I would like to suggest that “Women’s Fantasy” become a new genre, because that’s exactly what you get with Kaye’s second book, West of Want in her Hearts of the Anemoi series. The hero, Zephyros, god of the West Wind and Spring, and his human heroine, Ella steamed up the atmosphere even more than he himself could; boat accident and all! Which is why Zeph ultimately sticks around once he regretfully figures out that Ella’s sailboat fell victim to his wind storm tantrum at sea. Yep, he can heal her and that’s exactly what he intends to do, once he properly introduces his gorgeous human form to her. (Not a bad way to wake up, finding a seriously hot guy waiting for you). Okay, so it’s a little far fetched and after only a short time, their “insta-love” was pretty convenient, but since this IS a fantasy, and let’s face it, all paranormal is, just go with it because it’s oh, so HOT!
Right off the bat however, our happy couple discover they have another problem and he is, Eurus, Zeph’s estranged brother and god of the East Wind. He is seriously dead set on breaking any happiness Zeph has found and Zeph realizes quickly, Ella isn’t safe. (Not good news for the newly infatuated love birds). Fortunately, he can protect her against his brother’s maliciousness but his own fears of betrayal that have been branded on his soul is an entirely different obstacle he must overcome.
This is well written story about two vulnerable, heart-broken characters and although it’s somewhat predictable, Kaye’s male protagonist is a sensitive hero who has been abandoned and deceived by everyone he has ever loved. Admittedly, I typically prefer alpha males but Zeph’s vulnerability and broken-ness made me want to root for him. His gentle, sensitive side, made me swoon even more once he proved he wasn’t afraid to kick a little tail when needed. Ella is a multifaceted character with a heartbreaking past of her own as her parents died when she was relatively young, her ex-husband betrayed her, and her twin brother, who was also her best friend, is recently deceased. Because of her tragic life and finding herself alone with no one, you just couldn’t help but want things to work out for her, too. Both characters were full of depth, personality, and passion. They have been wronged in the past and trust isn’t easy for either of them and they must overcome their fears yet learn to trust each other in order to find love.
As this story comes to an end there is an array of twits and turns and even a few surprises along with an epilogue that is wonderfully fulfilling. So, bottom line, if you love a good paranormal/fantasy filled with tons of steamy scenes AND a self deprecating, yet charming and even chivalrous beta-hero, you will be extremely happy you picked up this book! Kaye has produced another winner in her Hearts of the Anemoi series, (which are also stand alones), and I for one am glad she’s not quite finished.
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