Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub

Posted May 9, 2017 by Leona Woolfolk in Books / 4 Comments

Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPubTangle of Need by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #11
Published by Berkley on May 29, 2012
Pages: 422 pages
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past—one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

After everything we learned about Riaz and Adria from Indigo’s story and the stories that came after I was so excited for Tangle of Need. I mean we were finally getting their story after everything these two have been through and had to endure!  But the overall product of Tangle of Need left me with blah feelings towards its story, and both Adria and Riaz.

Even though I really tried to give their story the benefit of the doubt I just couldn’t rock with Tangle of Need. If it wasn’t for Hawke/Sienna, Aden, Vasic, the shenanigans of Pure Psy, and oddly enough Mercy and Riley Tangle of Need would have gotten a lower rating.

In saying all of that I’m not putting down the coupling of Riaz and Adria, nor am I saying that the writing and storytelling wasn’t up to Nalini Singh standards. But in putting these two headstrong characters together a lot of the philosophy that we (the readers) have been made to believe from the earlier books was twisted and bent to make Riaz and Adria’s mating work. With that said my issue with Tangle of Need has more to do with confusion of what it was supposed to have done for the Psy-Changeling series than my overall feelings about its story.

Riaz and Adria’s whole courtship felt false to me since up until Tangle of Need it’s been explained and understood to that when you find your mate that’s it, but for what transpired in this story that’s now all unraveling and I’m at a lost as to what I’m supposed to do with this change of foundation.

On a lighter note, it was good to read about more of the pack and what all was going on with them and to also learn new aspects that make up the Snow Dancer pack.

I know I will continue on in this series because of the conflict and the characters but I hope the romances that comes after Tangle of Need goes back or at lease starts to make sense again.

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.

4 responses to “Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh @BerkleyRomance @BerkleyPub

  1. library addict

    I disliked this the book the first time around, but their romance has grown on me a lot during multiple rereads. I think the romance does suffer because of the pacing of the book. Also the fact that many of the events felt like filler, especially after the action-packed Kiss of Snow.

    That said, I love the interlude in Venice, especially the shopping trip! I also love that Riaz owns the fact he was a total jerk to Adria at the start, no ifs, ands, or buts. He apologizes and makes the effort to truly change his behavior (unlike certain other members of SnowDancer).

    Still it’s the Arrows and the introduction of Zaira that make this a must (re)read for me.

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