Megan Snow is spending her Christmas without her husband in the backwoods of Maryland. This marks the 2nd anniversary of his death, and she plans to mark the occasion in the very place she lost him. Â In her grief, sheÂ inadvertentlyÂ summons a god of winter, a man that has been tasked by the hierarchy to answer Megan’s dead husband’s plea to ease her grief. Â Owen Winter is immediately intrigued by Megan, the beautiful but haunted woman who is struggling to find her footing in life. Â In order to complete his mission, he has to earn her trust and her love, and his humanity will be rendered permanent, and they can live happily ever after.
It’s safe to say this book is as fluffy as snow (haaaaahahahaha). Â Fluff Fluff Fluff! And I didn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. Â That’s more or less what I was expecting when I started this book, and I wasn’t disappointed. Â In general when romances span a short period of time they tend to fall into my “aw, wasn’t that special” category, Church Lady voice optional. Â They’re enjoyable but fleeting, kind of like a peanut butter cup. Â If I gorge on too manyÂ I’ll regret it later and pine for something with more substance.
Regardless, Ms. Kaye delivers a heart wrenching story of a woman grieving the loss of her husband who finds love when she least expected it. Â If you’re in need of a warm and toasty wintery story this season with a healthy dose of smut and romance, North of NeedÂ is for you.
North of Need: Â Hearts of the AmenoiÂ by Laura Kaye, 234 pgs, 11/1/11
Romance: 3/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 4/5