Psy-Changeling: Caressed By Ice


Caressed By Ice

Caressed By Ice

Explore new heights of sensuality in this return to the world of the Psy-where two people who know evil intimately must unlock the good within their icy hearts…

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins-cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…

Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted-and had her mind violated-by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…

Man, I am really getting into this series. It seems that as the series progresses, things just keep getting better. If it carries on at this pace, eventually I’m not going to be able to contain myself. With this and the Guild Hunter series, Nalini Singh has easily become one of my absolute favourite authors.

What really excited me about this book was the fact that it deals primarily with the SnowDancer pack. In the previous two installments of the series, we hung out with the cats from DarkRiver. These two are now allies, so there has been quite a bit of interaction but we haven’t seen much of the inner workings of how the wolves operate. We met Brenna in Slave to Sensation after she was kidnapped by a psycho member of the Psy Council. She managed to recover from her horrific ordeal, but she bears some serious mental scars. She hasn’t been the same, and the constant coddling is beginning to drive her up the wall. She’s also acting a little bit out of character, being snarly and mean to her brothers. Things progress to the point where Brenna is convinced that she’s losing her mind. Her Pack tries to provide her with the support she needs, but the only ones who could possibly help her are Psy. And isn’t it lucky that the SnowDancers have a number of Psy on hand?

Judd and the rest of the Laurens have defected from the PsyNet. The whole Lauren family had been sentenced to “rehabilitation”, including the children. Judd and Walter, the kids’ dad, decided to take the children and get the hell out of dodge. They went deep into SnowDancer territory, expecting the wolves to kill the adults but spare the kids. They were half right. The wolves decided to spare them all and integrated them into the Pack. However, this transition hasn’t been smooth, especially after Brenna’s kidnapping. Judd’s been fending off challenges for weeks, and he doesn’t expect a change in the wolves attitudes any time soon. Judd’s got some insane psychic powers, and he’s also a bit of a loner. He has no interest in “assimilating”. And then Brenna comes along and does something totally unexpected: she makes him feel. This is all kinds of dangerous for any number of reasons. Judd worries about what effect breaking Silence will have on his control over his abilities. If he can’t control his powers, he runs the risk of inadvertently killing people. So he does that thing where he pushes Brenna away. But Brenna is no pushover, and she makes it clear that she isn’t going anywhere. I liked Brenna. She had moments where she was vulnerable, but she knew what she wanted and she went for it.

In addition to the romancing going on between Brenna and Judd, we also see a little bit more of the Psy Council and the new threat they present. There’s an initiative called Protocol I and it’s going to cause all kinds of trouble. Judd and a mysterious fella called Ghost are working together to derail this programme because it threatens the Psy species as a whole. Moving on from all things grim, can I just have a moment real quick? Hawke… I love him. He was the main reason I was so excited about seeing more of the SnowDancers. I know it wasn’t his story, but I just wanted more of him! There’s some something so… I can’t think of a word right now, but he totally does it for me. And is it just me, or does Sienna, Judd’s niece, enjoy bugging Hawke a little too much?

Overall, this book was epic and I honestly believe that it’s only going to get better. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next…

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