Review: South of Surrender by Laura Kaye

Review: South of Surrender by Laura KayeSouth of Surrender by Laura Kaye

Series: #3 Hearts of the Anemoi
Genres: Paranormal Romance
on May 28, 2013
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-half-stars  

Oh wow!  This book just took me on an incredible roller coaster ride of emotions and I’m still weak-kneed from it all.  I thought the other two books in the series were good, but this one took it to a whole new level.  It picked right up from where West of Want left off so yes, that means they must be read in order.

Chrysander Notos, the Supreme god of the south wind and summer and the youngest of the Anemoi brothers, has taken up the charge to seek vengeance against his older brother, Eurus, who in his bitter, evil machinations has wrecked such havoc in the worlds of both gods and men.  It is summertime so in theory Chrys should have the upperhand, but instead Eurus is kicking his butt because the god of the east has stolen their father’s ring.  Eurus deals Chrys a blow that sends him crashing to the earth and through the roof of a barn to lie injured.

Laney Summerlyn hears the terrible thunderstorm overhead and is frightened by it, but the sound of storm damage to the barn where her precious horses are located sends her out bravely to check on them.  Her near complete blindness is a liability, but she is determined.  She finds her horses are fine, but encounters something pretty incredible that she’s not even sure she truly encountered.  First, she thought she helped an injured winged horse and then a man, but then neither are there when her friend Seth shows up.  She wonders what is real and what is not.

Chrys, weakened as he was barely got out of sight when the other human shows up.  He vanishes back to the realm of the gods to heal and hopefully avoid his brothers who he is keeping the enormity of the issues with Eurus from because he is trying one last time to protect him from himself and because he doesn’t want Eurus to hurt anyone else.

Eurus’ actions soon bring Chrys back to the kind-hearted human woman, Laney, who he must now protect.  His appearance in Laney’s life shows a growing attraction between them both which he is determined not to encourage.  He has issues with physical contact and emotional attachment.  He doesn’t do relationships and he warns Laney of this, but he certainly has yearnings for the first time that make him wish that he was capable of more.

The war between the brothers intensifies and plots come to the surface that stun them and make them realize that things involve more than their family and are bigger than they imagined.  Laney and the other fragile humans associated with the family are caught up in the crosshairs, but the Anemoi themselves have to face the fact that they are in a full out war where casualties will be inevitable.

This book which is told from both Laney and Chrys’ perspectives had two parts in my mind.  The first part, even though it is a continuation of the series story, still feels like a big set up piece.  I was actually getting impatient with Chrys.  He is truly a hot mess in this story.  That whole Lone Ranger bit both with keeping important things secret from his family and the stand-offishness with Laney grated on me.  Granted he had some personal demons riding him that caused this, and I get that, but yeesh- he caused some unnecessary angst in my book.  Now the last half of the book these things were still present, but the action and intensity of the plot jumped into overdrive so it was overshadowed by other things at times and he was finally forced to confront his issues.  There is some good action sequences and the passion was off the hook with Chrys and Laney even with the deeper emotions left unresolved.  I warn you now that there is a truly heart-wrenching scene that, depending on your sensibilities, will require at least one tissue if not more.  And it just pushes me even harder to want the next segment of the series.  I am truly hoping for some Karma to kick in and vengeance to win out here for what me and the Anemoi family had to endure toward the end.  I hated the feelings that were pulled out of me, but then again, it just proves that this story was good stuff.

I don’t want anyone to miss out on such a good series so get busy and get caught up to this one so you can experience all the raw emotions for yourself.  And by everyone, I mean those who enjoy Paranormal Romance that focuses on Greek mythology brought into the contemporary times with a nice dose of caliente heat to the romance.

Thank you to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.