Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man, and lost his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.My Thoughts: It's quite possible that this is my favorite Psy-Changeling book so far. I have a great weakness for a strong, silent, nearly broken hero and a heroine who's had to fight her way out of a terrible situation. I loved seeing the couples from previous books pop up and being able to see how their relationships have deepened. Mostly, though, it was Tally and Clay who made the book for me.
Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare stalks her—-the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...
Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again and hungers to possess her with a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past... or lose everything that ever mattered.
Although I don't necessarily agree with the idea of letting someone who sacrificed greatly think that the woman who he had bonded to had died, I understand why Tally did what she did. Clay had been her touchstone since she was 3 years old. He had always been there for her. She never really had the chance to grow into herself, to learn who Tally was without Clay.
I just loved the two of them together. I liked that Clay took skin privileges without asking because he thought it was his right. I liked that Tally took such comfort in being safe around him. I liked the deepening storyline of the Psynet and the way the Psy are turning so kooky about their need for their species to be hive-like.
Basically, I love this entire series but Tally and Clay's story was one that hooked me from page one and didn't let up until the very end.
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Slave to Sensation
Book 2: Visions of Heat
Book 3: Caressed by Ice
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