Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Kiss of Snow

Title: Kiss of Snow

Author: Nalini Singh

Publisher: Gollancz

RRP: $29.99

ISBN: 9780575105683

Release Date: June 2011

Pages: 432


Nalini Singh's exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is back.

Since 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 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...


Nalini Singh was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She spent three years living and working in Japan, and travelling around Asia before returning to New Zealand now - although she's always plotting new trips. She has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, not necessarily in that order. Some people might call that inconsistency, but she calls it grist for the writer's mill.

Previous Books:

Archangel's Blade (Bfmt 9780575113473 Sep 11);

Kiss of Snow;

Angels' Blood;

Bonds of Justice;

Play of Passion;

Blaze of Memory;

Branded by Fire


Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh has everything you could want in a paranormal romance - action, suspense, passion, adventure and paranormal elements. Hawke and Sienna are sizzling together. Hawke is one of those heroes you won’t forget - he’s thrilling, intense, deep, demanding, protective, he’s the Alpha wolf of SnowDancer but he’s also tender, sweet, witty and funny. There were times when he would say a simple sentence to Sienna and it made me laugh out loud. Sienna is a Cardinal X Psy and the readers finally see what that entails. All I can say is that she’s a bad*ss psy and I’m glad she’s on the good side. She’s is a wonderful heroine who has many facets to her. She’s smart, beautiful, caring, vulnerable (the scenes with her brother Toby are heartfelt) but also passionate, fierce, strong and tough, which she needs to be in order deal with Hawke and her incredible powers.

Hawke is reluctant at first to start any type of romantic relationship with Sienna. Having lost his “mate” when he was younger, he doesn’t believe he can give Sienna everything she deserves - the encompassing love and connection that a mated pair share. Sexually frustrated he goes so far as to almost turn to another woman to alleviate his needs but realizes that only Sienna can do that. And Sienna doesn‘t just sit idly by, she wants Hawke and with the help of Kit, the future alpha of the DarkRiver cats, Hawke is forced to choose if he wants to make Sienna his or risk losing her. I loved the scenes at Wild nightclub. On a side note, I would love it if Kit had his own book! When Hawke decides to court Sienna, he does it with a slow and passionate intensity but taking into account her inexperience and her powers. The sexual tension builds until it explodes in a fiery cascade and it’s a “beautiful thing”

I've read all of Singh's previous books and thoroughly enjoyed them, as I did with her latest one. It is great to find a reliable author who produces consistent, quality books on a regulary basis. Knowing that if you pick up a book by an author and it will be just as good, if not better, than the last is alway a treat and Signh hits the mark every time.

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