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Laura Kaye’s Latest, East of Ecstasy, Delivers Devastatingly Sexy Gods and Heart-Thumping Romance

21 Apr
East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi #4 - Devlin and Anna) by Laura Kaye (Entangled: Select, April 22, 2014)

East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi #4 – Devlin and Anna) by Laura Kaye (Entangled: Select, April 22, 2014)

Laura Kaye can always be depended upon to deliver a sexy, emotional read, but with her Hearts of the Anemoi series – dedicated to the gods of the four winds – she gives paranormal romance a fresh storyline.

I’ve adored this series since I fell for Owen Winter in the first book, North of Need, and each subsequent god’s story in West of Want and South of Surrender maintained the high quality I’d come to expect while extending the story arc. The gods of the winds are in conflict with their off his rocker, evil brother Eurus, who wants to kill his brothers (and the women they love) while also defeating his father, the supreme god of wind and storms. For years, his son Devlin was thought to support his father but information has come to light that he has always been a victim of his Eurus’ breathtaking cruelty.

In the final book of the series, East of Ecstasy, Devlin has managed to escape his father once again and, together with his powerful grandfather, imbibed in the waters of the ancient rivers in order to amplify his power, hopefully enough to defeat his father. Covered with scars from the torture he’s endured for centuries, Devlin is far more scarred inside and his increased power is pushing the darkness in him to be released.

The uber-talented Laura Kaye - she does tortured military heroes, vampire kings, and gods of the weather with equal aplomb, proving she is an incredibly versatile romance author.

The uber-talented Laura Kaye – she does tortured military heroes, vampire kings, and gods of the weather with equal aplomb, proving she is an incredibly versatile romance author.

He’s shocked to discover that destructive force calming when he comes into contact with a small beautiful artist in whose studio he has sheltered. Focused on developing a way to control his power, he doesn’t want to be attracted to her, but finds he cannot prevent his fascination, particularly after he sees her paint. Not only are her recent paintings all of his father and Devlin, but they are of the future and could hold the key to defeating Eurus.

Annalise Fallston is running on empty. Diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome a few months ago, she can’t believe that the visions which insist on being put on canvas will not release her from their grip. After years of being a successful artist, she’s never experienced anything like it, even though her art process has always been…unique. Incredibly color-blind, Anna can see color vividly – when she is painting – but at no other time.

When the mysterious man she has seen in her visions not only appears but tells her he can see that she wields magic, undoubtedly due to a god or gods in her ancestry, she’s astonished but it strangely makes sense. Unfortunately the conflict in which Devlin is embroiled poses a danger to Anna and the dementia-suffering father she cares for. Yet despite his protestations of his unworthiness and his anger, this dark god shows again and again his gentle, protective side to her. It’s not hard to believe that her heart is actually the item most likely to be lost in this battle.

The brilliant editors at Entangled have not only put together a convenient boxed set but also for the phenomenal entry price of only $.99 for almost 800 pages of great paranormal romance. The low price is a limited time author, so get it while you can!

The brilliant editors at Entangled have not only put together a convenient boxed set but are selling it also for the phenomenal entry price of only $.99 for almost 800 pages of great paranormal romance. The low price is a limited time author, so get it while you can!

Unlike the first couple of books, I think at this point in the series there are so many players and enough has taken place that readers do need to start at the beginning. The good news is that Entangled has cleverly put together these first three books in a bundle which is available right now for only $.99 – an incredible value – which when combined with their policy of $.99 for new single-title releases, means you can get the previous 750 published pages and then this book of 368 pages for under $2.00. Cha-ching. And did I mention they are all amazing? They’re amazing.

Devlin is the most tortured god to date (literally and figuratively) and for damn good reason. His megalomaniacal father is a violent sadist who has already destroyed Devlin by killing one of his brothers, so he feels himself unworthy of the foreign feelings of happiness and peace he gets in Anna’s presence. The heat between them is fan-yourself amazing (a Laura Kaye trademark) but she never sacrifices heat for emotion, instead combining the two to produce a real connection and a love willing to sacrifice itself to save the world. Oy, she’s good!

To celebrate this wonderful book, Entangled is having a Rafflecopter giveaway so be sure to click on the link and enter. It may not go live until tomorrow, April 22nd, which is the official release day (so either pre-order your copy of East of Ecstasy or buy the awesome bundle of the first three books and get started.

Happy reading!

Cover Release of Laura Kaye’s Latest in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series – East of Ecstasy

18 Sep
Laura Kaye, an amazing writer and just look at her - she's pretty and friendly, too!

Laura Kaye, an amazing writer and just look at her – she’s pretty and friendly, too!

Have you read Laura Kaye‘s books? As someone who has read everything she has ever written, allow me to let you know that her books are like a fresh can of Pringles. You may tell yourself you are only going to eat one, but they taste soooo good going down that before you know it, you are tapping the bottom of the container over your head and crumbs are raining on your t-shirt.

I love her Vampire King’s novella series and I believe that she writes some of the best military romance heroes on the market, but Laura Kaye first won my heart when I came across a NetGalley copy of the first book in her Hearts of the Anemoi series, North of Need. I devoured it and placed it in a review with another book about a snowbound couple, but North of Need lingered with me in a way the other novel didn’t. I purchased every other one of her books and any time another book in the Anemoi series came out, I read it before the book got cold in my Kindle.

North of Need (#1 Hearts of the Anemoi – Owen and Megan) by Laura Kaye (Entangled, May 2012)

Each book in this series stars a god who can wear human form (incredibly hot human form, in case you’re interested in that detail, ahem) who controls the weather. For those of you enjoying the fruits of a classical education, the series name might tickle your brain – the Anemoi were the minor gods in the Greek lexicon who controlled the winds. Since the Greeks firmly believed that these gods could take the form of a winged man – or a stallion, which is damn appropriate for Kaye’s brand of hot romance – these novels manage to pull off being accurate along with succeeding in a creative modernization of an ancient mythology.

West of Want (#2 Hearts of the Anemoi – Zeph and Ella’s story) by Laura Kaye (Entangled, July 2012)

In addition to the circumstances by which each individual god comes to meet the woman who is finally going to heal his wounded heart (you don’t get to be a few millennia old without a decent amount of baggage), there is a story arc across the series involving some god politics. All the wind gods have the same father, who seems to have played favorites, and one of the wind brothers, Eurus, has gone rogue and is wreaking havoc around the world as a result. Each brother, who takes seriously his role in maintaining the earth’s balance and the weather under his purview, tries to mitigate Eurus’ influence, with the range of opinion ranging from “let’s try to save him” to “he needs to be exterminated.”

South of Surrender (#3 Hearts of the Anemoi – Chrys and Laney) by Laura Kaye (Entangled, May 2013)

Every book showcases a unique couple and Kaye places the immediate obstacle to the couple’s happiness right off the bat – that gods and humans are not supposed to be together (and that the women are not supposed to know about them or receive any kind of healing power). The pairings still carry the signature mark of Laura Kaye no matter what genre she happens to be writing in – the characters are so real they step off the page, the sex is blazing hot and incredibly emotional, and the plot is well drawn, not the phoned in conflict that occasionally inhabits romance that uses supernatural beings. Each brother is so different from his siblings (largely due to the way their father has treated them) and as a result each woman who wins their heart is unique as well. While all the heroines are strong and smart, they come to the relationship with different expectations and fears, and it’s a joy seeing these gods begin to care about someone on this intimate level.

East of Ecstasy (#4 Hearts of the Anemoi - Devlin and Annalise) by Laura Kaye (Entangled, April 22, 2014)

East of Ecstasy (#4 Hearts of the Anemoi – Devlin and Annalise) by Laura Kaye (Entangled, April 22, 2014)

Here’s where we get to the big reveal! Laura Kaye sent out a call for bloggers interested in helping show the cover of the fourth book in the series, East of Ecstasy, which will be published on April 22, 2014. So here it is. YOWZA! North of Need was not only my first Laura Kaye novel, it was also the first book I read from Entangled Publishing, and when I realized who had produced the book, I truly began to believe that smaller presses could give the Big Six (now the Big Five) publishers a run for their money. Looking at these covers, I think you can see what I mean, and East of Ecstasy continues the trend of *fans self* a highly appropriate representation of our wind god heroes. Here’s the cover blurb:

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

Another hot god with father issues/tentative handle on his new powers, a sensitive artist who has some psychic ability, and a “final Armageddon showdown” – are you serious?!? This has me thinking that April is waaaayyyyy too far away because I want this book yesterday! Since the characters and story arc build throughout the series, I would recommend reading these novels in order. Keep in mind though that Entangled – while it produces print books – specializes in delivering affordable ebooks to readers. None of these books are expensive in ebook form, usually falling between three and six dollars each for full-length (around 400 pages) work. With Kaye’s amazing writing and Entangled’s outstanding editing and cover designs, this series is a must-read for people who love a paranormal element in their romance.

My thanks to Laura Kaye for writing such a great series and for letting me showcase the new book cover and thanks to Entangled’s killer art department for giving me yet another amazing cover (okay, yes, the chiseled abs are fantastic, but I also love the watermark of the compass and the backdrop that fully plays into the story – these are smart, beautiful covers). So to say I’m looking forward to reading East of Ecstasy is a British-like understatement, so I’ll instead encourage anyone who hasn’t yet read these books to get on it. Run like the wind, people, and go grab them. You won’t be sorry! 🙂

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