Why did it take me so long to write this review? Mostly because I am having a hard time articulating what I want to say about a book I adored. Yes, there were some problems with this being really a Sierra and Hawke book, but there was also a lot of story between the hero and heroine and not an easy fix to their love story that broke my heart.
One thing that books in a series as long as this one have is that we have so many characters, there just isn’t enough time to give to the hero and heroine. It’s almost like we need a book to wrap up some story lines and a separate one for the couple. But in reality, Adria and Riaz aren’t main characters in the overall story and really don’t need an entire book just for their story. I am having a hard time figuring out how many more characters will get their own story to finish up the story arc of what is happening.
Now I am not saying I didn’t like this book, because I really did adore it.
Riaz is a SnowDancer lieutenant who is also a lone wolf. He has traveled the world dealing with SnowDancer negotiations. But when fate decides to throw him a curve ball, he comes back to the pack to heal. Riaz found his mate, but she was already married and in love. He could not come between the two, but his heart belongs to her.
Adria is an alpha female and sentinel in the SnowDancer pack. While she was young, she fell in love with a man who clearly was not an alpha. They think they can make it happen and spend years together. As her lover begins to understand she is alpha and he is not, he subtly abuses her confidence, tearing her down one day at a time. She finally realizes she can’t live like this any more and leaves him to move back with the pack.
Both Riaz and Adria are healing from broken hearts though neither know the other is as they hold everything close to their hearts. They lash out at each other as their attraction builds. Wolves are very touchy and they call it skin rights. Neither character is indulging in skin sharing and this over time hurts their wolf and makes them edgier. So when attraction starts to push them together, they are skittish. Riaz feels any relationship outside of his mate is an act of betrayal and has to overcome this to ever be with Adria. Adria has been hurt by a male and unless he can give her his all, she can’t accept less.
During all of this we have the next installment of Sierra and Hawke’s relationship as they move forward after mating. The pack holds a huge party for them as they acknowledge the alpha leader getting taking on his alpha female. You see the two of them grow further as a mated couple. How Hawke allows his shields to come down in his love for Sierra. Sierra striving to make Hawke proud and become an active member of the pack. She puts herself out there in roles she doesn’t gravitate towards just to make sure she knows the pack. There are some wonderful love scenes between the two and you see Sierra taking baby steps to learn even more about her Psy ability.
There is also more growth in the coma woman who wrote about the Psy-E. She is still in a coma and you see emails from different members of both packs on how to revive her.
The Psy are at the beginnings of a Psy civil war. The counselors are all battling … some to save their way of life… some to just save their race… and some just to take over everything. Kaleb scares me. He is looking for something…someone…her. You don’t know why and that is what is killing me from book to book.
Why do I love this book? Nalini Singh doesn’t take the easy way out and make a mating bond between Adria and Riaz. But she makes what they have a beautiful and extremely strong bond. She could have made it easy on them, but she didn’t. She made them struggle to find the true meaning of their relationship. To learn to deal with all the powers that would try their relationship. These are big characters in the series, but she makes you make them a big part of your heart. You cheer for them. You cry for them. And in the end all you can do is hope that they will find the love they both crave and need even if fate is playing a trick on them. Above everything they fight for what they want with all their heart and being.
Now I need to stalk Nalini Singh’s site and see who is the next set of lovers and start the countdown to the next book that will probably leave me with more questions than answers. I can’t wait!
Review by Shari