Play of Passion: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 9 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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In his position as Tracker for the SnowDancer pack, Drew Kincaid must rein in rogue Changelings who've lost control of their animal halves - even if it means killing those who've 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.
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|Audible.com Release Date||September 20, 2011|
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Drew Kincaid is the heart and glue that holds the pack of SnowDancer together, but not many people know what he does except hunt rogue changelings who've lost control. He is the hunter and a dominant male in the pack, without the status of Lieutenant to prove it while he still reports directly to the Alpha. His easy going, lovable personality allows him to gather intel others just can't.
Indigo Rivers is a Lieutenant, or right hand of the Alpha. She is also very dominant and can't see herself ever being the submissive mate to a dominant male. Expecting her mate to be more dominant than herself, she is puzzled by the attraction she feels for Drew, someone she can't put into a compartmentalized hierarchy. While the relationship is ambiguous at best, there is also the fact that Drew is 4 years younger than her making the dominant issues even more complex.
But Drew has his heart set on Indigo and won't let a little dominant issues get in his way. While Indigo pushes back, Drew pushes forward with a courting any woman would love to be on the receiving end of. How many chocolate kisses can one woman eat and never gain a pound? Roses, chocolate, lots of food...the courting is a foodie fest!
Unfortunately, the Psy now have their sights on San Francisco and everyone is in their cross hairs. The Council is breaking apart around the issue of Silence. We know where a few of the Counsilors stand, but not all of them. I was disappointed we did get to see any of Kaleb in this book. But we did learn a little more about Nikita, Anthony, Henry and Shoshanna. Two camps start to form...those dedicated to Silence in its purest form and those that realize Silence is failing. Pure-Psy has their sights on correcting the balance and taking control. The battle is coming.
Nalini Singh did a great job once again putting two dominant characters together and making it work. I love a strong woman who isn't afraid of who and what she is. Indigo is that and more. You see her softer side with the story of her sister or how she is in charge of the younger teen members of the pack. She guides with a strong hand, but can also listen to their problems and help guide them. Then there is the strong male that is the perfect counterpart to Indigo. Drew isn't a push around, but he also is the one everyone knows they can come to with their problems. He does have the dark job of killing rogues who can't be brought back. While that hurts him deeply, he is a man who knows that it is for the best of the pack and does it for the pack. The two have huge hearts and strong personalities, so it takes time to learn to grow with each other. Learn to deal with issues that are bound to show up.
Wow! That sums up this book pretty well, but you want more I know. I put off reading this book mostly because I didn't want to stop reading the series. I wanted to drag it out...take each book slowly...enjoy it like fine chocolate. But now I am racing to catch up because I just want to know...everything. When I say dominant above, I am not referring to the BDSM kind of dominance. This is more a hierarchy. Unfortunately, Drew doesn't fall within the normal hierarchy, which causes the conflict between the characters. Indigo clearly is dominant and high up in the hierarchy, while Drew's place in it is while not unknown, murky at best. This creates the majority of controversy besides the Psy secret operations.
If you haven't started reading this series, you don't know what you are missing. While I love the series, I tend to like the stories with the changelings in them more than the somewhat "humans". While those non-changeling books aren't bad, they just aren't the ones I want to go back and read. This book has re-readability all over it.
Indigo is the only female Lieutenant in the SnowDancer pack. She never realized how much she depended on Drew’s friendship until he changed the rules. Indigo is terrified to lose him but also can’t stand to be hurt during the courtship when she knows he won’t be able to help but challenge her at every turn. But Drew is different then anything she could have imagined and the dance is on, to Drew’s delight and the rest of the den’s.
War is coming. Not everything is sunshine and roses, Silence is falling and Pure Psy is gaining ground and determined to hold Silence at all cost.
The courtship between Indy and Drew is fantastic. Drew doesn’t give up and isn’t at all intimidated by a strong woman. Indigo doesn’t just put up a token fight, she truly resists him for what she convinces herself is the good of the pack. They are perfectly balanced and work well together. There is also a ton of build up for Hawke and Sienna in this book as well as a tentative partnership between SnowDancer, DarkRiver, Anthony, and Nikita.
Indigo Riviere doesn't have time to play around with pack flirt and charmer, Drew Kincaid. He's declared his interest in her but he pushed too far and is too obviously looking to work off some stress in the naked and sweaty way. Problem is, he's younger than her, also dominant, and his position in the pack is...complicated. It's confusing her wolf. Hell, it's confusing her, too. She doesn't want to lose his friendship, there's no doubt he stirs her blood, but Indigo may just be too dominant to ever accept him.
Andrew Kincaid has bled for his pack and he's killed for them. His job demands it. He deals with the dark weight of responsibility by smiling, flirting, and having a good time. It's a coping mechanism, and it has its own purposes, but it doesn't for one minute mean he's the harmless young rogue Indy thinks he is. Drew is a dominant wolf who knows exactly who his mate is and he will use every bit of charm at his considerable disposal to convince the stubborn woman, no matter how long it takes. Indigo is his, and not even she can say otherwise.
Let me just get this out of the way before I go any further: Singh is one of my favorite authors, both her Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series are two of my favorite series, and I love how she writes. I need to say that first because I this book didn't really work for me, and within the parameters of the series, it was a little disappointing. I'm not saying I think it's a bad book. In any other series by any other author, I probably would've liked it just fine, but in this series the bar has been long-since set extremely high, and this one didn't reach it for me.
First, the characters. I was a little surprised at how flat and two dimensional both Indigo and Drew seemed to me. That's nothing near normal in this series. Hell, even the characters I haven't liked since the series started have gotten more fleshed out than these two. Their relationship evolution, as well as the requisite conflicts between them, also seemed limited and lacking depth.
She's a dominant; so is he. She's older than he is, and his pack position isn't quite clear in the hierarchy of SnowDancer. That's the whole of the relationship conflict that gets hashed out throughout the romance arc of the book. Oh, and he's charming and she's stubborn.
There's something wrong when I can sum up both Singh's main characters and their relationship conflict in a couple of sentences. And this is something I never thought I'd say, but I was a little bored by the will they/won't they mating dance. It was just too limited to really seem like a question with consequences.
On the other hand, the "they will" moments were chock full of lusty good times and smoking hot sex scenes!
There were plot threads that could have added some depth or insight into the characters, but they were dropped or lacked development. Drew speaks with Indigo's mother and she mentions he needs to meet Indigo's sister and someone else that she keeps nameless for a time. I got the impression that meeting these two were supposed to give Drew insight into Indigo's personality. He never met the sister, and I think the nameless one was supposed to be Indigo's aunt Aida, but when he did meet her, nothing was mentioned that hearkened back to that conversation between Drew and Tarah, so I wasn't sure.
Another problem for me with this book was the limited page time the characters were given for their relationship to evolve. Between the shifting focus in the narrative from plotlines that encapsulated the pack's issues and the Psy Council antics, neither of which were particularly cohesive, nor furthered the series storyline arc in any significant manner, the whole book felt jumpy and jerky and a little disorganized to me. It also seemed largely inconsequential to the series big picture.
It did, though, serve as a very nice prologue to set up what I can only guess is going to be a cataclysm of storytelling in the next book. Hawke's book. Sienna's book. The one I've been waiting for since the series started. The tension between those two has been ratcheting up, over, and off the charts for several books now and I can't wait to see how it all plays out. But not at the expense of this one, and that's exactly how I felt about this book at the end. That it was little more than cannon fodder for the next.
But I stand by my opening comment. Singh's a favorite. So is this series. While Play of Passion may not have lit my fires, there's just been too many fantastic reads so far to get upset about it. Every series has its transition books, books that seem more to change the series direction than further the established series arc, and maybe that's exactly what this book was intended to do. It would've been a great book in any other series or world. Just wasn't quite enough to make me happy in this one.
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Can I just say how much I adored Drew, I actually think he's one of my favourite males from the series so far (although if I'm honest I've fallen for them all!). Drew is such a sweetheart and is constantly looking out for everyone around him, he puts everybody else's needs before his own and is always the one who is cracking jokes to ease the tension. At a quick glance Drew might come across as a bit of a joker and someone who doesn't take things too seriously but he has a will of steel and he's the kind of guy you'd want at your back if you were in a tight spot. Drew is incredibly lovable, he makes mistakes but he's willing to admit to them and he's not afraid to say sorry or to put his heart on the line to prove himself to Indigo. Indigo is much more reserved than Drew, she is wary of letting anyone close and as one of the rare dominant females she has a harder time accepting Drew because he's not clearly defined in the pack. I have to admit I found myself frustrated with her occasionally but I did enjoy seeing Drew get under her defences and prove to her that he was more than capable of taking control when he needed to. They're just such a great couple and seeing them together never failed to make me smile.
As much as I loved the romance between Drew and Indigo I was also completely absorbed in the side stories that are going on at the same time. The Psy-Changeling series is just going from strength to strength and I'm becoming more caught up in the world and invested in the characters with every new instalment. Sometimes when I read a series in quick succession the books start to get repetitive and they can fail to hold my interest but that couldn't be further from the truth in this case. Each couple Nalini Singh introduces us to have their own obstacles to work through but the ongoing world building is also phenomenal. This author has a rare gift of being able to give us multiple points of view, from both previous and new characters, while still allowing the main couple to hold the focus of the story.
There is so much going on in Play of Passion, not only do we get to see more of Hawke and Sienna (I was dying for their book by the time I finished reading this!) but we also see how the DarkRiver leopards are doing and find out more about what the Psy Council is planning. Things are really starting to reach boiling point there and it's fascinating to see how Silence is being effected by the changes. I've been devouring the books in this series recently and I can't wait to continue the journey.
This is the ninth book in the Psy-Changeling series and while I was really looking forward to a changeling focused book after the last few were psy heavy, I must say I was a little disappointed. It was a bit like Psy-Changeling-lite. I liked both Drew and Indigo where they've appeared in the other books in the series, and was surprised that I didn't enjoy this more. There are a lot of similarities between this and Branded by Fire and I think that book was vastly superior to this.
Most of the focus of the book is on the relationship (normal for the series) but in this one it almost totally drowns out the background story. In the last book, the Psy Council split in two with some members supporting Silence and others beginning to reject it. This book has the pro-Silence Psy beginning to act against the things they regard as a threat, including the SnowDancer wolves. The storyline that was included was good, I just wish there had been a greater depth and more of a build up of tension.
There were also some little Hawke/Sienna sections thrown in. I know their book ( Kiss of Snow ) is up next so I didn't mind their appearance as they helped build my anticipation for that book.
All in all, this was a good read and I can't wait for Kiss of Snow out later in 2011.
I initially preferred the leopards/cats out of the changelings. While Riley's book helped convert me toward the wolves, this book cemented that conversion. Drew's pursuit of Indy is sweet, touching and romantic as well as sexy and hot. I disagree with some reviews I've read that Indy was too harsh and mean in her treatment of Drew. I think NS did a good job of writing a romance about a strong, determined and loyal woman/wolf pursued by a strong and determined charmer such as Drew. The characters - particularly Drew - were not the usual two-dimensional Alpha crap you find in most paranormal romances.
While it isn't Bronte or Tolstoy, Nalini Singh's books are at the top of this genre and are fun and enjoyable escapism for readers - particularly in these rainy winter months.