Review: Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

A Psy-Changeling Novel 9

Play of Passion by Nalini Singh, UK edition cover.

Title: Play of Passion (A Psy-Changeling Novel)
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: 26th May 2011


Passion and reason collide with explosive force in the newest installment of Nalini Sing’s mesmerizing Psy-Changeling series. As a conflict with Pure Psy looms on the horizon, two powerful wolves fight a more intimate war of their own . . .

In his role 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 not those 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 he r to pull back before the flames burn them both to ash . . . but she hasn’t counted on Drew’s determination to win her.

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

Rating: ***** (5 stars)

This is the ninth installment of Nalini Singh’s fantastic A Psy-Changeling Novel, and boy is it  a fantastic read. With this book we’re straight back into changeling territory, although the Psy do feature prominently in the book as the world is on the brink of war (as it was in the previous book) though it’s not tipped over yet.

For me, this novel was Singh at her best.

Tensions are running high in this book, and because of this people are starting to act. Singh split the book between this rising tension and action, and the budding relationship between Drew and Indy. I think she achieved this brilliantly, so neither plot overwhelmed the other and they meshed together to form a cohesive whole.

It is interesting to see a bit more of Drew and Indy, as they have been secondary characters in previous books – Drew is Brenna’s brother and Indigo trained Sienna. Singh makes them into full, well-rounded characters, and it’s interesting to see the transition.

This book also allows a closer look at the Psy Council particularly Henry and Shoshanna Scott, and Nikita Duncan and Anthony Kyriakus who stand on both sides of the divide.

I don’t really want to go into too much detail, so I’m ending the review here: it was an entertaining and engrossing read. If shapeshifters are your thing, then check out this series and definitely this book.

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