14 June 2011

Review: Nalini Singh - Kiss Of Snow

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Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover; 1 edition(May 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425242099
ISBN-13: 978-0425242094
Psy/Changeling series #10
Copy read from my personal library

Cover Summary:
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules-and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight...

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

My Review (!!can contain spoilers!!)

The story told in a nutshell:
Hawke and Sienna have been dancing around each other since the Lauren family found shelter at the SnowRiver pack. While powers at be are scheming away other powers grow more volatile every minute creating a hazardous situation.

My first impression after a chapter:
Let’s get ready to rumble!

The Alpha Wolf who Hawke is:
Can I just say; bow-chicka-wow-wow!! He is a hero who is stern responsibility, wolf play and virile passions! He can turn the body heat up until you’re ablaze with want and then offers to play with you and some ice cubes! He tugged at all my heartstrings with his protective walls around his heart, albeit there was also a good dose of stubbornness involved regarding Sienna. Hawke tried to do what he wanted to be the right course of action and gave me quite a scare. His actions towards another female in the pack could’ve ended up in a romantic pitfall.

The all powerful X-Psy Sienna is:
Though Sienna might be nineteen, Nalini Singh did an good job at making me understand there was so much more to her. There was a delicate dance between her tenacity, control, provocation and vivaciousness. Due to her Psy youth there was no room for being a child and due to her designation she always had to restrain herself. Yet there is also room for her fiery feminine side and it’s all of Sienna’s character traits that turn her in to a woman who proves to be a match for Hawke.

The emotional journey:
Nalini Singh delivered such a beautifully captured journey where love does not abide by age. Love just is and it is up to the characters strength and acceptance if it receives a chance to thrive. The obstacles created quite the struggles for both Hawke and Sienna but the results where heart-rendering intimate moments. The dancing underneath a starlit sky, emotions poured out of their hearts in to dialogues or where dominant attitudes play chase after one another. I absorbed their emotions and felt every high and low with them.

The sizzling sexiness and The romance blossoming:
I feel these two elements are inseparable in a Nalini Singh story. My first thought after closing Kiss Of Snow was; exquisite chemistry. I thought the gradual build-up of romantic feelings and trust, along with the sensual back and forth play between Hawke and Sienna was one of the best elements in this story. Nalini Singh gave us quite the ‘Hawke and Sienna foreplay’ in previous books to hint at what was coming. I was completely enamored by what she dished out for this couple in their own tale. It’s not only barbed dialogues, spirits clashing or quick wit between them, it was a very primal attraction contained by both for different reasons. Hawke and Sienna’s magnetism was a force of nature and when they finally gave in it was an erotic gratifying moment of magnitude. I thought Sienna’s first time was handled with care yet also showcased the sensual creature she is. Kiss Of Snow will always equal the best of what sensuous romance has got to offer!

The scheming, plot and power play:
For some reason this flowed to the background for me. I didn’t get the feeling the overall plot moved much forward and couldn’t hold my interest like in previous stories in this series. The Psy and their plans added a warning, a sense something was to come but overall didn’t give more than a flicker of danger, even though at the end that flicker of danger erupted in to more.

The circle of family, friends and foes:
First can I say that the Arrow Aden firmly settled himself on my radar! He’s an intriguing persona and then some!! But next to him the DarkRiver pack adds a familiar setting and voices to an already captivating story. Lucas and Sascha finally have a moment long awaited by many fans and loved, Loved, LOVED it. It’s what deepens my connection to this series! All the characters come alive in this series and affect me in one way or another. Next to that I received a secondary romance between Lauren Walker and SnowDancer’s healer; Lara, which was an unexpected surprise but one that added to my enjoyment for this story.

My synonyms for:
Sensuous – vibrant – primal – playful – romantic – electrifying and gripping.

My overall reaction:
Hawke and Sienna’s scintillating romance and the magnetic characters from the SnowDancer and DarkRiver pack received the spotlight in this story! It irrevocably grabbed my attention and wooed my romantic beating heart. I lived, I loved, I cried, I rejoiced and I feared alongside Hawke and Sienna. They made me a part of it all and I reveled every moment in it! Kiss Of Snow is pure passion only Nalini Singh can deliver.

4 stars

The quotes for you to sample – !!can contain spoilers!!:

1: “You were,” he said, the wolf very much in his voice, “specifically ordered not to get into any physical altercations.”
Sienna said nothing in response. It didn’t matter—her rage was a hot pulse against his skin, as raw and stormy as Sienna herself. When she was like this, the wildness of her barely contained, it was hard to believe she’d come into his pack Silent, her emotions blockaded behind so much ice, it had infuriated his wolf.

2: But today, all he saw was gibberish, his brain hazed by a sexual hunger so raw and wild, he knew he’d have to take care of it or his wolf would begin to fight him, inciting a dangerous level of aggression in all the unmated males in the pack. Right now, they were edgy but the level was still manageable. If Hawke’s wolf slipped the leash . . .

3: “No.” A sudden crash of anger. “I’m not accountable for everyone! Maybe I wanted to have fun for a change. Maybe I wanted to not be in control for a few short minutes! Maybe I just wanted to dance.”
Hawke’s lashes came down. When they lifted back up, his gaze was night-glow, a brilliant ice blue shot with light. She sucked in a breath, realizing she was talking to the wolf now.
“You want to dance?” Husky words that stroked along her skin like the softest fur.
She nodded.
“Then we dance.” Reaching out, he switched on the vehicle’s sound system and input a selection before stepping out.

4: That darkness had no place here, no place in this room, in this bed. Instead, she continued to stroke him, not realizing until several minutes later that her own body had relaxed under his, one leg raised at the knee to press against his side.
Smart wolf.
He began to kiss the sensitive slope of her neck again, slow and wet and a little rough.
Sexy wolf.

5: . . . you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.

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  1. Great review! I am this fun style for reviews! I adored this book and look forward to finding out what will happen next! Thanks!!

  2. Sounds so lovely :D But I will wait for PB copy

  3. Great review! One of these days I will start this series! :)

  4. I love your review Leontine. What I especially appreciated is that Sienna keeps telling the truth of what she feels and thinks to Hawke, there is no miscommunication.
    But the overal plot, did you forget the end of one of the Council? That will certainly cause powershifts there! And I really really want to know who the ghost is, although I have a hunch.

  5. Really insightful review! This series is just almost too much--too many wonderful heroes, too many great scenes and wonderful relationship moments, and too much good writing. What's not to like? I just can't get over how this author manages to keep the tension so consistent and her writing expertise manages to make each book as good as the last.

  6. @Twimom227 - I'm on pins and needles for each book in this series, heck for each book Nalini Singh releases ;)

    @Blodeuedd - I wanted to wait too, for the PB version *sigh* but my need for this book got too much in the end and caved for hardcover price.

    @Fictionvxn - I took this to twitter and you know how I feel *shoc* *gasp* You.Needs.To.Read.This.Series! ;)

    @Aurian - The last 60-70 pages were exposive but before that it was the romance that completely absorbed me and felt the plot took a back seat.

    @Dr.J - wow, you graciously said all I feel about this series. There are only a handful of authors on my shelves who make me feel like that!

  7. I know. Nalini Rocks. Loved her Angel books. Just started reading this series. need to catch up. New follower. Nalini is so nice in person.


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