Tuesday, April 22, 2014

East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye

Title: East of Ecstasy
Author: Laura Kaye
My Rating: A+

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi #4
Main Characters: Devlin and Anna
Release Date: April 2014
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
There is one single thing that makes this book one of the best of Laura Kaye's that I have ever read...Devlin. This character...just whoa. I don't think my heart has ever ached so much and so painfully for a character like it did for him in this book. I just wanted to hug him and never let him go...something that he's never had in his entire life which is so much the problem. 

Devlin's father is evil and as a result, his brethren of the winds have also judged Devlin to be the same...he is so not that guy. In fact, he's sweet and nurturing and protective and so freaking wounded. Gah. When others go to touch him, he literally flinches because he's been so abused for so long. And because he's also been mentally abused, he also self-abuses...blaming himself for not being stronger and unable to save his father from killing his brother. This is a guy is just so wounded...and I fell in love with him for it.

Seeing him for who he truly is, is Anna. Although he terrifies her at first, she quickly realizes just how vulnerable and scarred this guy truly is. I loved her for recognizing that. I love her when she stands up for him....especially to him when he talks down about himself. She's the perfect match for him and I loved them together. 

He's been so wronged by both his father and the anemoi who should have been helping to protect and love him. It's hard to watch how hurt he's been by that and for them to truly realize the depth of their injustice to him also. 

There were some interesting aspects to this story line and I loved Anna's part of it and where she truly is descended from. I liked how she used his coaching of her to help Devlin in his problems too. Seriously, they were so good together. I was also completely fascinated by Seth and his whole transformation throughout the book. Not much time was spent explaining him, but I did enjoy his part. 

There was a lot of transition and changes among the anemoi in this book which were difficult after 4 books with them. I've grown to love these guys and their significant others and surrounding people they love. There's a lot of change in all that in this book...so even beyond the depth of emotion that Devlin brings out, there is just a lot of emotion overall. But it was the perfect ending to the series that I have loved. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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