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.