Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
I loved continuing this series and as usual it’s written with Nalini Singh’s exceptional skill. Singh does an amazing job in this series of showing the duality of the changelings identities. They are not human and they are not animal, they’re both. I’ve read a ton of paranormal romance with shapeshifters and Singh’s portrayal of them is probably my favorite. She perfectly blends the more primal animal side that is driven by dominance and submission levels and the urge to find and be with your mate alongside the more rational human side that sees all the shades of gray in a situation. This book with Riaz’s unavailable mate is a perfect example of how well Singh weaves animal and human to make an interesting character. The struggle between both his sides is very poignant in this book.
Most of this series has been focused on the Changelings and Psy with human characters interspersed throughout. When Singh added the Human Alliance I was happy to see a strong representation for this group. They still haven’t played as big of a role as the other groups but I’m glad that the Alliance made an appearance in this one. I love Bowen’s character and I hope we get his story sometime especially now that they Alliance has the implants.
Adria and Riaz are probably my least favorite couple in the series, which means that I still liked them but their love story was hard to read sometimes. Things start out so rocky between them because Riaz is hurting over his mate and Adria is extremely prickly toward Riaz because she doesn’t want to be attracted to him. They work things out and decide to give each other a shot but there’s still an undertone of pain in their relationship that lasts almost until the very end.
4 out of 5 stars
Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past–one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.
For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.
Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.
Published by Berkley on May 9, 2012
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