Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow by Nalini SinghKiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #10
Published by Berkley on May 31, 2011
Pages: 415 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

Okay see now I’m conflicted. After reading Kiss of Snow I’m now arguing with myself on whether its story is the climax to the Psy-Changeling series or if its just the start of the newest journey to come after the climax that was Bonds of Justice. (Sigh) whatever the heck it was Kiss of Snow was the kind of rollercoaster, emotional and action-packed, that I love to ride!

From the introduction of Hawke and Sienna’s character in the earlier stories of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series my anticipation for their story, especially when their attraction/forbidden attraction surfaced early on in this series, has ramped up with each installment.

Before I even knew what they Psy-Changeling series consisted of I first, blindly, picked up Kiss of Snow way back when and fell in love. I’d also caught up on Singh’s Guild Hunter series (I believe I had just finished Archangel’s Consort or Archangel’s Kiss at the time) and I wanted to test the waters in what I saw as her ‘other’ series. (If you didn’t know already I’m a backwards person and find myself often doing backwards things.) In reading Kiss of Snow out of order I knew that before I continued on I needed to start at the beginning, hence my first time reading through the Psy-Changeling series.

I could sing from the rafters about Kiss of Snow but I’ll instead leave off with this…if from the synopsis and my review you feel the desire to read Kiss of Snow please start off with either Beat of Temptation (Wild Invitation) or Slave to Sensation. Starting with either one of these stories is the surest way for you to get the full impact of all Kiss of Snow has to offer.

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.

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  • I really loved this story. I started out with Slave to Sensation and worked my way through the series. I don’t remember exactly when I read the anthology, but it was whenever it came out. I do agree that having more of the story around Hawke and Sienna helps this story a lot.

    • When I first read it I was confused about a lot of things and didn’t like it as much because I had so many questions and couldn’t understand Hawke’s resistance to Sienna.

  • library addict

    I consider Heart of Obsidian the end of the arc (that final scene!), then we have two wrap up books (with Shield of Winter and Shards of Hope) plus Allegiance of Honor is sort of a bridge book (also a “reunion” book). But I do think Bonds of Justice and Kiss of Snow marked big turning points in the overarching plot.

    • Now that I think about it, and now that I’ve finally caught up I think you’re right. Heart of Obsidian made a statement with it’s entire story.

  • Great review, thanks for sharing. I need to add Nalini to my reading list. 🙂

  • I remember before this book came out, we were told it would be the conclusion of the overall story arc, but as one continues on with the series, you realize it really isn’t. Things shift and move, but honestly, I didn’t feel that the story arc was completed until the most recent Allegiance of Honor. Or maybe books 12-14 were a separate story arc, transitioning us to the new series?

    • Yeah I just finished Allegiance of Honor and that did feel like the conclusion to the overall story arc, or at least part one of it.