As we near the end of the week we only have two more books by Nalini Singh to feature and review. As today is Thursday we are focusing on a throw-back with book 10 of the Psy-Changeling Series, Kiss of Snow.
I have to say this was the story I was waiting for. Our first glimpse of Hawke in Slave to Sensation was just the amuse bouche. The first, second and third course was fed to us in small tempting bites by author Nalini Singh in books 2-9. Finally, we have reached the final course, desert! Oh, how decadent this desert it is!
Snow dancer’s alpha wolf Hawke has led his pack since a young age when the pack lost so many to a betrayal by one of their own. In order to be the alpha, the pack needed him to be at such a vulnerable age, Hawke relied on his wolf side to guide him. Sometimes more wolf than man Hawke can be very lethal. Having lost his would be mate at as a child Hawke has known there isn’t another for him. Hawke has been involved with women but ensures they know its as friends as he has no future as a mate to offer them.
A few years ago, a family defected from the psy world and joined his pack. Hawke welcomed them in even though he never trusted the psy. The adults had expected the alpha to kill them on the spot, but they knew the wolf pack loved children and they would have been saved. Once embraced by Hawke the Laurens family became part of Snow Dancer. Hawke adored the two children and was learning to trust the two adult males but that teenager there was something about her that called to him. Sienna Lauren was too young and too frustrating. Argh, Sienna drove him crazy, so he tried to keep his distance over the years. Now as an adult his wolf wasn’t listening anymore. The wolf saw Sienna as a full-grown woman that the wolf wanted to claim. But the man still believed she was too young, and she deserves a man who can offer her a future.
Growing up Sienna Lauren has known she was lethal. Being a cardinal x-psy was unheard of, most died or were killed at a young age. As a toddler Sienna was taken to and raised by Psy Councilor Ming LaBon to be the weapon she was born to be.
When the order came down that the Lauren family was to be rehabilitated, they choose to defect from the psy net and take their chances with the Snow Dancer wolf pack. Assuming she would be killed Sienna was surprised that their Alpha Hawke saved the whole family. From the moment Sienna met Hawke he made her feel things and Sienna couldn’t let herself feel. If Sienna broke silence she could release the ticking time bomb that was her X gene.
As Sienna matured into adulthood, she craved Hawke from afar. Now an adult and feeling confident in who she is Sienna has decided its time to claim Hawke as her own. Sienna knows Hawke can’t offer her a future as his mate, but Sienna also knows her future is probably limited as she is the oldest living X psy and its only a matter of time until her X gene is tripped, and she will have to be killed to ensure she doesn’t hurt the pack. Sienna has decided its time, time to try once and for all to claim Hawke.
Kiss of Snow is a playful yet suspenseful paranormal novel but at the heart of things this is the grand romance you have been waiting for. The cast of characters have become part of our family growing closer throughout the series. Hawke’s alpha-ness (is that a word? If not, is should be) is mouthwatering delicious you just want to take a bite, mmmmm, yum! Sienna Lauren is the kickass heroine that all women wish to be.
Hawke and Sienna’s story is the pinnacle for the Psy-Changeling series. If you have been reading the series in order you will notice by the end of Kiss of Snow the series is nearing its end. Kiss of Snow had a huge scene at the end of the story that has been building over the last 9 books. While there are four additional stories in this series before the spin off, I felt like this book was the most pivotal book so far.
Please , please read this series in order you gain so much by learning these characters bit by bit as it was meant to be. If you have a commute or are taking a trip, try the audio version I’ve listened to the audiobook four times and it never gets old.
With the recent passing of 90's bad boy heartthrob Luke Perry, I’ve decided to use this week’s Throwback Thursday as a tribute to him.
Luke Perry was born October 11,1966 in Mansfield, Ohio and passed away on March 4, 2019 in Burbank, California at the age of 52.
Perry was currently starring is CW’s hit tv series Riverdale, playing the famous Archie’s father Fred Andrews. Luke was famously known for his James Dean type character Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills 90210 from 1990-1995 and 1998-2000. 90210 producers had recently announced a revival in which the original cast has signed on to star. Producers announced that Luke was not signed on due to his current filming schedule for Riverdale. While there was some talk that Perry was intending on a few reoccurring spots for the revival, nothing official was ever announced.
Luke Perry had a successful career in tv and movies. In addition to starring on 90210 and Riverdale, Perry also appeared on Spin City and Will and Grace. Other than his iconic role of Dylan McKay, Perry is most remembered for starring in the cult classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (prior to the CW series) and his role as Lane Frost in 8 Seconds.
Personally, I adored Luke Perry as Dylan McKay but most of all for his role as Lane Frost. 8 seconds is the based on the true-life story of bull rider Lane Frost. Frost died from an injury sustained during bull riding. As a result of his best friend’s death, Cody Lambert designed a safety vest to prevent such injuries. The safety vest is designed to absorb shock and physical blows to the body as well as protecting the chest. Not long after the vest a helmet was designed for bull riders. Currently the helmet is not mandatory but wearing the protective vest is a requirement for all bull riders.
Much like his role as Lane Frost, Luke Perry’s life was taken at a far too early age. It reminds us that we never know what tomorrow will bring and we are only guaranteed the here and now. We should embrace life and spend it with the ones we love ensuring everyday they know how much they mean to us. As the youngest daughter of a now retired law enforcement officer I saw firsthand when his partner was killed in the line of duty that each day when I told my daddy I loved him and kissed him good-bye I knew it could be the last.
My dad never left without saying goodbye and I never said goodbye without telling him I love you. My parents, my four children and my grandchildren can tell you I say the words I love you often and always when saying goodbye. I encourage all my readers to live this day as it was your last. Strive to be a better person, live your best life and love big.
As a tribute to Luke Perry I have some popular clips of him below for all to enjoy and remember what an amazing person and actor he was.