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Review - East of Ecstasy (Hearts of the Anemoi, #4) by Laura Kaye

East of Ecstasy - Laura Kaye

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, he never expected 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.

“Devlin had an anger management problem of divine proportions. Literally. When he got mad, things caught on fire, blew up, or got fried by electricity.”

I am such a sucker for a damaged bad boy, and there is no one who has been more damaged than Devlin Eston. He has spent his life being abused by his father, and his scars envelop him physically and emotionally. And even though he is now dedicated to stopping his father before he can destroy the world, the rest of the Anemoi still do not trust him, feeling he carries the sins of his father.

Annalise Fallston has returned home to care for her ill father. She has always sought refuge in her paintings, but lately she has been plagued by visions of dark images that she has been compelled to paint. When fate lands Devlin in the farmhouse that Annalise uses as her studio and he recognizes himself in the pictures that Annalise has been painting, Annalise and Devlin find themselves in a race against time to stop Devlin’s father Euros from destroying the world.

I just loved Annalise and Devlin together. She was definitely the light to Devlin’s dark and was just so perfect for him. Her kindness and caring slowly began to break down the walls that Devlin had built, and it was so heartwarming to see her help Devlin realize and accept the goodness in himself. I loved watching Devlin become more self-confident as a result of his relationship with Annalise, and it was great watching them draw strength from each other as they faced confrontations, danger and heartbreak. Watching Devlin struggle through his feelings for Annalise and accepting the fact that he was worthy of her love just made me fall in love with him a little more, and his protective nature and gentleness toward her were just**sigh**. When he finally gives in to sexual tension that has been building up with Annalise, well, let’s just say things definitely get hot!

“You don’t understand,” he said, leaning his forehead against hers. His hips rolled involuntarily as he ran a too-rough hand from her throat down the valley between her breasts and back again. “I have long abstained, Anna. And now, I want you too fucking bad. If I let myself off this leash, I’m going to come at you like a freight train. I will take you over and over again in ways you can imagine and some you can’t. And I’m not going to be able to stop until you’ve come so often you can’t see straight.”

I can’t say enough about the world that Laura Kaye has built and the mythology surrounding all of her characters. She has created characters that are three dimensional and have you riding the waves of emotions with them. I love when I become emotionally invested in the characters that I am reading about, and Devlin and Annalise had me from the first page.

I have not read the other books in this series (this is book 4) but I didn’t have any trouble jumping in to the series at this point and understanding what was going on. But what I will say is that after having read this book I am kicking myself for not having discovered this series earlier – it is that good – and I will definitely be going back to read all of the other books in this series!

Thank you Laura Kaye for such a wonderful story – I can’t wait to go back and start at the beginning!

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for an honest review.