Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed... and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.
Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life - the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows....
Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past... or lose everything that ever mattered.
Mind over matter: listen to more in the Psy-Changeling series.
©2008 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
"Paranormal romance at its best." (Publishers Weekly)
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I would if they are interested in the series. But not if they wanted to just read this book alone. It is a good as a stepping stone book. It is necessary for the series to continue but, not as a read only book. I thought the characters were written and described beautifully along with the clever wit but, i wasn't as impressed with the books as i was with the others.
I had a feeling that it would end the way it did. I just wish that there had been more build up to the ending but, it was a very good conclusion without the build up.
I would have to say no. This is a book that you can come back to and not listen to all at once . It is a good but not so that you have to drop everything and listen to this alone.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
Yes. I've tried them all. (Angela Dawe is best in this series, not so much in others). Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors.
Not really. It's just a stepping-stone sort of book. Others might like it, and for those reading the series for the first time, it's useful to the overall story but when I reread the series, I tend to skip it.
She's given all of the characters their own individual voice, so I like that.
Nah... it'd be a small subplot in the series.
Power through - it's important info leading to much better stuff.
Broken-home leopard drama (sorry, guess that's 4 words)
I liked that the couple in focus in this story (Clay and Talin) have known each other before, and goes into the nuances of a relationship with past history. Given that in the previous stories that characters are relatively new to each other, I liked this new twist. Adding some heavy stuff to their past made it more difficult for them, but more enjoyable for the reader.
Serviceable times three. As I have mentioned in previous reviews for this series, she is not my favorite, but also avoids being too breathy (think Xe Sands) or too hard (Arika Rapson) so I can't really complain. However, one thing that was not cool with this production were some very audible swallows and pauses while she transitioned from voice to voice, or going to the next page. Ultimately that's a production/ editing issue but it was super noticeable and got a little annoying when it happened frequently.
I LOVE LOVE LOVED book 3 in this series, so this was a tough sell for me. I definitely enjoyed it and thought it was admirable of Ms Singh to introduce a character from an abusive home, but I loved the Brenna-Judd story so much it was a hard act to follow. If you are wondering about the series in general it's awesome, and I expect to love some books more than others, so any lack of "wow" I might be expressing is just because this wasn't a personal favorite. Still a great installment - if you're on the fence about it just go for it. Totally worth a credit!
Clay and Talin's story... WOW!! Nalini is positively an amazing author. Even though this wasn't a psy to changeling match, Nalini brings the human, psy and all the changeling worlds together throughout the book. The romance between Clay and Talin is hot and everything you hope for them!
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This is such a great series! I never feel like I've wasted a credit on any of these books. I suggest starting with the first but each can be read as a stand alone.
Definitely worth a credit
Say something about yourself!
This was still a good book, but not as good as I'd have liked. There was a lot of back story between the two main characters that didn't really even get hinted at in previous books. So it felt like the getting to re-know you part was crammed in with a lot of back story.
As always with these books, I love the world created and Nalini Singh does a great job with the general writing in the book. The narration remains unremarkable, but it doesn't detract from the story, so it works fine.
Action... Fantasy... Romance
Each book in the series picks up where the last one left off
She's done a great job with this series
I enjoyed the whole book
Each book in the series just keeps getting better
Great series!!!! This is my favorite series. Each book builds on the overall world while keeping you interested in the individual romances. A few of the book were about secondary characters that I didn’t care about at the beginning and absolutely loved by the end. This review applies to the first 9 books in the series.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This one in my opinion is the worst one of the series. But in order to get all the details with the background story for others, one must drudge through. It wasn't a complete loss, although I will never read it again.
She's incredible and manages to outdo herself in every read. She makes the characters come to life, even the ones that make you want to strangle them!
3.5 stars. This one is still very enjoyable just not my favourite of the series so far.
I loved learning more about Clay his story is heartbreaking in many ways. Watching him grow and let go of the enduring pain of his past was a wonderful journey.
Talin I found interesting but frustrating. The I want to but can't line does get old. I understand the broken aspects of her character but found the length of time it took for her to grow into her character tiresome.
As for the story itself I loved seeing more of Dorian, I love the pretty boy sentinel. I also thought the plot of the story was intriguing and different. I hope to learn more about where it comes from.
On another note if I hear the word 'bottom' again I swear I will scream. The author seems to be fascinated with that word for some reason.
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