Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

Play of Passion by Nalini SinghPlay of Passion by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #9
Published by Berkley on November 2, 2010
Pages: 321 pages
Format: Paperback

In his position as tracker for the SnowDancer pack, it's up to Drew Kincaid to rein in rogue changelings who have lost control of their animal halves- even if it means killing those who have gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite... and who threatens to enslave his wolf.

Lieutenant Indigo Riviere doesn't easily allow skin privileges, especially of the sensual kind- and the last person she expects to find herself craving is the most wickedly playful male in the den. Everything she knows tells her to pull back before the flames burn them both to ash... but she hasn't counted on Drew's will.

Now, two of SnowDancer's most stubborn wolves find themselves playing a hot, sexy game even as lethal danger stalks the very place they call home.

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.

  • I love when a PNR series has a great story arc, so that if you don’t love the romance or couple, you still love the story. Glad you enjoyed this one. This is one of my favorite series.

    • Easily one of my favorites as well :), but her Guild Hunter series definitely comes first for me lol.

  • 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).

    • Haha, that’s why I love the book community because there’s always so many perspectives and thoughts that they literally make you dig deeper into the story than you might’ve before.

  • 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.

    • Yeah I understand where you’re coming from about the unbalance between Snow Dancer and Dark River. I have missed reading about the Dark River peeps but I think because Snow Dancer covers more territory Nalini Singh is trying to show us all that they offer.