Declaration of Courtship (Wild Invitation) by Nalini Singh

Declaration of Courtship (Wild Invitation) by Nalini SinghDeclaration of Courtship (Wild Invitation) by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #9.5
Published by Berkley on March 5, 2013
Pages: 339 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

In Declaration of Courtship , Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”

In reading Play of Passion I knew I wanted Cooper’s story but I didn’t think that Declaration of Courtship (Wild Invitation) would come on the heels of its story. (I am seriously loving reading the Psy-Changeling series in its correct order).

With each installment it seems Nalini Singh takes us deeper into this dynamic and unique world she has created, pulling back another layer that we didn’t know was there. In Declaration of Courtship (Wild Invitation) we were able to dive deeper into the mysterious relationship match up that was first introduced in Play of Passion, a dominant/submissive relationship. Since the series has been riddle with dominant/just as dominant relationships I was intrigued by how Singh was going to spin the story of Cooper (dominant) and Grace (submissive).

The execution of Cooper and Grace’s relationship in Declaration of Courtship (Wild Invitation) went about in the only way it could’ve. I did, though, find myself disconnecting with Cooper’s character which I thought was odd because I was sort of expecting to find Grace’s character harder to connect with than I did. I simply didn’t get his individual character, of course there was the necessary background information on his struggles and character attributes but they just didn’t penetrate deep enough for me to form a connection with his character. Regardless though, I loved his interactions and his courtship of Grace, and it was in these moments that I could understand him but when there were scenes of him alone I was left puzzled about his motivations.

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.

  • So glad that you’re able to read this series completely in order. I listened to Wild Invitation straight through when it first came out. I think I was caught up on the series at the time. I do like to go back and listen to stories from that book in between full length books from time to time. 🙂

    • When I tried to go through the series the first time it was very overwhelming and that’s why I stopped almost mid-way. Going through it this time with the novella’s in-between is much more rewarding and entertaining.

  • library addict

    I’m rereading this one now. I enjoy Grace & Cooper as a couple, but don’t consider them favorites.

    I originally read this novella in the published order. Rereading this time in chronological order is fun and does offer a different insight. But it can be fun to reread in published order as well.

    I’m rather glad I read the series originally in the published order and that’s the way I usually reread it. But either way works.

    One thing that’s nice about the novellas is because they are often out of timeline order, the focus is much more on the individual romance than the overarching plot. As much as I loved the Silence arc (and hope to love the upcoming Trinity arc) it’s nice to just concentrate on the romance once in a while. The novellas also serve to flesh out things that are mentioned in the main books, but don’t really affect the main storyline. In this case getting to explore one of the satellite SnowDancer dens was a real treat.