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As the final story in the current Arc of the Psy-Changeling series...more***DETAILED SPOILERS*** PLEASE DON'T READ ON IF YOU DON"T WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.
As the final story in the current Arc of the Psy-Changeling series, I have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on Nalini Singh's book, Kiss of Snow. Thanks to a friend who won a copy of the novel on Nalini's blog and sent it to me, I had a chance to read the book today before my hardback copy arrives at the end of this month.
Blurb from Nalini's website: Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.
Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…
(view spoiler)[With this being the set up for the book, I was impatient how Nalini was going to pull off a number of things, including the age difference between Sienna and Hawke, not to mention the fact that Hawke had already mated to another wolf in his past.
My impressions of Sienna: At her heart she is a 19 year old girl who has gone through one hell of a lot in her young years as we hear from her back story. At times she is very mature, likeable, hard headed and a great heroine, while at other times her inner teenager side comes to the forefront. I found it hard to meld the two sides of her together sometimes and that made it hard to really pull for her. But that maybe just because I don't think anyone is good enough for Hawke.
My impressions of Hawke: He is my new favorite hero. I was unsure if I would like him or not after seeing him in previous books, and seeing him act so cold towards Sienna. But actually being able to get inside his head for longer periods of time I can understand why he said and did the things he did. In this book not only is he very alpha male, but he is also, loyal, caring, playful, and very very wicked. You can't help but ache for him after hearing his back story and losing the love that was meant to be his mate. You understand why he avoids Sienna at all costs, and why he doesn't want to hurt Sienna by not being able to give her all of himself. He's a man any woman would die for to have as their mate.
Hawke and Sienna's relationship: Hawke needs a woman who will stand up to both the man and the wolf, he is the packs alpha, and needs someone mature and strong enough to be his equal. Nalini pulled this off most of the time but every now and then Sienna's innocence/immaturity didn't quite make the relationship seem believable.
But other than that Sienna's innocence brings out the more playful/charming side of Hawke that hasn't been seen before. I loved the scene's where Sienna played with him and they had a chance just to be themselves.
My favorite part of their relationship though was Sienna breaking down Hawke's defensive walls. It was so much fun watching him give in bit by bit until he bared his soul to her at the end.
The plot: The plot was what I'd been waiting for over the whole series. Everything came together, the Snowdancers, DarkRiver, the alliances vs the Psy in a battle where as I was expecting it, Sienna would hold the key to victory or despair. The end was as I'd predicted it before I read the book, as was how Sienna and Hawke got together in the end. But that didn't detract from how perfect the ending was, it was a great end to the current arc and left everything sewn up perfectly.
The only thing I was unhappy with was Walker and Lara's story woven into the book. I would have preferred that they they had their own book, I wanted another story like Judd and Brenna's where a spy male's icy exterior was cracked. I loved their story but wished it was longer and more complex.
Overall thoughts: I loved Hawke and Sienna's story overall and rate it a 5 out of 5. All the negative things I've mentioned here are only small things that don't detract from the overall story. It was great getting to see more of the Snowdancer pack, more of Sasha and Lucas, more of DarkRiver, and more of the Psy.
The real star of the book is definitely Hawke, and I think he'll be the favorite hero of all of Nalini's books so far for some time to come. I can't wait to see where Nalini will take this series next.
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