Review: South of Surrender by Laura Kaye

South of Surrender
(Hearts of the Anemoi, #3)
By: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Entangled
Published: May 28, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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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.

Due to a huge battle with his brother, Chrys finds himself wounded and unconscious in a barn. During the storm, Laney decides to check on the the horses in the barn to make sure they are okay. Only, when she makes her way to the back, she finds another horse and this horse has wings! Unsure what to do, she tries to bandage up the winged horse as best as she can and lays down with it in case it wakes up and needs any more medical attention. However, in the morning there is no longer a horse but a man laying next to her and before she knows it she’s sucked into his world and war of the Anemoi.

I’m a huge fan of this author’s Hero series, so when I saw this series I was quickly snatched it up. However, so far I’ve just not been able to latch onto the HotA series. I love Laura’s writing style and the fact that the story just seems to flow seamlessly on the pages. She creates characters that are so versatile that they stick out in your mind well after you’ve read the book. Like for instance the fact that Laney has retinitis pigmentosa which is a genetic eye disease that causes Laney to be blind in one eye and very limited sight in the other. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a story before with the main character having this huge of an impairment before. Way too many times the characters are perfect except for some slight emotional problems but never anything like this. Laney’s condition was what really made the story for me.

The romance was sweet and I liked that previous characters make an appearance in this story. The family gets together a couple of times during this book and it was interesting to see them interact with each other. I liked that due to the fact that they all control different winds, when they get together they create a massive storm. There were a lot of interesting elements to this story and Laura did a great job thinking outside of the box with this series.

Even though this doesn’t seem to be the series for me, I will still keep up with Laura’s Hero series.

“Another Kant quote came to mind: ‘We can judge the heart of a man by how he treats animals.’ And by that measure, Chrys had proven himself in spades.”


Previous reviews from Hearts of the Anemoi
North of Need

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