ARC Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Posted August 23, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh
Wild Embrace
by Nalini Singh

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: August 23rd 2016
Series: Psy-Changeling #15.5
Published by Berkley
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
 

“It’s so rare to find an anthology where you like every single story, and yet Singh has produced that rare gem with Wild Embrace.
~ Under the Covers

We have on our hands another anthology bursting full of Nalini Singh goodness, in the form of a collection of shorts set in her Psy Changeling world.

Echo’s of Silence

The first book in this anthology is a human-Psy pairing, which answered a lot of questions for me. Now, in previous books the Arrows mention Alaris the deep sea station and one of their own they have there and they hint that he has a partner and has broken Silence long before even Judd, from book #3, did. I always wondered who this guy was and who he had mated with. Now I know, and hopefully I am not the only one who was wondering.

On to the story itself, I thought I would be disappointed that there was no changeling in this book, but I wasn’t. I loved it, as always Singh has written a great little romance; sweet and sexy and I devoured this short in one sitting.

Dorian

This is less a short story and more of snippet’s of Dorian’s life, from when he was a cub and trying to deal with his latency, to when he first managed his transformation in to a leopard. For any Dorian fans, like me, this is a great few pages to read and makes me want to go straight back to the beginning of the series and reread.

Partners in Persuasion

This one was my favourite of the anthology as it showed us something a little bit different. In this book we have a submissive male and dominant female pairing. Now, those of you who are thinking leather and leashes, put your restraints away. Felix is a submissive male in the SnowDancer pack, which basically means he isn’t a fighter and feels compelled to obey those more dominant than him. Desiree is a dominant female from the DarkRiver pack on the way to being a Sentinel. In most romance, especially shifter ones, it’s the male that’s more dominant and Singh has generally followed this trend, which is why I loved this book so much, it showed a different dynamic.

Much like other Singh books this was sexy, fun and romantic, Felix’s shyness was adorable and Desiree was a stronge female character who was just the woman to appreciate him.

Flirtation of Fate

And we come to the fourth and final book in this anthology, I’m kind of sad that it’s ending, I have enjoyed every one of the stories including this one. Flirtation of Fate is set with the SnowDancer wolves and is about two lieutenants, Garnet and Kenji. These two have a lot of history together and although you don’t really meet them until this anthology Singh does a fantastic job of filling you in in the short amount of page space available. You also can’t help but get drawn into the tension between them, it’s a mix of unfulfilled desire, anger and longing, it draws you in until you have to see what will happen next.

I feel like I’m repeating myself but…this story was sexy, romantic and full of Singh’s signature style, if you loved the other books in this anthology you will love this one.

It’s so rare to find an anthology where you like every single story, and yet Singh has produced that rare gem with Wild Embrace. If you already love the Psy Changeling series than this is a must read, if you haven’t read it, this gives you a nice taste of Nalini Singh’s style.
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About Nalini Singh

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 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 every month).

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.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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i don’t usually read anthologies but i would absolutely read this!

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Thanks for the review Suzanne

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Thanks for the review.