Flirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

Flirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomanceFlirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #12.1
Published by Berkley on August 23, 2016
Pages: 400 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-half-stars

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...

Besides the lieutenants and soldiers in Snow Dancer that were mentioned in Kiss of Snow and Tangle of Need, not much has been said about the others, well…other than Cooper. But with the small glimpses we were able to get it was made known that Kenji and Garnet has some issues that needed to be worked out so it was great that in Flirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace) we are able to finally get their story.

I loved that Nalini Singh made Flirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace) feel more like a romantic suspense than a paranormal romance story, although the paranormal elements are surely there because both Kenji and Garnet are changelings after all.

Even though Flirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace) was a novella, it read more like a full length novel which was an unexpected treat because we were able to get a feel for each of Kenji and Garnet’s characters and the struggles they would each fight to overcome to receive their HEA.

Furthermore, I loved the sense of family that we got from both Kenji and Garnet’s background, their intertwined conflicts and insecurities, as well as the bundle of joy that made their debut at the end of Flirtation of Fate (Wild Embrace).

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomanceHeart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #12
Published by Berkley on June 4, 2013
Pages: 360 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

I was hoping for Kaleb’s story but the actual details of what his story could’ve entailed never would formulate in my mind. Thank goodness I’m not a writer because I have a feeling that if I would’ve wrote Heart of Obsidian it would’ve went something like this:

“Kaleb was a bad mama jamma and since no one wanted to fight him because he was too powerful it took a special someone who had already captured his heart to come and regulate his badassness so that he could be welcomed back into society and not try to kill everyone. The End.”

But in all seriousness, I never would’ve imagined Heart of Obsidian turning out the way it did on top of what it added to the overall Psy-Changeling series. With all of that said I can’t say that I was completely blown away or pleased with the execution of Kaleb’s story.

Knowing from previous stories how Kaleb wasn’t like the other Psy on the Council it wasn’t a huge leap to believe that he could completely dismantle the structure of the Psy that has been in place for hundreds of years. My confusion came from how Kaleb started, and succeeded in pushing Nikita and Anthony out of the spotlight, when for a good while there they were the focal point because of their ties to the changelings and the power they themselves wielded.

On a side note, a lot of things about Heart of Obsidian left me puzzled because it reconstructed a lot of the constants that had been part of the Psy-Changeling series for 10 plus books. Heart of Obsidian didn’t’ feel like it was part of the same Psy-Changeling series I was used to reading.

Now that Kaleb has shown himself to be so freaking powerful what does this mean for the rest of the Psy and who would really be able to go against him and win other than Sienna. Heart of Obsidian left me so many questions and not enough answers, although it was good to know that suspicions of who Kaleb’s alter ego was were correct (hehe I’ve been shouting my suspicions of who he was since book 3 in my head).

I’m not sure what’s in store further down the line for this series but I trust Singh’s writing so I will just have to hold on and see.

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomancePartners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #11.5
Published by Berkley on August 23, 2016
Pages: 400 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars

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…

Oh I was not expecting the Psy-Changeling series to go in the direction it did with Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace)! Talk about a switch up in the modus operandi.

Partners in Persuasion (Wild Embrace) is once again a testament to Nalini Singh’s determination to always think outside of the box. A submissive male wolf and a dominant female leopard, who would’ve thunk?! Heck, who would’ve thought that I would’ve loved their story so much?!

We were first introduced to Felix I think in Kiss of Snow, or maybe it was Tangle of Need. Anyway, Felix headed the replanting of the land where Sienna’s X-Fire did some serious damage. It was in his working on that section of Snow Dancer territory where he first met – although he was too shy to ever say anything – Dezi, the Dark River solider who was on rotation for perimeter watch.

It’s within this setting, where life is being reborn after tragedy has struck, that these two, both so well matched, come together in a way that just embodies the phrase ‘the calm after the storm.’

About Nalini Singh

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated frequently).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

Fate Book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Fate Book by Mimi Jean PamfiloffFate Book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series: Fate Book #1
Published by Self Published on August 9, 2013
Pages: 224 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
two-half-stars

DAKOTA DANE IS ABOUT TO TELL A LIE SHE'LL WISH SHE HADN'T. Because her lie is dangerous, sexy, and just showed up on campus, angry as hell and looking for her...

Ugly duckling Dakota Dane has a new boyfriend. He’s male-model gorgeous, built to perfection, wealthy, and smart. He is also a lie. As in, 100% fabricated. Does it matter that Dakota has a perfectly good reason for making him up? Not really. Not when Dakota’s made-up boyfriend shows up in the flesh.

So is she crazy? All signs point to maybe. But the walking, talking enigma with the deadly vibe isn’t about to give her any answers or let her out of his sight. And with college just around the corner, Dakota fears her dreams of a bright future have just collided with a dark rabbit hole…
~~~
Fate.

Such a simple word, isn’t it? But there’s nothing simple about it. Not for me, anyway. Not when it comes to this man. I have no idea who the hell he is, where he came from, or what he wants, but his dangerous vibe tells me I should run away and never look back.

But I can’t.

Because as much as he scares the hell out of me, his sinfully dark gaze and what it does to me is ten times more powerful.

And I know I want something I shouldn’t. I should want my sanity. I should want college and parties and this dream I’ve waited for my whole life. I should want to keep that promise I made myself back in high school to make something of my life.

But now I’m looking at him, his powerful body, his predatory gaze, his sinfully shaped lips, and I know I’ll never be able to walk away. So I simply keep lying to myself about there being a reason for all this. I simply tell myself it must be fate.

After having read my first Mimi Jean Pamfiloff story, Tailored For Trouble, I’ll admit that I was excited to read Fate Book. Its synopsis alone hooked me in and made it hard to turn it down for something else, but in the actual reading of Fate Book I found that the synopsis was a little misleading in just what exactly its story contained.

What was said in the synopsis contributed to the first 5-10% of Fate Book and then that’s where things got wonky. Having never read a story like Fate Book I couldn’t tell you what it was like or what to say to prepare you for the complete foundational shift of its story. And to be honest I probably would’ve been able to tolerate the change if it wasn’t for the whiny attitude of the heroine, the confusion of events, and the poorly executed spy-like storyline.

The synopsis of Fate Book really made me think that I would be able to get a good old laugh out of its story only to find myself rolling my eyes and becoming irritated towards both Palo/Santiago and Dakota/Julie. I almost kind of wished that things had stayed at the high school and college level because then there would’ve at least been the support of other characters and their input into the story.

With all that being said about Fate Book and with the way I felt about Tailored For Trouble I can somewhat say that I have a well-rounded opinion or view of Pamfiloff’s writing and storytelling. I’m hoping, though since three times is the charm, that the next Pamfiloff story will let me know if I need to cut my loses or to dig in deeper and try one more story.

A Hustler’s Tears by Natasha Raynor

A Hustler’s Tears by Natasha RaynorA Hustler's Tears by Natasha Raynor
Series: A Hustler's Tears #1
Published by Leo Sullivan Presents on October 11, 2016
Pages: 220 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Sexy Haitian and former hustler, Truth is officially out of the game and ready to live a legit life with Emilie Baptiste and their twin sons until a ghost from his past drops one heck of a bombshell on him. Emilie is devastated and is unable to hide it. Her devastation pushes Truth away because he feels that she should put her feelings aside and ride for him. The more Emilie acts out the more it pushes Truth away and the both of them begin to fear that the damage isn't able to be undone.

Samir Adams is happily married and faithful. His only flaw is running the streets, but he has no intention of stopping any time soon. Going for a short visit to North Carolina to visit his God brother, Jules Baptiste, changes Samir's life in more ways than one. On top of being shot, he discovers that his wife, Charity, isn't who he thinks she is, and it rips his heart from his chest. Samir vows to never love again, but once he meets a sexy pharmacist, he has to ask himself if that vow is actually a realistic one.

Crucial and his girl, Kennedi, are settled into their new home in Miami and waiting for the birth of their child. Life is great until a freak accident breaks both of their hearts and changes the course of their relationship. Crucial doesn't know how to handle his grief, and it's not the first time that he pushes Kennedi away, but it could be his last. Fed up with his treatment of her, Kennedi begins to question if they are meant to be.

Truth, Samir, and Crucial play no games in the streets, but their women are their weakness, and they all learn the hard way that hustlers feel pain too.

It been a while since I’ve read an Urban Fiction story and I’m glad, somewhat, that A Hustler’s Tears was the first I dived back into.

When A Hustler’s Tears first started I immediately became glad that its story wasn’t going to bog me down with multiple storylines right off the bat, leaving me to utilize my multitasking skill to keep up with who’s who and what drama encompassed their world. In fact Natasha Raynor did a good job of slowly easing her readers into who each character and/or couple’s storyline was so that confusion wouldn’t be the first thing we would be hit with.

The first couple we were introduced to were Truth and Emilie, then the next couple was given their in-depth introduction, and from there Raynor continued on with this trend throughout the beginning of A Hustler’s Tears until all four couples were revealed. In doing it this way Raynor was able to break down the intricacies that made up each couple so that as we read we would know their background and present situations that would then explain their battles as the story went on.

I will say that there were some couples I didn’t care for, but the characters that kept me the most entertained were Truth, Adrika, Jules, Lyric, Samir, and Diamond. With the other ones I’m not saying they weren’t entertaining or interesting just that their storylines were too out there for me to take seriously, especially when a few of their actions had major consequences.

I do want to continue on to see what happens to the characters I liked more but I’ll wait, the synopsis for part two doesn’t seem all that appealing right now especially after the way things ended in A Hustler’s Tears.