Title: Tangle of Need
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy/Changeling (Book 11)
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 422 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425247562 (Penguin/Berkley)
ISBN-13: 978-0425247563 (Penguin/Berkley)
Reviewed by: Kristie
Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past–one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.
For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.
Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.
Quick & Dirty: Nalini Singh is a master storyteller when it comes to emotions and relationships. A character driven plot that has so many little events happening that leads me to believe that Tangle of Need is a filler book for important events in the future.
Opening Sentence: Riaz caught a flash of midnight hair and a long-legged stride and called out, “Indigo!”
Tangle of Need starts two months after the events of Kiss of Snow. Hawke and Sienna are about to celebrate their mating ceremony and all has been quiet on the Psy front. SnowDancer is rebuilding the land that was destroyed by Sienna’s cold fire. Adria has permanently moved back with the SnowDancer pack after her divorce from Martin and Raiz is fighting the call of the lone wolf after finding his mate and being devastated that she is not in love with him. Alice is still in a coma. Ghost still doesn’t understand people’s emotions. Aden, Vasic and councilor Kaleb Krychek’s loyalties are still unknown. Little is seen of Walker and Lara but Judd still plays a huge role in decisions that affect SnowDancer.
Adria is pretty depressed after her divorce and the last thing she wants is another relationship. She can’t stand to go through the heartbreak again but her wolf needs the relief of skin contact. She is strangely attracted to Riaz but hides it behind hate and indifference so he will leave her alone. Unfortunately it catches Riaz’ attention, he doesn’t understand why she can hate him so much. Eventually they both relieve the tension built up with some skin contact. Adria is especially skittish of Riaz when she realizes he has already met his mate. How can she give him her heart when his has already been spoken for? She doesn’t want to be second best.
Riaz slowly comes to a realization about his feelings towards Adria. He knows what she is doing by not giving herself to him fully while he gradually works to gain her trust and love. Riaz is a strong wolf. He will not treat Adria like her ex-husband did. Their relationship is passionate but it is not as hot as some other relationships in past novels.
This novel is character/relationship driven, skipping between the many characters that have been seen in this series so far. There is little in the way of any action, although some Psy’s are being taken out to destroy portions of the PsyNet. An alliance is also being formed with another set of shapeshifters. They said there was a reason why they wanted to form an alliance (Hawke even mentions he finds out why) but I either missed that or it will be revealed in a later book. Tangle of Need felt like a filler book, setting up actions and events that will factor heavily in the next books in the series. They do figure out who is behind the Psy attacks and while one major event does happen near the end of the book, I wasn’t at all surprised when it happened.
Overall, Tangle of Need is another stellar novel from Nalini Singh. She always makes me cry from the emotion that she fills her characters with, even when I try not to cry. I’m such a wuss. I would recommend reading this whole series before this novel or at least Kiss of Snow.
His lips smoothed over her neck, his hand gentle on her hip, but she knew she was caught. Turning, she watched him with the wolf’s eyes. His own hair fell over his face, his gaze luminous. This time, those eyes said, he wouldn’t let her run. But she wasn’t a wolf because she gave up. She twisted to the left without warning.
He was there almost before she moved, taking her body to the earth. She shivered at the cool kiss of the dew-laden grass, but he didn’t let her up. “I have you.” His voice was gravelly, dark with the determination of the predator inside him. “And I’m keeping you.”
She lifted a hand to his cheek, the tenderness within her an endless river. How could she have ever thought to keep any part of her heart safe from him? It was an impossibility. She was caught, well and truly. Tears burned her eyes, trickled down the sides of her face and into her hair.
“Shh.” He kissed the salt-laced sadness away, rolling onto his back and taking her with him, one hand cradling the back of her head, the other stroking down the curve of her spine. “Don’t cry, sweetheart.”
His gentleness twined another tendril around her heart, until she was so entangled in him, she knew she’d never break free. For the first time in her life, her wolf had chosen. And it had chosen this lone wolf. “You have me,” she whispered. All of me.
The Psy/Changeling Series:
10. Kiss of Snow
11. Tangle of Need
11.5. Wild Invitation Anthology (March 5, 2013)
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley provided me with a copy of Tangle of Need. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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