(ARC Review) Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

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Wild Embrace
Nalini Singh
***** 5 stars
4 brand new novellas
Releases August 23rd, 2016

** I received this earc free from netgalley.com. My opinions are fully my own and unbiased due to receiving this arc.**


Synopsis:

Echo of Silence 
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander…

Dorian 
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play…

Partners in Persuasion 
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate 
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries…


 My Review

Nalini Singh knocks it out of the park yet again with her compilation of four brand new novellas set in the stunning Psy-Changeling world. Each of the four stories provided something different and gave new insights into the world and relationships of the Psy and Changelings.

Echo of Silence

I have been looking forward to this story for a long, long time. We heard about Stefan way, way back in the earlier books and I’ve been eager to learn his story. This one was a sweet and easy romance. I was slightly disappointed because the story is mainly about Tazia, with most of it being from her point of view. I would have really enjoyed seeing more from Stefan’s point of view since he was supposed to be “Silent.” But I understand that in a novella, due to the small size of the story, the author has to make decisions on what to include and what not to include. I easily could have seen this as a full-length novel, and really wish it were. But I’ll have to be happy with the small taste we get from Stefan and Tazia instead. Tazia’s cultural background is quite different from the other main characters in this series, which made a unique change. A very satisfying read!

Dorian

This is a very, very short novella that is all about Dorian. We basically see a couple of small vignettes from his life, starting with his childhood. They deal largely with his difficulties with shifting. This reads more like a mashup of several “slices of life” vignettes rather than a story with its own plot. Nevertheless we get a deeper insight into Dorian’s character and the world he grew up in. His relationships with the other sentinels is demonstrated in a fun and wonderful way.

Partners in Persuasion

This was an interesting novella where the female character, Dezi, is a Dominant cat, and the male character, Felix, is a submissive wolf. For an author who surely loves her some dominant male characters, this must have been a real challenge to write. Felix was still a little aggressive for me to truly believe “submissive,” but it was still fun watching Dezi try to figure out how to court him without crossing any dominant/submissive lines. It was interesting to see a cross species romance where the challenge lie in the dominance of the characters, rather than their species.

Flirtation of Fate

And, saving best for last, we are finally given Kenji and Garnet’s story! This was my favorite by far. I thought going in that Echo of Silence would be, but Kenji and Garnet won be over! This is a really beautiful story of friendship, love, and sacrifice. It also has a really fantastic murder mystery which moves the plot along. I pretty much solved the mystery immediately but it was still really cool to watch Kenji and Garnet work together to solve it. The most interesting part, however, is the mystery revolving around why Kenji and Garnet have not been together this whole time. You learn quickly that it is Kenji’s fault, but the explanation develops slowly over the course of the story. And it is heartbreaking, but of course we get a happy ever after (Singh always delivers!). I love seeing Kenji panic when Garnet decides not to stay away from him anymore. Too cute! Love it!

Put this one on your “Must Buy” list for August 23rd. You will not be disappointed!

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3 thoughts on “(ARC Review) Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

  1. I haven’t actually tried Nalini’s Psy-changeling series yet, but after reading this review I think it might be next on my list 😀 I’ve heard nothing but good things about it!

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