*This title will be released on July 10, 2012*
West of Want
by Laura Kaye
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Excerpt: Yes
Reviewed by: Abigail | Source: Publisher
Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
A few graphic sex scenes
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. Recently divorced over her infertility and gravely injured, Ella still fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t saved 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 leads him to save her, but he vows not to get involved.
Ella’s honesty, empathy, and unique calming influence attract Zeph like no other, and he finds himself wanting…everything. Ella knows Zeph’s different and fears rejection, but falls for his otherworldly masculinity and ancient, sad blue eyes. 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.
Hearts of the Anemoi is a new paranormal romance series built around seasonal mythology (gods of winter, spring etc). It’s a great springboard for a series, sadly, WEST OF WANT was a really sub par paranormal romance that included just about everything that I dislike about the genre.
The two lead characters are completely flat and two dimensional. They don’t have personalities or even really distinguishing characteristics. They were each burned by love in the past, but apart from some weepy moments where they unload their woe-is-me histories, it didn’t really matter. As a reader, I had to sit through this twice, once in internal thoughts and then again when spoke up. Very tedious.
The worst thing though was the insta-love. This may be the most glaring example I’ve read in years. He almost drowns her with his I-can’t-control-my-emotions storm, then out of guilt, secretly stalks her in the hospital and follows her home. She wakes and finds him sleeping in her room. That same day, his brother curses her with clumsiness and the only way to remove the curse is with sexy shower time. They are pretty much in love at this point, and start declaring it a few pages later. I have no idea why. They barely spoke about anything significant, and even the attraction came out of nowhere.
WEST OF WANT left me wanting big time. Flat characters, cliched plot, and a DOA romance. Stick with Kenyon, Showalter, and Ione for good paranormal romance. The third book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series, SOUTH OF SURRENDER, will be out on December 11, 2012 from Entangled and features Chrysander Notos, Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer.