North of Need
Hearts of the Anemoi – Book 1ISBN: 978-1937044879
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.
Reviews and Praise
Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. With a heroine you can root for and a hero who is a dream come true, NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye’s sparkling talent warms the heart. — Stephanie Draven, author of the MYTHICA series
“This is a fascinating, magical tale of the way our loved ones can watch over us after they’re gone. An interesting group of gods and their subjects are introduced. The ending is a delight.” 4/4.5 Stars, RT Book Reviews
“Too good to put down for more than a moment, I resented every interruption and am still thinking about it days later! A superb start to a promising new series!” 5/5 Stars, Reading Between the Wines Book Club
“Laura Kaye is fast becoming one of those authors that I will immediately buy. A heartwarming story that will remind you how important it is to say “I love you” to those you love.” 5/5 Stars, Cocktails and Books
“North of Need was sweet, funny, sexy, and heart warming. Laura Kaye is at the top of my “must have” authors list.” 5/5 Hearts, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
“Finally, something different and interesting. This novel was well written and captivating. Both the grief and joy leap off the pages.” –B+ from Bad Ass Book Reviews
“North of Need is exactly what I look for when I reach for a romance novel.” –4.75/5 Stars from Book Wenches
FF&P PRISM Winner for Best Light Paranormal of 2012
GRAVETELLS BOOK OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER 2011)
GRAVETELLS FAVE AND GOLD HEART AWARD WINNER
SIZZLING HOT BOOK OF THE YEAR FOR 2011
SIZZLING HOT BOOK OF THE MONTH (DECEMBER 2011)
Megan didn’t miss a beat. A spoonful of her dessert appeared at his lips. “My turn,” she whispered, her voice breathy and low.
Tossing his cup and spoon aside, he devoured what she offered, savored the cold sweetness, drank it down into his belly. She was right there ready with more, then took some for herself. In her haste, red crystals spilled from the spoon down over her chin. A thin line of chocolate edged over her lip.
In a flash, he was on her, powerless to resist any longer. His big hands cupped the back of her neck, tangled in soft curls. Pulled her in. His mouth zeroed in on the flavored snow on her skin, a taste far more heady than the snow alone, all creamy vanilla and soft-scented woman. He kissed and sucked up her chin to the corner of her mouth, her warm exhalation tingling across his cheek. And then his lips found hers.
The moan she unleashed into his mouth flared in his gut. He dug his fingers into that beautiful mass of silky blonde, held her to him. Urgent, open-mouthed kisses sought her lips, implored her to want him back. When her tongue sneaked forward, flicked his bottom lip, he groaned in triumph.
For a moment, he let her lead. He wanted her to be the one to breach the physical gap between their bodies. To come to him. Finally, the tip of her tongue curled around his, explored his mouth in the most tentative way.
It was all he needed.
He sucked her in, savored the echo of the strawberry-chocolate coldness that graced her mouth. Her shy exploration turned bolder, caught on to his urgency, gave it right back.