West of Want (Hearts of the Anemoi #2) by Laura Kaye
WEST OF WANT (Hearts of the Anemoi #2) by Laura Kaye
WEST OF WANT is the second novel (July 2012 release) in Laura Kaye’s Hearts of the Anemoi series. Based loosely on Greek and Roman Mythology, the Anemoi are the gods of the directional winds-North (Boreas), East (Euros), South (Chrysander) and West (Zephyros) and connected to the seasons. Like many families, the gods do not always get along, and sometimes the infighting becomes terrifying and fatal. West of Want is a modern day fantasy and Zephyros storyline.
Zephyros Mauritius is the god of the west-wind: Master of the west wind: Supreme god of spring and the god of life and renewal. But Zephyros has lived many millennia knowing the pain of betrayal. And the pain deepens with the knowledge that the betrayal comes with a familiar face. Emotional and sensitive, Zeph’s anger boils until the storm he has created will prove near-fatal for a beautiful human female.
Ella (Maracella) Raines has lost her twin brother Marcus to a stroke. Despondent since her divorce and now grieving the loss of her brother, Ella boards their sailboat to say a final goodbye to Marcus. But a sudden storm capsizes the boat and sends Ella into the uncontrolled waters of Chesapeake Bay. Injured and dying, Ella wakes to find herself in the hospital with unimaginable pain and the vision of a god-like man in her room. Soon, all of her fantasies will come true.
Ella also has been betrayed, by the man she once loved, but she is quick to accept Zeph’s mythical story surrounding the Anemoi and their powers. With Zeph’s ability to heal, Ella makes a quick recovery, but using his magical powers on a human comes at a painful price and one that he will suffer at the hands of his own father. Daddy-dearest will have to face the wrath of the gods in due time.
As brothers go, the men remain close, but there is always an exception to every family. Eurus, the supreme god of the east wind and the god of misfortune, has always suffered the indignity of his father’s rejection. Growing up with belief that you are evil, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as he interjects his disregard for human life and the loves of his brother, whenever possible. And now that Zeph has finally found true love, Eurus will make it his primary objective to take everything that is good from his brother. But in the end, it will be a father’s responsibility to temper the evil that he created when he rejected one of his own.
The sexual chemistry between Zeph and Ella is palpable and passionate. Zeph wears his emotions close to the surface and you can almost feel the love and desire as it curls between the pages. But once again, Eurus’ hatred for his brother’s happiness will end in tragedy and a trip to the Underworld will reveal a family connection that no one had seen coming.
WEST OF WANT is a fascinating look at the mythical gods from Greek mythology. There is some humor ‘poofing’ through the story, but there is also heartbreak and loss. The disfunctional family attributes are reminiscent of many modern day families, but with a paranormal twist and one that may bring you to tears. The sexual energy is steamy bordering on erotic, but the love of a man for a woman, will melt your heart. In the end, this is a romantic love story with a HEA. Another great storyline from Laura Kaye.
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Reviewed by Sandy