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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 eviAnnalise 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....

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East of Ecstasy Reviews

  • Claire Robinson
    2019-04-10 17:34

    5 - "With all the love in my heart, I give you the last of me" Stars...It is with more than a little sadness that I am writing this review, not because I didn't enjoy the book, but wholly because we have reached the end of the Hearts Of The Anemoi series. Over the past couple of weeks since I started this series Laura Kaye has pulled me in, and made me fall in love with Owen, Zeph, Chris and now Devlin.....Rough. Dangerous. Deprived. Devlin was rage. Devlin embraced the hate. Devlin danced in the destruction of chaos. I loved North, West and South equally but with Devlin Eston - God of the Autumn Rain aka Mr Tall, Dark and Bad News, I went to a whole other level. His story sucked me in pulled me apart, and turned me into an emotional wreck. I went through copius amounts of Tissues when reading East of Ecstasy, not just for Devlin, but for the whole group, this book is the culmination of everything that has happened in the previous 3 books, with the Gods finally coming together to try and overthrow Eurus once and for all. Devlin is one of Eurus' sons, and has suffered greatly at his hands over the years, and although on the side of the Gods in the fight against his father, has to go the extra mile to prove that he isn't in fact working for Eurus, to ultimately betray the Anemoi... From his mired skin to his battered psyche, he felt dirty down to his very soul.And oh my, how he has suffered, Laura had me in tears with every thought and revelation from him as the book progressed.After a lifetime of abuse his body was primed to expect more of the same.Anna Fallston has a big effect on Devlin and how he ultimately see's himself, she challenges him, pushes him and stands up to him, in response to his initial disdain and low opinion of her as just a 'Human', she's worthless right?.... Angelic in the purity of her colouring. Devilish in the magnetism of her feminine curves. And fierce, too.But her belief in him, her willingness to fight beside him, and her openess about her feelings for him, give him the strength to control his powers, and the courage to fight for freedom and a life that he can be proud of.Anna needed Devlins strength to hold her weakness, his heat to ease the chill her bones seemed to absorb...His magic and power to help her believe in and come to terms with her own.He was her sole connection to something so magical, so special, and so much bigger than herself.You see Anna, isn't just a mere 'Human', and like Megan, Ella and Laney, she possesses a little something Otherworldly herself.There are so many unexpected twists and turns in East of Ecstasy, Laura manages to keep the reader on their toes throughout the whole book, but I have to say the last 20%, had me on the edge of the sofa, mopping at my eyes repeatedly, chewing my lip, demolishing my nails, and in general, an absolute freaking mess. I have read most of Ms. Kaye's work, and I can wholeheartedly say that this is the best book she has ever written. You need to read the whole series to understand why I make this claim fully. What starts off as a gentle romance with a little fantasy thrown in, gradually moves into a whole different realm (literally at points!).Kindness is never nothing...This series is emotional, visual, you invest yourself in the characters, the storyline, you feel their pain, their happiness and at the end you feel grief for those that were lost, the peace in the aftermath of a great battle, and the hope of new beginnings.So Anna and Devlin, do they make it...Do Owen & Megan, Zeph & Ella and Chrys & Laney get to live happily ever after? Well that I will leave for you to find out yourselves...Her heat settled into the crook of his neck and her arm crossed his chest. And despite the major emotional and physical ass-kicking he'd just undergone, it was the closest to heaven that he'd ever been.Let yourself be loved. Let me love you.ARC generously provided by Entangled in exchange for the above honest review.**I also want to thank the wonderful Nicola Armstrong, for her help in getting my Devlin 'just right'!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-18 21:26

    As the son of the rogue god Eurus Devlin hasn't had much love from the rest of his family. All he really wants is to be able to fit in, he has worked hard to put a stop to his father's actions but Eurus has a way of controlling him and making it look like they're working together even though it is completely against Devlin's will. Devlin knows that time is running out though and it's clear that the rest of the Anemoi will need his help if they're going to have any chance of stopping Eurus's destructive plans. When he meets artist Anna Devlin finds himself immediately drawn to the beautiful human but it's when he sees her paintings that he realises she may hold the key to stopping Eurus once and for all. Can Devlin keep Anna safe and work alongside his uncles and cousin to stop his father or will they be too late?I've been a fan of this series ever since I picked up North of Need over two years ago and I really have enjoyed each new instalment, I put off starting East of Ecstasy for ages though because I didn't want the journey to come to an end. This was a bitter sweet story for me, I loved the romance between Devlin and Anna and I loved the chance to catch up with the previous couples but there were some absolutely heartbreaking moments that I really wasn't expecting and I was moved to tears more than once. Laura Kaye did manage to end the series on a high note though and I'm so happy with the way things turned out.I don't want to say too much about what everyone is getting up to now but I will say that if you've read the previous books you're going to love seeing everyone working together to stop Eurus. I felt so badly for Devlin seeing how little everyone trusted him, I could understand why they were wary of him because he'd pretty much been set up by Eurus for a long time now but knowing everything he had suffered trying to help the others was heartbreaking. I loved seeing Anna stand up for her man though, she isn't afraid to face off against the other gods and put them straight about things and I was cheering her along from the sidelines. Like most of the heroines in this series there is a lot more to Anna than there first appears and she has a few interesting abilities of her own that turn out to be vital in the battle they are about to fight. As much as I loved Anna it was Devlin who completely stole my heart though, he is such a sweet guy but he never sees the good in himself. It takes Anna to show him that he's worthy of affection and she really helps him come out of his shell around his family, watching them finally start to trust him and show him affection was beautiful.East of Ecstasy is full of intense action and heart stopping scenes. It had me on the edge of my seat one moment, smiling or laughing the next and then back to stunned silence within a few more pages. I went through so many different emotions and never knew quite what Laura Kaye would throw at me next but I loved every minute of it. This was a fabulous end to the series and although I'm sad that the journey is over I'm glad I didn't miss it. If you haven't started this series yet then I'd definitely recommend checking out North of Need, it's a brilliant story and perfect for these cold winter nights.

  • Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-16 23:18

    Holy hell, Laura Kaye, ended Hearts of the Anemoi series with a bang of emotions. The writing was stellar and the storyline was superb. I swear, this author’s writing just keeps getting better and better.Devlin did not have a good reputation with his brothers. Associated with his father who has caused much chaos to this world, no one really trusted him. In fact, I really wasn’t sure how Ms. Kaye could turn things around for him to be likable. If you read the last installment, South of Surrender, Ms. Kaye revealed some good in Devlin. In this book, East of Ecstasy, she shows us a lot more of that good including his screwed up relationship with his father. With the help of a good heroine, Anna, gave him an unbiased trust without expectations. Fitting for a damaged hero, Anna is kind and easy to love. But wait until you find out what makes her even more worthy of our hero.I love Devlin. Everything about him and his survival from his fathers crap kept me drawn to him. His dream of acceptance from his family and not knowing what he deserved broke my heart. He was dying to prove himself worthy to his brothers and the fact that he kept on going despite the prejudice, earned him my respects. Anna got my respects, as well. I love how kind she is and her “ability” took me by surprise. I didn’t expect her family background either, but then again, with her heritage… everything about her is all very fitting.The brothers really come together in this novel but what amazed me is how Ms. Kaye had linked this last installment to where it had all began…North of Need. Devlin and Annalise is the main couple in this book, but Owen and Megan was also showcased in a very big way. I have no words to describe what this couple had to endure but let me just say that it was beautiful as it was heart breaking. Their story brought me to tears.EAST OF ECSTASY was an AWESOME read!!! Ms. Kaye did an excellent job writing this book especially at the end where my heart raced, broke and then mended with a happy-ever-ending. Amazing job, Laura Kaye!Review copy provided by publisher

  • Wendy-Book Lovers 4Ever
    2019-03-22 23:11

    There is something about a broken man that I just love- lol. Devlin is certainly broken, in more ways than one. His only family that believed in him has died, and now he feels like he must not only fight his evil father but now his uncles as well. Eurus, Devlin's father is pure evil, going so far as trying to kill one son and imprisoning the other. Hiding out in what he thinks is an old abandoned warehouse he finds Annalise, a human who has a gift of painting horrific scenes she sees while in a trance. Annalise thinks she is going insane when the man from her paintings just appears out of thin air in front of her. Devlin knows the moment he sees Anna that he wants her but knows being around her only puts her in danger from his father. When good and evil collide not everyone comes out alive. I really hated seeing this series come to an end, to me there is one more character in this last book that could definitely have his own story. Fingers crossed that happens!! And I loved that Devlin was not so broken at the end of the book!

  • Marta
    2019-03-29 17:22

    5+stars! Fantastic ending to the series!!

  • Sophia
    2019-04-17 17:31

    And it all comes down to this. I have followed this series from the beginning with Owen and Megan's story that introduced the Anemoi- Greek gods who control the winds and the seasons. Each succeeding story has built on the last offering another romance and leading up to the show down with the bitter and angry Anemoi, Eurus of the East. I closed the last book with tears still streaming down my face for what the war has cost the family, but I was eager to press on for the exciting conclusion that I just knew would top everything. And let me tell you people, It. Did.The Anemoi gods and minor gods were hit hard by the evil betrayal of one of their own and are on the ropes. They not only have to fight for their own lives and those they love, but the fate of all humanity. Eurus, God of the East Wind and Caretaker of Autumn, has grown in his evil crazed state willing to wipe out anyone and everyone in his path. No longer content to continue his tyrannous rule in his own territory, he will make a power grab for them all now that he has stolen the powerful ring of the Supreme god of Winds and Storms that controls all the winds.There is still hope that he will fail. Eurus' son, Devlin, has taken into himself a form of powerful and unstable magic that he works to harness so he can match his sadistic father's added power and take him down before he can do more harm. Unfortunately, Devlin has to work alone because he is tainted by association with Eurus and the rest of his Anemoi family treats him with strong suspicion that he was part of the plot that got Boreas, the previous god of the North wind, killed and the others injured. Being alone and unwanted is the story of Devlin's life. The others withdrew from Eurus and leave him to his own devices. Devlin is resentful of this withdrawal that left him and his brother's unprotected from a cruel parent who treats them like possessions to be used for his own purposes instead of children. Devlin's one bid for freedom got one brother killed by their father's hand and the other imprisoned and tortured. Devlin wants revenge for all this, freedom for his brother and a small part of him wants to earn acceptance from the other Anemoi if he succeeds.Devlin finds an empty warehouse to practice, but soon learns that it isn't an empty warehouse, but a human woman's artist studio. He doesn't have much use for humans, but this human has a gift that shows she has the blood of a god running through her veins. She is able to paint scenes of the future. Not just any scenes, but scenes involving Eurus and Devlin. He wants answers and he wants them now.Anna Fallston is terrified when the dark man of her paintings shows up real and in the flesh as a god. He is brooding and prickly. She can sense his pain. He doesn't know how to treat people or interact. He tends to slap her away with his words and stiff body if she gets close to him or forces him to feel new and uncomfortable emotions and thoughts. A bad incident near Anna's home leaves Devlin depleted of power and injured so he finally breaks his silence at his last point of consciousness and calls out to the other Anemoi to help even as Anna works to get him human medical attention. Devlin is back in the midst of his suspicious and slightly hostile family finding that he must prove himself, but this time he has Anna at his side. It is confusing, but she is a balm to him and settles him. He doesn't known what to do with this overload of sensations and pushes her away several times, but she welcomes him back each time.Anna is hurt by Devlin's actions, but is determined to make him see himself clearly. He doesn't withdraw entirely though. Anna slowly and carefully makes an impression on Devlin. She sees under all the darkness that there is a desire to be a good person and a gentle guy who just needs a chance. Anna's influence helps him harness his gift and allows him to accept her touch. He hesitantly reaches out to her like he doesn't think he's good enough. Anna wants this scarred and dark man and tells him so before its too late because she can see that he'll be going into danger and he may not come back."I want this and I want you. Let yourself be loved. Let me love you."Devlin wasn't deluded enough to think she was saying she loved him, but it was still the first time he could remember someone offering him love in any form so freely and without demands for anything in return.Loc 1948 Devlin and Anna from East of EcstasyI'm going to stop there with the summary because there are some exciting and startling scenes beginning around the halfway point both in the action plot and the romance that I don't want to spoil for others.As I read this, I was struck by how much I enjoyed the way the author tackled the writing of a series finale. She didn't start the 'wrap-up' too soon. She let the story work through its powerful points climbing higher and higher with the tense climax peaks before the nostalgia set in for the denouement and the epilogue. There was an intro of a new couple and their story and even a few other new characters at various twists in the story. Devlin and Anna's story is not buried under all the other things that are going on and I was so glad that it got to develop and play out. All the former characters from the other books are very much in this one. All my emotions were engaged and again the cost of battle for these people is steep. I cried yet again and felt so badly for several of the characters who sustained losses. Not that there was a slaughter or that the romance of the story and series is destroyed, but the reader is very much brought low before being allowed to climb up to the light again.Devlin is the perfect final hero. He embodies many things that I love in my heroes. He's the underdog for certain. He's the tortured, lonely, misunderstood, angry, bitter and yet loving, fiercely protective, gentle male who finally gets his chance. He is terrified when Anna accepts him as is, wants to be with him and even loves him. It's okay for him to dream of wanting her, but in his mind, he can't possibly see what she would want with him. I love how gentle and good Anna is the perfect heroine for Devlin. She is kind and seemingly frail compared to him, but she has a backbone of steel. She gets up in his grill when she figures out that his snarling words and actions are defense mechanisms. She calls BS and shocks him out of his fears and moods. He puts himself down and won't accept that he has worth. She fought for him when he wouldn't fight for himself.I hate saying good-bye to this series, but I love where it left things with all the Anemoi. It wrapped up nicely. I would definitely recommend this series to those who enjoy a strong blend of Greek mythology to their paranormal romance.My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicola
    2019-04-15 16:33

    Wow. Just....wow.East of Ecstasy is an epic finale to the Hearts of the Anemoi series. EPIC. These books, particularly are those that should grace the big screen; the titanic battle between these Gods is exactly the type of film that I would adore. I visualised and felt every single emotion and I'm not just talking about the romantic aspect, which in fairness, to me, was a bi-product of the real deeper action and family dynamic filled storyline. I was put through the ringer in the best possible way. I sobbed my heart out, smiled, sighed, yelled and felt every ounce of each characters' joy and pain. I adored Devlin and Anna; their journey is so different to Owen & Megan's, Zeph & Ella's and Chrys & Laney's. It's filled with angst, realisation and surprises and being a lover of a dark tormented hero and a strong fearless lady, they were perfection.When a friend recommended this series, I had no idea that it was based around one of my favourite subjects; Greek mythology absolutely fascinates me. Laura Kaye brought these characters, their love stories and fight for survival to life, the fact that I read them back to back over 5 days made them feel like family. It is a series I highly recommend and with all the love in my heart, I give 5 glorious windswept stars. This series blew me away.

  • The BookChick
    2019-03-28 18:18

    Oh Mai Gawd!!! *Deep breath* This book took me from 0 to 180 and bounced me back again. I don't ever think I've been on such an intense roller coaster ride. Frankly, I loved every minute of it. Well...minus the tears. And gawd, were there tears. Kaye ups the ante with each successive book in the Anemoi series and boy she NOT DISAPPOINT with East of Ecstasy. The characters were real and the emotions were raw and palatable. The battle of good vs. evil rages on and we actually discuss the truth behind Devlin Eston. After reading South of Surrender I was really prone to hate Devlin's book. I was really thinking to myself, "Kaye made a mistake writing a book about him because everyone will hate him." *Bows head contritely*...I have to offer my sincerest apology because this is really and truly The. Best. Book. in the series...at least for me. Devlin's story is told in a way that it feels like unfolding petals of a flower. Each petal reveals a new dimensionality to Devlin and you love him a bit more by each revelation. Add Anna into the mix along with her unique background and how she interacts with Devlin and you have story gold. I have to warn my fellow readers that there are extremes in this book -- highs and lows. At one point I was sobbing big sloppy tears (true story) and the next I was screaming, "Ohmygawdohmygawdohmygawd" because something wonderfully breathtaking overshadowed the sadness. Serious gold! I wholeheartedly give this book 5 Bookalicious Stars!

  • Scooby2
    2019-03-24 00:36

    Out of this series, this one was my favorite. I love a damaged hero and Devlin was definitely that. I loved Anna and him together, they were perfect for one another, she showed him he deserved love and he was good. What I didn't like about the book was how they didn't get a lot of time together, I understand it's the last book in the series and Ms Kaye is wrapping up the series but it could have been handled differently. I felt that Devlin and Anna deserved more time together, and I would have loved to learn more about Anna's family and her "powers" but we are given the quick version, as well as, learn more about Devlin's brothers, especially Alastor. I felt this book had to much of the other gods from the prior books in it, it was too much, I understand why they were in it but they didn't have to be in it every other chapter. Overall it was a good book and a good conclusion to the series but I wish it had been more of Devlin and Anna and not the others as much.

  • Deannie
    2019-04-07 20:34

    This series is soooo good. Sexy, great story line and takes you away completely! Can't wait for the next installment!

  • Michel Reinhard (Smut Book Junkie Reviews)
    2019-04-12 16:27

    2014 Favorite Read!ARC provided by the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye is the fourth and final book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series. I have been invested in this series since 2011 and have anxiously awaited for the next book to release. East of Ecstasy was by far the most anticipated book because of the ongoing plot throughout this series. The ongoing tension has escalated to the point of no return. The world of the Anemoi is on the path of catastrophic destruction that not only will change their world, but destroy the human race. At the center of this impending destruction is Eurus, the God of the East Wind. His need for power, his hate for his brethren, his obsession for revenge, his abhorrence for the human race and his evil heart have sent him on a path that even the most powerful of the Anemoi cannot defeat.With the knowledge of East of Ecstasy being the final book in this series, I was very leery to start this book. I loved all the characters in this series and did not want to say farewell to them. I did not want to let go of the mythical world that united with our contemporary world. Their lives, their journey in finding true love in stormy circumstances, and the strengthening of their family had me hooked. Also, from the overall general experience, I have found that the final book in a series can be a disappointment. The characters and ongoing plot builds an expectation of grandeur for the readers. Most authors wrap up their series quickly, give all the happily ever after ending, and leave the readers feeling let down because they didn’t experience all the emotional highs and lows of the previous books. Well this was not the case with East of Ecstasy. East of Ecstasy is by far Laura Kaye’s BEST BOOK to date. East of Ecstasy went beyond the high expectations and took the reader on an adventurous and highly emotional journey. As I finished this book, I was an emotional noodle. I was happy, astounded by the emotional humility, deliriously in love, devastated from the losses, caught up mourning the losses and exhilarated with the triumphant defeat of pure evil. I felt validated for the years I had invested in this series. East of Ecstasy is beyond superb!East of Ecstasy is Devlin Eston’s, son of Eurus, story. He has suffered a life time of abuse at the hands of his father. He has been forced to participate in his father’s quest for revenge. He has suffered extreme consequences every time he has tried to rebel. He has finally reached the point where he knows that he has to make a stand against the pure evil of his father. Too many lives are at stake, too much destruction has been rendered, and it is the only of hope of survival for his last living brother, as well as the world of humanity. He has been completely brow beaten and broken. He has nothing to lose.With the help of his grandfather he has gained some underworld powers that may help the Anemoi defeat Euros. He is their only hope. The Anemoi have very little faith in Devlin. They do not trust him because of his previous actions with his father and the fact that he is the son of Eurus. Not only will he have to face off against his father, he will have to live with the contempt and hatred of the other Anemoi. It is a lethal situation to be in. Not only will he have to earn their trust, he will have to learn to trust himself, he will have to realize that his life is of value.He accidentally stumbles upon Anna Fallston while hiding out in her art studio. He witnesses her doing a frenzied painting and comes to the realization that she is painting the future. In each and every painting, he is the subject. Determined to find out more about these artistic visions, he confronts Anna. During this confrontation he senses something otherworldly about her. Not only is she beautiful, her aura is beyond that beauty.As these two come together to figure out the mysterious visions, they find their attraction is more powerful than their connections in the visions. After a lifetime of abuse, Devlin has no self worth and does not feel like he deserves Anna’s love. But Anna sees so much more than than a broken man & god. She sees a beautiful aura that proves his soul is pure. Now she will have to convince this wounded man that he is worth all the love she has to give.With the impending war of the winds, the ultimate showdown, and the fate of their worlds; their love may not have the forever they so desperately want. Together, and with the other Anemoi, they will have to fight with every part of their being. The stakes are high and their love is the ultimate reward.East of Ecstasy is more than a compelling love story in a horrific situation. East of Ecstasy showcases the characters from the previous books. All of these characters have grown into their full potential and are just as charismatic as the main characters. The reader will experience an exciting adventure and feel they are on an emotional roller coaster. There are many surprises throughout the book that readers did not see coming. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is Laura Kaye’s best writing to date. She has given the readers a story that is fresh, original and magical.I highly recommend The Hearts of Anemoi series. East of Ecstasy is a book that every reader must experience.***NOTE*** I do not recommend reading East of Ecstasy as a stand alone book. The Hearts of Anemoi should be read in order.Hearts of Anemoi Series Reading OrderNorth of NeedWest of WantSouth of Surrender – Our ReviewEast of Ecstasy

  • Erin
    2019-03-20 21:25

    I’m going to admit right off the bat that I have had this series on my to-read list for awhile now. When I was given the opportunity to read this fourth installment, I was excited to finally dive into another of Laura Kaye’s captivating stories, and wow, she did not disappoint! Even knowing how it all turned out, I’m itching to go back and read each of the other books now just so I can get more of these characters and Kaye’s gripping world she’s created for them!Devlin had me for a fan from the very first pages. He’s the misunderstood bad boy with an attitude that no one wants to have around, and ugh how it tore me up seeing his life from his point of view. I hated that no one trusted him or believed him, but he was a product of his father. Fans of the series who are caught up before they begin this installment (which I recommend, despite my backwards way of going at it) will know just what a piece of sh*t Devlin’s father is. For me, I was being introduced to Eurus for the first time and already had all kinds of bitter hatred to send his way. He made Devlin’s existence a living hell through his ways of torture and murderous rage, so I was cheering on Devlin’s sheer determination to defeat him every step of the way. Of course, his success was made all the more both difficult and easy when he ran into a future-painting beautiful woman named Anna, the only one who seemed able to accept him for exactly what he was.The chemistry between Anna and Devlin was perfect, all the great steamy tension I expect from a Laura Kaye story but with personalities that click just right. She understood him and was drawn to him when the other gods questioned every move he made, and she really became his solid ground when everything else was crumbling. Her gift of painting the future, and what we learn about her as the story progresses, made her an awesome heroine for the series. She’s strong, devoted to the man she wants, and grows into her unique powers with the grace of a goddess.There was a very dark undertone to this tale, as the rest of the series has been leading up to this terrible showdown with Eurus that would determine the fate of the world. He has incredible power and Devlin is the only hope when it comes to bringing his hatred to an end. The way that Kaye paints this evil that is unleashed through the destruction and terrifying power of the winds was so completely captivating, I just couldn’t get enough of this creepy world.I have to say, having never met any of these characters before this book, the way they all interacted and their interwoven stories was very cool. Even through the most trying times, there was an underlying camaraderie between these Anemoi that I absolutely loved. It’s a rare occasion for me to be in tears over a paranormal romance read, so I was shocked to find myself so engrossed in this story that I was crying ugly tears as I witnessed the losses these characters had to endure. Seriously, it will rip your heart out, but Kaye doesn’t leave her fans pining for what could have been because that would just be cruel! It was a beautiful, oh-so-sweet ending to this series and I think it was done perfectly. If you haven’t started this series yet, don’t be like me and put it off, because you’re missing out!Quotes:But imbibing the hatred of the Styx and the fire of the Phlegethon had made him volatile. Unstable. Dangerous.Even more than a lifetime of paternal abuse had already made him. ~p. 2Impatience flowed through Devlin, spurred in part at the regret slithering through is gut. Watching her right now was like seeing a fully blossomed flower close up and fold in on itself—an apt analogy given that he was a god of the East, responsible for the decay and death of the autumn season. ~p. 58And where was his constant companion, loneliness? Sitting here in the mid-night quiet of Anna’s space, her scent and energy all around him, Devlin couldn’t find that particular emotion anywhere. ~p. 153A chuckle. Louder. She tilted her head back and let out a full-on laugh. A laugh that Devlin had caused. It was the most beautiful sound he’d ever heard in his life. And Anna…she was the most beautiful sight. ~p. 200Find this and more of my reviews at:http://www.autumnreview.com/search/la...

  • Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
    2019-03-26 22:14

    The Hearts of the Anemoi has to be one of my all-time favorite fantasy romance series out there. There hasn't been a book in it that I haven't loved. A character that hasn't impacted my heart. A story that I haven't gotten lost in. I didn't think that it could get any better then it was. I was wrong... East of Ecstasy exceeded all of my expectations and then some for the final story in the series. By the end I was silently crying in my bed, the hubs blissfully snoring away without a clue, because I knew that I had to close my kindle and say goodbye to these amazing characters. Who am I kidding? I'm tearing up now just writing this! There was not a page, a sentence, a word, that I did not love in this book! The emotions in East of Ecstasy were so raw and intense, imagine them as a physical entity riding a roller-coaster through a sand-storm. After reading South of Surrender, I had my doubts about Devlin, just like the rest of the Anemoi did. Whose side was he really on? Could he be trusted? How could I possibly know the unimaginable layers that made up Devlin Eston... And I couldn't help but to love him more and more as each one was peeled away. He's a broken, complex character that has suffered horrible atrocities at the hands of his own father. But despite that, and the contempt that the other Anemoi show him for the sins of his father, Devlin is determined to do right by them, by Anna, and by the world that has shunned him. His characters dimension expands as the story progresses. He is not always nice, especially when he first meets Anna. He doesn't always chose the right path. But he tries. And he doesn't give up. Despite the guilt, the demons, and the disparity of his self-worth that plagues him. And Annalise Fallston see's something in Devlin worth fighting for. An artist with a rare form of colorblindness, where she can only see in shades of grey and black. The only time Anna see's color is when she paints. But lately her paintings have been dark and ominous. When she firsts sees Devlin she thinks he is part of those visions from her paintings, but it turns out that he is in fact, very real. There is a spark from the start between these two. The Anemoi have the answers to her rare abilities and Anna has the strength in both her feelings and belief in Devlin to help him through this journey. Devlin's lack of control and self-worth is a constant struggle between him and Anna though. I love how Anna was so honest with her feelings for Devlin that it boosted him up, despite it sometimes costing her. East of Ecstasy is the apex of the series, where everything from the previous three books that has been straddling the edge finally topples over and then is built back up stronger then ever. Each past character plays an integral part in this story and I couldn't be happier that they were all included, though at times (say...when I was bawling like a baby) my feelings on this were all over the place. And I loved that just because some characters might have found their HEA already, didn't mean that they stopped growing. As a reader of the series I felt like I was brought back to the beginning, a circle completed. From the heaven-touching highs, the tension-relieving humor in the median, to the heart-shredding lows, this story will literally turn your world upside down. I hate to say goodbye to this series but I don't think that it could have been wrapped up any more perfectly. Though I would love to see a story for Seth and Alastor in the future, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for those. Despite my love for Owen, East of Ecstasy is hands down, Laura Kaye's best work yet and one of my favorite reads of the year! If you love heart-pounding romance and the fascinating world of mythology I recommend that you pick up this series today! *Side-note: I received an ARC of this book, so the final copy may vary. But there were some minor inconsistencies at the beginning of the story that popped out at me. However, they were so minuscular compared to the over-all story, I was able to easily overlook them.

  • GraceMyBookSnack
    2019-04-18 17:19

    A sequel that ends the Hearts of the Anemoi series in spectacular fashion!In Greek mythology, the Anemoi were wind gods who were each attributed to a cardinal direction. Each book in the Hearts of the Anemoi series focuses on the life and journey of a Greek god as he battled some sort of loss or pain, discovered everlasting love, and rose to power within the Realm of Gods. East of Ecstasy is Greek god Devlin Eston's story. Devlin's father, Eurus, is the current Cardinal Anemoi of the East Wind, and he's one giant, mean bully creating a whole lot of havoc and imbalance in more than one world. The books have been gradually building up to one helluva furious confrontation. What a spectacular way to finish this series!If you like your heroes battered, broken and scarred inside and out, then Devlin will easily breeze into your heart with his absolutely heartbreaking backstory. Having gone through a lifetime of parental abuse, Devlin shoulders tremendous guilt with what happened to his brothers, and he literally tortures himself everyday. On top of that, he must prove his trustworthiness to the other gods, who thinks he's just like his father. Plus, time is of the essence, since Devlin needs to sort all that out before Eurus comes into full power. Yeah, he pretty much got his work cut out for him.“He leaned down, planted his hands in her silky hair, and kissed Anna like she was the air he needed to breathe.”When he meets Anna, she is the light to his dark, but he does not feel worthy enough for her.“And I want you, Anna. Gods, I want your heat and your touch and your body surrounding mine. But I don't deserve you. And I'm no good for you.”Anna is my favorite kind of heroine. She's fearless, has a strong mind, and can stand on her own. Anna provides Devlin everything he never knew he could have...someone who cares for his well being, someone who believes in him and connects with him in the soul-deep level. She is the soothing balm to his pain. East of Ecstasy is also very much Anna's journey as well. I loved how everything comes about with her story.Having been a huge fan of this series from the beginning, I craved and indulged every single book like they were decadent pieces chocolates! Ms. Kaye creates some of the most vivid, heart-twisting and sincere scenes I've ever read in all her writing to date! I recommend reading this series in order for the gradual and incredible world-building alone, which gave me the feeling of being swept away to a far off place in each and every book. Don't you love that feeling?As the seasons change, I know I'll be thinking of Owen, Zeph, Chrys, and Devlin. These characters will stay with me always. I have a huge soft spot for Owen (his story begins in North of Need), so I just about died with what he goes through in this book! Pretty much all of the previous main couples are back in this book and contribute to the plot in huge ways. Full of suspenseful moments, loss, hope, and LOVE, East of Ecstasy and the Hearts of the Anemoi series has it all! I'm so sad that this series has come to an end that I'm actually a blubbering mess!Sending huge THANKS to Laura Kaye for writing such an amazing, otherworldly, and breathtaking series! Everything she writes continue to touch my heart. I know that I will read the Hearts of the Anemoi books over and over again. She sure knows how to make Greek gods super, swoon-worthy sexy!Review copy provided by publisher for an honest review.

  • Cherise
    2019-03-26 21:10

    This is a book I've been waiting for ages. I just know I'm going to love the H and as this is the final book in the series, we'll get a great happy together ending. I think I'm in a funk as it's quite a few books now that I know I should love the book but am feeling somehow off, so maybe when I reread this I'll be over this barrier and love this more.I didn't know how bad things were with the H before and boy am I shocked to see how horrible it's been for him. Our H is really so vulnerable and desperately alone you can't help but want to hug him better and let him know things will only get better from here on out. Though he seems to be real fragile on the personal front, he is a really selfless man with a heart of gold, ready to take out the worst person in the world even at his own expense, without asking for anything in return. His uncertainty yet yearning for the h is endearing and heartwarming, and it's heartbreaking when he kept taken aback by simple kindness or nice gestures we all don't think twice handling to strangers. I so want him to get the hea that he deserves. I am a sucker for a H that is emotionally damaged and willing to expose all this vulnerability in front of his h. I'm so grateful for the h here. She is the one person that can and tries time and again to draw our hesitant H out of his shell and believe that he is a good person and absolutely deserving of love. Though our h is assertive in pushing herself to our H, as their relationship is stressed more of an emotional nature than a sexual one, unlike a lot of other assertive h that usually just likes to throw themselves at H's, and with her ultimate aim being to help H and love him, I like her a lot. she is at the same time sweet, loving and giving, yet at the same time is strong when he needs her to be so. Though the beginning seems a bit slow to me, once the protagonists got together, it's really nice seeing how they slower learn to trust, grow close to and eventually fall in love with each other. Even though as par for this series, it's only days, the relationship is still believable given how much they went through together. As this is the end of the series, of course we'll get to see all our previous protagonists. A lot of focus is actually on another pair here, which makes me slightly grumpy as I want my hea to be hea, though I see why Kaye needs to do this to tie everything in nicely, though I am slightly disappointed at the same formula she uses here. The final third of the book, however, is super exciting to read, as we get to see a lot of actions, a lot of twists and of courses, teeth grinding moments for us as we worry sick for all of our favourite protagonists of this series. The pace here is a lot better than the beginning and I'm real hooked.All in all, a very satisfactory read once I got over the first 10-20%, with an amazing h and an adorably vulnerable H that works super well together.

  • *P
    2019-03-19 23:11

    4.5 Ecstatic StarsI need to start by saying that I normally do not read paranormal stories. But not too long ago I ordered a book North of Need because it sounded like a cute love story and it was inexpensive. What unfolded was something amazing. Now likely since I normally do not read this genre I for some reason did not read the West and South books and yes I do believe that you should read them first. However, I did not and still I found myself really enjoying this book. Unfortunately for me, this book picks up right away with the story of the gods and the evil that is coming and it initially was a little hard for me to get in to what was going on. The good thing though, was I did not have any real negative feelings towards the hero in this story, Devlin.Anna was not your typical heroine by any means. She has an unusual condition that winds up being explained later in the book. How Devlin stumbled upon her little artist sanctuary is beyond me but he does. Initially Devlin is really a jerk to Anna, yet she sees something in him that she is drawn to. Likely it is simply because he seems to understand her even though many others have never seemed to believe her. Along the way the two help each other uncover shall we see their "inner selves" and they fall for each other hard.The crazy thing is their love story takes place during what could possibly be the ultimate war among the winds which could have serious repercussions along the way. I loved that Owen was back and had an important part in the story since I really loved him in the first book. All the other characters from the West and South books are also there too. While this war was a very important part of the book and the dynamics relating to the controlling winds, it is this part that I was less in to. I love the chemistry and the loving interactions among the couples.I do love the way Kaye writes the males' responses both from a verbal and physical standpoint. She did an amazing job creating a world that I could have ever wrapped my mind around without her beautiful imagery. She is just as wonderful at getting you to that point where your heart is literally breaking for the characters and you can't help but cry. Truly amazing writing and a really great ending to this series. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Meg Weglarz
    2019-04-07 00:31

    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, the 4th and final novel in Laura Kaye’s Anemoi Series and once I had it, I was almost afraid to start to read it. This series is so good, so well written, that I hate to see it end and what if this one isn’t all the first three have been? East of Ecstasy is outstanding, the best of the series, by far (and I LOVE the first three). Laura Kaye is a very talented writer but this is her best yet - Devlin, who’d been just a bit more than sketched out previously, comes to life as a fully realized, complex character. He is the damaged, wounded and emotionally broken hero that so many other authors try to write and fail, falling back on tired tricks of secrets, lies, and cold, unfeeling behavior. Devlin’s growth and development as a character is a beautiful thing to experience. Annalise is a terrific heroine who stands shoulder to shoulder with the women who lead the other three books in this series. Usually, when I get my mitts on a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting, like this one, I tear through it as quickly as I can, to see what happens to these characters I’ve come to care so much about. But with East of Ecstasy, I found myself, turning back more than a few times and rereading passages simply because they were so beautifully written I wanted to read them again. I won an e-ARC of East of Ecstasy from Heather Howland in a Twitter giveaway & offer nothing more than my honest opinion in this review.

  • Kelly
    2019-04-03 20:13

    Guys, THINGS HAPPEN in this book. Lots of things. Things that bring the battle between the good guys and the bad guys to a close. At the heart of all the things is Devlin. The guy has NOT had it easy. His father's quest for power has put Devlin in a terrible position--both mentally and physically. The other Anemoi don't trust him. Devlin's brother is out of reach. Eurus's systematic mental abuse has made Devlin doubt there's any good in him. Yeah, bad place.Crossing Anna's path is both wonderful and painful for Devlin. (No worries, y'all. this being a romance, they get their happiness. It just takes time and a lot of elbow grease to find it.) Anna's dealing with her own issues, btw. Some of them gifted by the divine and some very mundane.An extremely satisfying ending to the Anemoi saga. We got to revisit old faces and see how they're holding up. Devlin had the serious tortured hero thing going on and that's like catnip for me. In short, *slow thumbs up*-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

  • Amanda Sheila
    2019-04-04 00:08

    I loved it! What an epic battle, epic love story with Boreas, epic father-daughter reunion, EPIC EVERYTHING! So this means it's the end of the journey, right? Oh my god, I'm lucky to stumbled on this series. I loved Owen, Chrys, Zeph and eventually, Devlin. I loved everyone. My heart almost broke for Megan, but thank you, Boreas! Laura Kaye's style of writing is perfection. English's not my first language and sure there are some words that I don't really understand, but overall I enjoyed this book. Definitely my favorite!

  • Zoe Dewing
    2019-04-09 20:14

    Favourite book of 2014 (So Far) HELL YEAH!!!Once again Laura delivers on impeccable story telling with excellent, well thought out characters with great depth and great action to romance ratio.At one point I’m thinking ‘I can’t go on reading this, what’s going to happen? I hope it doesn’t end in disaster’ to a chapter later ‘I cannot put this down until I’m finished’ East of Ecstasy was the perfect ending to a brilliant series, I’m a little sad to say goodbye to these characters but I recommend them to anyone who listens.

  • Keri
    2019-03-28 22:17

    Shouldn't have started this in the series in the middle. I was very lost and didn't enjoy it as well as I probably could have.

  • Amy
    2019-03-25 18:35

    This book had it all. Loved Devine and Anna. Loved all the moments between the gods. Perfect conclusion as well m

  • Rachel Harris
    2019-03-29 19:19

    January 2013? I guess I can wait that long . . . =)

  • Jillian
    2019-04-03 16:26

    East of Ecstasy is the fourth and final installment in author Laura Kaye’s Hearts of the Anemoi Series, which is one of my favorite paranormal series to date. I am terribly sad to see the end of this series but the happiness I feel with the way the series ended far outweighs the sadness. This book was incredible.Before I begin my sure-to-be-long-winded review, I will say that if you haven’t read the entire series, I don’t think you should jump right into East of Ecstasy…if for no other reason than the relationships that have been built throughout the series really shine in this book and I would hate for anyone to miss out on truly feeling the emotions associated with having gone on the journey with these characters since the first book, North of Need.Ok, here goes….Artist and painter Annalise (Anna) Fallston was used to seeing the beauty in things. Even in the most bleak of circumstances, she could usually find something of beauty to carry her through. She had lost her mother and brother years ago and had been the sole caregiver to her ailing father for a few years now but even in all of that, she could find beauty in her memories of when her father was whole and healthy and when her family was all still alive. She could even find a bright spot in being colorblind…because when she painted, she could somehow see the colors. But finding the good was really getting tough to do lately. She was getting more and more tired and had been having these unexplained urges to paint certain scenes. Dark scenes. And when the man from those dark scenes shows up in her studio one night, she truly believes she’s finally lost her grip on reality and the stress has taken over. He’s real though, and after he informs her he isn’t going anywhere because he needs her help and after she panics a bit, she decides that maybe there really is a reason behind the frantic urges to paint the scenes. Maybe there’s more to her ability to see colors when she paints, but not any other time. Maybe she’s meant to help this darkly handsome stranger. Time to do what Anna does best ….jump in with both feet and look for the positive in this strange situation.Devin Eston isn’t exactly in good standing with the rest of the Anemoi and he didn’t blame them. Not when his insane and manically power hungry father had done his best to make Devlin look like he was responsible for so much death and destruction. Growing up knowing only pain and torture, Devin could say he was used to the feelings of hatred and anger. Those were the only things he’d ever known. But now, with the storm raging between his evil father and the Anemoi he realizes he’s had enough. He can’t let more death and destruction happen. No more blood on his hands and no more sins to atone for. He would help destroy his father once and for all. Trouble was, it was a whole lot easier said than done. Deviln still hadn’t figured out how to leash and wield the tremendous amount of power within him and he had no one who would believe he wanted to end his father. Until he meets Anna. He had no idea that sneaking into an old barn for shelter would lead him to the one person he may be able to count on and who may be able to help him and the Anemoi. Now, if Devlin could only believe he was worthy of that help.With things between Devlin, Eurus and the Anemoi coming to this final conflict, where lives will be lost, bonds will be forged and family will be strengthened, Devlin will finally have a chance to prove he isn’t anything like his father….and he will need Anna every step of the way.If you follow me on twitter, you may have caught the convo I had with Laura Kaye after finishing this book. If you didn’t I will recap it simply by saying that I was an emotional wreck while reading this story….of course I loved every minute.I have loved this series since Owen’s book and cried my ever-loving eyes out on a flight home last year reading South of Surrender. I was dying to get to this book. Well, I’m actually at a loss for how to describe how much I loved Devlin’s story. Devlin has been painted as one of the bad guys since the beginning and I pretty much hated him…until we got a teeny peek at some goodness within him in the last book. And that did it. I wanted to believe he could be saved and that he wasn’t Team Evil after all. Devlin is broken and hurt and had been tortured and abused all at the hands of his father. He was forced to live a life he wanted no part of and had major trust issues because of it. He didn’t believe himself worthy of any kindness and when he shied away from Anna in the beginning, I cried. He was the battered puppy that had grown into a fearful but powerful animal. He carried so much guilt over his father’s actions and it broke my heart. He so needed someone like Anna. She is strong and giving and willing to help Devlin get over his personal demons. She is a brilliant match for him and they make a beautifully balanced couple. There were more than a few moments shared between them that were beautiful and touching and it was a gift to read.Beyond their growing relationship there is the fight with Eurus that has risen to a fevered pitch. Of course, that means we got to see the entire cast: Owen, Megan, Zeph, Ella, Chrys, Laney…and a few more that I can’t mention because I don’t want to ruin anything for you. The situations are intense and highly emotional but it’s one of the things I admire most about Laura’s writing. She has that gift to make the reader feel everything. Case in point: me sobbing uncontrollably during a scene with Owen and Megan. That scene is the most touching scene I have ever read….in any book….ever. And it will stay with me for years to come. (of course, I’m crying while typing just thinking of it!)If you take one thing away from this admittedly long-winded review I hope it’s how much I loved this entire series. I recommend this for any romance fans, paranormal or otherwise. Thank you, Laura, for the Hearts of the Anemoi. You will continue to be one of my go-to authors and I can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us next. Oh, and Team Boreas!

  • SJ McGarry
    2019-04-03 18:11

    Beautiful and meaningful love story of the Gods of the elementsWell written and fascinating from the beginning to the end. Enjoyed the whole series and read all in less than a week. A riveting plot lots of conflict and memorable characters.

  • Bernadette
    2019-04-11 20:34

    I did not want it to end.I loved this world of gods and magic. The final installment did not disappoint. I won’t do spoilers, but know that all the questions were answered. These characters and what they suffered and found will stay with you long after the last page.Thank you, Laura Kaye!

  • Crystal Holloway
    2019-03-30 21:14

    All the feels!Omg all the feels! I love the way Laura Kaye writes. She makes you laugh cry and go aww. I hope there are more in this series l!

  • Jeannie Lopez
    2019-03-20 16:31

    great and unique series

  • J.E. Benoit
    2019-04-04 16:29

    “You are good. You are worthy. You are beautiful. You are lovable. Never doubt it for even a single second.” This book was the perfect ending to one of my new favorite series! The quote above appeared at the very start of the book and it stuck with me throughout, I think it perfectly summarizes Devlin’s journey during this book. I’ve loved all the guys so far, but when I met the poor, tortured soul that is Devlin Eston he instantly became my favorite. There’s just something about seeing a tortured hero who has up so many walls find love and acceptance (in this case not only with his woman but also his family) that just does me in.I’ll start by saying that I pity anyone who had to be raised by Eurus, that guy is evil incarnate and his kids never stood a fighting chance with him as their father. As the eldest of his 3 sons, Devlin has endured endless abuse by his father’s hand and is shouldered with the guilt of one brother’s death and the other’s imprisonment. As a result the rest of his family doesn’t trust him and essentially shuns him, until his grandfather takes a chance on him and infuses him with his powers to train him to be the tool that will eventually take down his father. Of course all of this new power makes him unstable and essentially a ticking time bomb. With no one to turn to he seeks solace in what he thinks is an abandoned building, it’s here that he runs into Annalise. He witnesses her madly painting images of him and his father and thinks she might hold some information that will help them in their quest to take out Eurus. Anna has recently been plagued with these images in her head of the Dark Man and is forced to paint them in order for them to leave her mind. Already in a fragile mental state, she thinks she’s going crazy when the Dark Man appears before her in her studio. She assumes he’s a figment of her imagination or a ghost. It’s actually pretty comical when she realizes he’s really there and he tries to explain what he is:“No. I’m a god,” he said, totally deadpan, in that same dark expression on his harsh face. A god? Oh, great. A ghost with a sense of humor. “You’re making fun of me.” “No.” Devlin wants answers and Anna is intrigued by him and is drawn to him and wants to help, even though she really has no explanation for the images in her head. Devlin declares that he is going to guard Anna, as the two of them start to spend some time together the chemistry is undeniable and they both realize that they are a calming presence to the other one. It was so sweet watching Devlin start to accept her kindness and watch her break through his walls. ( “I thank you for the meal.” Such formality. “It was nothing,” she said. His grasp tightened. “Kindness is never nothing Annalise. Trust me.” ) In true Laura Kaye fashion, Anna was another kick@$$ heroine. She met Devlin toe to toe and was not afraid to tell him how she really felt and wouldn’t let him turn her away because he felt unworthy. When his walls finally came down, it was so beautifully written, I was grinning from ear to ear ( Slowly, carefully, he wrapped his arms around her slender shoulders and held her to him. And it was like being found after a lifetime of being lost. ). Watching Devlin realize he was indeed worthy of love and that he was good and not like his father was truly heartwarming.This book was also not lacking in the humor department. When Devlin was first going back to Anna’s house with her, he disappeared and reappeared right next to her Jeep and the resulting interaction made me chuckle:“That’s not cool.” Apparently untroubled by her reaction, he raised his hand and held his thumb and forefinger just millimeters apart. “It’s a little cool.” “Oh, so now Mr. Tall, Dark, and Angsty has a sense of humor?” “On rare occasion.” So now he wants to be charming. And of course there were some more classic Chrysander moments, that guy is in his own world and I love it! Let’s just say that I will never think of the alphabet song the same way again!It was also great watching the familial ties being repaired as Devlin proved himself over and over again that he was trustworthy and on their side. Devlin wasn’t the only one whose world was rocked in this book, there were big changes for everyone in this book and we got to see quite a bit from Owen as he’s learning to balance his new situation with his family life and oh boy, there were a few parts relating to that where my heart was in my throat and tears were in my eyes! This book was also action packed and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next. And the final showdown was as epic as I thought it would be. I totally loved this series, I wish it were longer because I don’t want to say goodbye to this gang but if it had to end now I think this book was the perfect way to do it! I look forward to reading more from Laura Kaye very soon!

  • The Romance Evangelist
    2019-03-30 19:27

    4.5 stars.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at The Romance Evangelist.This review may contain spoilers for earlier books in the Hearts of the Anemoi series. You could try to read EAST OF ECSTASY as a stand-alone book, but I would strongly recommend that you read the previous three books first.After all the life and death struggles for the brother-gods of the Anemoi, those who seek to stop their brother Eurus from destroying all in his path have come together for the final battle between good and evil. We have already met the good Anemoi, and seen them fall in love with human women as they work against Eurus, he who controls the East Wind and seeks to wipe out humanity along with his fellow gods and goddesses of Nature. EAST OF ECSTASY is our formal introduction to Devlin, middle son of Eurus, and one who may be good or evil, depending on who is telling the story.In previous books, we saw Devlin from afar as he appeared to be doing his terrible father’s bidding, and heard how the other Anemoi believed him to be a threat to their cause. But in EAST OF ECSTASY, we discover that appearances are not as they seem, and that Devlin himself is the key to any hope of success in defeating Eurus before all is lost. But before Devlin Eston can find redemption, he has to find love. And that love comes from a woman who may contain more than a mere spark of divinity herself.Annalise doesn’t look or act like anyone else in her family, or anyone else in their part of Maryland. Her countenance is almost colorless, including her pale gray eyes, and although she’s a gifted painter, the only time she can actually experience color is when she’s in the middle of creating a new work of art. When she spots Devlin hiding in her studio, it’s a toss-up as to who is more surprised, as no one has ever sensed his presence when cloaked in invisibility before now. But that’s just the start of all the unusual abilities Anna manifests in the initial moments after he reveals himself to her. It’s clear that Anna must be a descendant of one or more divinities, but when her parentage is revealed, even the Anemoi are taken aback. Yet it’s Anna’s concern for Devlin’s well-being that makes her valuable to their cause, and to him. Love can’t cure all, but it can be the missing element that helps a wounded hero heal in time to save the world.Devlin would never consider himself any kind of hero, wounded or otherwise. Though he may be a god, his father Eurus is a stronger one, and that strength has been used against Devlin as the worst sort ohis father Eurus is a stronger one, and that strength has been used against Devlin as the worst sort of weapon. Devlin has been judged unfairly by those unaware of just how greatly he has suffered at the hands of the one who should have loved and cared for him. And like so many other victims of parental abuse, Devlin has taken blame for his father’s evil deeds upon himself in the mistaken belief that somehow he personally could have prevented all the death and destruction. When Anna shows Devlin that he can love and be loved, it causes him to lash out at her at first. But Anna is resolute, and her unwavering need to show him he deserves better is what helps both him and those who should be his allies come together in shared purpose to stop Eurus from carrying out his plan to destroy the earth with a powerful storm unleashing all four winds. The question remains, however, as to who will survive among the Anemoi and their loved ones before success is finally theirs.EAST OF ECSTASY is a wonderful payoff for loyal readers of Laura Kaye’s Hearts of the Anemoi series and an enjoyable romance in its own right as the abused and misunderstood Devlin finds the one woman who can see beyond his ingrained defenses to the gentle soul who has been starved for love his whole life. Even though the events of the past few books have taken place in only a few weeks’ time, the ultimate outcome never feels rushed or truncated. The final battle is just as fierce as I had anticipated, and the road to the Anemoi’s happy ending had me crying both sad and happy tears in turn.I wasn’t a big paranormal romance fan when I began reading this series back at its start. But through the previous three books, Laura Kaye made me a believer in the Anemoi, and this final entry, EAST OF ECSTASY, is her crowning achievement.