Thursday, February 10, 2011

Review: Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2) by Nalini Singh

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
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...
My Thoughts: I have to say that I thought this book was even better than the first and I liked the first a lot.  This one struck my fancy with its unrepentantly Alpha male who's a bit of a loner (okay, fine...a lot of a loner) and who's deeply sexual. Although pairing him up with an unfeeling Psy should have been a recipe for disaster, Nalini Singh made them sizzle.  And steam.  And burn.  Nice.

I loved the way Vaughn pushed Faith the first time they met.  He crawled right past the boundaries she'd been told she couldn't allow anyone to breach and showed her that touching wasn't bad and wouldn't break her.  I'm talking about skin touching, not sexy touching.  She had been brought up to believe that a Psy of her strength and abilities couldn't withstand the physical touch of another without crashing and burning.  Watching Vaughn draw Faith out of herself and show her the world she'd been isolated from made for a fascinating read.

The secondary characters, and I'm mostly talking about the other Changelings here, are simply gorgeous and well-written.  I can't wait to see how each of the Sentinels and the others who have been drawn into their orbit get caught up in their own story.

All in all, I absolutely loved this second journey into the Psy-Changeling world.  The characters are compelling, the emerging story arc with the PsyNet is intriguing and the world itself is captivating.  Book 3 is waiting for me.

Other reviews in this series:

Book 1: Slave to Sensation

More books by Nalini Singh

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

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