Kiss of Snow, by author Nalini Singh, is the latest edition in her ongoing series Psy-Changeling. Kiss of Snow is a drama that would blow any daytime soap out of the water with layers upon layers of emotional goodness. This book kept me utterly engrossed in this cornucopia of paranormal all you can eat buffet!
Since her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness: Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. Now he walks alone. But Sienna stirs his primal heart, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets, a deadly enemy is striking at everything the pack holds dear...but Sienna's darkest secret may savage the pack that is her home-and the alpha who is its heartbeat.
Sienna, a young super powerful psychic, has lived anything but a normal life and is off the charts regarding the scale of her abilities. Known as an "X" she's one of the only living Cardinal Psys left, and few of the previous Cardinal Psys didn't live past 25. No one has ever witnessed a power like hers, or if they have they certainly didn't live to tell about it. Sienna's a weapon, a tool that was trained from birth to kill for the powers of evil, but eventually rescued and given safe haven with her family in the wolf pack of shifters known as SnowDancer. High in the Sierra Nevada Mountains this group of tight-knit families train Sienna and her fellow kin on how to harness their powers and gain control of the turbulent madness. Little does Sienna know that her life's about to get turned upside down when the alpha of that pack, Hawke, starts to take a very intense interest in her.
Hawke's the man of the house, literally, his whole pack looks to him for leadership and love. He rules with a kind heart but a passion unmatched. He's all alpha man and hot diggity dog is he one drool-worthy piece of man candy rope! He's one NOT to be messed with but the spunky young Sienna is having none of his shenanigans as she's staking her own claim and taking no prisoners in the process. The gloves are off as these two battle it out. *ding! ding!*
The age difference of these two was my biggest concern, but Nalini works it out in the storyline in really getting the readers to understand that Sienna's dark and twisted past has shaped the young woman she is to date. Having been stripped of a childhood and forced to grow up so quickly she's wiser beyond her chronological age. I liked the slow building of the romance between these two, with stolen touches here and little kisses there. Fanning the flames of passion! It kept me flying through the pages to find out what would happen next. The action comes in small bursts and ends just as quickly but with these stories you get a wonderful sense of pack and the deep rooted bond between one another.
With storytelling that's exquisite and with such a deep sense of paranormal, all the books in this series keep the drama building with side characters coming in and out of focus. I especially liked the secondary story between Walker and Lara, a healer and an ex-Psy who've been dancing around each other finally come face to face and the drama between these two only adds to the overall book. There are so many different changelings in these stories, birds, leopards, rats you name it and then you have different levels of psychics and telekinetic folks it's an involved storyline and I love it.
I would have liked a bit more action in this book. So much of the book is spent building up of what's to come that we get to the brink of war but you don't get that much of a dose of it. This series continues and as it does I'd like to get a little more action and some of the side stories to get more due. I'm just getting tid-bits here and there and it's starting to get a tad frustrating! I'm a big fan of Singh and Kiss of Snow only reiterates why I love her work and value each and every story she comes up with. It must be a thing of beauty to be in this woman's mind as the paper she delivers it all on shines like the brightest star.
Getting 4 and 1/2 table dancing Sheep.