Review: North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi #1) by Laura Kaye

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While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband-and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she'll never have. Called to life by the power of 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, and her heart opens enough to believe he's a Christmas miracle. But this 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.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Megan Snow lost her husband two years ago.  She feels so lost without him.  She can’t move on.  She is spending Christmas alone in their cabin.  She still can’t face her family during the happy Christmas season.  She is also waiting for the anniversary of his death.  It’s all she has been thinking about.
One night there is a mysterious knock at the door.  A man in just jeans and the snowman’s shirt is standing there.  Megan is scared to let him in because she is all alone but she can’t leave him to freeze.
Owen is a god of winter and has been given a chance at happiness.  Megan is his chance.  If she can find it in her heart to love him, he will be fully human.  Megan is drawn to him but her head fights her.  She feels she is betraying her late husband and has such guilt over his death.  She is deathly afraid of losing someone else like the way she lost John.  She is holding herself back from life.
This is the first book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series.  I loved Owen.  He was definitely a man every woman should have.  I also like how he came to be on Megan’s doorstep.  That turn of events was a cool move by the author.
Megan’s hesitation and fear were understandable.  Her loss had basically taken over her life.  She definitely needed help.  The characters were a good pairing as Megan was forced to work through her guilt which was extremely believable.

Being a god of winter gave it enough of a paranormal twist that it made it fun to read.  I liked the surprise at the ending of the book.  It was a sweet one.  I can’t wait to read the other books.  I give this a 4 out of 5.

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