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Kiss of Snow (Psy/Changeling) Hardcover – May 31, 2011
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Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.
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Hawke and Sienna are both SnowDancers and people we have gotten to know throughout the series as they are in mostly every story written. Hawke is stubborn and very alpha male, he has a hard time dealing with his feelings for Sienna. Sienna is young in age but well older mentally. New to open emotion she doesn’t handle things as calmly as she desires. They are a great couple and even more so once they both ‘get over’ the things blocking the bond and come to terms with how things are.
As I have some to expect with the Psy-Changling books, many other POV’s are here from past to future people to enemies. We are visited by Lucas and Sacha again along with others to help move the overall series story along. Also, we get a secondary romance/bonding in this book with Lara and Walker (though they have a short story to finish things up). A small delight having two love stories in one book but annoying in another way. I believe this is the only book that does that.
Ms. Singh is a very talented writer and I highly recommend any and all of the Psy-Changeling Books
--One Sentence Summary--
Psy Sienna Lauren has wanted SnowDancer Alpha, Hawke, ever since her family's defection from the Net but he's always maintained distance -- until now.
--What are the Issues--
Hawke was a young pup when he found his mate and though they were only friends in their innocent youth, he knew they would grow into their love. So he was devastated when she was killed in an accident and he's grown up sure that he would never have a mate. He's used this distance to keep Sienna away because Hawke knows he's too old, jaded, and alpha for a young woman who grew up in a cage. Sienna was taken in by Ming Lebon as a young child when her cardinal power manifested as X-Fire. She's maintained ruthless control over every part of her life but Hawke makes that control shake. Sienna isn't interested in anyone else but she's not sure if she can handle the possessiveness of Hawke's wolf and her own power without something breaking.
--What I Liked and Didn’t Liked--
The Collapse of Silence -- This series has been building up to the fall of Silence and the separation of the Psy Council and this books has some very interesting developments in this story arc. I love how complex this series has gotten as the world has changed and started pushing at the edges of the accepted parameters. Things are really starting to amp up with the Psy and I can't wait to see where this goes. We also got more of the BlackSea changeling "pack" and I'm really excited to have some water changelings! I'm absolutely fascinated by this concept.
The Mating Bond -- Nalini Singh always writes an emotional story and Kiss of Snow is no exception, especially when it comes to Hawke and Sienna's romance. I wasn't sure how things would work out considering Hawke lost his mate as a child. It was obvious how deeply Sienna loves and she knew she couldn't stay away from Hawke even if she would never have all of him. Not only do they have their pasts creating obstacles but they have outside forces like Pure Psy and Ming creating problems. There was a lot of push and pull from Hawke and his possessive behavior is by far the strongest of any changeling Singh has written so far. Because of this, he tweaked my nerves every once in awhile, especially in the beginning before he gives into a relationship, but you can't doubt his devotion to the people he cares about.
Walker and Lara -- We also get a side romance with the Lauren family patriarch, Walker, and SnowDancer's healer, Lara. Walker has been a bit of a mystery man throughout as we've gotten to know the other Lauren family members. So I was really excited to get more info on Walker because he has that still waters run deep thing going on. He made Lara really work to get him to break his barriers but once he does, oh boy, did I love Walker. His secrets from his time in the Net are so sad and poignant and really reveal the true heart of Walker.
I'm a huge fan of the Psy-Changeling series and they just keep getting better for me. The romance is always deep and emotional, the world building complex, and her character's hope for a better life stirring.
Nothing is worse than waiting, waiting and waiting for an installment in a series that is supposed to be a game changer only to have it be lackluster and boring. Kiss of Snow is not lackluster and it certainly is not boring there so much happening. This book lived up to the expectations for Hawk and Sienna and we get the bonus of Walker and Lara, Pure Psy and War, this book had it all.
The series just keeps getting better with Singh continually building upon the foundation she set with Slave to Sensation. The world and all the inhabitants are flesh and blood people who an individuals and not the same characters with different names and similar stories. Kiss of Snow like each book before pulls you in and doesn't let go until the end of the book when you close the cover and then race to the computer to find out when the next installment is to be released.
I put off reading this book since it was a little longer, I was very busy at work and already suffer from procrastination that is only exacerbated when I get involved in a book. Once I picked it up and began reading, I couldn't put it down.
Top international reviews
As the SnowDancer alpha Hawke has always put his people first. He has lieutenants he can rely on for help but when it comes down to it he shoulders all the responsibility of the pack's safety on his own. The girl who should've been his mate died when they were still children and since then he has always steered clear of proper relationships because he knows he'll never give another woman his heart. Sienna has fascinated both him and his wolf ever since she came to live with the pack but not only is she much younger and less experienced than he is he is also scared that he could hurt her by never being able to give her what she needs.
Sienna is a powerful Psy with an unusual ability, one which comes with a high risk of causing her to self destruct. She has become better at controlling her powers but being around Hawke is the one thing that is guaranteed to cause a flare up. Sienna has wanted Hawke for such a long time but he seems determined to ignore the attraction between them, it's reached a point where Sienna has had enough though and she is determined to push the boundaries and rile him up a bit.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved seeing their relationship develop. It's been building for a looooooong time now and their chemistry is absolutely off the charts. I loved seeing Sienna start to really fight for Hawke's attention, she's always pushed his buttons but now she's deliberately poking him with a sharp stick just to get a reaction. Hawke is taken by surprise by how far she is willing to push him but he needs a woman who is capable of standing up to him and Sienna is determined to prove that's her. Their's is a slow build romance, Sienna wants Hawke but is understandably nervous since she's so inexperienced and once Hawke decides to pursue her he pulls out all the stops to make sure she is with him every step of the way. I think I could have died of frustration waiting for them to finally give into temptation but I mean that in the best possible way and it was so, so worth the wait. Hawke was everything I thought he would be and then some which makes Sienna a lucky, lucky girl!
Alongside the fantastic relationship between Hawke and Sienna Kiss of Snow has a lot more to offer. There are some utterly adorable moments between Lucas and Sasha, a wonderful side romance between Lara and Walker and some wonderful Lauren family moments that allow us to spend more time with Judd, Brenna, Drew, Indigo and the Lauren children. Don't even get me started on what the Psy Council are up to and the absolutely heart stopping, action packed final quarter of the story - I was on the edge of my seat and almost too scared to breathe in case I missed something! Nalini Singh is hands down the best author I can think of when it comes to blending multiple plot threads and points of view into a story that is impossible to put down. She manages to include just the right amounts of sweet romance, caring friendships, down and dirty sex, fun banter and almost unbearable tension to create the ultimate reading experience and once again I loved every minute of it!
She has made me a fan of hers for life
I'm VERY glad to say that I was not disappointed!!.
What a wonderful, romantic, tortured and angst-ridden story this was.
We not only saw the lonely, sexy Hawke find his true love with Sienna but the equally compelling love story of Walker and Lara ran in the back ground too.
The closer we came to the climax of the book the more terrified I was that our 'star crossed' lovers wouldn't survive and as with any well written book I was gripped and enthralled.
Miss this story at your peril. It's an emotional roller coaster but well worth the journey.
At that time iphone did not have the review feature but since it does now I am getting a bit better at reviewing
Loved this book
This was the one that I absolutely wanted to read and it didn't disappoint one bit
Since I have read all other book to date let me tell you this and kalebs story are my absolute favourite after shasha and faith
Rest are good as well but these four are my favourites
Always knew when Hawke and Sienna eventually got together it would be a good story just hoped Nalini Singh would manage it. She came up trumps and delivered this fantastic read.God got to wait how long for the next one?