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Thursday, 23 May 2013

South of Surrender (Hearts of the Anemoi #3) by Laura Kaye

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.

Grace's Review

Great gods! 5 Magical, Heartbreaking, Pleasurably Romantic Stars!

If you're a fan of this series like me be ready to surrender your heart to the third installment of the Heart of the Anemoi. South of Surrender is not only magical, but also brings together two beautifully flawed characters who sacrifice everything for each other.

Chrysander Notos is the Supreme God of the South Wind and Summer. He literally stumbles into Laney Summerlyn's life while fighting with his older brother, Eurus. If you've read the previous book, West of Want, then you'll know why Eurus is sort of a wanted...god. Both Chrys and Laney are wonderful, tortured souls. He has major issues with touch. She has lost most of her vision and relies on her sense of touch. I absolutely adored Chrys and Laney, especially since both were written to be self-sacrificing and so well-deserving of each other. I loved how the moments when Laney realizes and accepts that Chrys is “different” seemed gradual and natural and not forced at all. It made me root for them even more! Boy, does it get steamy! Hot, hot, hot!!! Lets just say that Laura Kaye has outdone herself in this area. I'm thinking of a particular scene that I'm sure will be a fan favorite. Oh, yes!

South of Surrender is likely my favorite of the series thus far. Owen, Megan, Boreas, Zephros, and Ella all return and play major roles. A lot more of the plot occurs in the Realm of the Gods. Laura Kaye does a beautiful job creating this fantasy world for her fans. The way she incorporates the natural elements into the mythology is very enchanting. This story does turn darker and becomes highly emotional and heartbreaking as something epic is built-up for the next book. 

So far, I'm really enjoying the incredibly delicious alpha-heroes in this series. If the next book is about the antagonist, Eurus, then he seems to be the most tortured of the Anemoi. What will happen to him? Who will Eurus fall for? If you ask me, he needs whole lot of saving! I can't wait to see what Laura Kaye does with him in East of Ecstasy.

South of Surrender exceeded all my expectations! I cried and fell in love with the characters. I adored every single moment!

*A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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