Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling Series #10)

Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling Series #10)

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by Nalini Singh

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A Psy/Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian
Since her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness: Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. Now he walks alone. But

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A Psy/Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian
Since her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness: Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. Now he walks alone. But Sienna stirs his primal heart, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets, a deadly enemy is striking at everything the pack holds dear...but Sienna's darkest secret may savage the pack that is her home, and the alpha who is its heartbeat.

Editorial Reviews

Eloisa James

As any woman will tell you, behind every successful marriage there is likely to be a secret or two--for example, that not every single pair of shoes she's bought in the last fourteen years was reduced to half price. Still, any divorce lawyer who overhears your conversation will attest that secrets, especially significant ones, are not conducive to long-term marital happiness. They can pull a couple apart even if the motive behind them was well-meaning. These five novels defy that axiom: their plots are shaped by secrets that come close to destroying relationships--and in some cases, lives--and yet honesty wins out. The particular reading pleasure is not discovering those secrets, as it might be in a mystery novel, but the emotional fallout of their revelation. Whether belated candor leads to humiliation, rage, or grief, the suspense that builds before the moment a character discovers that a lover has lied to them is of a special, and especially compelling, kind.

Julia Quinn creates utterly charming characters who, generally speaking, lead enviable lives. The hero and heroine of her new novel, Just Like Heaven, are no exception. Marcus Holroyd, the Earl of Chatteris, is handsome and rich, if a bit shy and lonely. Miss Honoria Smythe-Smith is a lovely young woman, albeit humiliated by her lack of success on the marriage market. Quinn's plot stems from the way even the kindest secrets, secrets kept for someone's own good, can destroy lives. Some years before the novel begins, Marcus made an ill-advised promise to his closest friend, Honoria's brother. The promise is one thing--but when he neglects to tell Honoria, the consequences come near to killing him. That one secret ricochets through the novel, leading to a dramatic revelation...and a broken heart.

Stefanie Sloane's The Devil in Disguise is a debut historical that pits an intelligent but innocent young lady against a rake with secrets of many different kinds. Lord William Randall is a member of a young group of aristocrats, used by the crown in various spying capacities. When Lady Lucinda Grey is threatened, Will is assigned to "court" her, while keeping her safe. Lucinda is no fool, and she mistrusts the motives of the libertine who suddenly appears at her side. But Will soothes her fears by promising that he has "no intent to court her for sport." That's true enough--he's courting her because he was ordered to do so. As in Just Like Heaven, Lucinda's humiliation on finding out the truth--when she demands whether William plans to steal her dignity, having already stolen her heart--makes for an enthralling reading experience.

In both of these novels, secrets grow from an effort to keep the heroine safe. Nalini Singh's inventive fantasy Kiss of Snow, reverses the paradigm: the heroine's secret stems from her wish to protect the hero. Singh's complex world of Psy and Changelings explodes when alpha male of the SnowDancer wolf pack, Hawke, finds himself wildly attracted to a young Psy woman, Sienna. But Hawke lost his mate at an early age, and hesitates to break Sienna's heart by failing to bond with her. Sienna, for her part, has a secret that she's afraid to tell Hawke--because it might impact the entire future of the pack. Sienna is deeply frightened--and until she shares that emotion with Hawke, they cannot form the wild devotion that will allow them to survive the ferocity of Sienna's unleashed power. This is Nalini Singh's breakout into hardcover, and it is worth every penny of its new format.

The Soldier by Grace Burrowes deals with an entirely different sort of secret. Devlin St. Just, the Earl of Rosecraft, arrives at his estate to find a thin, dirty nine-year-old girl standing in a dry fountain, only to be told that "in a manner of speaking, the child is, well...Yours." Devlin has been given the title and estate by the Crown, and the illegitimate daughter of the former earl comes right along with the neglected estate. Devlin is an enchanting, complicated and wonderful character who falls in love with both the girl and with his new neighbor, Emmaline Farnum. The Soldier brings together PTSD, abandonment, illegitimacy and love in an enormously satisfying story. Emmie has the power to mend what war has broken in Devlin: "His grip was that of a drowning man--a dying man--and she would not let him go." But their love affair is undermined by a secret she feels compelled to keep from him. Here again it is the deceived person who sacrifices his self-respect, by demanding not just honesty, but love. As Devlin puts it, "his dignity wasn't too high a price to pay if it meant Emmie understood what his feelings were."

If the other novels in this column have circled around a secret, Mary Kay Andrews' Summer Rental offers a whole circus of them. Friends Ellis, Julia, and Dorie rent a run-down house in North Carolina's Outer Banks. But even though they're best friends, it turns out that they're keeping secrets...from each other and from their spouses. Mr. and Mrs. Perfect are getting a divorce; there are secrets to do with babies and jobs...In fact, everyone they meet--from the gorgeous Ty Bazemore next door, to the runaway Maryn who joins them in the house--is hiding something: "I have a confession to make" is the most often-repeated sentence in the novel. Just like the other novels in this column, unraveling secrets makes for fascinating reading. This is a perfect beach book: the tale of a sandy, flea-bitten summer house and one month in August in which honesty triumphs over silence, and love over lies. Ellis falls in love, and Dorie meets a new guy, and Julie makes a big decision, and Maryn breaks free...and the readers of Summer Rental will stay glued to their sandy beach chairs waiting to see what happens next.

--Eloisa James

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Psy-Changeling Series, #10
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4.30(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Farscapegirl More than 1 year ago
Wow - Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling world is mind blowing! I have been waiting for Hawke's story and love that he was paired with Sienna. Their chemistry is off-the-charts fabulous. I love how every story written by Nalini Singh utilizes all the previously introduced characters and yet each book is so distinctly different. I had a fear in the back of my mind that Hawke wouldn't live up to my expectations. Over the course of reading this series I had imagined all these versions in my mind of how his story would play out but Singh delivered and exceeded anything I could have dreamed for Hawke and the Psy-Changeling community. The Psy-Changeling war has reached a point of no return and this book proceeds a new order of what is to come in Singh's world. We get to see new designations of Psy and new Changeling groups are introduced. I love how Hawke's dominant, sexy, alpha wolf played against Sienna's Stubborn, powerful psy personality. Sienna really came into her own in this book and her Uncle Walker also discovered his HEA within the Wolf pack's Healer, Lara. The cat pack Alpha's, Lucas and Sasha were also given a major role in this book. I don't want to give spoilers but the events in this book are so wonderful and world changing for this series! I read the book in one sitting. I tried to make it last, but know I will be re-reading again and again since it is sitting on my keeper shelf. I am so hooked on this series and look forward to seeing where Singh takes us next within the Psy-Changeling population. I read this series, not just for the couples story, but because the world of characters and the events played out amongst them is just so increasingly beautiful and emotionally captivating. Kiss of Snow is a must have read! 5 Stars! It's a Breathtaking addition to the Psy-Changleing series!
cocopucks More than 1 year ago
i won a copy of the book (shocking) and i have to say that it was great!!! i wish there was more sienna and hawke loving in the book but their story was great!!!! i loved seeing the war break out and how deadly the threat was and how sienna was struggling to deal with her ability. getting more glimpses into the psy minds was great and walker's story/history was good as well. i really wish there was more book to read but what is great about this series is that despite going into a new arc we will continue to see our fave characters and glimpses into their lives as times goes on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book those who read the other Psy-Changling series have been looking for. I really liked the story within the story. Not only do you have the story about Sienna and Hawke, but also what is happening with the split in the Psy Council. It will be interesting to read the next book to find out more about the upcoming war with the Psy.
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
One of the best things about being a bookseller is receiving advanced reading copies. The very BEST thing is receiving one from my favorite paranormal romance author, so when I got my hands on Kiss of Snow, I dove in with abandon. Some people will be peeved that they have to shell out the dough for a hardcover, but this book is so worth it! At over 400 pages, it's the longest (if I remember correctly) of the Psy/Changeling novels, so you get your moneys' worth. Also, remember that when a publisher decides to put an author into hardcover, it signals that they've made it big time. Of course, all Nalini Singh fans know that she made it to the big time with the first book in this series...and when she created an equally excellent series with the Guild Hunter books, well, you know she's got talent to burn. In Kiss of Snow, I initially wanted to pound on Hawke for awhile. His hesitance to romance Sienna has been indicated in all the books with the age difference being a large obstacle and the death of Hawke's one true mate as a child an even more insurmountable one. But knowing the rareness and the dangerous quality of Sienna's talent and the utter control she's had to maintain all her life means that she has never been an ordinary young woman. Taken under the tutelage of the coldly silent and powerful Councilor of all things martial, Ming LeBon when she was only 5 meant that Sienna never had a childhood. Trained as a soldier by the age of 9, tormented into using her talent to kill others...well, let's say the only games she got to play were the lethal kind. So discovering all this makes Hawke's hesitance a little wearing. Still, he comes around and their courtship is a thing of beauty with equal parts wolf-play, tenderness, and Sienna's flat-out refusal to accept Hawke's position of dominance as pack Alpha while they're together as just man and woman. Which, of course, is just the way to handle Hawke, smart girl. And as one of the best parts of the Psy/Changeling books, we get to see the rest of the Pack and Dark River, too. So we get to see how Riley and Mercy, Indigo and Drew, Judd and Brenna, and others are doing. As a bonus, we get to share in the birth of Sascha & Lucas' baby and witness the romance of Lara, the Snow Dancer pack's healer, and Walker, the eldest and most reclusive of the Lauren defectors from the Net. The acceleration of the aggression of certain members of the Council heats up to a huge confrontation in this book and leaves the reader wondering what will happen in the next book. And wondering whose story will come next?! Loved it!!!! For first time readers, this is not a series you can dive into the middle of...start at the beginning with Slave to Sensation, bk. 1; bk.2 Visions of Heat; bk.3 Caressed by Ice; bk. 4 Mine to Possess; bk.5 Hostage to Pleasure; bk. 6 Branded by Fire; bk. 7 Blaze of Memory; bk. 8 Bonds of Justice; bk. 9 Play of Passion. And for a prequel which tells Nate & Tammy's story, read the anthology An Enchanted Season.
Geenee More than 1 year ago
Kiss of Snow is the 10th novel in the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh, and the book many fans myself included have been anxiously awaiting for months. This book has a lot to wrap up plot wise in the SnowDancer and DarkRiver changeling packs storyline. Will all of our burning questions be answered, who is Hawke's mate or Sascha's baby (boy or girl) the identity of the Ghost, is war coming and who are the major players behind the military coup. Sienna Lauren is the strongest and deadliest Psy alive. Hawke is the wolf alpha known for his cunning and ruthless protection of his pack. They have been drawn to each other since her defection from the Psy Net into the Snow Dancer Pack but her age and Hawkes past loss stand in their way. Sienna is tired of waiting for Hawke to notice her as an adult, not a child so she takes matters into her own hands to force him to really see her. Nalini Singh does a great job of answering the questions above and others such as what caused Hawkes hatred of the Psy and how his childhood mate died; also what caused the Lauren family to defect and their lives in the Net. Kiss of Snow has all of the main characters that we have enjoyed in the past and some newcomers. I enjoyed the surprise romance of two of the secondary leads and the courtship dance between Hawke and Sienna even though it seemed to drag at times. The conflict with the major Psy players coming to a head with SnowDancer and DarkRiver at the forefront will not disappoint nor will the final outcome to see if everyone gets their "Happily Ever After".
EllenCr More than 1 year ago
** Warning - spoilers ahead ** I was fortunate to have won an ARC of Kiss of Snow and read one of the most anticipated romance books of this year. It definitely did not disappoint! It 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" J I don't want to give too much of the plot away but Sascha has her baby! Reading the parts with Sascha and Lucas made me want to go back and read Slave to Sensation all over again! There's also a secondary romance between Lara, the SnowDancer healer and Walker, Sienna's uncle. I never thought of this pairing before but Nalini is full of wonderful surprises. Their romance just added another level of excitement to the book. However, the Pure Psy, led by Henry and Shoshanna Scott threaten all the SnowDancer wolves and DarkRiver cats hold dear - family, pack. The changelings must band together to stand against this threat. I loved this book. I found myself alternately wanting to speed read to see what happens next and then to slow down to savor it. It is a must read for all paranormal romance lovers! -Ellen C.
Yvette4 More than 1 year ago
Wow! I hate to sound like a broken record, but each book is better than the previous. I was so glad to finally find out how Hawke and Sienna get together. The entire storyline about the X-psy kept me turning the pages. Hawke is so deliciously written. He shines, once again, as the alpha of the SnowDancer pack. Sienna is certainly a good match for him. We also find out about Walker, Sienna's psy uncle. And the Council is still up to no good, providing just enough anxiety to keep reader's heart rate up. Nalini Singh did it again - OUTSTANDING!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Sienna Lauren and her family escaped from PsyNet several years ago. They asked and received refuge amongst the SnowDancer wolf pack. Since joining the pack, X-Psy Sienna and alpha wolf Hawke have been at war with one another. Both respectively know in their gut, their gender battle has become a means to conceal their attraction to one another. Hawke's mate died when he was a child so he fears taking the next step in the relationship with Sienna. She refuses to step out and risk her heart too as she expects her cold fire skill that she struggles to control will kill her before she turns twenty-five. Meanwhile the Psy Council deploys plans to destroy the SnowDancer and DarkRiver packs. That is the opening gamut to destroy the opposition to the Council. Although this will speed up her death, Sienna vows to use her power to save her clan while Hawke pledges to keep his beloved safe though he is unsure how to stop her from deploying the rare cold fire. Psy/Changeling fans will love this great entry that contrasts the long anticipated heated relationship against the backdrop of a heated war. The story line is fast-paced and loaded with action on the battle front and romantic fronts (there are actually two loving relationships in Kiss of Snow). Nalini Singh provides what may be the romantic fantasy of the year. Harriet Klausner
NookFanTX More than 1 year ago
I really like Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series & this book is no exception. I enjoyed finally finding the answers to some of the questions evident in previous books in the series, though this book does of course ask some all-new questions. While it works better as part of the series, Kiss of Snow may have enough background information for even a newbie to grasp the basic tenets of the Psy-Changeling universe. Enjoy!
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Great!! Review brought to you by Deannerenee Hawke and Sienna are both magnificent characters, strong, unyielding, kind and loyal. Together they are all that times 10. Sienna is beautiful, and when reading about her you forget that she is PSY because she has so many characteristics that are human. I love that she pushes Hawke and challenges him at every turn, not on purpose, but she being who she is. I found her fascinating, the way she handled Hawke and owned her feelings for him. It was refreshing. Hawke was every bit the alpha wolf, I wasn’t fussy on the way he got held up on the age difference, because its not as if she was a changeling or a human she is PSY…raised to be silent, used as a weapon from the time she was 5. She was no typical 19 year old. I just thought he should have recognized that sooner. I did love how he was upfront with her, telling her that she was his but in the same breath that she was not his mate and that he had lost her when they were children. I found the two characters Hawke and Sienna separate from each other amazing, but together they were explosive. Their chemistry was on the mark. I found the secondary story of Walker and Lara amazing. It was a nice story of them coming together, with all the issues of the impending war and the hits on the Snow Dancer pack it was nice to see a positive in the middle of of that impending doom. Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It had everything I look for in a book, solid characters and story line, great chemistry between the characters. This book is what all books by Nalini Singh are…..great. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
happyendingreader More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on Nalini Singh when I started reading one of her Christmas novellas and found myself needing to go back to the beginning of the story arc. Since then I've gone through the books and as I kept reading about the Snow Dancer Wolves, I really wanted Sienna and Hawk to get their happily ever after but wasn't really sure how it could not be icky what with the age difference. This book was really successful for me because it gave them both back story that offset said age difference. Sienna had already gone through so much emotionally before she defected that it truly aged her before her time. Looking back at previous books I'm really glad that we got to see her acting her age because it really showed her learning how to be a youth since coming to the den. With Hawk it felt like it was just the opposite, his youthful loss and the longstanding belief system that resulted from it kept him from ever experiencing deeper levels of intimacy in a sexual relationship and this had me reading him as more a young adult than as the alpha he has always been portrayed as in this relationship. This fleshing out of their back story and the ways they moved forward was truly enjoyable for me. I'm excited to see where things go with the series and hope there's many more to come. I am especially looking forward to what directions things take with Nikita, Anthony and Kaleb.
lmcdowall More than 1 year ago
First of all, if you don't like the price, don't give a book 1 star. Complain elsewhere. Many people read the reviews and I have not boughten a book I wanted because of a low rating. On to the review. This is a great book. It starts off a little slow, however it picks up and end it a satisfactory and surprising way. I plan on picking up the paperback when it becomes available.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Another masterpiece from a wordsmith who has no equal.
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I am a huge fan of Nalini Singh. I have been waiting for this story for some time and it was worth the wait. Her writing style is absolutely outstanding.Try also reading her Guild Hunter series. I cannot say enough good things aboutthis author. All if her books are amazing. It makes me sad thatI haveto wait monthsfor new books to come out and i have to satisfy my book hunger with inferior novels. Wish she had super powers that allowed her to write one book each day! :)
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I have only read a couple of her books and I love them. The fact that it is a series but each book contains so much is a major plus. Sienna is a strong female character- I hate when the lead female is weak- and Hawke is the perfect Alpha who is not only hot but loves everyone in his Den. Together the two fight against and for each others attraction and find a love to defeat the battle they are currently in.
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northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Older Man/Younger Woman Romance!  This couple was long awaited and worth the wait. If love this series, you will be very pleased with the book. Hawke is a wonderful leader  and alpha hero and Sienna holds her own and comes into her own in this book. There is a lot of tenderness and sense of looking in on the very private emotional interaction of a couple that make this book so special. Because, it is a book later in the series, the dedicated readers get the joy of seeing all our favorite characters. I wouldn't rate this book as high if it was a stand alone but even if you have not read the series is is very good and would make your want to become a fan of the series.    If you like these themes, you should like this  book. Beware spoilers!  alpha-male, cat-shifter, children, close-family, elemental-powers, future, gifted-power, kick-ass-heroine, loved-forever, mating, older-male, pnr, psychic,  shifters, soldier, tortured-hero, tortured-heroine, warrior, resistant-hero 
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