Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling #15.5
Also in this series: Caressed By Ice, Mine to Possess, Hostage to Pleasure, The Magical Christmas Cat, Kiss of Snow, Tangle of Need, Slave to Sensation, 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, Silver Silence, Silver Silence
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016
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The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...
Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...
Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…
Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...
*Booklist, starred review
Echo of Silence:
I love any Psy/Changeling or Psy/Human book. I just love how the Psy have to adjust to being Silent to having to embrace feelings. It was no different for Stefan and Tazia. Stefan is Tazia’s commander at Alaris, a deep sea station, a Psy that is immersed so deeply in Silence that Tazia has to wonder how anything affects him. A powerful Tk, Stefan is there for multiple reasons, one of them being an emergency escape for all those aboard the station. Tazia has little doubt that Stefan is completely Silent.
When the time comes for some of the crew, including Tazia to go topside for a month, she’s not thrilled. On the outs with her family, she has nothing to do but kill time for a month before she can go back to Alaris. She is beyond surprised when Stefan invites her to a Search and Rescue mission, telling her that her engineering skills would be quite useful. Nothing about her sad situation, of course. Just that her skills would be useful. That’s the Psy for you.
Over the course of the next month, Stefan and Tazia become close in their efforts to rescue and help as many people as they can. Stefan shares part of his childhood with Tazia and how his Silence became fractured at such an early age. In turn, Tazia tells him how she became estranged from her parents. This was a sweet love story between two people that know what it’s like to have lost.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5.
Dorian’s story continues (or begins) in this short story that shows how difficult it was for him to be latent from childhood. His leopard has always clawed to be let out, but Dorian has always been helpless to let his cat out. From the start, he made sure he was just as fast, strong, and powerful as any DarkRiver sentinel. There were a few parts of this story that I really liked. One was when the original DarkRiver alpha, Lachlan, took Dorian aside and told him exactly how hard it would be for him, but that he couldn’t let that hold him back. The second was when Dorian was a leopard and Lucas and all the other sentinel’s didn’t treat him any different than if he had been a leopard all his life. It was a great look into what life is like being a sentinel in DarkRiver.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Partners in Persuasion:
Felix is SnowDancer’s head horticulturalist. He has a way with plants and botany that few of the SnowDancers do. After the fight with PurePsy wiped out a portion of their land, Felix and his team are responsible for planting and beginning the process of making it what it once was. Felix ultimately draws the attention of Desiree, who is a soldier for DarkRiver. The attention is not wanted. Felix is a submissive and extremely shy. He’s had his own run in with a dominant and it was nothing that he wants to repeat. Yet he can’t seem to stay away from Dezi, someone that isn’t just a dominant wolf, but also a woman.
Dezi’s wolf is fascinated by Felix. Submissiveness aside, Felix has a way about him that calms her cat and makes her want more. The only problem is that Felix has a problem with dominants more than a normal submissive might. They like each other enough to get past it and get past it they do.
As they get to know each other, Felix continues to respect Dezi’s dominance, but he’s not cowed by it. If he was, Dezi’s cat would not respect him, nor would she accept him. Because I don’t read novella’s, I’ve never read a male submissive/female dominant story before and I found it fascinating. Felix was all male and submissive, but that didn’t take away the fact that he could be in charge, he could have Dezi’s back and that was something that Dezi’s cat needed as did Dezi herself. I found this story to be delightful.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5.
Flirtation of Fate:
Kenji and Garnet have known each other since childhood. Garnet always thought that they were made to mate until Kenji broke her heart on her 21st birthday. Now, they are lieutenants of their own SnowDancer dens, equals and each powerful in their own right.
When Kenji journeys to Garnet’s den for a pack meeting, he knows that he has to do everything he can to hide his true feelings for her and the secret that will lay him bare before her. For Garnet, she has to pretend that it’s business as usual. All that goes to the wayside when there is a murder in her den. Now they are working side by side to figure out who would want to kill on of their packmates. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but it doesn’t take either of them long to realize that there’s more there than meets the eye.
It’s plain to see from the beginning that Kenji and Garnet belong together. It’s a not-so-simple misunderstanding that has been going on for seven years. Kenji has been protecting Garnet from something, by being a total ass, sleeping around and generally making her hate him. But we can’t help but love Kenji with his wild hair and attitude to go along with it.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5.