Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series gets better and better with each book. As an author Ms. Singh’s ability to have form follow function in creative and inventive ways is unique and exciting. Her character driven books both reveal and inform the exciting world she has created and that is why this series is so great!


In Play of Passion, the ninth book in the series, we experience the mating dance between two wolves of the SnowDancer pack - and they are both formidable characters. Indigo is a Lieutenant and the highest ranking female in the pack. She’s beautiful, savvy, cunning and dominant. Drew is the pack’s tracker; he’s fun, flirty and gregarious. However his place in the pack’s hierarchy is somewhat ambiguous. Yes, he’s the best at what he does and his function in the pack is paramount. He reports directly to Hawke, the pack’s alpha, yet he has no clearly defined designation in the pack’s hierarchy. This is more than troublesome, because for Indigo it’s a matter of need, not want, when it comes to having a designated dominant male as a mate. As the two dance around each other they begin to acknowledge their dreams, desires and hopes and find that sometimes what is right in front of you is not only what you wanted but what you needed all along.  The dance between these two is charged with energy, excitement, charm and romance.  


While Play of Passion  concentrates on Drew and Indigo’s romance, it also does what the other books in the series do, it brings you more information about the world and the challenges each of the races/communities face. The tension becomes two fold and the dynamics are multi-layered; there is the immediacy of the hero and heroine but their adventure is irrevocably intertwined with the larger over arching story of the series.


As with all series that I have a long relationship with, I always wonder, can a single book in the series stand alone? I’d have to say that if you haven’t yet read the Psy-Changeling series you can read Play of Passion as a stand-alone. The romance between Drew and Indigo is both poignant and vibrant and that alone will keep you reading. However, there is one caveat; if you read the previous books in the series I believe you’ll have a much more rewarding reading experience. The series is designed to build upon itself and each new book gives us a little more insight into the world and its characters. Truth be told, I’m not sure where this series is going. What I can tell you is that I’m not only fascinated by this fictional world, I’m captivated by its inhabitants and can’t wait to find out what happens next. I’m invested in this series and I’m excited when each new book comes out.  


So dear reader, if you’re looking for an exceptional paranormal romance that is inventive, well written and will keep you wanting more, might I suggest Play of Passion.


Until next Monday, remember, there’s a book waiting to be read.


I’m curious; when it comes to the hero and heroine, do you want the hero to be more dominant than the heroine? Do you like heroines who are strong with alpha qualities? Are there ‘beta’ heroes that you’ve enjoyed?


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by Beguile_Thy_Sorrow on ‎11-11-2010 12:09 AM

I love this series and Play of Passion might just be my favorite so far. As for 'beta' heroes, I cant think of any offhand but I'm sure there are some.

I know that in Cassandra Clare's book, Clockwork Angel, Will is the alpha and Jem is sort of the beta I guess. But I actually like Jem as the so-called hero much more than Will. So that's the only one I can think of at the moment, though it's in YA not regular romance genre.

by HeidiU on ‎11-12-2010 06:13 PM

I love this series and loved this book. I like seeing heroes and heroines who are well matched and have respect for each other. Its not just strength - they value each other on all levels.

by Blogger Marisa-ONeill on ‎11-12-2010 08:38 PM

Hi Tally and Heidi - as you can tell, I too love this series. I just discovered it earlier this year. It was such a treat to read ther first 7  books back to back - I got a terrific sense of the world and quickly became invested in all of the characters. One of the great things about this series is that there is such a wide range of heroes and heroines both beta and alpha. Each book brings a new surprise.

 

 

 

 

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