. She still pains and lately her paintings have been dark and seem to come to her in strange ways. They show disturbing scenes with a stranger. Devlin is the son of evil Anemoi Eurus an wants to take his father down. He may be the only one who can but he needs help. He has to get his powers under control and convince others he isn't like his father but good. He meets Annalise and the mortal woman awakens thoughts he never thought he would have. She is everything he isn't and he feels he isn't good enough for her. he battle is growing closer and Devlin will need to believe in his self the way Annalise does. This story was so simply amazing. Annalise is the type who will give up everything for those she loves. She is different and she knows it just not why. She is very gifted and so very sweet at times. Yet she still isn't afraid to jump into danger. Devlin thinks he isn't good enough for anyone a mortal or even immortal people. He has been beaten and treated horrible his whole life. Annalise opens him up to what he really is and what he deserves. I love how great she is for him. Devlin also has to face some of his past actions before he can be trusted. He does so with Annalise at his side. There is a battle coming that Devlin must be center of. The battle is just part of the dark side of this book. I have to say get your tissues ready because one part will break your heart. I didn't see it coming and was shocked. The story has everything you want. A dark broody sexy immortal, a great love, action, heartache and even some wonderful surprises. Fans of the series won't be disappointed.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
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. 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.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
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.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book! 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.