Book Review: Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) by Nalini Singh

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11014249Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

My Review:

Okay, so I totally cheated, and I skipped straight from book 6 to book 10, because I just HAD to read about Hawke and Sienna. I told myself that I was going to wait and read all of the books in order. Then, I got to book 6 and there were SO MANY tempting scenes between Hawke and Sienna. There was no way that I could read three more books until their story! So, yes, I spoiled myself on a few things, but I don’t regret it for an instant, because this book was THE BEST!

Hawke and Sienna were so perfect 100% of the way through the book. They had so much chemistry, heat, and power. The aggression between them at the start of the book……oh, my heart! Hawke came around to Sienna a little bit sooner than I expected him to. I mean, this is the 10th book and there have been SEVERAL references to him avoiding her and pushing her back, so I did expect him to stay strong longer than he actually did. That didn’t take away from the book AT ALL…..I was just a little surprised.

Sienna’s passion and attraction toward Hawke absolutely shattered my heart. I was with her when she was a 16-year-old girl pining after him. I liked the fact that she was able to hold strong when in came to certain things, yet she still loved him with such a passion. I can’t even begin to tell you how beautiful they were as a couple.

As for sexy scenes, oh. my. God. I can’t even…..WOW. Nalini Singh usually holds back so much on those scenes, almost to a frustrating point. She didn’t do that at all in this book. You cannot convince me that this wasn’t her favorite book to write, and that Hawke and Sienna are not her favorite characters in this series, because she did. not. hold. back. one. bit. Thank you for that, Ms. Singh!

The only thing that I would have taken away from this book is the Lara/Walker storyline. Normally, I love the side plots in these books. However, since Hawke and Sienna are my favorite couple, I kept getting frustrated at Lara and Walker for getting in the way. It was also kind of weird, because usually the couples get their own books. This was the first time that a couple got together during a side plot of a book that’s not dedicated to them. So, I did enjoy them….just not in this book.

I’ve complained before that Nalini Singh doesn’t do the best job with action scenes……..I cannot say the same thing for this book. OH. MY. GOD. The action toward the last 20% of this book was JAM PACKED. She did SUCH A GOOD JOB! Oh my gosh. I loved seeing Hawke in such an alpha role and the rest of the wolves protecting their territory. I loved seeing Sienna fight for her pack and battle with such an inner power. I loved seeing Hawke and Sienna finally find that relationship and power between the two of them…..UGH. I’m at a loss for words.

I will be shocked if Hawke and Sienna are not my favorite couple of 2016. I’ll be shocked if this book does not land in my top ten favorite books of 2016, if not my FAVORITE book of 2016. You know what I did the morning after I finished this book? I picked it right back up and skimmed through the book to read all of my favorite scenes once again. I was so devastated that I had finished it, that I just HAD to re-read those scenes. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!

I noticed a thread on Goodreads where someone was asking if these books can be read as standalones. They read the very first book and loved it, but they didn’t want to read any of the other books except for this one, and were wondering if it was possible to skip ahead like that. First of all, that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. If you love the first book, then why the hell are you not willing to read the rest of the books in the series? That’s STUPID.

My answer to her question…….

No. If you’re going to read this series, you HAVE to read them in order….at least until book 6. I am going to go back and read books 7,8, and 9….but I know who those stories are about, and I made an educated guess that I could skip ahead to book 10 without missing TOO MUCH. However, if I were to read book 1 and then skip ahead to book 10……I wouldn’t have enjoyed the story nearly as much, because I would have missed way too much. This is definitely a series that you need to read (mostly) straight through. So much happens and there are SO MANY side plots. Not only that, but if you’re a Hawke and Sienna fan, then you’re missing a ton of scenes between them. Do yourself a favor, and just go get this whole series right now and read it straight through. You WILL NOT REGRET IT!

 

Pages: 433

Publication Date: May 31st, 2011

Rating: [rating: 5] I wish I could give it 10!

2 COMMENTS

  1. I hope you do go back and read the others. 7 and 8 are among my personal favorites. You missed some prior development of the Hawke and Sienna relationship by skipping ahead, but not too much and it will be fun to catch up. I love Walker & Lara, so was happy with their stuff in Kiss of Snow as well as the fact they do get their own novella, too. Hawke & Sienna also feature prominently in book 11, so you have that to look forward to.

    Lucas & Sascha, Judd & Brenna, and the h/h of books 7, 8, 12, and 14 are at the top of my couples list for the full-length books. I also adore most of the novella couples.

    Love this series.

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