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Thursday, June 19, 2014

#BooKReview: Caressed By Ice (Psy-Changeling #3) by Nalini Singh - 4 Wine Glasses

458034Title: Caressed By Ice 
Series: Psy-Changeling #3
Author: Nalini Singh 
Format: eBook/Audio/Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published: September 4th 2007 by Berkley Sensation
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | Audible | B&N
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5
Nalini Singh explores new heights of sensuality, returning to the world of the Psy - where two people who know evil intimately must unlock the good within their icy hearts...

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins - cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna...

Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted - and had her mind violated - by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives...

Thoughts:
The incredible and unique world of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh never disappoints!

Judd Lauren is a stone cold and deadly Arrow, the boogeymen of the Psy. Or at least he was until him and his family defected from the PsyNet and escaped to the SnowDancer wolf pack. But he didn't totally abandon his life as an assassin. He works in the dark with the infamous Ghost against the power-hungry Psy Council.  It not only helps him release some of his destructive power, but also distances him from Brenna. A wolf that tempts the man hidden behind Silence. But Judd fights his growing attraction and clings to Silence, because if he doesn't, he could destroy all those he holds dear.
The young wolf, Brenna Shane Kincaid, had a bright future before her kidnapping and abuse by a psychotic Psy serial killer. (Slave to SensationIt's a miracle she made it out alive, let alone sane. But she feels tainted by evil, unable to get clean, and her two over protective brothers aren't helping matters by caging her in. Besides, there is only one man she feels safe with now, especially when bodies start emerging. Brenna's nightmare might not be at an end after all... 

The world of the PsyChangeling continues to grow and evolve with each installment, I've instantly become addicted to these amazing characters and the setting the author has surrounded them in! I'm also surprised by how much I end up liking the Psy by the end of their stories because I'm usually more interested in the Changelings. 

Caressed By Ice is darker then the previous two books in the series. Brenna is fighting a darkness within her caused by an atrocity set on her by a madman. But she is determined to come out ahead and not let that monster ruin her life. She is a strong leading lady and that, along with her tenacity towards Judd, is admirable. She never gave up on him, no matter how many road blocks he put in her way and I loved her wittiness and charm. Judd is a man on the edge. He feels a fierce pull towards Brenna, but he sees how other Changeling mates treat each other and despairs that he will never be able to give Brenna what she needs. But he tries, oh does he try. I was amazed how such a strong, intense character could turn so sweet. Judd has never experienced anything sexual in nature, but that doesn't mean he hasn't researched it...and when he puts that knowledge into action he doesn't just shake the bed, he shakes the whole room! Caressed By Ice is a roller coaster ride of passion, conspiracy, action and suspense.

I adore the fact that just because previous characters from the series might have had their HEA doesn't mean that is the last we see of them. I am learning (now that I am a few books ahead) that every little character appearance is integral to the overall story arc and not to take a single one for granted because you WILL see them again. Faith, Sasha, Lucas and Vaughn each play an essential role in Caressed By Ice, and Hawke....oh Hawke (the SnowDancer Alpha), how I cannot wait for your story. I have a feeling that it is going to be one wild ride! 

The PsyChangeling series is incomparable to any other shifter novel you will ever read, and a must for paranormal romance and urban fantasy (romance) lovers out there! I'm really interested in the Ghost and another Arrow now, I can't wait until I get to their books. 

1 comment:

Jessi said...

I will be interested to see what you have to say about Hawke's story. I love the evolving story lines and how they change over the series. Nalini is a master at creating compelling story arcs outside of the two main characters.