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Sunday Spotlight: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

Posted February 26, 2017 by Holly in Features | 5 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be  raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Today, Rowena, Casee and I chose to spotlight Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh together. It’s no secret the three of us adore Singh, but Heart of Obsidian might be our collective favorite of all her books. In the top three, at least.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling #12
Also in this Series:
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Jove

Step into New York Times bestseller Nalini Singh’s explosive and shockingly passionate Psy-Changeling world…

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.

A woman whose very existence has been erased.

A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.

A deadly price that must be paid.

The day of reckoning is here.

From “the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) comes the most highly anticipated novel of her career–one that blurs the line between madness and genius, between subjugation and liberation, between the living and the dead.

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AMAZON || BARNES AND NOBLE || KOBO

Holly: .Kaleb! How I love him. Aside from Judd he’s probably my favorite NS hero. Probably in the top 5 all time favorite heroes, even.

I love that he was cold and ruthless, but he understood that he needed Sahara to be happy, even if that meant going against his own ruthless will.

Rebuild your shields and I’ll set you free.” It was a lie. He would never let her go

Rowena: Kaleb is one of the best heroes EVER. I loved seeing him come to understand his need for Sahara. Seeing him fall in love with her and learn to accept a lot of things that he wouldn’t have before. With his background, he was more suited to become a villain but he never crossed that line and that was thanks to Sahara. She made him a lot more human. Before she came into his life, he didn’t have the tools to be good. To care.

Up until this book, I was solely in the Changeling camp. I was Team Changeling but then you see all of the Psy business going on in the background and you see Kaleb clawing his way up and not really know why but then this book comes out and so many questions are answered and you understand characters and your heart just opens all the way up for them and Kaleb was that guy for me. In this book, Kaleb was everything for me.

Casee: Kaleb was an anti-hero for me. Even though I knew he was The Ghost, I never really saw him as a hero.

Kaleb is it for me with this series. My favorite hero. My favorite people. I love him. He was ruthless when it came to Sahara. He wouldn’t let anyone hurt her, wouldn’t let her hurt herself.

I also laughed anytime he would refer to having sex as “completing” or “intercourse”. And the first thing he said after they had sex for this first time? “We’ve shared DNA.” How romantic is that?

Holly: I really loved how strong Sahara was, despite her captivity. She may have basically been crazy for 7 years, but she came out of it on top.

“I’m broken.”
No change in his expression. “Do you believe that makes you irreversibly flawed?”
Frowning, she curled her fingers into her palm when they would’ve reached for him again. “That doesn’t make sense. If I’m broken, I’m flawed.”
“That is one interpretation.”

Rowena: Nalini Singh did a great job of writing a complicated romance between two characters that were dealing with so much darkness. Sahara was smart, she was strong and I admired the hell out of her for keeping things together for both herself and Kaleb. I’m not even half the woman she is.

Holly: I love how romantic this novel is, despite how dark and broken both of them were.

If she demanded vengeance, he’d turn the world bloodred.

Rowena: How true was this?

“To fight evil, you have to understand darkness.”

That right there proves just how much Kaleb and Sahara were needed to win the way against evil. Because, Kaleb said this and he was right.

“You’ll have to be my conscience.” He knew his flaws, and he knew the parts of him that were irrevocably broken. “Mine isn’t going to grow back.”

​I like that we fell in love with Kaleb as he was. We didn’t fall in love with the man he became once he changed for the better, we fell in love and accepted him. Coldness and all.​

Holly: I love how melty Sahara got when he talked all ice cold to her. That girl had it bad.

Casee: They both had it bad. What made it so good was that Kaleb was not obvious about it at all. It was also amusing how he was going to take her to bed so she would feel tied to him. That completely backfired on him. Poor Kaleb.


Needless to say, this book is fabulous.

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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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Bookish Thoughts: Reading Challenges, Rereads, Goodreads Romance Week, Silver Silence by Nalini Singh and Amazon Fresh

Posted February 9, 2017 by Holly in Discussions, Features | 8 Comments


The last few years I signed up for a Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my reading goal at 200 books per year. Last year I fell short of that, but I’ve managed to meet or surpass it every other year. I get really frustrated with Goodreads, because reads aren’t tracked for the challenge unless the “date read” info is entered. Since I use the app 98% of the time, and there’s no “date read” option on the app, 98% of the time the challenge isn’t tracked properly. Last year, for example, because I did a lot of re-reading, Goodreads said I only read 33 books, when I actually read 124. It’s really annoying. Thankfully I create my own “200 Books in {year}” shelf, so I have an accurate total. I wish they’d fix that, however, so I could keep an accurate accounting.


In better Goodreads news, we can now log rereads and have them count toward our Reading Challenge. I do a ton of rereading, so I’m really excited about this. Of course, this means I need to start using the “Currently Reading” feature, but I suppose it’s a small price to pay.

How Do I Start Using the Rereading Feature?
Next time you decide to reread a book that you’ve already marked as Read on Goodreads, simply mark it as Currently Reading. When you are done, just mark it as Read. You can do this from the Goodreads iOS and Android apps and on Goodreads.com, as well as in the About the Book feature on Kindle (if you have connected your Goodreads and Amazon accounts – click here to connect your accounts). We take care of marking it as a reread for you. Bonus, it will also automatically be included in your Reading Challenge.


Speaking of Reading Challenges, as an avid reader, I get pretty down on myself when it comes to how many books I read per month. Reading is life, right? So when I don’t read a lot of books in a month I feel like I haven’t accomplished much. But then I log on to Goodreads and see others have set their Yearly Reading Challenges at 10 or 20 – PER YEAR – and I realize I’m not doing so bad with my 12 per month. Not that I’m shaming anyone. Whether a person reads 1 book or 1000 per year, the fact that they’re reading is all that matters. I just tend to be hard on myself, when there’s no need.


It’s Romance Week on Goodreads. They have a list of the Top 100 Romance Novels on Goodreads (based on 4.0 ratings for adult romances on the site). I’ve read 44. I was really surprised at some of the titles listed, and even more surprised some weren’t listed. What do you think of the list? They’ve also broken down the top 10 Paranormal, Contemporary and Historical romances.

 

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Nalini Singh‘s most recent newsletter included a full chapter excerpt from Silver Silence, her upcoming Psy/Changeling Trinity book. It doesn’t release until June and she’s torturing us with an excerpt now? Ahhhh. I need this in my life. Even though I’m sort of anti-werebear. I’m willing to make an exception because I know and trust Singh. Plus, it’s Silver! And, Bonus! It probably means more Kaleb (rwar).

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal…

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.


In my quest to try more new authors, I’ve been randomly buying or downloading books from Kindle Unlimited and Prime reads. So far they’ve mostly been duds. Part of it is probably my reading taste, but it’s kind of solidified my choice not to subscribe to KU.


Not book related, but I recently tried Amazon Fresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service. For Prime Members the service is $14.99/mo and includes free delivery, sometimes same day (though same day doesn’t seem to be available in my area yet). I used the 30-day trial to test it out and I don’t think I’ll continue my subscription. I can get most of the items for the same price or less at my local grocery. So really I’d end up paying $14.99 for the convenience of delivery. Some items, like meat, were really expensive. Bulk items, too, were more spendy than Costco. Since I would still have to visit the store, I don’t think it’s worth the money. I might consider subscribing if it were a bit less per month, but at $14.99 I just can’t justify it. I’m all for anything that allows me to shop from home, but my thrifty soul won’t let me do it.

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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
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 400
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
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

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Guest Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Posted August 23, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini SinghReviewer: Tracy
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
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016
Genres: Paranormal
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
five-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

Echo of Silence

Tazia works as an engineer on the deep sea station Alaris.  She left her family and refused an arranged marriage to seek her happiness.  Her happiness means nothing without the love and support of her family.  She has sent money to them and written to them but still she’s received no word from them.  She happily seeks out the mail whenever it is received until her commander, a Psy, tells her she should just stop waiting for something that never comes.  Tazia dislikes her commander, Stefan, for his coldness. When they are both on mandatory leave, however, he invites her to help with a search and rescue mission.  Tazia discovers that Stefan isn’t as cold as she believed, not by a long shot.

This story was so very sweet. I loved almost every part of it as it showed us the relationship building between Tazia and Stefan.  I loved how he showed his real self to her slowly and over the course of the time they were on leave.  He was a compassionate and caring man who wasn’t as deep into silence as everyone believed.  It was such a touching story in many ways and made me smile.

 

Dorian

Dorian was shorter than the other stories in the anthology but still packed a powerful punch.  I loved Dorian to death when he was first mentioned in the Psy-Changeling series and that hasn’t changed over time.  This story showed us how Dorian learned to adjust in his Changeling pack despite the fact that he couldn’t change into his animal.  It made him better at what he did and I loved seeing these slices of his life that we’d not been privy to before.

 

Partners in Persuasion

Felix is submissive wolf changeling in the SnowDancer pack.  He’s very attracted to Dezi, a cat changeling from DarkRiver but she’s a dominant which is something he can’t handle.  He’d been burned in the past by a dominant female wolf and he’s afraid he wouldn’t survive rejection again.  He agrees to be friends with her but finds he just wants more.

I loved reading Dezi and Felix’s story.  The dynamic between the dominant female and submissive male was intriguing and I loved reading about how the pair worked out their differences.  Felix was a strong male and I loved how Dezi understood that just because he was submissive didn’t make him weak.  The romance was sweet and I loved how both Dezi and Felix’s alphas supported the match.

 

Flirtation of Fate

Kenji broke Garnet’s heart seven years ago.  They were great friends and Garnet thought that they were becoming more than that when Kenji broke her heart.  They’ve stayed friends over the years, flirting with each other, but they both want more – they’re just too afraid to go for it.  When Kenji is in Garnet’s sector to discuss security protocols he tries everything he can think of to keep his mind off of how much he loves her but it proves difficult.  The pair end up investigating a murder and while doing so find out that they can’t live without each other any longer.

I loved this murder mystery/romance story.  The investigation itself was interesting and I loved watching Garnet and Kenji work through their differences and what brought on the distance between them in the first place.  Though I figured out who the murderer was pretty quickly I loved reading about each step taken as the pair investigated.  Kenji and Garnet were perfect for each other and I adored them together.  I was quite happy when they worked it all out and got their HEA.

Overall a fantastic anthology that I highly recommend.  (Although I love this series and think everyone should read it from book one, you don’t have to have read any of the books in order to read this one as the stories stand alone.)

Rating: 5 out of 5

five-stars

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Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Posted August 15, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini SinghReviewer: Casee
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
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016
Genres: Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 400
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
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

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:

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.

four-stars

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