Monday, December 23, 2013

review: WILD INVITATION by Nalini Singh

WILD INVITATION by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #0.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5
Penguin: Berkley Sensation
Released: March 5, 2013
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 339

Rating: Loved it!

In Beat of Temptation, innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?

In Stroke of Enticement, a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man - and the animal - in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.

Plus NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Declaration of Courtship, Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be mad, bad, and dangerous to know.

Plus NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Texture of Intimacy, SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys - and unexpected challenges - of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.

My Thoughts
Nalini Singh has never let me down with this series, and her short stories are no exception. This is surprising, as I typically suffer through them just to get the information instead of actually enjoying them. Few authors manage to pack in a full, believable romance into a scant 100 pages.

The first two stories in this anthology had already been published in other anthologies ("Beat of Temptation" in An Enchanted Season and "Stroke of Enticement" in The Magical Christmas Cat); as such, I read them in 2010 when I first started the Psy-Changeling series and can only say that I very much enjoyed the stories.

The real gems of this anthology are its two previously unpublished stories. "Declaration of Courtship" pits the dominant lieutenant Cooper against the submissive-with-a-backbone Grace in a sexy romance that will have you rooting for them to overcome their fears and just do it already! "Texture of Intimacy" was a lovely story about Lara and Walker's life together after they became mates. I fell in love with these characters while reading their book and could not have been happier to return to their story.

While it is certainly possibly to read this anthology without any prior knowledge, I would highly recommend picking up the series for pure entertainment value. Nalini Singh always delivers.

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