October 2, 2013

A Play Of Passion

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Play of Passion      #9 Psy/Changeling series
Nalini Singh
Published: Gollancz
Date: 2011
Pages: 321
Genre: Paranormal romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Local library

Summary from back cover.
In his role as tracker for the SnowDancer pack, it's up to Drew Kincaid to rein in the rogue changelings who have lost control of their animal halves - even if it means kiling those who have gone too far.  But nothing in his life prepared him for the battle he must now wage t win the hert of a woman who makes his body ignite ... and who threatens to enslave his wolf.

Lieutenant Indigo Riviere doesn't easily allow skin privileges, especially not those of the sensual kind - and the last person she expects to find herself craving is the most wickedly playful male in the den.  Everything she knows tells her to pull back before the flames burn them both to ash...  but she hasn't counted on Drew's determination to win her.

My thoughts about the book.
Drew and Indigo are wonderful characters and I loved their story as much as every one before them.  Both of them belong to the SnowDancer pack.  The complication to their relationship is that Indigo as one of Hawke's top lieutenants - is more dominant than Drew, who is younger as well!  Indigo has witnessed the relationship of her aunt with a partner who is less dominant.  The whole time he puts her aunt down in various ways.  This causes Indigo to be very wary and cautious.  When Drew questions one of her decisions in front of others - game on!  Indigo is furious and Drew is repentant. He is totally gorgeous the way he goes about winning her back and apologising.  He is very playful and I laughed out loud when I read how he dealt to Indigo's ring tone on her phone.

However the question of dominance was an interesting one, so important to the cohesion of the wolf pack.  Indigo is high up in the hierarchy, yet Drew is young, strong and yet to grow into his full dominance.  This question of dominance for this couple was hugely important.  It got me thinking about human relationships and the question of dominance.  While we aren't so hierarchical as a wolf pack, dominance in a human relationship is still something to think about.

This book also furthered the larger story in this series.  Henry Scott - Psy Councilor, shows his hand and his plot thickens.  In an attack on the SnowDancers he puts a number of their lives at risk. Nikita and Anthony take another step towards allying themselves more with the changelings as things hot up and the whole area of San Francisco is forewarned of impending doom.

We got one sneak peak of a very pregnant Sascha.  How much longer?  And I am still wondering about the identity of the Ghost.  Could it be Kaleb, Vasic or one of the Arrows that we have met? I expect when it is finally revealed I will be surprised!

I have been looking forward to Hawke (SnowDancer) and Sienna Lauren (Psy) so I will be straight into it.
5 stars.

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