Friday, June 12, 2020

Alpha Night by Nalini Singh ~ Review

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her breathtaking Psy-Changeling Trinity series with a mating that shouldn’t exist…
Alpha wolf Selenka Durev’s devotion to her pack is equaled only by her anger at anyone who would harm those under her care. That currently includes the empaths who’ve flowed into her city for a symposium that is a security nightmare, a powder keg just waiting for a match.

Ethan Night is an Arrow who isn’t an Arrow. Numb and disengaged from the world, he’s loyal only to himself. Assigned as part of the security force at a world-first symposium, he carries a dark agenda tied to the power-hungry and murderous Consortium. Then violence erupts and Ethan finds himself crashing into the heart and soul of an alpha wolf.

Mating at first sight is a myth, a fairytale. Yet Selenka’s wolf is resolute: Ethan Night, broken Arrow and a man capable of obsessive devotion, is the mate it has chosen. Even if the mating bond is full of static and not quite as it should be. Because Selenka’s new mate has a terrible secret, his mind surging with a power that is a creature of madness and death…

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There are a few books in the Psy-Changleing/Trinity that are my favorites.  This one has joined that list.

I admit to liking the TK's the best.  Judd, Kaleb and Vasic are all broken.  None of them think of themselves that way but it was true.  That is what drew me to them.  Ethan.  Ethan is unique.  He knows he is broken.  His childhood and the pain that he faced growing up was ugly.  And he is dedicated to Selenka.  He captured my heart quickly.  Then he adopted a stray dog.  Well adopted is a strong word but you get the idea.  I fell in love with this strange TK that is struggling with something inside his brain.  So I was also worried about him.  Yeah, this story is much more complicated than a mating at first site.

There are a few books that I turn to when I need comfort.  Both Psy-Changeling and the newer one Trinity are those books.  I turned to this series during the quarantine.  I started at the beginning and re-read every one before I finished with this one.  The world this series is built in is a world I would be happy to live in.  Despite the ongoing struggles this world has, it feels comfortable and hopeful. 

Selenka is a hard core wolf Alpha.  She defines the word tough.  Ever other time she has made an appearance in the series, she seems untouchable.  She is the last person you would expect to mate at first site.  I feel like she's the perfect one to navigate this strange experience.  Because the mating part of the story is set.  No dance.  No drama about that.  That means there's a lot more story around these two.  Oh, there is too. I was incredibility impressed with Selenka.  And her with Ethan.  Because Ethan needed her strength as much as Selenka needed Ethan.  

The story is a twisting ride between mates learning about each other, a pack being attacked, and the mess that is the Psy world.  Lots of things surprised me.  One in particular is stunning.  So many hints were given.  And while I was sure that death was not involved, I was surprised at the final answer.  And, as always, this book leaves me wanting more.  Thank goodness for re-reading.

If you haven't experienced the writing that is Nalini Signh, you really need to fix that.  It's such incredible urban fantasy and some of my favorite books.


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