Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy/Changeling, Book 10
Publisher: Berkley Books
Date Released: May 31, 2011
Format Reviewed: Paper ARC
Source: Loaned by local bookseller
Length: Novel (432 pages in hardback)
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal Romance
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. (from Amazon.com)
The Lauren’s defected from the PsyNet to escape becoming wiped into drooling automatons when their genetics were declared unsuitable to continue and have now made a home with the Changeling wolves, the SnowDancers, that have adopted them. Though many lessons learned during years of Silence are hard, if not impossible to break, Kiss of Snow shows us that even those conditioned to never feel can’t completely escape their emotions.
Sienna is a rare form of Psy and an incredibly dangerous one but has a softer side she shows only to her family. Now a soldier in the SnowDancer pack, she’s seeing signs of her power’s progression to a crisis and is determined to hold it at bay. But when Hawke, the alpha of the SnowDancer wolf pack, lays down the law, Sienna and Hawke are soon caught up in a storm of conflict and emotions they must overcome in order to wage the coming battle with the Psy Council. Too bad overcoming emotions is no longer an option.
I’ve been a fan of Ms. Singh’s Psy/Changeling series since the very first book and I’ve really enjoyed watching this complex world take shape from book to book. I think Kiss of Snow is one of the best books in the series as it walks through some major revelations in the world of the Psy, voices from the past, a heart-warming touching of bases with prior couples and escalations in the coming war of Psy vs. Changeling and Human. We even learn more about the Laurens and their ties to the Arrows. All of these, though, are backdrops to a lively tug of war and wills between Sienna and Wolfe as they try to protect each other from what each wants the most, claim what they need, and yet have to put the needs of the many ahead of their own.
Kiss of Snow is definitely a love story between two powerful and stubborn people, each wanting the other yet unable to give an inch until pushed to their limits. Hawke and Sienna both have a need to protect those they see as family, even when the war and Sienna’s secret seem to make that impossible if they are together. Their courtship is wonderful and very wild but the characters show a depth of emotion that really held me captive. I stayed up far to late devouring Kiss of Snow and recommend it’s fast-paced, rich world and engrossing characters to those both new to the series and those considering reading it.