I first read this book 10 years ago when it was brand new and I have never looked back. This book hit all the right buttons for me and just worked in every way and I am really looking forward to where this series goes over time. I’m amazed at the world Nalini Singh has created. Though this book only touches on the start of this world, Singh does a phenomenal job of creating a unique and diverse landscape for her characters to roam in. I love all the intricacies of this futuristic time where three races struggle to co-exist. The characters are also richly developed and there were so many side characters begging for their own story.
Too often authors forget to add the romance in the romance genre. It’s about more than just lust and sex; it’s the small touches, the whispered words, the holding hands, an arm around the waist, a kiss on the neck, a quiet moment in each other presence. These are the things that make me believe the Hero and Heroine have fallen in love. Singh is a master at this and it always makes me want to sigh in happiness when I read her books.
Leopard Alpha Lucas Hunter is a great hero; he’s strong, cunning, dominant and possessive but also sweet and caring. I love the way the pack interacts with each other and how they take care of each other. They will desperately make you want to be a part of their family. Though Lucas’s alpha nature makes him territorial of Sascha he knows when to pull back and let her make connections with her new pack. Sascha has been mentally and emotionally beaten down her whole life, told she could be so much better and forced to hide who she really is in order to fit into a world that is starting to choke her. Watching her come out of her shell and find herself was really beautiful to read.
In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation”–the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a Changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several Changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion–and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities–or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation…
Published by Berkley on September 1, 2006
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