I started to notice in the last book that the story was more than just one couples tale. That trend continued and expanded in this book. Besides the story of Adria and Raiz, this book expands the story of Sienna and Hawk as well as some fun peeks at Mercy and Riley. And it sets up book twelve with lots of wonderings about what's up with Kaleb Krycheck. This really turns this into a series book that probably shouldn't be read standalone.
Knowing what I did about Raiz, I wasn't sure how things were going to work for him and Adria. And there was a lot of frustration and anger between them as they react to the unwanted sexual tension. I wouldn't want to be the same room with them near the beginning of this book. But their attraction forced them to become friends and I enjoyed their relationship because of that. They really developed a relationship beyond a mating bond. That's kinda different.
These characters did capture my heart and I hurt for both of them. Neither of them had had much luck with their heart. They really did find a way to heal each other and that makes them unique in a world where the mating bond rules.
The world in this series is going through some changes and I can't wait to see what happens next. Tantalizing hints are dropped about what's up with the former counselor, Kaleb Krycheck and I must admit to be very curious to keep reading. I so love this world and am still incredible obsessed.
If you love paranormal romance with endearing characters, a masterful world and a great story, then this is a perfect story for you.
Love the unique story, strong characters who draw you in and lots of supporting character stories from previous books.
Say something about yourself!
Two emotionally damaged wolves trying to find love again even though neither of them actually wants to.
In a previous book we learned about Rias's (sorry for the spelling) story, that he found his mate but she was taken, so he is back in Den territory to get his head on straight.
Ardria is Indigo's aunt. She has been in a loveless relationship for 10 years with a less dominant male and it is toxic for both of them...so when she decided it finally needed to end she comes back to the Den to get her head on straight.
From the moment those two saw each other it was hate/love at first site...not a mating, but a primal urge for sure. Neither of them is ready or emotionally healthy, but this thing between them IS happening, ready or not!
This one was a bit too angsty for me..just didn't really resonate, but still a decent addition to the world.
Yes, great story
Judd as always. :)
Ms. Dawe is just the bomb
REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4
Another great book from Nalini. Seriously loving this series and I am so glad that I took the time to listen to them on audio. Ms.Dawe is an awesome narrator that is able to deliver Nalini’s story amazing way. Thank you to both of theses ladies for this series.
**Okay there may be a spoiler from here. So if you have not read you may want to stop. But I will do my best to be not give much away.
I loved that there was so much of Hawke & Sienna in this book :) I think the people that felt there was not enough (I was not one of them) of Hawke and Sienna in Kiss of Snow will be very happy with how much we get to see the SnowDancer Alpha couple. And they are just as prickly sweet as ever. Of course my main man Judd is in this book. Love love love that guy. I really need to get a shirt that says I <3 Judd. Riley and Mercy make an appearance and stir up some trouble. Battle lines are drawn. An enemy is found. And a new threat looms over the world.
But the main story is Riaz & Adria. These two’s story was so heart breaking. I felt for them on such a deep level that I kept waiting for Ms. Singh to make it right. But she didn’t. There was no bandaid for these two to cover up their wounds. And that made me really sad. BUT!!! Unlike some of the reviews I read. I think the Ms. Singh did right by these two and left a door open for there to become more. I am truly hoping that is the case. I guess only time will tell.
I can’t wait to get into Kaleb’s book. There is so much more to this Former Councilor than meets the eye.
I purchased this book from Audible and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great story. I liked Riaz previously but wasn’t sure what to think about him getting a book considering his “situation” but I really liked the way things turned out. Adria is great. She and Riaz end up being a great couple.
Adria is the aunt of Indigo (from Play of Passion) but because she was a late baby she’s barely older than Indigo. She was in a long-term relationship with a shifter, Martin, who was less dominant than her and she was hurt greatly by where their relationship went and his actions towards her. Her family disliked Martin and that made things even more difficult for her. After she split up with Martin, Adria moved back home and is now trying to rebuild her life and get her family relationship back on track. The last thing she intends to do is get involved with another man.
Riaz is a Lieutenant in the Snow Dancer wolf pack. He traveled for years as part of his duties for the pack but recently came back home for a while. Riaz needs the homecoming because during his travels he met a human woman that his wolf recognized as his mate. Since she was happily married, Riaz didn't have a chance with her and was crushed. He swore fidelity to his lost mate, never planning to be with another woman.
Riaz's plans are messed up when he meets Adria because she gets under his skin badly. Riaz isn’t happy about the attraction to Adria and acts like a real jerk towards her. Adria feels the attraction to Riaz as well and considering she just got out of a bad relationship she doesn't want anything to do with Riaz either. They snipe at each other a bit and Adria realizes that they don’t have to fight; they could just take advantage of their attraction in a no attachment fling. Riaz (in a rage at himself over his feelings for Adria) balks at the idea and says some hurtful things to Adria. He soon realizes that his issues aren't her fault and they make up and get to the point of respect/friendship. With the attraction between them, their friendship soon becomes a “friends with benefits” relationship. Riaz and Adria start working together well when it comes to pack business and find they complement each other in multiple areas. The longer they spend together, the more they both start feeling more than just friendship towards each other. Riaz is actually more accepting of their growing connection than I expected. Adria on the other hand is scared of the growing connection between them and fears that she'll get in another relationship that starts out well and turns to crap. She doesn't really run from Riaz but he does have to pursue her to a certain extent.
Some interesting things are taking place in the action plot as there’s a possible alliance with Black Sea aquatic pack (a changeling pack made up of many different types of water changelings that have banded together) as well as some interesting dealings with the Human alliance. There's also a continuing of escalations in the oncoming Psy war. The Psy Council is now pretty much defunct and a civil war has started within the Psy ranks. Psy start targeting Psy but the Changelings are still involved as they can't stand back and let innocents die. While the action plot is heating up, Riaz and Adria grow their relationship and we also get to see Hawke and Sienna's relationship as they start their lives together after their mating in the last book. I loved seeing both couples in their different stages of their relationships... it was a cool contrast and sweet on both sides. There is some drama to deal with as Riaz's possible mate shows back up and shakes things up for Adria and Riaz. Some of the action plot spikes during this time and danger is close but things work out for Riaz and Adria and the story ends with their well deserved HEA.
This was a great story. I loved Riaz and Adria getting together. It's an unexpected story but it turned out great. The action plot was pretty good and moved things along in the series storyline. I'm looking forward to the next book....it's about Kaleb (the Psy Councilor) which should be very interesting. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
The Psy / Changeling books are my second favorite paranormal romance series with "A Discovery of Witches" being on first place and the "Elder Races" stories coming third.
I hesitated to buy this book, because I do not like love triangles, but I am glad I read it eventually, because it fleshes out the story of the series as a whole. The love story of Riaz and Adria is only one part of the overall plot. Normally I don't like stories with a lot of characters, but it is okay in the context of this series, because most of the characters mentioned in the book have been introduced more throughly in previous books. For people who did not read the older books of the series, this novel might mention just names indeed; but I am delighted to see how other characters from previous books are faring such as Indigo, Drew, Judd, Hawk, Sienna and Sasha, for example. In contrast to "Tangle of Need", the following book "Heart of Obsidian" has less characters and focuses more on the main couple. This book also made a little more room for the Arrows, and I am so curious about what will happen with Vasic in the new book being published in February 2014.
The liveliness of changeling interaction, their teasing, poking and squabbling makes me smile, sometimes laugh. This is a contrast to psy interaction, which can be dangerous, and multilayered.
Wolf Love Drama
I was definitely reminded of the previous installment, Kiss of Snow, in that the main hang-up between Riaz and Adria seemed awfully similar to Hawk's problem. Not exactly alike, but close enough that I was like, "again?" It didn't detract from my enjoying the story but it would have been nice if she had another book in between.
Not the worst. (Also not the best, but I was limited to three words.)
I totally sympathized with Adria when she met "the other woman."
Fair Warning! Spoiler Alert: Ok so I get on a broader level why Ms Singh decided that Riaz and Adria were going to commit just like humans, mating bond be damned and all that. It does add a nice twist since, by and large in this series, we are presented with bonds and links that take a certain amount of choice away from the characters. And on one hand I can see how someone could argue theirs is as good a bond, maybe even better than the actual mating bond. Not going to argue with that. HOWEVER, since these are at heart, romance novels, I found it incredibly irritating and kind of sucky that at the end of the day, these poor kids are always going to live with the fact that there is someone else out there who might be their destined mate or whatever. I mean, come on, you couldn't have the mating bond surprise them both in the epilogue? What's up with that? If everything else in these stories can have a silver lining ending I simply don't understand why you couldn't do the same for these two. (Hello you managed to find one for Hawk and Sienna. What, Nalini? You don't like Adria or something?) It's not like it would detract from their commitment to each other. I dunno, maybe it was just me, but I thought that was a total cop-out. It's a romance novel - let us all have a happy ending.
I love this series, but this is the first one I've listened to instead of reading.I didn't feel this was the best book in the series, but the story was good and advanced the main story line. I was really distracted from the story by the narration. I didn't like the narrator at all.
Any of the other Nalini Singh Psy-Changeling books.
her voice was just kind of whiny and had this weird accent that just made it sound like narrating the story was exhausting her.
When they first arrived in Venice.
I love this series but really disliked the narration.
Nalini has done it again. This story continues the problems between Psy, Changlings, and humans. Nalini entertains with a wonderful story and world. You can cheer for your favorite characters while Nalini focuses on a new couple. She enter-twines this world in way where you can enjoy the new romantic couple and their challenges. You can also see what is happen to other important characters.