Let me begin my rant by saying that I enjoy Nalini’s books mostly because of her heroes, they’re absolutely yummy to read. Her heroines are interestin...moreLet me begin my rant by saying that I enjoy Nalini’s books mostly because of her heroes, they’re absolutely yummy to read. Her heroines are interesting, but nothing for me to go berserk on. Until Sienna. I do have a few favorites – Brenna and Sophie, but they didn’t affect me the way Sienna did. But anyway, on to my ranting… My major pet peeve? Sascha. I mean, it’s bad enough that Hawke and Sienna has to share their book with Walker and Lara, the escalating war with the Council, the Ghost and Arrows, with Alice Eldridge…does Sascha have to be there too? I mean she’s in every book, does she have to steal some of the ‘spotlight’ by giving birth in this book? Why can’t it happen in the next one?
Nope, not a major Sascha fan, but I wasn’t resentful of her before either. But in Kiss of Snow, I can’t even feel happy about her baby, I just want to get back to reading about Hawke and Sienna, thank you. There are some scenes with Sascha that I feel aren’t necessary, that could have been put to better use.
I’d rather know more about Hawke’s childhood with Riley and Indigo, or Sienna’s under Ming. I’d love to know more about his parents, about Kristine. I specially wanted to know what Sienna did on her 18th birthday, the one where so many wolves were freezing their asses off in the lake!
But instead, I get to read about Sascha’s POV, her delivery, about Nikita’s trust fund for her grandchild. Sheesh! Waste of valuable space IMHO. Not mad about Walker’s contribution as he is Sienna’s uncle, and Lara is SnowDancer’s healer, the war is part of the plot, the others the seed for future stories…I just can’t justify Sascha’s ‘meddling’ in a SnowDancer book.
This book should be about Hawke and Sienna, I don’t think I’m being unreasonable for wanting more scenes about them, it doesn’t even have to be about their courtship or mating dance, I’d be perfectly happy to read about Sienna’s sugar addiction, how she built her relationship with Toby, Marlee with her two uncles after their defection…or where on earth is Hawke hiding that toy he gave her, that merry-go-round? I just can’t imagine Hawke keeping a toy from his childhood unless it holds certain meaning for him.
Ranting aside, Kiss of Snow is my favorite book in the series. The resentment alone should indicate how emotionally involved I am with this book.
I adore Sienna’s character, she’s strong without being obnoxious, nor does she need babying, she can look out for herself – nope, bodyguards need not apply for this heroine. She’s a tough girl, but vulnerable too, she has no way of shielding herself from Hawke, of keeping an emotional distance, yet doesn’t shred her pride in pursuit of that stubborn alpha. She tugs at my heartstrings in each emotional scene. Her pain, her fears and insecurities felt real.
The X Fire, her martial skills may have made her a bit ‘too perfect’, but she’s a character I thoroughly enjoyed. I guess part of the reason why I like Sienna so much, is that I am already attached to her character long before I read her main story.
Now Hawke is what an alpha should be. I mean, yes Lucas is an alpha too, but with all the dominant characters in the series, it can be hard to distinguish what makes an alpha, how he stands out among the other males. It’s not just because his word is law, or because he’s the fastest, strongest animal in the pack. No, not even because the author said so. :) Hawke delivered a hands-on demonstration about being alpha - his fierce love for his pack, the sheer force of his dominance that he could even hold onto a fatally wounded packmate to life—that even in such extremes, his pack would obey him. He even got a mean, killer gaze that sends other men packing with tails tucked between their legs. Yep, that’s alpha for you alright, don’t mess with the one with pale, pale blue eyes! Don't even look at him when he's pissed!
Yes, I may have been spoiled by Nalini’s yummilicious heroes in the previous books that they’re all beginning to look like alphas to me, but with Hawke, there’s no way I can ever mistake him for anything else but an alpha.
But when it comes to Sienna, he's no longer an alpha, not because Sienna demanded it, but because Hawke's actions declares it. He believed that there can be no mating bond between them, but he treats Sienna as his mate - she comes first before pack, and demonstrated by his inability, his reluctance to hurt her, even if it meant saving SnowDancer.
I'm a bit uncomfy about this one...I'm very pleased about Hawke's devotion to Sienna, but on the other hand, that he could 'sacrifice' the lives of so many for his woman...yes, after demonstrating his fierce love for his pack, it would savage Hawke. But this just goes to show that in a mated pair, mates comes first. Always. And in Hawke's case, with or without a mating bond.
I best stop yapping now before I embarrass myself, if not already. :) Rarely do I rant about characters, but Hawke and Sienna? They're worth every moment I agonized, smiled and ranted over for.