Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on May 30, 2011
Length: 9 hours and 42 minutes
Progressing through the Psy-Changeling Readalong, I enjoyed going back for this second book in audio edition. Angela Dawes is sensational portraying characters and world so well.
Visions of Heat is the second in the series and works best read/listened to in order.
Faith Nightstar an F-Psy (forecaster) has been assaulted by a disturbing darkness during her unfocused dream times. She fears it is the beginning of madness that all F-Psy eventually succumb to. Then she gets a call from her father that her sister was murdered- strangled. Faith realizes that she didn’t dream- she was present in the killer’s mind at her sister’s death. What can this mean? Her desperate confusion leads her to leaving her safe, sterile habitation and going to consult the one person who might be able to tell her the truth and won’t turn her in to the psy medical teams for a mental overhaul and an institution for the rest of her life. Getting to Sascha Duncan the rogue psy is challenging from the start with sneaking out of her home compound guarded by her family clan and monitored by medics, but then she encounters a wild changeling jaguar who takes Faith as a threat and as possible prey to play with. Her emotionless, reclusive life has not prepared her for a sensual, complicated person like Vaughn, but she quietly determines to give it a try even if it means full mental deterioration comes faster.
Is she a Psy spy or a trembling naive, but brave woman who searches for help discovering a Psy killer from her people’s enemies? Vaughn isn’t sure nor is he sure what to do with his cat nature’s desire to play and push Faith out of Silence into the colorful, vivid life of the Changelings. But, too much too quickly hurts her and he won’t do that. He also finds himself connecting with someone on a deeper level for the first time in his life and sharing with her the loss of his sister and about his past. His jaguar is wilder than others, but maybe this brave Psy might give him a chance?
The romance was swift and sensual, but also sweet between two seeming opposites. I liked how their romance was set against the expanding knowledge of the Psy-Changeling world, the mystery of Faith’s sister’s death, the suspense of who will fill the empty seat on the Psy council, the issues of hidden knowledge about Faith’s psy designation and the the expanding knowledge of the darker side of the psy-net. But, there are fun moments of connection with familiar Changeling faces particularly Sascha-darling, Lucas, Clay, the cubs, and the growing connection with the wolves and the Loren family. I did enjoy the interesting reveal at the end about Faith’s father just as much the second time around.
All in all, this delve back to the beginning of the series has reminded me of much I’ve forgotten and also was easier to understand some of the details that I missed the first time through. Can’t wait to move forward to Caressed by Ice. Those who enjoy Paranormal Romance do not want to miss this series.
Mt. TBR #16
COYER Community #16 Buddy Read and Friends TBR pile
Romance BINGO #11 non-wolf shifter
About the Book
A Psy/Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian…”the alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist).
Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous–aching need…exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.
Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced–and keep her from Vaughn…
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