Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

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Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini SinghWild Embrace (Psy-Changeling, #15.5)
by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley on August 23rd 2016
Pages: 400
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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: 4.5 stars
Dorian: 5 stars
Partners in Persuasion: 4 stars
Flirtation of Fate: 5 stars
I loved how these novellas filled in the blanks for a lot of the characters we’ve met in the Psy-Changeling world. They’re at the perfect length, and except for Dezi and Felix, who I can’t seem to remember, are about characters we’ve already met before.*Slight spoilers on the previous books in the series, so beware!

Echo of Silence
If you’ve read Allegiance of Honor you might have read about a certain Psy mated to a human that Sascha talked to for having the healthiest area in the Psy-net. This is their story. Tazia is a human engineer assigned in one of the deep-sea station and Stefan is her Tk Psy station commander.

It’s sometimes hard to read about a Psy paired with humans or with anyone really because they’re so closed off and they hardly show any emotions. But I loved this one. Tazia is passionate as Stefan is clueless…at first. The ending of their story was so unexpected yet, very fitting for both of them.

Dorian
Nalini Singh delivered on her promise. I’ve always felt like Dorian’s book was a bit unfinished because he still couldn’t shift then. So yes, this book felt like a delightful extended epilogue of Hostage to Pleasure.

Partners in Persuasion
My least favorite story in this book. I still enjoyed the role reversal though. Dezi is unapologetically dominant and Felix is sweet. But he was no pushover! Plus, Hawke made an appearance here, which was a bonus!

Flirtation of Fate
I’ve been waiting for Kenji and Garnet’s story for…oh, I don’t know…FOR-freaking-EVER! And yes, I loved it. The suspense was unexpected. I was expecting a straightforward love story but Nalini Singh, again, surprised me with a solid romantic procedural drama. Loved the angst and I loved how different these characters are when we first met them, which shouldn’t be surprising because they’re both older now. And yes, still in love with each other but trying their damnest not to show it. Pfft!

My only complaint is it’s too short!! I want a full-length Kenji-Garnet lovefest. Make it happen, Ms. Singh!

ARC provided by Berkeley in exchange for an honest review.

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.


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