Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

Title: Visions of Heat
Series: Psy-Changeling
Author: Nalini Singh
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: March 6, 2007
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 042521575X
ISBN-13: 9780425215753

In danger from fellow Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need . . . exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced—and keep her from Vaughn.

My rating:

Another winner by Ms. Nalini Singh. If possible, the characterization was even better. The reader can "feel" both Faith and Vaughn, able to understand where they both come from, their individual points of view, understand what they fight for and why...

I was a bit lost on the "darkness" business though and found the ending lacked in explanation, or any hint at all. Also, the drug incident was quickly brushed away, but hopefully so it can be utilized in the future.

These little hiccups aside, Ms. Singh delivered another gripping and quite emotional tale of the Psy-Changeling universe. The characters were well-developed, the romance nice, slowly-budding, and more than believable, the sex scenes scorchingly hot, and the supporting cast, along with the alpha pair nicely interwoven into the plot.
I loved the deeper glimpse into the Psy Council and their intrigues, along with the rather cute introduction to the NetMind. I'm looking forward to learning more.

Faith's involvement with the changelings and her acceptance into the Pack also gave us a sneak preview of the future books, thanks to this particular Psy's gift, and the conclusion to the suspense subplot also gave a little insight into the next book's hero, Judd Lauren. The little hints Faith discovered were more than intriguing and, although this book ends with a satisfying HEA, the little peek into Judd's abilities provided quite a cliffy for the next installment into this amazing series.


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