Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #2
Published: March 6, 2007 by Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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.
This was a fantastic sequel to Slave to Sensation that takes the reader deeper into the Psy-Changeling universe. The characters are emotionally deep and well developed. Singh, as usual, writes so much emotion into her story and her characters. You really feel like you know them and want to be with them on this journey. Faith was initially much colder than Sascha because emotion wasn’t her gift. But her inherent curiosity and her trust in her instincts leads her to grow and develop as a character. I liked seeing her explore what life was like outside her compound and realize just how strong she was.
As things are revealed to Faith it’s heartbreaking to see just how much the Psy race has lost their humanity and crippled their growth. The reader sees some of this in the previous book as Sascha realizes her empathic abilities, but to see how coldly the Psy have restricted their foreseers in order to make money is sad.
Vaughn was a very dominant male who’s animal half is much closer to the surface. I thought Singh did an amazing job showing how the changelings truly are a balance of human and animal. Often times, authors will have the two halves at odds or conflicted but these changelings celebrate what they are. Vaughn might have a stronger animal side than most but he embraces what he is. Sometimes he could be a little too alpha but he apologized the few times he stepped over the line. There is true beauty in the harmony Singh has given her changeling characters.
5 stars – loved it!
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