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Peek Inside North of Need

Twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband. Called to life by Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep. Before the snow melts, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

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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.

Each book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series is STANDALONE:
* North of Need
* West of Want
* South of Surrender
* East of Ecstasy



Using ancient winter mythology as an allegory for grief, Kaye has written a sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch. With a heroine you can root for and a hero who is a dream come true, NORTH OF NEED is pure winter magic and Kaye's sparkling talent warms the heart. ~Stephanie Draven, author of the MYTHICA series

The mythology in North of Need was fascinating. The best words I can use to describe this book are: warm and sexy....The love seeps out of the pages and right into your heart....I am in love with this book. ~A Bookworm's Haven

The magic combined with legend in this book creates a very sweet and emotional read....The paranormal elements in North of Need are quite unique and interesting. Paranormal readers, if you are looking for a good book to read, I recommend picking up North of Need. ~Book Savvy Babe

Finally, something different and interesting. I like to read contemporary romance every now and again, and North of Need was a little Contemporary meets a little magic....This novel was well written and captivating. Both the grief and joy leap off the pages. ~Bad Ass Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622665877
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi, Book 1
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Page Count: 326
Imprint: amara next
Genre: fantasy, holiday romances, paranormal
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Rachel November 26, 2011

North of Need had me at the cover. I don't think a woman alive would argue that the man isn't hot. But what kept me eagerly clicking the button on my kindle, so emotionally tied to the story and needing to see what happens next, was Laura Kaye's amazing characters.

Megan has to be one of the best-wri ...more

By Claire April 10, 2014

4.5 - Snowflake, Snowman & Teddy Stars.

Imagine yourself waking up on Christmas morning, you slip downstairs, and find a present under the tree, you have no idea who sent it or where it came from, but when you open it, imagine to your surprise that it is that one thing you have been secretly lusting ...more

By Khara December 15, 2019

This was a really good Christmas romance read.
Megan has been a grieving widow for 2 years. Spending Christmas at the cabin she shared with her husband (who died on Christmas night). Owen is the snowman she makes while trying to distract herself from her grieft. Breaking down and sobbing, her tears b ...more

By Ellen Gail April 16, 2020

No one else but Laura Kaye could make this cheesy, adorable mess so much darn fun. This was like Christmas in April.


By Amy | Foxy Blogs February 20, 2013

Fun read for BW's birthday book.

I feel the need to go outside and make a snowman. Only problem is we don't have any snow here.

Snowman description + hot guy description = North of Need (Hearts of the Anemoi, #1) by Laura Kaye ...more

By Cocktails and Books November 24, 2011

Megan Snow, still grieving the loss of her husband two years ago (on Christmas day) in a car accident, heads to the mountain cabin she and John shared to spend the anniversary of his death in solitude. She heads outside, deciding she needs the physical activity to stop her mind from remembering John ...more

By Jill January 09, 2013

This was a beautiful sweet story. It wasn't hard to guess what was going on, it wasn't even hard to guess what was going to happen in the end. It was a sweet romance through and through and I loved it.
Owen was an entirely different kind of hero than what we get now a days. Gentlemen, caring, his wor ...more

Rated between 3.5-4 stars ...more

By Aly is so frigging bored December 09, 2014

Buddy read with Jo

I didn't know what to rate it, but in the end I really loved the epilogue so 4* it is :)


By Christa December 13, 2017

If you have ever been sitting by your Christmas tree, drinking eggnog and listening to Christmas music like “Frosty the Snowman” and thought, “This song would make a great paranormal romance novel” - then this is the book for you.

Our heroine Megan is a widow, spending Christmas alone in a cabin, th ...more

By Marlene April 10, 2012

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Humans have personified the great forces of nature since mankind (and womankind) first created fire. The winds howling outside of those early cave-dwellings must have seemed like gods...and so some of the world's most fascinating and en ...more

By Sarah March 12, 2012

Megan is still struggling to cope after the death of her husband so rather than face Christmas with her family and friends she follows their tradition and heads off to the isolated cabin they own in the mountains. Trying to take her mind off her grief she builds a snow family but the reminder of wha ...more

By Mrs. November 01, 2011

Grade: B+

When I first saw the premise of this book, I thought to myself, now this, THIS, sounds cool! Finally, something different and interesting. I like to read contemporary romance every now and again, and North of Need was a little Contemporary meets a little magic.

The story that Laura Kaye craf ...more

By Amy (BW) April 14, 2017


I chose this book to read with the girls as my birthday read. Since my birthday is 6 days before Christmas, I was looking for something that was well...Christmasy, duh!? The cover instantly grabbed me. I read through the synopsis and thought...hmmmm, this could be interesting. Wi ...more

By Crystal ♥ RBtWBC December 19, 2011

North of Need is an exciting and fresh new paranormal romance that captured my heart and kept me glued to the pages!

It has been exactly two years since Megan Snow suffered the loss of her husband on that cold Christmas night; guilt ridden and grief stricken she escapes to their snowy cabin to celebr ...more

By Michelle January 25, 2012

My Thoughts:
Alright, my one sided love affair with Laura Kaye's leading men is well known, as is my serious case of hero worship with the author herself. She's warm, funny, and incredibly smart; and she hasn't served me with papers regarding my stalkerish tendencies.

Anywho, I love her and I adore h ...more

By Christi November 03, 2011

My Review:
Now this is a book that I can get behind. I truly loved this book with it's sense of magic and whimsy for two people that have had enough heartache to last a lifetime. This is the romance between Megan Snow and Owen Winters. Megan lost her husband two years ago in a tragic car accident and ...more

By Shelby January 28, 2016

I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. The premise of how Owen came into Megan's life was really cute and I liked both characters, but somehow it felt too easy. Megan's so desperately in love with her dead husband she's been mourning him for two years, and yet Owen shows up and suddenly everythi ...more

By April November 04, 2011

NORTH OF NEED (HEARTS OF ANEMOI) by Laura Kaye is an exciting fantasy romance set in the Appalachian Mountains. It is the first in a new series Hearts of Anemoi. It is the story of Megan Snow,a young widow of two years and Owen Winters,immortial,one of the four Greek Anemoi,and a snowman. It has Chr ...more

By Melyna November 25, 2011

I am considering this my first holiday book of 2011. It was just what I needed. It was sweet, smexy and had a happy ending (Of course) I enjoyed the characters and although everything moved quickly, it worked. If you read romance or PNR on a regular basis you will see where the story is going but it ...more

By The BookChick May 17, 2012

I really enjoyed this story. I first got an introduction too Laura Kaye by reading Hearts in Darkness. Kaye has am interesting way of sharing a romantic story with. a sweet and heartwarming trust. I loved Owen...I'd like to build me my very own snowman right now :). ...more

By Tracy January 18, 2012

A Toasty-Warm Read For Any Cold Night
Still crippled by grief from the loss of her husband two years ago, Megan Snow is holed up alone in their...her mountain cabin. Christmas is the worst, the two year anniversary of his death, and being with family and friends is unthinkable. Alone is better. Margi ...more

By Sofia February 18, 2012

A simple and moving premise: Megan is enduring the second anniversary of her husband’s untimely death and is close to rock bottom, having a tearful meltdown over the snowman that she builds.

She’d made a snow family. A snow man, a snow woman and a snow child. A sob tore up her throat and echoed into ...more

By MsRomanticReads January 16, 2012

4.5 stars!

Megan Snow is still mourning the death of her husband, John. It's Christmas Eve and she won't forsake the tradition of spending Christmas at their mountain cabin. As the hour of the anniversary nears, she tries to tire herself out by building a snow family in her front yard. Instead of be ...more

By Laura June 19, 2012

3.5 Stars

North of Need by Laura Kaye is filled with all the wonder and miracles of winter, love, and the human heart. A “magically delicious” tale that swept me off my feet! :D

After losing her husband, Megan Snow closed up and off from life, love, and happiness. Grief and loneliness consumed her. Al ...more

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Laura Kaye

About the author

NY Times Best Selling, USA Today Best Selling Author

Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense, including the RT Reviewers' Choice Award Winner for Best Romantic Suspense of 2014, Hard As You Can. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura 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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