What do you think?
Rate this book
330 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published September 2, 2008
“I heard the sniper’s voice against my ear when I woke today. He whispered sensual promises so savage, I can hardly believe these thoughts come from some corner of my own psyche. And yet they must. Because, at the end, he called me prey.Now why does that give me a delicious shiver?! Because it’s DORIAN!! *sighs and swoons* I LOVE Dorian!!! And I loved this book and Ashaya! ^_^
And told me to run.
- From the encrypted personal files of Ashaya Aleine”
“When you want something so bad it hurts,” he said quietly, “and you bury it, bury it so deep that you convince yourself it no longer matters . . . and someone tells you you can have it, it's terrifying. What if you take the chance and you're wrong? What if you let yourself feel the loss and it's this huge pain and you can't put it back in the box?”Ashaya Aleine is an M-Psy (Medical); a specialist in DNA. Ashaya never really took to the Silence Protocol, ie. the conditioning the Psy race has imposed on the race to eliminate emotion, in order to protect their society from mental degeneration and madness. But because of this, Ashaya has very strong psychic shields, and she had to carry out a ruse for her own, and her son’s, survival in the PsyNet. She is intelligent and compassionate.
‘Her eyes opened.
Locked with his.
“Why are you watching me?” Her eyes, he saw, were not blue, not truly. They were a vivid pale gray with blue shards coming in from the outer ring to hit the pure black of her pupils. Strange eyes. Wolf eyes.
“My leopard is fascinated by you.” By her sensuous, flawless skin, her wild hair, her damn curves. He leaned in and blew a gentle breath that made a rebel tendril dance. “I dreamed of running my tongue across your skin.” He spoke to release some of the tension, to leash the beast before it broke its bonds. “Of exploring you in long, slow licks.”
She didn’t break the deeply intimate visual connection. “You’re crossing lines again.”
Hell yeah. It was either that or go insane. “And your heartbeat just got erratic.” The cat smiled, pleased. Ashaya Aleine wasn’t as immune to him as she liked to pretend. “What would happen if I tasted you? If I took a bite out of you?”’
‘“Hate will destroy you,” she whispered. “It’ll destroy…us.”THANK YOU, Nalini Singh, for a wonderful addition to the series!!!
He shuddered, burying his face in the curve of her neck. The electric curls of her hair cushioned him with a soft warmth that was so intrinsically female, he couldn’t hope to explain it. Wrapping his arms around her waist, he simply held her, allowed himself to hold her, to accept that she was his mate. And that she came from the very race he’d made a target of all his rage, all his pain…so that he wouldn’t have to face his own guilt.”’
“Then save me, Shaya.” He laid his heart bare, invited her to savage it.
Dropping her hand, she turned in his arms. Then, rising up on tiptoe, she cupped his face in her palms and drew him down. Her kiss was innocent, vulnerable, a caress so gentle that it made him her slave between one breath and the next.”
Re-reading my favorite series!
02/09/2016 Buddy reading my favorite series with the fantastic Choko and Angela over at BB&B!!.
He hated that he couldn’t control his body around her, hated the man he became when with her, hated that her presence alone was enough to strip away the veneer of civilization that was all most people ever saw.
DarkRiver sentinel and sniper Dorian Christensen is honed from steel. Being a latent shifter taught him from a very young age to live with the pain of his leopard unable to shift. Being different from his packmates just made him that much more determined to be deadly, to be the best. But ever since the death of his beloved sister, the rage against the Psy burns with a hunger for vengeance inside, one that he thought he was getting under control until he crossed paths with the very cold Psy scientist, Ashaya Aleine. The intense reaction he and his leopard felt the moment he saw her, felt like the worst betrayal, and the guilt and anger is slowly consuming him. Falling for his enemy was never in his plans, but denying what Ashaya and her son means to him is impossible. Will loving Ashya be his doom or his saving grace?
Keenan and Amara. Her twin flaws, the double-edged sword that hung over her every second of every day. One mistake, just one, was all it would take to bring that sword crashing down.
Ashaya is the perfect silent Psy, she has spent years perfecting her emotionless outer shell. One that hides her fractures from the Council. There is nothing more important to her than saving her son, Keenan, and she will do anything to get him away from the Council who uses him as a bargaining tool against her. Even make a deal with a deadly changeling sniper. And the time has come to make her final move against the Council, one that will definitely put her on their hit list, but that should free her son from their clutches, and that should save the Psy from being enslaved by their Council. What she didn’t expect was the emotions the angry Dorian would make her feel, feelings that threated to derail her emotionless shell, and that could have disastrous effects, because there is a bigger danger to Keenan, one that could find him through her.
“Careful, sugar. I’m not real nice when I’m pissed.”
“How would I know the difference? You’ve been unpleasant to me every chance you get. If that’s the result of a lifetime of emotion,” she said, deliberately coating each word with frost, “then I prefer Silence.”
I have loved Dorian since the first book, where I was so heartbroken for the loss he suffered, for the pain that was slowly killing the man he was. And I knew that the right woman for him would have to be a very strong one, who would be able to heal the wound his sister’s murder inflicted. And no one could have been better for him than Ashaya. I just loved her, and her inner strength, how hard she fought to overcome her fears, and to save her son. No matter how hard Dorian pushed against her boundaries, she pushed right back :-D
“I dreamed of running my tongue across your skin.” He spoke to release some of the tension, to leash the beast before it broke its bonds. “Of exploring you in long, slow licks.”
She didn’t break the deeply intimate visual connection. “You’re crossing lines again.”
Hell, yeah. It was either that or go insane. “And your heartbeat just got erratic.” The cat smiled, pleased. Ashaya Aleine wasn’t as immune to him as she liked to pretend. “What would happen if I tasted you? If I took a bite out of you?”
No one writes better romance than this author. The animosity between Dorian and Ashaya was simply fantastic, and once they submitted to their intense chemistry I swooned all the way. The sexy times were as scorching as I’ve come to expect from this series, and the romance simply wonderful. I loved every single moment of these two together, and what Ashaya was able to do for Dorian in the end made me love her forever!!
“Would you let the Council kill Ashaya?” he asked.
Something primal awakened in the depths of those blue gray eyes. “Ashaya is mine.” Like a child staking a claim. “She’s always been mine.”
Another character that I loved, and yes I know it will surprise most, was Amara Aleine. Yes, she’s a sociopath, but her redemption was her broken love for her sister, which although it could be wrong and obsessive, was still beautiful in its own way.
Kaleb took a small platinum charm from his pocket.
A single star. A marker.
The NetMind and DarkMind had both defied him in his search for the owner of the charm, but he would succeed. Failure simply wasn’t an option.
Kaleb Krychek, the powerful cardinal Psy with his ability to cause madness, is still the most fascinating character to me. I just can’t figure out whether he is good or bad. And the mystery regarding what he keeps searching for intrigues the hell out of me.
There is no world that I love more than the one Nalini Singh created in this series. The complexity of the plot, the many different pieces that all tie together and the fantastic set of diverse characters amazes me. The Psy Council’s struggle for absolute power and the rebels determined to put a stop to Silence continues to grow, and now new opposing groups have come to light: The PurePsy who can only mean trouble for the rebels, the changelings and the humans, and the Human Alliance who are determined to stop the Psy from having so much power in this world. Then there is the mysterious Ghost, an infamous rebel in the PsyNet, and it’s driving me crazy not knowing who he is :-D
This is my all-time favorite series by my favorite author and the best PNR series EVER. No one writes better romantic romance and more detailed and captivating worldbuilding than Nalini Singh. I cannot recommend this series enough. If you have not read it yet, you are missing out. R E A D I T.