Sunday, February 26, 2012

North of Need by Laura Kaye

Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date of publication: November 2011

Her tears called a powerful snow god to life, but only her love can grant the humanity he craves… 

Desperate to escape agonizing memories of Christmas past, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband, realizing too late that she’s recreated the very thing she’ll never have. 

Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity. 

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things. But this Christmas miracle comes with an expiration—before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

North of Need is a unique take on the "Frosty the Snowman" story.  Although, I'm not sure any woman in their right mind would want to share this hunky snow god with the town.   I would want to keep him all to myself!  Megan lost her beloved husband 2 years earlier on Christmas Day. Answering her tears, Owen is sent to help overcome her grief and start living again. Neither of them expected to find new life in each other.  

I enjoyed this book. Owen is a great character. While he is a powerful god, he is still very gentle and sweet with Megan.  He is also too cute when it comes to his discovery of ice cream. I think the thing the appealed to me the most about Megan was that she didn't rush into loving Owen right away.  She worked through her grief and fears of losing another man before she was ready to declare her love for him.  In the end, that made me believe her feelings  for him.  They have great chemistry together and boy does is sizzle off the pages!

The only thing that I felt was missing from the book was more information behind the mythology of the gods.  This is the first in a series, so hopefully the later books will touch on this aspect.    It looks like the next book, West of Want, comes out this summer.  I'll be keeping my eye out for it!

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