Review: South of Surrender (Hearts of the Anemoi #3) by Laura Kaye

May 28, 2013 Review 54

Review: South of Surrender (Hearts of the Anemoi #3) by Laura Kaye

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 storms that threaten the mortal realm and dangerously drain Chrys.

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.

Title: South of Surrender
Author: Laura Kaye
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hearts in Darkness, Taken by the Vampire King , Hard As It Gets, Hard As You Can
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi
Published by Entangled Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: May 28, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-flames

If you enjoy mythology, fantasy, and romance, you will thoroughly enjoy South of Surrender, a stunning paranormal thriller that demands attention from its opening sentence. Laura Kaye with her graceful storytelling voice creates her own uniquely perfect blending of the realm of the gods of wind with the modern world of man.

Chrysander (Chrys) Notos, the Supreme God of the South Wind, is broken on the inside because his father showered him with love and affection while denying his brother the same attention. Chrys feels unworthy of anyone’s love until he meets Laney Summerlyn. Laney stirs up feeling inside of Chrys that he never expected to feel, love and protectiveness. When Chrys visits Hephaestus to help him protect Laney, you know that Chrys is a worthy man, even if he isn’t sure of it at the time, making him a stunning leading man. Laney, who is mostly blind, sees Chrys’s golden aura and is immediately drawn to him. Laney senses the good person underneath this gruff exterior. Laney’s ability to “see” the heart in Chrys’s character and his true worth without actually seeing him makes her an endearing character. Their sexual chemistry jumps off the page, making their first sexual encounter intense and erotically sexy.

Before starting this book, I was concerned that I hadn’t read the other novels in the Heart of Anemoi series and that jumping in would be confusing. While reading, I happily discovered none of my concerns were valid as the author provides enough backstory to understand the numerous characters and the various story arcs. South of Surrender can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel. With its intriguing plot, fast-paced action, and engrossing romance, South of Surrender is impossible to put down.

I received an eBook copy from the publisher for purpose of an honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Laura Kaye

                    

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South of Surrender

South of Surrender Release Day Blitz Giveaway

I am thrilled to welcome Chrysander Notos to the world today! Chrys is the hero of South of Surrender, the third book in my Greek-mythology inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greeks associated with controlling the wind, the weather, and the seasons, and as the summer god, Chrys is the hottest of them all! Need more proof? Check out this hot excerpt and the giveaway that follows!

Excerpt:

Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.

Laney froze, then was right there with him.

Their tongues met, dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed.

Her hands slid up his chest toward his neck.

Chrys gasped into the kiss, but fought the reflexive desire to pull away. Instead, he pushed her back one step, then another, until her back encountered the door. He grabbed her arms and pressed them to the surface over her head. The control flooded relief through him and fueled his arousal another notch.

“I want to touch you,” she whispered around a kiss.

His brain scrambled for a moment, and then he wedged his body in tighter, the ridge of his cock coming in snug against her belly. She unleashed a strangled moan as Chrys plundered her mouth, relished her sweet taste, bathed in her life-giving heat.

Good gods, her body was absolutely alive with her arousal. She clenched and unclenched her hands, her arm muscles flexing where he restrained her. Her abdomen writhed against his, creating a maddening friction against his erection. Her thighs shifted and squeezed.

It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.

Lost in the imagery, Chrys didn’t notice the change in her movements until she slowly dragged her injured leg up the outside of his. Her wrists pressed against his hold and a yearning moan worked up her throat. “Chrys,” she whimpered, her thigh moving higher and wrapping around.

His pulse lunged into a sprint. Damnit. He pulled back and stepped away, the phantom feeling of her flesh trapping his spiking fear through him. “I’m sorry,” he said, rubbing his lips, regret a rock in his stomach. He could still feel her, taste her. Making sure she was steady on her feet, he dropped his hands from holding hers.

Laura Kaye

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Thanks for reading!

Laura

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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54 Responses to “Review: South of Surrender (Hearts of the Anemoi #3) by Laura Kaye”

  1. Nae

    My favourite is;
    “It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.”
    Steaming hot!
    Thanks for the giveaway 😀
    renee-moore@live.com.au

  2. jovialvampyre

    Mines: “I’m sorry,” he said, rubbing his lips, regret a rock in his stomach. He could still feel her, taste her. Making sure she was steady on her feet, he dropped his hands from holding hers.
    You just feel his pain.

    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. Kamla L.

    Hot Damn!!! How the hell are we suppose to pick just ONE favorite line out of that tantalizing smorgasbord???? I’ve said it before and say it again, Laura Kaye sure knows how to do sizzle and steam!

    Okay, I guess I have to pick one:
    Their tongues met, dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed.– got to love man in control.

    ….but….
    Lost in the imagery, Chrys didn’t notice the change in her movements until she slowly dragged her injured leg up the outside of his.—whose in control?

    LOVING IT!!!

  4. Tata

    “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.”
    I’m hooked!
    alifeamongbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. Lori Meehan

    Great excerpt my fav:
    His brain scrambled for a moment, and then he wedged his body in tighter, the ridge of his cock coming in snug against her belly. She unleashed a strangled moan as Chrys plundered her mouth, relished her sweet taste, bathed in her life-giving heat.
    I’m looking forward to reading this series. It’s new to me. I need to look up the first book.

  6. Lori H

    Wow! I need the rest of story, please?
    I liked the whole passage but my fave was…”Chrys gasped into the kiss, but fought the reflexive desire to pull away. Instead, he pushed her back one step, then another, until her back encountered the door. He grabbed her arms andpressed them to the surface over her head. The control flooded relief through him and fueled his arousal another notch.”
    Thanks 🙂
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

  7. Joy F

    Thanks for the giveaway. I liked: Now, she could see that the night wasn’t black, but was painted with a palette of blues and greys and purples that possessed its own beauty.

  8. melissa c.

    “If you enjoy mythology, fantasy, and romance, you will thoroughly enjoy South of Surrender, a stunning paranormal thriller that demands attention from its opening sentence.” I love Greek Mythology so I am most def getting this book.
    leighannecrisp at yahoo dot com

  9. Selena Mc

    I’m a huge Laura Kaye fan! I’m so excited to finally get to read Chrys’s story!! 🙂 Congrats on the release Laura <3

    Great excerpt! My favorite line is, "Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking." The first kiss is always my favorite. So hot!!

    Wonderful review Jeep Diva!

    -Selena Mc
    redzsm@yahoo.com

  10. Sandy

    Chrys gasped into the kiss, but fought the reflexive desire to pull away. Instead, he pushed her back one step, then another, until her back encountered the door. He grabbed her arms and pressed them to the surface over her head. The control flooded relief through him and fueled his arousal another notch.

    *blushing*

    sandy(at)thereadingcafe(dot)com

  11. Karin Anderson

    I love this series! My favorite line was the first one – “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.”

    AquarianDancer at gmail dot com

  12. BookLady

    My favorite line is “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking”.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. Beth Haney

    “It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.”

    ehaney578 at aol dot com

  14. Kelly

    “Laney froze, then was right there with him.” That moment where you aren’t really sure this is happening before it clicks in that it is!
    Delivery.RN at gmail dot com

  15. Lindsey V.

    “He could still feel her, taste her.”

    Thank you so much for offering this giveaway! I can’t wait to start this series and I’d love to be in the running for an Amazon gift card. 🙂

    Best Wishes,
    Lindsey V.

    Lindsey8907@yahoo.com

  16. Amy R

    I have read this and loved the entire book. My favorite line was this one from the excerpt: ““I want to touch you,” she whispered around a kiss.” because I know how much he didn’t want to be touched but she needed to touch and feel him. Thanks for the giveaway!

    amy at remus dot net

  17. Shannon

    I can’t wait to see what happens next- “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking” was an awesome line

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

  18. divavixenqueen

    It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.
    divavixenqueen(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. Anne

    He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed. Definitely a sexy alpha type.

    acm05atjuno.com

  20. Heather

    I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard so many great things about this one, I just one clicked it! Thanks!

    hschrock24112 @ yahoo dot com

  21. Vanessa N.

    Favorite line so far – It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.

    mythic021@gmail.com

  22. Kristine R

    Congrats on the release date. My favorite line is “Good gods, her body was absolutely alive with her arousal”

    KristineLR23(AT)gmail(dot)com

  23. Sebella Blue (

    Instead, he pushed her back one step, then another, until her back encountered the door. *sigh* I just loooove that line.

    blueshedevil32(at)gmail(dot)com

  24. Joleen T.

    “He could still feel her, taste her.” Congrats, Laura!!!!

  25. Arely Z.

    Uh, yes!

    “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.”

    *fans self*

    amzpar[at]gmail[dot]com

  26. Kelsey Summer

    Loved the whole excerpt, but if I had do choose a quote – “Her wrists pressed against his hold and a yearning moan worked up her throat. “Chrys,” she whimpered, her thigh moving higher and wrapping around.”

    kesummer69(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. Gaby

    “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.”

    gaby_sama(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thank you!

  28. vampedchik

    It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep. -yummy.. LOL Defintely going to have to read this series! Thanks! 🙂
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  29. ladywolf07

    “She unleashed a strangled moan as Chrys plundered her mouth, relished her sweet taste, bathed in her life-giving heat.”

    vadeluna07(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  30. elaing8

    His brain scrambled for a moment, and then he wedged his body in tighter, the ridge of his cock coming in snug against her belly. She unleashed a strangled moan as Chrys plundered her mouth, relished her sweet taste, bathed in her life-giving heat.

  31. Shieka Doctor

    It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.

    Thanks for the giveaway. shiekadoctor23@yahoo.com

  32. Natasha

    My favorite is “It was only with the barest of restraint that he resisted willing her clothing away, turning her to face the wall, and tugging her hips out so he could bury himself deep.”
    Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  33. Joanne B

    Congrats on the new release. Can’t wait to read it. Love the series so far. My favorite lines are, “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.”

    e.balinski(at)att(dot)net

  34. Mel Bourn

    Congrats on your new release!! I have to get this one. My favorite line is…Their tongues met, dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed.

    Very hot.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  35. sheryl

    I love this series and can’t wait to read Chrys story.

  36. Mer

    Hot! I like ” Making sure she was steady on her feet, he dropped his hands from holding hers.” Even pushing her away, he’s making sure she’s ok.

    dancingcelt at gmail dot com

  37. Allison W

    I want to touch you 🙂
    allison dot westcote at gmail dot com

  38. Daniel M

    Good gods, her body was absolutely alive with her arousal. – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  39. Catherine

    My favorite line from the excerpt: “Good gods, her body was absolutely alive with her arousal.”
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  40. Meghan Stith

    Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking

    HOT!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  41. bn100

    His pulse lunged into a sprint.

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  42. Diane Sallans

    “His pulse lunged into a sprint.” – wonderful imagery

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  43. JanD

    I like this line: “His brain scrambled for a moment..”

    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  44. Janie McGaugh

    “Unable to resist the draw to her any longer, Chrys claimed her mouth, devouring, searching, taking.”
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  45. erinf1

    Whooo… that was a hot excerpt! I love it all 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

    efender1(AT)gmail(dot)com

  46. donnas1

    He could still feel her, taste her.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  47. alixnoelle

    “Their tongues met, dueled, twirled. He fisted his hand in her hair and guided her, deepening when he wanted, restraining her when he needed. ”

    anpoulter at aol dot com

  48. Mary Preston

    WOW!!!

    Laney froze, then was right there with him.”

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  49. heather

    “I’m sorry,” he said, rubbing his lips, regret a rock in his stomach. He could still feel her, taste her. Making sure she was steady on her feet, he dropped his hands from holding hers. bluepooh1 at hotmail dot com