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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Review: Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh



Title: Kiss of Snow
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling, book 10
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: E-book
*Warning: This review contains spoilers
“Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.
Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.”

Kiss of Snow is book ten (I can’t believe is already book 10) of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh.

Since the Lauren family’s defection from the Psy Net the SnowDancer wolf pack has offer them refuge and protection.
From the moment Sienna Lauren laid eyes on the alpha of the pack, Hawke, she felt an immediately attraction and connection with him, Hawke felt it too; but Sienna was just a young teenager, not a match or a prospect for man like Hawke.
Years have passed and their attraction hasn’t change. The difference in age is still present and the frustration for not acting upon it is growing with an alarming increment. Everyday that passes Hawke is becoming more irascible and jealous and Sienna is acting out as a result of this neglection. Sienna wants Hawke to see her as the woman she has grown to be and needs him to make his mind, to make her his or to let her go. She cannot continue living not knowing what to expect from him. Hawke wants to act upon her feelings but he is afraid of loving her. His mate died at a very young age and he thinks he doesn’t have much left to offer Sienna.
Psy council is crumbing, a war is forming on the horizon and the packs are going to be in the middle of all the chaos. Now they need to be more prepared than ever, acting as a whole unit to be able to defect what is coming their way.

Kiss of Snow was one of my most anticipated books of this year. I was literally counting the days for its release and it didn’t disappoint me.
I felt in love with Hawke since the first time he made an appearance in this series. While I was waiting patiently for his story to come my love for him grew book by book. I wanted him so badly to have his HEA but I was a little bit afraid of Sienna as his heroine, not because she wasn’t interesting or strong enough, but because of her age. I didn’t know how Mrs. Singh was going to pull it off for them to work together and was a little bit apprehensive of the idea, but after reading Kiss of Snow all my misgivings were laid to rest. Mrs. Singh did a spectacular job with the development of the characters and now I think Sienna is the perfect mate for Hawke, just the kind of woman he needed.

Talking about Sienna she was so stubbornly strong, don’t take me wrong, it was in a good way, she needed to be like that; getting what she wanted from Hawke was not an easy task but she was determined and didn’t want to settle for less than what she deserved. The story behind her is a heart breaking one and knowing she survived it with her innocence intact and with fire in her heart proves us what kind of woman our loving alpha is getting settle with.

Hawke, Hawke, Hawke, where can I start? He beautiful, he is sexy, he is strong, he is loyal, he is sex on a stick. He is a man/wolf with a big heart but with many scars in it. We learn about his past, his family, his child mate. He is a strong alpha but at the same time he is a man afraid to love, afraid of feeling too much and getting hurt.

Sienna and Hawke’s relationship felt right. I loved how Hawke was patient with Sienna and gave her the time she needed it, but at the same time I loved his possessiveness. The tension between this two was building page by page but every time things were going to go a little bit further something was happening, the phone was ringing, there was a knock at the door or something like that, preventing and distracting them from their “task” at hand. It happened so much, that it felt a little bit too much. I was almost screaming at the book “enough” don’t answer the phone or the door, let the world collapse around you but don’t stop.

Another character who played a big role was Sienna’s uncle Walker Lauren. In this book we see another side of him. He is the pillar of the family, the one who kept them sane and his strength was what helped them escape. We also learn more from him and his life in Silence up to the moment of their defection. A secondary romance occurs between him and Lara, the healer of the pack. Their romance was very sweet, and after learning Walker story I was very glad he got his HEA. This little romance was also a nice addition to the plot.

Another character I loved in this book was Sienna’s little brother Toby. He is a very lovely little guy. I loved his connection with Sienna. He may be just a little child but he has the fortitude of an adult.
One of my favorite scenes in the book was between him and Hawke, it was really too cute for words.

Sasha and Lucas also played an important part with their little addition to their family. Lucas is still the over protective Alpha but this time there are more reasons to be like that.

I have always had my doubts about Nikita and “her Silence” and this book proved my suspicious right. I really liked her and my heart aches for her.

We also see other characters from previous books, from the mated couples to the single ones and young ones we love.

Kiss of Snow was what I was expecting it to be and more. As always Mrs. Singh writing had me glued to its pages from beginning to end.
Kiss of Snow is a great addition to this series. I recommend this book to all Paranormal Romance readers. It can be read as a stand alone but there is so much history and build up between the characters and their world that it will be almost a sacrilege to read it like that.

My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws


Other books in the series
Slave to Sensation
Visions of Heat
Caressed by Ice
Mine to Possess
Hostage to Pleasure
Branded by Fire
Blaze of Memory
Bonds of Justice
Play of Passion
Kiss of Snow

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6 comments:

  1. I am just gonna leave my comment in a little puddle of drool. Awww hawk

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  2. Blodeuedd, LOL *wiping laptop screen*

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  3. She really did nail it. I have been looking forward to this book since we found out she was writing it. I had high expectations, and due to the age different a lot of worry. HOWEVER, I'm not sure I've ever seen such a large age difference (with a very young character involved) written so well. In every other book I've seen Sienna as a teen, too young. In this book Singh completely transformed her.

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  4. Crystal Posey, I agree with you 100%, that was my main concern too. Mrs. Singh did an excellent job.

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  5. I've only read the first book in this series and enjoyed it. Why did I not read more? No clue. But I think this is a series I will pick up eventually because everyone makes the books sound great!

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  6. Julie, Yes, you should. Not all the books are great but in general is a good series. I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it.

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