Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review: Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3) by Nalini Singh

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins - cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna...

Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted - and had her mind violated - by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives...
My Thoughts:Well, well, well.  This series just keeps getting better, doesn't it?  I loved that where the first two books in this series focused on a male-Changeling/female-Psy pairing, this one flipped it and gave us a male-Psy/female-Changeling.  Not only that but our Psy is a lethal assassin who fears that his deadly powers will hurt the very people he's coming to care about if he breaks the emotionless conditioning chaining him.

Love it!

There's also a whole continuity thing that I absolutely loved: Brenna was the only surviving victim from the psychotic Psy that targeted Sascha in book 1.  Brenna's just starting to get her life back together after being tortured and mentally raped and suddenly she's drawn to a man who everyone sees as cold and unfeeling.  Her brothers are being overprotective, her own longing for Judd is off the charts and Judd thinks that the only reason she's attracted to him is because she's trying to heal from her horrific ordeal.

The Psy Council is as shifty and underhanded as always, although the actions of some of the members are driving the term "underhanded" to an all new low.  The Changelings are one big, furry, fanged, lethal family and they're learning that the autonomy of the different species is a weakness that they need to find a way around.

I really, really enjoy the mythology and worldbuilding of this series.  The characters are fantastic and they interact with their world in a way that feels very real to me.  Every book has upped the stakes and the overall arc just keeps expanding.

Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Slave to Sensation
Book 2: Visions of Heat

More books by Nalini Singh

Reading challenges: The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Morbid Romantica Challenge

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