Title: West of Want
Author: Laura Kaye
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Release Date: July 10th, 2012
Betrayal is all he’s ever known, but in her, he’ll find a love strong enough to be trusted…
When Marcella Raines’ twin brother dies, she honors his request to be buried at sea, never expecting the violent storm that swamps her boat. Recently divorced over her infertility and gravely injured, Ella still fights to survive.
Zephyros Martius is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring, but being the strongest Anemoi hasn’t saved him from betrayal and loss—worse, he’s sure his brother Eurus is behind it. When Zeph’s heartbreak whips up a storm that shipwrecks a human, his guilt leads him to save her, but he vows not to get involved.
Ella’s honesty, empathy, and unique calming influence attract Zeph like no other, and he finds himself wanting…everything. Ella knows Zeph’s different and fears rejection, but falls for his otherworldly masculinity and ancient, sad blue eyes. When Eurus threatens Ella, she and Zeph struggle to let go of the past, defend their future, and embrace what they most want—a love that can be trusted.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: I loved the first book in this series, North of Need (review here) and was so incredibly excited to get my hands on West of Want. When we enter the world of West of Want we are following Zephyros and Ella. Zephyros is the Supreme God of the West Wind and Spring and has never been lucky when it comes to love. He has been burned numerous times and when we meet him in this book he is in the middle of creating a storm fueled by his grief. His story was heartbreaking and my heart went out to him because of his painful past. Ella was not much better off than him though. Her twin brother just died and she has no real family to speak of. The two of them are so lost and they recognize that in one another. Especially Ella when she says to Zeph:
“Ella twisted her lips and studied him. “I just…when I look into your eyes, I see something there that reminds me of myself.”
While Ella tries to work through her pain, Zeph likes to wallow in his and does not always make it easy for Ella to get through to him. He is talking to Boreas at one point when Boreas says:
“I have never known someone who tormented himself as much as you. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone shoulders them like Atlas carrying around the weight of the world. Not everyone bleeds for them.”
That pretty much sums up how Zeph is acting for quite a bit of this book. He does not give himself credit for anything and does not feel like he deserves to be happy again. He has been broken by his past loves and his brother. Watching him go through the journey of trying to find happiness in this book was very sweet. While trying to decide what she wants Ella slowly brings Zeph back to life and strives to prove to him that not every road leads to betrayal.
Laura excels at writing tender moments. This book is filled with so many of them, but my favorite was this one coming from Zeph:
“There’s just me.” He kissed her ear. “And you.” Her eyelid. “In this moment.” Her nose. “There’s just this lost soul.” His lips lingered over the corner of her mouth. “Who wants the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen.”
The romance in this book is intense and it is almost an insta-love, but I thought it worked. These two have such big holes in their hearts and are searching for something to fill that void. They found what they were looking for in one another. There are definitely obstacles in their way and things they have to overcome, but the romance really is the main focus. There was one point towards the end that I thought everything was leading towards a resolution, but Laura did save one final twist and I loved that.
West of Want is a wonderful escape into a enchanted world that I loved being a part of. Laura delivers a heartfelt romance with a touch of magic that had me captivated from beginning to end. I cannot wait for the next book, South of Surrender, because it centers around Chrysander. He is funny, sarcastic and has great banter with the guys. While he is known as the carefree one of the group I am sure he is hiding something and I am eager to get to know him better. I highly recommend checking out this series if you have not already!
FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this ARC for review.