Review: Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh

Review: Tangle of Need by Nalini SinghTangle of Need by Nalini Singh

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley on December 4, 2012
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with her past—to face a devastating new challenge: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to another. For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermines everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion is a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

The Delight

The long awaited war is triggered and things start to break open fast for all three races.  Meanwhile, Snow Dancer pack lieutenant Riaz and senior soldier Adria have their own private battle raging.  Updates with Sienna and Hawke and Riley and Mercy bring a smile to the face.  Epic things happen and that’s why I adore this series and can’t wait for the next book.

Review

This book was a story of broad events taking turns with individual or couple events.  So much is going on that I’d be hard pressed to share updates and avoid spoilers- though, not sure that’s an issue as late to the game as I’m hitting these books.  But I’ll share a few.

The main story is Riaz and Adria’s.  Both have been characters previously introduced and their pasts and their pain already known.  I love how the author might produce adversarial pairs on a consistent basis in her stories, but the conflicts that challenge them have either broad differences or nuances that make them special.  In this one, Riaz, like Hawke discovered his mate and then had the heartbreaking knowledge that he can’t have her.  In this situation, she’s alive, but in love with someone else and married to him.  For Adria, she has been with the changling male she thought she loved for a long time and their relationship died and she had to finally let it go.  The pain for this pair tugged at my heart.  Truthfully, I was glad for all the other stories breaking in and taking the story away from their romance so it was spread out a bit for me.  Loved seeing this pair heal, become friends, and then find love even if there is a struggle to get there.

This book really had a ton of movement and action in it.  It flipped between scenes and situations a lot, but the talented Ms. Singh made it child’s play to keep up with it all and enjoy each new unfolding scene.  There was more Psy Counselor stuff, more Pure Psy, more Arrows, more from the human Alliance, and a new element with the aquatic pack making an appearance.  War is on and the Pure Psy struck out first again after their failed attempt to hit Snow Dancer pack and Ming is now very aware Sienna and the Laurens are alive.

And that last scene… I really am glad I’m behind and can grab up the next book without a wait.

This is a paranormal romance series in its prime and writing at its best.  Can’t recommend it enough to other paranormal romance fans.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #92 PNR
Mt. TBR #41
Read All the Books #34
Series #11

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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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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Great review! I love the cover as well.

    • Thanks, Cindy! The latter books in this series really are showing some great covers. I’ve heard that they are redoing all the earlier ones.

  • I love PNR! That’s my go to genre and this sounds like a book that I will really like. Thanks for the great review.

    • I think you’d love this series, Mary. Lots going on and she really makes it all come alive for the reader.

  • Eeep. I am reading this series slowly but surely I think I am on book 4? LOL I am so glad you feel it’s in its prime!

    • I really do. And its getting to the latter half and I am starting to drag my feet because I don’t want it to be close to catching up to the present and having to wait between releases. 🙂 But yes, I am so glad that it is going strong with all sorts of promise still.