Thursday, November 3, 2011

North of Need by Laura Kaye

Title:   North of Need
Author: Laura Kaye
My Rating: A-

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi #1
Main Characters: Owen & Megan
Release Date: November 2011
ISBN: 978-1937044473
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves...

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she's recreated the very thing she'll never have. 

Called to life by 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. But this Christmas 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.
West of Want coming March 2012, South of Surrender coming July 2012, and East of Ecstasy coming November 2012!

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.


Amber Hight said...

This book sounds *awesome*! Have you seen the Christmas movie "Jack Frost"? That's what this kind of sounds like, haha! I must read this book!

Anonymous said...

Great review Christi! This one sounds great. Now your review wasn't very is this a novella? Hmmm...I think, if it is, I'll have to sneek this one in this December. :-)

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Loved this review! I know I already told you that but really it makes me want to read it soon!

Christi Snow said...

Amber, no I haven't seen that. I always thought that it looked cute though.

Deanna, it's not really a novella, but it's not quite as long as a full-length novel. I would guess it's around 60000-75000 words.

It's good, Felicia.

You all will enjoy it! Thanks girls! smiles....

Julie said...

I don't know...sounds awfully emotional. lol I actually saw this on NG and after reading the blurb I was like "a snowman comes to life....ooookayyy...hmm..." But that quote makes it sound okay. But emotional. *g*