Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh ~ Release Day & Review

Source:  Received paperback ARC from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

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...

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...

*Booklist, starred review


Echo of Silence

Stefan!  This is Stefan's story.  He lives deep beneath the ocean surface on Alaris.  He's as close to being an Arrow as you can be without being one.  What kept him from being an Arrow is why he lives out of site from the rest of the Psy world.  There only humans and changelings down on Alaris.  His telekinetic power a measure of safety for the crew.  But what is he hiding?  I've wanted to know for a while.  He shows up from time to time with some of my favorite psy, Judd and the Arrows.  Now I know what's up with Stefan and I totally loved it.

This one is a short sexy story of how two people are drawn to each other even when they are sure they aren't right for each other.  Tazia, a human, is living her dream job at the price of her families approval.  Stefan is scarred.  Both are drawn to each other.  As they are put in a position to help others, they learn about each other and the feelings that have been developing for months leak out.  Both are healed from their past.  Both are the other's strength.  It was wonderful.  


Warning:  Spoilers for Hostage to Pleasure.

I admit to being surprised a novella about Dorian was tucked in this book.  We have his story in Hostage to Pleasure but I'm so glad this little gem is there. 

It's not a repeat of anything we know but a few glimpses of things that are only hinted at.  We see Dorian as a young child dealing with the pain of not being able to shift.  We see Dorian as a teen determined to be the best.  We see Dorian after his initial shift on the camping trip.  And we see Dorian as his alpha and the other Sentinels challenge him to finally release all of his leopard.   

It was pure joy to read. 

Partners in Persuasion

This is Desiree's story.  A strong solider who still needs to call her mom to let her know she's safely home from a night shift, I was excited to see who this dominate cat would fall for.  And I was surprised.

Felix is the horticultural expert in SnowDancer and a submissive.  Of course, he does a good job of getting things organized for a major re-planting that needs to take place.  Nothing gets between him and his seedlings.  I really like him and, frankly, I was happy to see a submissive male and a dominate female tangle.  It's not a common pairing and I really enjoyed that.  A bad experience with a dominate female in the past has Felix resisting Desiree and this story just got a whole lot more interesting. 

There's all the fun that you expect in a story from this series with a novella length that can be enjoyed in an hour.  I just can't get enough of this world or these characters.  I want every little pairing there is to have.  I want every story there is to be told.  

Sexy with a twist of different that makes this one a pleasure to read. 

Flirtation of Fate

I've met Kenji and Garnet before and everyone wondered what was up with those two.  They certainly seemed like they should be together but she's mad and he's teasing.  So I was curious to read this one.

It's clear there is chemistry between these two as well as some strong feelings.  While Garnet didn't know, I saw enough of Kenji to figure out his issue early on and while I got why he pushed her away, I was sure she would still want him.  Of course I was right.  It just took some forced time around each other and a joint focus that had the feeling from the past well in play to get them both to decide it was time to let the truth out.  I enjoyed both the little mystery they solved together and the second chance at love between them.

I adore this world and these little stories that add so much to the world itself.  I would love to live in this world, in one of these packs where people take care of their own and problems get worked out.  It's a happy place for me to be.

Of course I loved all of these stories and am so glad to have read an early copy of this book.  If you love this world as much as I do, then make sure you have this one to add to your collection.  If you haven't discovered just how wonderful this series is, then here's an excuse to start.  This book can be read out of order but it will only have you wanting more.



  1. I love that this series keeps delivering for you. You have definitely added it to my wishlist. Great reviews!

  2. Thank's for the review. I love this series. Need to get caught up, but can't wait to read these.

  3. How is it I can read one of your reviews and automatically want to go buy the book?

    Love that you gave a glimpse into each of the novellas.