Book Review of Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Title:  Kiss of Snow

Author:  Nalini Singh

Release Date:  May 31st, 2011

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance

*If you have not read the Psy/Changling books before this may contain spoilers*

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

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My Review:  I have been in love with Hawke since we met him in book one.  I do love Lucas, but Hawke has always been the one I have wanted to learn more about.  Finally, ten books later we get to see his story.  I knew of course, that he was somehow going to end up with Sienna, but I had no idea how it was going to work out.  I have also heard quite a bit of talk about her age being awkward since she is only 19, but that never seem to be an issue in this book.  Sienna has experienced more than the average Psy in her 19 short years and her maturity level and actions often reflect this.  The relationship between her and Hawke also has a slow, almost aggravatingly so, build therefore everything feels natural and not forced.  I find it extremely interesting that now SnowDancer and DarkRiver both have Psy women keeping the attention of the alphas. ;)

Speaking of DarkRiver, we do get little glimpses into their lives in this book, which I appreciated.  Especially since Sascha is pregnant and has been for a couple of books now.  I wanted to see if she actually has her baby and just check in on her and Lucas.  The first book has always been one of my favorites and I loved getting updates on the characters from it.  Sascha functions as the heart of her pack and this often bleeds over into SnowDancer and their members.  They are all interconnected and Nalini has done a great job of weaving their lives together.

Another bonus was the other story being told throughout this one.  We got an additional couple finding their way to each other:  Lara, the SnowDancer pack healer and Walker Lauren, one of the Psy that lives with the pack.  They have a completely different courtship from any other couple we have seen before, but I am glad it was just interwoven into this story and not it’s own book.  I like watching them bond, but I am not sure an entire book with the two of them would have held my attention.

Alright, back to Hawke and Sienna.  If you have read these books before, you know that Hawke lost his mate when he was young and as a result he has never opened his heart to anyone else.  Sienna refuses to let that excuse fly.  She practically forces Hawke to open his eyes to the possibility of being happy again and uses some very interesting methods to get her point across.  The best was the scene in the bar where she lures Hawke to her.  I was dying laughing at his reaction to her behavior and watching Kit get in on the action by helping Sienna out was just as amusing.  You will have to read to see what I am talking about because any other detail and I will ruin the fun for you.

My favorite scene with Hawke and Sienna though is in the woods when Hawke gives her a 20 minute head start and tells her to run.  The chase was on and it was awesome!  The playful aspect of their relationship was just as thrilling to watch as their tender moments.  This book has become my favorite of the series for so many reasons, but it has also affrirmed my love for Nalini’s writing.  I am not sure who is up next in the Psy/Changling world but I know I will always be picking these books up to see what Nailini has in store for us next!

FTC:  I received this ARC from the publisher.

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