How did I not know about the Hearts of Anemoi series? I don’t know but am sure glad I learned about them now. I normally don’t ever read books in a series out of order, but I honestly didn’t have time to read North of Need and West of Want (the first two books in the Hearts of Anemoi series) in time to read South of Surrender before release day. Now I am kicking myself for not. While this review is based on my reading of South of Surrender, it is also my introduction to Chrysander’s world.
I haven’t read any stories about Gods and Goddesses before. I have read about angels, vampires, shifters, and demons, so that fact alone intrigued me about this story. As with any new fantasy world I read about, it takes me a little bit of getting used to in order to put myself into the story and feel what the characters are experiencing I think Laura Kaye did a fantastic job of world building in South of Surrender. For someone who was not there from the beginning, I still felt like I could keep up. I think I would have enjoyed the book on a different level if I had started at the beginning of the series, though, and plan to do just that. By the end of the story I was easily able to visualize what was going on when Chrys would take Laney out of the human realm and stir up the wind. And, I will definitely not look at thunderstorms the same way again.
The characters in South of Surrender are very well developed. Even the little bits I got to see of Zeph, Owen and the others I could tell had so much to them. Eurus is a mystery to me and I look forward to learning more about him when I read the first two books and in future stories. Chrysander and Laney are just wow. Chrys wants to save/protect everyone and blames himself if he can’t, but also blames himself for causing them needing to be saved/protected in the first place. He is hurting from so many things. Laney is one tough human. How she can do what she does with blind faith makes her amazing. She is so incredibly compassionate and selfless. She could easily be having a pity party for herself in so many situations she found herself in the story but continues to pull herself up and show Chrys what he needs. Her. She is willing to love everything about him. Every flaw. Every power. Everything. But, he doesn’t feel as though he is worthy of her and fears for her safety. It definitely takes a strong woman to show him what he needs and Laney is it for him.
There is so much going on in this story and I truly enjoyed getting away from reality. There isn’t a lot of time to stop and think about what you just read because the book doesn’t slow down, which I love. These are the types of books you read over again. South of Surrender is truly an experience like a ride you are on at an amusement park. Laura takes you on a journey where you experience so many emotions on opposite ends of the spectrum. If you are looking for a paranormal romance that will take you out of this world with an evil villain and involves strong family bonds, friendship, love and romance, I highly recommend South of Surrender. Now, I am off to go check out North of Need and West of Want.
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About the Book:
She’s the only one who can see through his golden boy façade to the broken god within…
Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer, is on a mission: save Eurus from his death sentence and prove his troubled brother can be redeemed. But Eurus fights back, triggering vicious summer storms that threaten the mortal realm, dangerously drain Chrys, and earn the ire of the Olympic gods who ordered Eurus dead.
Laney Summerlyn refuses to give up her grandfather’s horse farm, despite her deteriorating vision. More than ever, she needs the organized routine of her life at Summerlyn Stables, until a ferocious storm brings an impossible—and beautiful—creature crashing down from the heavens.
Injured while fighting Eurus, Chrys finds himself at the mercy of a mortal woman whose compassion and acceptance he can’t resist. As they surrender to the passion flaring between them, immortal enemies close in, forcing Chrys to choose between his brother and the only woman who’s ever loved the real him.