You ever read a book and immediately adore everything about it and buy the next book before you even read the first?
I just did that.
SO, here’s a bulk review of the first two books in the Hearts of Anemoi series by Laura Kaye. Each book follows a God… and yeah.. just… I’ll post everything below.
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.
Why has this book been out for over five years and I’m only now learning of it’s existence?
Why didn’t someone throw this book at me?
Why wasn’t this more popular?
Either way… I’m at least glad I read it now because Holy Hannah this book is my life.
Okay, so mythology √, romance √, hot guy √, grief/angst √ AND Christmas √
*Yes, I’m hugely aware that those are square root signs, but they look like check marks. Bear with me.
I am all over this like white on rice.
I absolutely adored Megan’s character. The way she grieved her husband was absolutely heart breaking. The author did such a good job making sure the reader understands that there’s still a part of Megan that would always love John. I’m pretty sure I nearly sobbed during a large portion of this book. Her explanations of grief hit me hard.
Oh Gods, and Owen. Owen was a top notch book boyfriend. Sweet, funny, caring, protective (but not douchy about it), he wanted to make sure that Megan was okay and I think that level of caring is much needed in romances.
If you don’t like insta-love don’t read this. This is insta-love, confessing undying love in six days. But for some reason, it totally worked for me.
Ugh. All the stars.
Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…
When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Though she’s gravely injured—and still emotionally damaged from her recent divorce—Ella fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t protected him from betrayal and loss. Worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt forces him to save her.Ella is drawn to the vulnerability Zeph hides beneath his otherworldly masculinity and ancient blue eyes. And her honesty, empathy, and unique, calming influence leave Zeph wanting…everything. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want—a love that can be trusted.
Alright, so I didn’t love this one as much as the first book. I didn’t feel as connected to the main characters, Ella and Zephyros as I did to Megan and Owen.
But that didn’t mean I still didn’t enjoy the ever living hell out of it.
This one was definitely more dramatic than the first one, and I really loved the outside influence coming in to ruin everyone’s day. Sure there was still some misunderstandings causing issues, but not nearly as much as the first one.
You also got to see a lot more of the famed dramatics when it comes to any story or myth about Greek deities. It’s like the original soap opera, I swear.
Holy hell these stories are addicting.
I highly recommend checking out this series and I’m super excited to eventually finish reading them. I bought the third and fourth book and will be posting a review of them pretty soon!
Until next time,