Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

Posted April 13, 2017 by Leona Woolfolk in Books / 6 Comments

Play of Passion by Nalini SinghPlay of Passion by Nalini Singh
Format: Paperback
Series: Psy-Changeling #9
Reading Challenges: Read All the Books Challenge

For the sake of not repeating myself I’m just going to put it out there that my main issue with Play of Passion was the same issue I had with Branded By Fire, with a slight variation. With that being said I did end up loving Play of Passion.

At first when I read the synopsis for Play of Passion I thought that Mercy’s friend from Branded By Fire was named Drew too and was being paired with Indigo. Thinking of Riley and Brenna’s brother Drew didn’t even enter into the mix nor did I think that he would even get his own story. I am seriously starting to realize I should never underestimate or assume anything about Nalini Singh’s writing.

The one variation that I was talking about previously was the age difference between Indigo and Drew. Outside of the female dominant verses male dominant games, the age different game was also in play and it irked my nerves worse than I thought it would. I’m not bagging on female characters like Indigo and Mercy because I prefer a heroine to be more submissive towards their men, instead I expect for a dominant woman wanting to be mated to dominant man to understand there needs to be some give and take. When I see the heroine taking, taking, and taking some more and expecting the hero to bend over backwards in when all twisted up, which is what I felt happened both in Play of Passion and Branded by Fire.

(Sigh) other than the glaring issues I had with the relationship dynamic between Indigo and Drew I really enjoyed Play of Passion. Drew’s character was someone I could read about nonstop and I just enjoyed reading about his antics towards Indigo and everyone else he interacted with in the pack.

I’m also glad I was able to get through Play of Passion, that both of these pigheaded character (one more than the other) worked everything out in the end, and that I was able to see how they worked through the sensitive and intricate details of their relationship together, coming out stronger for it in the end.

Now on to Hawke and Sienna’s story…Oh wait there’s a novella about another character I’m curious about first…

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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6 responses to “Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

  1. Funny… my two favorite books in this series are the two you struggled with most. I LOVE the changeling/changeling romances and dominance issues. I loved the passion both pairs ignited. The Psys are just so cold. And the Psy/Changeling matches are over done (and then the Psy/Psy relationships which dominate the current books).
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  2. library addict

    I enjoyed parts of this book, but the dominance issue was basically a replay of the Riley/Mercy romance (minus the “who will have to leave their pack” issue). I would have liked it more if Indigo had simply been the more dominant and Andrew had to learn to just deal with it, but the fact he will eventually outgrow her in dominance is such a bummer to me. It’s actually Andrew who gets on my nerves when I reread it though, not Indigo. But I find the way both he and Riley treat their sister Brenna extremely annoying so I am sure that’s part of it.

    I also think it’s “unfair” how much Hawke and co appeared in the DarkRiver books in comparison to how much page time Lucas and co get in this and the next two primarily SnowDancer-set books. It’s not that I like the DarkRiver folks more, it’s simply a sense of unbalance that is emphasized when rereading the books back-to-back.

    There’s really not a bad book or novella in this entire series. And while there are some couples I enjoy much more than others, that aren’t any romances I didn’t like at least parts of. And even when the romance is not a favorite, there’s so much going on in the world that all of the books are must reads for the overarching plot.

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