Incredible! Caressed by Ice is the 3rd book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series. I was lucky enough to be chosen to post an early review and I have to say this book exceeded my high expectations. I thought the Psy-Changeling world couldn't get any better. . .Wow was I wrong! Anyone who doubts a Psy male can equal a changeling male in sexiness and alpha male yummy-ness be assured Judd, the elite Psy soldier, more than earns his own alpha male category!
Judd's background story is finally revealed and his family members' back story is explored further. There is even a startling revelation about Hawke that really makes for an exciting development for that sexy wolve's future story.
The connection and desire between Judd and Brenna is just scorching! I loved how Brenna wouldn't let Judd ignore what was between them and how even as Judd struggled to stay away, he always sought her out.
Every scene with Judd and Brenna carried an intensity that has become a trademark for Singh's work. In actuality each character's interaction from Brenn's brothers and packmates to Judd's niece is just so poignant.
The plot moves along fast as we find ourselves in a sort of quest by Brenn and Judd to figure out what her kidnapper (from Visions of Heat, 2nd book in series) has done to her mind.
The political agenda of the Psy council is a continuing engrossing subplot, its like watching a chess game. This story delves further into the Councils underhanded dealings and the changelings counter moves. Singh pulls the reader into the story by creating a graphic world with gripping characters.
I hate leaving Singh's world when I've finished her book but I look forward to my next visit!
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Along with her previous two books, Slave to Sensation and Visions of Heat.
Nalini Singh continues to impress me with her romance novels. I'm not a fan of the genre as a rule, but the supernatural element of the Psy-Changeling series intrigued me. I've read the first two - Slave to Sensation and Visions of Heat - and Caressed By Ice is my favorite thus far.
This book introduces the reader to the SnowDancer wolf pack, after spending the first two novels with the DarkRiver cats. I like the wolves. They manage to be obsessed with touch like the cats, but in a subtler way. Judd, while unfortunately named, is the most fascinating Psy character to date. Silence hasn't stifled his power like it did to Faith and Sasha, it's actually necessary to help him control the violent, destructive nature of his power. His internal physical, emotional and psychic struggle as he falls in love with Brenna makes for a fantastic read. While I felt that Sasha and in some ways Faith almost became Changling in their mating with Lucas and Vaughn, even in love with Brenna, Judd is still 100% Psy.
Brenna makes a good match for Judd, although she is a typical heroine. Feisty, headstrong, emotionally damaged from her torture by Enrique in book one, Brenna does have a journey as a character. We learn more about the horrors and lasting damage she suffered at the hands of the Psy which ironically is the basis of why she is drawn to Judd. They are made for each other in the sense that Judd's Psy tendencies push her out of several emotional breakdowns in a way the Changlings never could.
This is Judd's book, however, and rightly so as we also learn that he has been working as a resistence fighter of sorts with a Psy known only as The Ghost. Together, Judd and the Ghost set about dismantling various Psy Council projects. Also interesting is an increased focus on the Psy Council and the innerworkings of a group of minds striving for personal power, wealth and dominance. I give kudos to Singh because I actually believe that any one of the Psy Council would turn on and terminate any other member or psy to get ahead.
I look forward to continuing with the series.
This was an excellent book. I believe this is the third in the series of the Psy and the Changlings. Lots of intrigue and mushy stuff. I can't wait for her next book to be released.