Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling #10
Also in this series: Caressed By Ice, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, The Magical Christmas Cat, Tangle of Need, Slave to Sensation (Psy/Changeling #1), Heart of Obsidian, Shield of Winter, Shield of Winter, Visions of Heat, Mine to Possess, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, Hostage to Pleasure, Shards of Hope, Shards of Hope, Heart of Obsidian, Caressed By Ice, Branded by Fire, Blaze of Memory, Play of Passion, Allegiance of Honor, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Shield of Winter, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Allegiance of Honor, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Wild Embrace, Silver Silence, Silver Silence, Tangle of Need, Ocean Light
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: May 31st 2011
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A Psy/Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian
Since her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness: Hawke.
Alpha and dangerous, he lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. Now he walks alone. But Sienna stirs his primal heart, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets, a deadly enemy is striking at everything the pack holds dear...but Sienna's darkest secret may savage the pack that is her home, and the alpha who is its heartbeat.
I think I liked this book so very much because Hawke truly knew exactly what Sienna needed – or didn’t need for that matter and he wasn’t afraid, once he decided to go for it with her, to go slowly. Sienna is young and inexperienced and she’s a Psy who still has protective mental barriers. Things aren’t like they would be if Hawke was going for a fellow wolf shifter. But despite having to go slowly when it came to the sexual side of their relationship that didn’t stop two very stubborn people from having their issues and arguments. I loved, loved, loved the fact that Sienna was never shy about standing up to Hawke and would just tell him what she thought about certain things. It just showed us that even though Sienna was young in years it didn’t stop her from being an old soul who knew what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to go after it.
So Sienna and Hawke begin their courtship dance but it doesn’t stop life from happening. The Psy start making decisions to end the SnowDancer pack altogether and the pack isn’t going to take it. The story has great political intrigue and strategies that were quite compelling. I love that Nalini Singh blends the darker side of her world with her romances so very well. I never once felt that I was getting more of one than the other and they were both fleshed out so nicely.
Then there was the issue with Sienna and her Psy designation. She’s a Cardinal X – and the only one, as far as anyone knows, that’s been born. No one truly has any idea what she is capable of, how her powers will manifest and if she can control them. The uncertainty of the whole situation really kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the book.
Along with Sienna and Hawke’s romance we also got to visit in with the DarkRiver pack members and there was a secondary romance with Walker (Sienna’s uncle) and Lara the SnowDancer healer. We got a nice dose of interaction with many shifters both cats and wolves and that was lovely.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. I’ve loved Hawke’s character since he was first introduced and I wanted nothing more than to see the man happy in his love relationship. Singh gave us that in this book and so much more. Just a great read.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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