Review: Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh

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Review: Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
Tangle of Need

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Series: Psy-Changeling #11
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on May 29, 2012
Pages: 428
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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The Delight

The book after!  At least that is how my mind thought of Tangle of Need after the spectacular Kiss of Snow.  And, the poor book with it’s many series plot paths running through it including Hawke and Sienna’s ongoing mating reinforced my early impression.  As the next book in the Books of My Heart readalong and my re-read, I have to say that it felt like a tweeny to me between two mega books.


Tangle of Need is the eleventh of the Psy-Changeling series and introduces the romance of two previous side characters, Riaz and Adria.  Riaz is a dominant lone wolf who has returned to the den in the time of extreme danger from Pure Psy and Adria has returned home from a satellite den to be with family and help as well.  Both have heart troubles in their recent past- Riaz found his mate and she’s in love with another guy and Adria was with a guy who couldn’t handle her being more dominant than her so they parted after he put her on an emotional trip.  Thus, this pair were really fighting their attraction at first and had some baggage to unpack before settling in.

In truth, I was less involved in the romance than the overall forward movement of the series arcs with the Psy war, the rise of the Human Alliance on the scene as well as the enigmatic new acquatic Black Sea Changeling group to be introduced.  There was also a ton of time spent in a continuance of earlier romance pairs, for which my hungover heart after Kiss of Snow is grateful.  Hawke and Sienna are settling in to a an official mating including fun ceremony as well as sharing the alpha leadership of the largest Changeling clan.

This is a re-read so I am not as antsy as some to soon discover who the Ghost is or what he is seeking, but I do love going back like this and getting all these earlier builds to that and more time with the Arrows who are my favorite group in the series.  Perhaps it wasn’t fair to Riaz and Adria to be something of a shared side plot, but their story reminds me of all the lovely separate novella stories of side characters getting their romances (which you should totally not skip because they are great), but they just happened to be picked to have theirs told in the main novel.

I didn’t really have significant difference in opinion about Tangle of Need from my first time through.  You’re welcome to read after to get my original review here:  But, for a re-read, my biggest takeaway was that this book did the job of recovering from the showstopper that was Kiss of Snow and keeping me in a high frenzy for what comes next with Kaleb’s book, Heart of Obsidian.

This is a paranormal romance series that feels like urban fantasy so it will appeal to both crowds who should definitely read them in order.

Challenges Met:

COYER Summer #64
Mt. TBR #104
Library Love #13



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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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8 months ago

I really to need to get cracking on this series. I am missing out on a lot.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

I can’t wait to see what you think when you do, Nadene. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

Excellent review! I did really like this one because it had so much plot. But if you are reading for the romance, it is diluted between multiple couples. Riaz and Adria don’t really hold my attention. Arrows are my favorite too! Everyone was waiting for Kiss of Snow – I’ve been waiting for Heart of Obsidian. Thanks for reading along!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

Yeah, the romance is definitely not my main reason for reading some of these especially since it’s a re-read for me and the closer we get to the current entry in the series the more I remember the books. But, there is tons to love and the Arrows are a big part. Yes, Heart of Obsidian was my great anticipation when I read the first time. 🙂

Lover of Romance
8 months ago

Happy to see your re read review of this one here. I had the same feelings on this one as you did. It is a good in between novel from Snow to Obsidian.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

Agreed. She did a fab job on the transition book leading into Hearts of Obsidian.

Carole Rae
8 months ago

I am in love with that cover. The colors are striking! Someday I shall catch up

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yes, it has a lovely exotic appeal for me. Look forward to seeing what you think of them when you do, Carole.

7 months ago

Kiss of snow was awesome, I agree 🙂 I don’t remember much of this one but I’ll have to read this series again…

Sophia Rose
7 months ago
Reply to  Iza

This one is mostly a set up book. I’ve had fun reuniting with this series for Anne’s readalong. 🙂