This one moved a little slowly for me and the ending was wrapped up a little too conveniently, but I did enjoy this book immensely despite all that. IThis one moved a little slowly for me and the ending was wrapped up a little too conveniently, but I did enjoy this book immensely despite all that. I was also surprised by how much I like it because the story didn't focus on a changeling hero or heroin. I loved that Lucas and Sasha were highlighted throughout the story though, and don't think I would have enjoyed it as much without them. ...more
Branded by Fire is the sixth book in Nalini Singh's incomparable paranormal romance series, Psy-Changeling. A series set in a uniquely futuristic worlBranded by Fire is the sixth book in Nalini Singh's incomparable paranormal romance series, Psy-Changeling. A series set in a uniquely futuristic world where two changeling packs, the DarkRiver leopards and the SnowDancer wolves, fight to hold their Californian territory from the emotionless and psychically talented Psy. The Psy view the changelings and humans, who are seen as the weakest of the races, as base and disposable creatures. But that view is slowly changing as the Changelings gain more and more power in the world through enterprise and allies. To the Psy, emotions are a weakness, but the Changelings know that true power is held by those who have something to fight for. And there is nothing more important to Changelings then protecting their own.
After reading the masterpiece that was Dorian's story in Hostage to Pleasure, I couldn't wait to get started on the next book in the series but didn't expect to open a book that was just as stunning as the last. I swear, this series keeps getting better and better with each installment!
Riley, a SnowDancer lieutenant and second in command, has always been known for his practical nature and his calm in the face of a storm. Raising his two younger siblings after the death of their parents he's always felt that he's had to be that solid figure. But when he is paired up as the SnowDancer liaison for DarkRiver his even-tempered persona jumps off the side of the Sierra mountains in the face of the wildly tempting cat from DarkRiver. Mercy is a DarkRiver sentinel, a place she earned and that is well respected in her leopard pack. But her dominant status also makes it difficult for her to find a male that won't feel intimidated by it or try to overrun her with his own dominance. Seeing a lot of her pack mates becoming happily mated has made her ache even more for companionship, so she really can't be blamed for her sex-starved body's reaction to Riley, even if he is a mangy wolf. Together, on the hunt for a kidnapper, Riley and Mercy must find his victim before it's too late. And being in such close proximity to each other only induces the burning attraction between them. But when they finally give in to the all-consuming heat can they find a way to go beyond just their body's attraction and risk their hearts? Or will Riley's ideal image for a future mate and Mercy's fear of submission stand in their way?
Finally we have a story centered on two Changelings and if you thought they were hot on their own, get that cold shower ready because you ain't seen nothing yet! Riley and Mercy are both extremely dominant characters and very much alike in their personalities. They're also wolf and leopard, a paring that no one ever imagined. But the sexual tension between these two is palpable from the get-go and no matter how hard they fight it at first, there's no walking away. But just because their bodies are in agreement doesn't mean their minds are and these two have a heck of a journey to their happily-ever-after. I found Branded by Fire to be a lot more sensual then any of the previous novels in this series and I loved every minute of it. The romance was blistering hot and full of volatile emotions that gripped at my heart.
I also love the continuing story arcs outside of the two main characters. Lucas and Sasha...I couldn't keep the smile off my face with this one. You'll find first-rate writing, fascinating world-building, and compelling characters that you'll love in Branded by Fire. The plot is brimming with heart, passion and romance that is balanced masterfully with action and suspense. Definitely a recommended read from this reader and one of my favorite books read this year! ...more
Psy-Changeling is a sexy, twisty, utterly addictive series and Hostage to Pleasure has to be my favorite book to date!
Dorian Christensen may be latenPsy-Changeling is a sexy, twisty, utterly addictive series and Hostage to Pleasure has to be my favorite book to date!
Dorian Christensen may be latent and unable to shift into his leopard form but that doesn't stop him from being one of the baddest Sentinels in the DarkRiver pack. An exceedingly capably sniper and computer guru, Dorian is no slouch when it comes to protecting his pack . But after loosing his sister to a Psy serial killer, darkness swirls within and the leopard's rage has been clawing at his insides. It only worsens when he has a beautiful Psy in the sights of his scope. (Mine to Possess) Ashaya Aleine is a brilliant geneticist working unwilling under the council and her only way out is if the Changelings uphold their word in exchange for setting the children free (Mine to Possess). But it's just not Ashaya's life at stake, the life of her young son is on the line as well if the DarkRiver pack does not come through for her. But the council is not going to let her go easily, and her twin sister is an even bigger adversary. Finding refuge on DarkRiver lands Ashaya and her son are suppose to be safe, but the biggest threat to her is the cat sharing the same room with her...
I loved Dorian so much! He has such charm and sensuality that we've seen in previous books, but it's buried in Hostage to Pleasure due to anger and hate. And understandably so. His character held so many dimensions, I could empathize with his struggles and feelings of guilt. Fighting his attraction to a Psy, the very same race that brutally murdered his baby sister.
Ashaya was a different take of the leading female Psy's that we have seen in previous books. There were already glimpses of emotion in her and failure of Silence. You could tell that she obviously cared for her son and his well being right away, no mater how she denied it to protect them both. And though she fought her attraction for Dorian during the day, she couldn't help dreaming about him at night. Their relationship was definitely an uphill battle, each with their own secrets and inner demons to fight before they could truly come together.
Amara, Ashaya's twin sister, was a very disturbing character and one that I never grew to like. Though I don't think we were really suppose to. That girl is the epitome of cray-cray. She is so possessive of Ashaya that she will stop at nothing to keep Ashaya her's, and her's only! But the real clinger here is that Ashaya and Amara are connected beyond the PsyNet and if Ashaya cut's that connection with Amara, Amara would die. No matter what your sister may put you through, that is a hard decision either way. Especially when she is threatening everyone you hold dear. I was in a constant state of suspense while reading this aspect of the story, wondering how this would be solved but Nalini Singh pulled it all together masterfully.
I am blown away by the evolving and ever-changing story lines throughout the series. The witty dialogue and the charismatic characters kept me connected to the story, and the sizzling passion and gripping plot didn't hurt either. One of my favorite reads of the year, Hostage to Pleasure, held me hostage beginning to end! ...more
Incredibly enough, this series just keeps getting better and better!
With tragic childhoods, Clay Bennett and Talin McKade came together as on4.5 Stars
Incredibly enough, this series just keeps getting better and better!
With tragic childhoods, Clay Bennett and Talin McKade came together as only children with a shared pain could. Until Clay found out Tally's secret, and in a fit of violence and terror destroyed the one safe haven Tally had, leaving her to start over alone while Clay was sent to a juvenile detention center. After living years caged up, serving his time, the first thing Clay did when released was to find Talin again....only to be told that she died in a car accident. But her ghost haunted him, refusing the let go. And now, after two decades of self-hatred over his failure to protect her, Talin is back and asking for his help. Children are disappearing from the streets, children that she has promised to look out for. And she knows that there is only one man strong enough to help her and save them. But can Clay ever forgive Talin for her deception? And what will happen when the bond they shared as children explodes into the want of two grown adults destined to be together? Danger is around every corner, but the deadliest danger may come from within.
In the previous books, readers have been immersed in the world of the Psy, emotionless beings with physic gifts, and Changelings, human and animal in nature. But in Mine to Possess, Nalini Singh broadens the scope even further by adding humans into the mix and introducing readers to the Forgotten; humans with Psy ancestors that defected at the start of Silence. Many of the Psy gifts were deluded through the generations but now they're reappearing again, and stronger then ever. The sub-plot is an ever-expanding entity in the background of these books, gracefully moving the inner workings of the council and pack business along while readers delve into the lives of two lost souls. In this case, Tally and Clay.
From previous books I never would have guessed the past that DarkRiver Sentinel, Clay Bennett, emerged from. And he shares that past with another. A human that he believed dead for two decades, but who he's never forgotten. When Clay finally see's Talin again he is rightfully furious but unable to deny her his help. Not that his cat would let him, even if he wanted to. His road to a future with Tally is twisty and turning, brimming with lies and betrayals, hurts and misunderstandings. My heart hurt for Clay, for all the blame he shouldered and emotions that he had to stifle. There were so many unforeseen layers to his character that I couldn't help but fall for this panther.
Tally's abuse and Clay's unknowing abandonment have left deep scars on her, but she also suffers from a rare condition that is causing her brain to slowly deteriorate. It seemed like life was just throwing one hit after another to this girl and I empathized with her frustration over the hand life dealt her. At first though, I really didn't want to like Tally because of the pain she put Clay through. I felt that she needed to grow up at times instead of putting irrational blame on Clay for circumstances that were out of his control. But on the other hand, Tally was young and traumatized and I could sympathize with her feelings. Together, her and Clay must learn to trust and love again. But even if they can, can they find a way around the illness that is slowly taking her life?
Nalini Sings writing is superb. The characters and world-building is so vivid, they come to life on the pages. The plot is exciting, the characters memorizing. It is easy to loose yourself in the world of the PsyChangeling. This is a series that I wish I could just lock myself up in a hotel room or beach bungalow to read and finish without interruption. Sadly though, it's summer time which means hiding out from my kids in the bathroom to get some reading time in. LOL But this series is worth it! ...more
The incredible and unique world of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh never disappoints!
Judd Lauren is a stone cold and deadly Arrow, the boogeThe incredible and unique world of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh never disappoints!
Judd Lauren is a stone cold and deadly Arrow, the boogeymen of the Psy. Or at least he was until him and his family defected from the PsyNet and escaped to the SnowDancer wolf pack. But he didn't totally abandon his life as an assassin. He works in the dark with the infamous Ghost against the power-hungry Psy Council. It not only helps him release some of his destructive power, but also distances him from Brenna. A wolf that tempts the man hidden behind Silence. But Judd fights his growing attraction and clings to Silence, because if he doesn't, he could destroy all those he holds dear. The young wolf, Brenna Shane Kincaid, had a bright future before her kidnapping and abuse by a psychotic Psy serial killer. (Slave to Sensation) It's a miracle she made it out alive, let alone sane. But she feels tainted by evil, unable to get clean, and her two over protective brothers aren't helping matters by caging her in. Besides, there is only one man she feels safe with now, especially when bodies start emerging. Brenna's nightmare might not be at an end after all...
The world of the PsyChangeling continues to grow and evolve with each installment, I've instantly become addicted to these amazing characters and the setting the author has surrounded them in! I'm also surprised by how much I end up liking the Psy by the end of their stories because I'm usually more interested in the Changelings.
Caressed By Ice is darker then the previous two books in the series. Brenna is fighting a darkness within her caused by an atrocity set on her by a madman. But she is determined to come out ahead and not let that monster ruin her life. She is a strong leading lady and that, along with her tenacity towards Judd, is admirable. She never gave up on him, no matter how many road blocks he put in her way and I loved her wittiness and charm. Judd is a man on the edge. He feels a fierce pull towards Brenna, but he sees how other Changeling mates treat each other and despairs that he will never be able to give Brenna what she needs. But he tries, oh does he try. I was amazed how such a strong, intense character could turn so sweet. Judd has never experienced anything sexual in nature, but that doesn't mean he hasn't researched it...and when he puts that knowledge into action he doesn't just shake the bed, he shakes the whole room! Caressed By Ice is a roller coaster ride of passion, conspiracy, action and suspense.
I adore the fact that just because previous characters from the series might have had their HEA doesn't mean that is the last we see of them. I am learning (now that I am a few books ahead) that every little character appearance is integral to the overall story arc and not to take a single one for granted because you WILL see them again. Faith, Sasha, Lucas and Vaughn each play an essential role in Caressed By Ice, and Hawke....oh Hawke (the SnowDancer Alpha), how I cannot wait for your story. I have a feeling that it is going to be one wild ride!
The PsyChangeling series is incomparable to any other shifter novel you will ever read, and a must for paranormal romance and urban fantasy (romance) lovers out there! I'm really interested in the Ghost and another Arrow now, I can't wait until I get to their books. ...more
The exciting and unparalleled world of the Psy-Changeling continues to grow in Visions of Heat, the second book of the series. The Psy Council are rusThe exciting and unparalleled world of the Psy-Changeling continues to grow in Visions of Heat, the second book of the series. The Psy Council are rushing to neutralize the effects of Sascha's defection and secure Silence while also scheming to lessen the Changeling's power.
Faith NightStar is a Psy; cold, emotionless beings logical to the core. Faith isn't just any Psy though, she is a Cardinal F-Psy and in high demand for her foreseeing abilities. But she is also isolated because of those same abilities and on the verge of madness. The dark and bloody visions she has begun to experience are pushing her that much closer to the edge but Faith knows that she has to find the reason behind them before someone else dies. She can't go to her own kind for help though without facing the dangers of rehabilitation, a fate worse then death. So Faith steps into the dark forests of the DarkRiver leopard pack, 'knowing' that she needs them to find the answers she's seeking. What she didn't expect though was her abilities leading her to someone that could either save her or break her completely.
Because the Psy are so emotionless, I've found it's harder for me to warm up to their characters. But Nalini Singh is an expert at character development and Faith NightStar is a prime example of her talents. Faith begins cold but determined, she didn't even realize what was driving her to find the answers she seeked at first, but slowly her layers are peeled away and we see a vulnerability to her that tugs at your heart. Even when Vaughn turns her world upside down and then sideways you can empathize with her confusion and denial...and her attraction.
Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo, is a jaguar and respected Sentinel in the DarkRiver leopard pack. He didn't really stand out to me in the first book so I was surprised that his story was next. Vaughn's animal is closer to the surface then most other Changelings which causes him to be a bit...growly at times. ☺ He has a cat's curiosity about Faith even before he see's her, but once he does that curiosity turns into an obsession that he can't break. Despite the man being less then pleased to be around a cold Psy, his cat hungers for her like no other. He's pushy and dominant, but he also see's Faith's limits and turns into someone that she can lean on and someone who can anchor her to the present when she is in danger of getting lost in the future.
These two fit well. Vaughn has a past that haunts him and Faith has a future that terrifies her. But they must walk a tight line to a happily-ever-after because of Faith's 'conditioning'. And there are many that would kill for control over her abilities. Together, they were sweet and sexy and when they finally got down to business my kindle was smoking.
BUT.....Though I really enjoyed Faith and Vaughn's story, it read too much like the first book in the series for me to be completely enraptured in it. Lucas and Vaughn both had a tragic past while Sasha and Faith are both powerful Cardinal Psy with 'faults' that must escape the council while stopping a killer.
Despite that, Psy-Changeling is the most unique shifter series you will ever read! Full of action, intrigue and passion with superb writing and a story that comes to life on the pages. I can't wait to devour more of this series and find out what the Psy have in story for the Changelings next! ...more
Read: Beat of Temptation ; innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierRead: Beat of Temptation ; innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?
This was my first read from author Nalini Singh and the Psy-Changeling series and I couldn't believe how quickly I became wrapped up in the story! I ached for Tammy when Nate acted like a dunce and couldn't stop the smile on my face during their banter and at the end. Superb writing, amazing characters and a captivating world. I can't wait to read more from this series! ...more
The first book I read from Nalini Singh and this series was Psy-Changeling 0.5, Beat of Temptation. I quickly became engrossed in the story of the DarThe first book I read from Nalini Singh and this series was Psy-Changeling 0.5, Beat of Temptation. I quickly became engrossed in the story of the DarkRiver leopard pack, and started Slave of Sensation that same evening. Why didn't I pick up this series sooner?!
Lucas Hunter is Changeling and alpha of the DarkRiver leopard pack, and he is on the hunt for a killer before war breaks out between the races. Entering a business partnership with the cold and emotionless Psy, Lucas is hoping to weasel his way in closer to the Council, the leaders of the Psy and would-be rulers of the world, and find out why they are hiding a killer. But Sascha Duncan, his liaison on the project, is not the icy Psy Lucas expected, nor does she carry the metallic stink of the emotionless. Instead, she carries a scent that his animal can't get enough of. Sasha may be a Cardinal Psy, one of the most powerful of her race, but her night sky eyes are the only evidence. Deep down she knows that she is different then her fellow Psy, flawed. So Sasha has become a master at building shields strong enough to keep even the most determined Psy out of her mind, because if anyone were to find out that she wasn't the perfect Psy on the inside, they wouldn't hesitate to take her in for reconditioning - a fate worse then death. But when she meets the Changeling, Lucas, her shields and her deeply hidden emotions quickly begin to crumble. Can Lucas and Sasha fight their growing attraction in order to find the killer before he strikes again?
Nalini Singh masterfully lays the foundation for the Psy-Changeling series in Slave to Sensation. There are three races in this fantastic world. Changeling; human and animal who can shift between the two and cannot survive without emotion or touch. Psy; frigid beings that are strictly logical and who condition out all emotions at a young age, with psychic abilities that are tethered to those of their race through the PsyNet. And human, who are easily overlooked in their ordinariness.
The Psy race is complex and function on a cerebral level, but for those that are supposedly emotionless they are beyond power hungry. At times, the complexity of the PsyNet went above my head but that didn't deter my fascination with the world and story. My favorite are the Changelings, fierce and passionate, they love hard and fight for those they call theirs even harder. If you love shifter romances then Slave to Sensation is a must-read for you! And Lucas, a Changeling, was a wonderful leading man. He is strong, protective, playful, sexy, and once he see's Sasha as his own he fights to show her that there is nothing flawed about her and that she is deserving of the love she has always craved. There is nothing to dislike about his character and everything to love. But his growing relationship with Sasha was nothing short of an uphill battle. There were so many roadblocks in their way my heart was squeezed with doubt at times for their happily-ever-after.
Sasha is confused and understandably terrified at the emotions that Lucas brings out in her. She knows that there can never be a future for them, if she could manage to escape there was still no leaving the PsyNet without her death. And though her logical mind knows this, her body and her newly liberated emotions still crave Lucas. Which causes Sasha to unknowingly pull Lucas into the most erotic of dreams where she gets to play out every fantasy that she is too afraid to realize in her waking moments. These moments were beyond sensual, and though the romance was slow to build it, the chemistry between Lucas and Sasha was undeniable. And though there wasn't a lot of sex either, my smutty romantic heart was still happy. I especially enjoyed the banter between these two! The story moved at a quick pace with suspense and romance making an incredible page-turner. The pack dynamics was intriguing and a number of secondary characters were introduced that I am excited to learn more about.
Bottom line, Slave to Sensation was a wonderfully written story, with captivating characters, and unique world-building that didn't disappoint. I am kicking myself for not starting this series sooner. I can tell this is going to be a back-to-back binge read until I get to the most recently released books. Who needs sleep anyways, that's what coffee is for! lol