Series: Hearts of the Anemoi, #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy
Published by Entangled Publishing on November 1, 2011
Also in this series: West of Want, South of Surrender
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While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband—and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she’ll never have.
Called to life by the power of 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, and her heart opens enough to believe he’s a Christmas miracle. But this 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.
Megan Snow is a woman that is snowed in at a log cabin that was owned by her and her husband. She is there to try to get over the loss of her husband after a terrible accident. To take her mind off her troubles, she decides to build a snowman.
Shortly after that she has an unconscious man in her living room. You have to wonder how he got there. Then you think; “I would love to be in her shoes”. If you could have any man in your living room, who would you want that man to be?
Our mystery man’s name is Owen Winters. Her husband John, we assume, wants her to be happy and get on with her life. Has John sent him or is it just coincidence? You will need to keep reading in order to have this question answered.
It’s interesting how Laura gives Megan and Owen last names that coincide with the season – was this intentional. Because the book is set around Christmas time, the power goes out. Interesting things can happen between a couple once the power goes out. You will have to read to see what Laura came up with.
I love how Laura makes Owen appear to be a big kid. Everything is new and exciting. We get to experience his joy when he eats ice cream for the first time. She also has Owen tell Megan why he’s there. You will find that there are times that Owen will make you laugh. You may also start thinking differently about how to eat ice cream.
Megan and Owen decide to eat a picnic lunch outside together. They also have fun building something outside that is perfect for their lunch. Laura has made this scene very sensual and sexy. With all the heat they’re generating, you would think that the snow would start to melt.
Shortly thereafter Owen tells Megan what she must do in order for him to stay. Then you begin to wonder if this is where the story is going to end. But then you realize that there are too many pages left to read. How is the author going to keep our attention? But Laura does find her ways.
Making love is a serious moment but then Laura turns around and makes it funny. Megan makes a joke and I love how Owen responds. Then everything takes a very sensual turn.
This is a story of second chances – a way of finding someone special. It’s of finding love and someone to growing old with. It’s also about giving a voice to what you’re actually feeling. Is Owen Megan’s second chance?
Owen’s not quite human but he’s learning how fragile human emotions can be. His emotions for Megan run deep but he’s waiting for Megan to catch up. One small problem – he has a deadline. You definitely need to continue reading if you want to know if he meets that deadline.
If this is book 1, what will Laura have in store for her readers in book 2? I look forward to finding out. This is definitely a book that you will want to read. It’s a nice romance that will heat things up on those cold winter days. Another thing that I loved about this book was that Laura put in an environmental message into the storyline. And don’t skip any chapters – the Epilogue will have you laughing.
I give this book 4 ½ stars. Sensuality rating will be 3 flames. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast