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#Review East of Ecstasy (#HeartsOfTheAnemoi 4) by #LauraKaye SIGNED paperback #Giveaway

Title: East of Ecstasy
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi #4
Release Date: April 22, 2014
Imprint: Entangled Select

She’s the only one who can give him the strength to save them all…
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, the last thing he expects is 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.
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Five Stars

A sequel that ends the Hearts of the Anemoi series
in spectacular fashion!

In Greek mythology, the Anemoi were wind gods who were each attributed to a cardinal direction. Each book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series focuses on the life and journey of a Greek god as he battled some sort of loss or pain, discovered everlasting love, and rose to power within the Realm of Gods. East of Ecstasy is Greek god Devlin Eston's story. Devlin's father, Eurus, is the current Cardinal Anemoi of the East Wind, and he's one giant, mean bully creating a whole lot of havoc and imbalance in more than one world. The books have been gradually building up to one helluva furious confrontation. What a spectacular way to finish this series!

If you like your heroes battered, broken and scarred inside and out, then Devlin will easily breeze into your heart with his absolutely heartbreaking backstory. Having gone through a lifetime of parental abuse, Devlin shoulders tremendous guilt with what happened to his brothers, and he literally tortures himself everyday. On top of that, he must prove his trustworthiness to the other gods, who thinks he's just like his father. Plus, time is of the essence, since Devlin needs to sort all that out before Eurus comes into full power. Yeah, he pretty much got his work cut out for him.

He leaned down, planted his hands in her silky hair, and kissed Anna like she was the air he needed to breathe.”

When he meets Anna, she is the light to his dark, but he does not feel worthy enough for her.

And I want you, Anna. Gods, I want your heat and your touch and your body surrounding mine. But I don't deserve you. And I'm no good for you.”

Anna is my favorite kind of heroine. She's fearless, has a strong mind, and can stand on her own. Anna provides Devlin everything he never knew he could have...someone who cares for his well being, someone who believes in him and connects with him in the soul-deep level. She is the soothing balm to his pain. East of Ecstasy is also very much Anna's journey as well. I loved how everything comes about with her story.

Having been a huge fan of this series from the beginning, I craved and indulged every single book like they were decadent pieces chocolates! Ms. Kaye creates some of the most vivid, heart-twisting and sincere scenes I've ever read in all her writing to date! I recommend reading this series in order for the gradual and incredible world-building alone, which gave me the feeling of being swept away to a far off place in each and every book. Don't you love that feeling?

As the seasons change, I know I'll be thinking of Owen, Zeph, Chrys, and Devlin. These characters will stay with me always. I have a huge soft spot for Owen (his story begins in North of Need), so I just about died with what he goes through in this book! Pretty much all of the previous main couples are back in this book and contribute to the plot in huge ways. Full of suspenseful moments, loss, hope, and LOVE, East of Ecstasy and the Hearts of the Anemoi series has it all! I'm so sad that this series has come to an end that I'm actually a blubbering mess!

Sending huge THANKS to Laura Kaye for writing such an amazing, otherworldly, and breathtaking series! Everything she writes continue to touch my heart. I know that I will read the Hearts of the Anemoi books over and over again. She sure knows how to make Greek gods super, swoon-worthy sexy!

*Review copy received from publisher. This is my honest review.

Are you a fan of Laura Kaye's books? Which is your favorite hero created by Laura? If you haven't read her books, who is your current book boyfriend? I'd love to read your comments.

The Hearts of the Anemoi Series
Reading Order
Book 1: North of Need
Book 2: West of Want
Book 3: South of Surrender
Book 4: East of Ecstasy

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  1. Replies
    1. You're a Rixey fan! Nice! Confession...I like him too! :)

  2. I've read quite a few of Laura's books and I have to say that my favorite hero is still Caden Grayson from Hearts in Darkness.

    1. Yes, Caden! Awesome! I've read Hearts in Darkness several times!

  3. I love both Caden from Hearts in Darkness and Chrysander from South of Surrender. I can't wait to read East of Ecstasy!

    Thank you so much for the post and giveaway. I'd love to win a copy, so fingers crossed. :-)

    1. Great fave hero choices! You're in for a real treat when you read East of Ecstasy!

  4. Grace I totally skimmed your review. I just bought the box set of the first three books on sale earlier this week for 2.99 and this one for .99 cents. Woot! Glad to see such a high rating from you!

    1. Yay, those were some great deals! I fell in love with each book in this series. I'm excited for you getting to know these Greek gods! Let me know what you think afterwards. :)

  5. Hearts in the Darkness, Caden! LOVED!!!

    1. Caden is so irresistible, right?! Thanks for stopping by, Debra. :)

  6. I haven't read anything by Laura, but a lot of people seem to love her books. I bought Hard as it Gets not too long ago and hope to read it soon.

    1. Yay, Christy! I hope you like Nick and the rest of the Hard Ink gang! Enjoy!

  7. It changes with every book of hers I read. Devlin is definitely in the top 3. I loved him and Anna as a couple, which made me like him more as an individual.

    1. Oh, yes, I heart Devlin & Anna together! They were a wonderful pairing. Devlin's story just tore my heart to pieces! Thanks for stopping by, Yvette!

  8. Replies
    1. Ahhh! Night After Night by Lauren Blakely! I have yet to meet him. Thanks for commenting, Maureen. :)

  9. I'm a Shane fan! Having just finished "Hard As You Can," he's sensitive, sexy, and SOUTHERN! How much better can it get than that?!

    1. Yay, I'm a Shane fan too! Heck, I love all of LK's heroes! Thanks for stopping by, Samantha.

    2. They are easy to love, that is for sure! She has a way of drawing you into their history and making you connect with them! I look forward to following your blog!