If I'd written this review 40 pages before the end, I would have given it 4 stars. However the last 40 pages were just such a waste of time and paper I have to give Nalini Singh a half star debit.
As with Slave to Sensation, Visions of Heat is about a Psy who finds a deep connection with a Changeling. You can read this book without reading the previous but I think Singh leaves out some material about the depth and importance of the mate bond among Changelings that you read in book 1. She assumes you've read her other books, which is good because we don't spend a lot of time rehashing things. But if you came into this story cold, I am not sure you would have completely been convinced why their relationship is so important to Vaughn (the hero).
Visions has a good romance, the mystery is less exciting but we get acquainted with secondary characters (like Judd, star of next book). Singh does an exceptional job of creating this alternate reality and the PsyNet. It is remarkable how much thought she has given, this isn't just putting pretty words together, she's creating a universe that is unique and interesting.
So far Singh's hero's are all Alpha males, super dominant types, the cranky guys with a hard edge and a soft heart. She writes them well and convinces us that they've found their match. The love scenes are steamy.
I really really enjoyed this book. I feel that these are very original. Once I started reading this I could hardly put it down. I will say that if you are considering reading this book i would start with the first one of the series. This book could stand alone, but honestly they are worth the read!
The second book in Nalini Singh series of paranormal romance books about changelings, psys, and humans is even better than the 1st! I am looking forward to reading the third! I took a sneak preview of it on her web site and I can't wait until I am able to read it! I like this series very much!