Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Posted September 12, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini SinghReviewer: Rowena
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, Tangle of Need, 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
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 400
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four-stars

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...

Dorian

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

Earlier this year, I glommed the hell out of the Psy/Changelings series and I adored each and every single book (some more than others but whatevs) but after finishing Allegiance of Honor, I wasn’t quite ready to be completely caught up so I kept this read under wraps until closer to the release date before I jumped in. Nalini Singh continues to shine with these four novellas. She knows what she’s doing with these stories because these were great.

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…

This was a sweet romance between a human and the Psy that fell in love with her. I’ve been curious about Stefan ever since meeting him in the previous books. He’s the TK that is not an Arrow even though TK’s with a high gradient are highly sought after. For some reason, I pictured him a lot more flexible but I guess compared to Aiden and Vasic, all Psy’s are more laid back. I loved seeing Stefan use his powers for good and I loved seeing him and Tazia grow closer with each passing day that they were aboveground, volunteering their time and energy to help those in need. This was a cute one.

Grade: 3.75 out of 5

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play…

Dorian’s latent-ness (is that a word?) was a huge part of the reason I loved him so much when reading his book. My heart went out to him as he spent a huge part of his life feeling less than everyone else because he couldn’t shift and I loved seeing this little glimpse into his past. Getting that glimpse into a past with his sister still around. happy sigh The wealth of love Dorian had for his family and the love they showed him was something special. I loved the relationship we see between Hawke and Dorian in this one too. Loved how emotional things were for everyone who loved Dorian when he finally shifted.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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…

This story was my least favorite of the bunch. I liked it well enough but I don’t know, the hot and cold attitude Felix had toward Dezi and the way that he treated her (even though he couldn’t help it) didn’t sit right with me and I LOVED Drew and Indigo’s story so her being the dominant one wasn’t the issue. I think Felix’s issues with dominant females and then making Dezi suffer for actions that weren’t hers frustrated me but in the end, it all worked out and I ended up being okay with them. Still, it wasn’t my favorite.

Grade: 2.75 out of 5

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…

This was my favorite of the bunch. I have had a soft spot for both Kenji and Jem when we first meet them in the previous books so I was looking forward to their story here. It was exactly what I wanted for them and I enjoyed seeing them come together. I loved the love that Kenji had for Jem and his reasons for keeping his distance hurt my heart but I loved that Jem wasn’t having it. Once she made the decision that Kenji was her lobster, there wasn’t any turning back for her and he didn’t stand a chance. I loved it!

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

Overall, I’d give this book a 4 out of 5. It was a great selection of books to keep the Psy/Changelings series going until we get the next one. Bring on Part 2 of this series.

four-stars

3 responses to “Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

  1. oh I had such a blast with this one….all of the stories I really loved. Although I actually liked Felix and Dezi’s story. I wasn’t necessarily a fan of how he was with Dezi, but I understood the reasons behind it. And dominant and submissive relationship always have a shaky start but I loved how they were together once they worked out all the kinks. They definitely know how to court when they have a mind to right? Love the changeling packs. I love the sense of affection and closeness between them and such a wonderful community.

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