Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling Series #9)

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In his position as Tracker for the SnowDancer pack, Drew Kincaid must rein in rogue changelings who've lost control of their animal halves- even if it means killing those who've gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage-to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite...and who threatens to enslave his wolf.
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In his position as Tracker for the SnowDancer pack, Drew Kincaid must rein in rogue changelings who've lost control of their animal halves- even if it means killing those who've gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage-to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite...and who threatens to enslave his wolf.
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Singh returns to the dynamic community of her changeling wolf pack in the feel-good ninth Psy-Changeling installment (after July 2010's Bonds of Justice). Indigo, a SnowDancer lieutenant, will only date someone who is her equal in rank. As the pack's tracker, Andrew Kincaid is outside of the rigid ranking structure, and he'll use all his charm and persistence to strike the right balance between wooing and challenging aggressive, dominant Indigo. The game between them, alternately playful and deliciously sexy, is set against a backdrop of a war among members of the emotionless Psy Council, a war that puts the entire SnowDancer pack at risk. Longtime fans will welcome the return to the well-drawn and engaging culture of changelings after two installments focused on human/Psy relationships. The overarching series plot looms over the romance, drawing readers further into a world of intrigue, deception, and love. (Nov.)
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"Compelling characters and wonderfully dense plotting are two reasons why Singh's books continue to enthrall. There is no finer storyteller around!" —-Romantic Times
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425237793
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Series: Psy-Changeling Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 165,528
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of novels, including the Psy/Changeling series and the Guild Hunter series.

Angela Dawe's work includes film, television, theater, and improvisational comedy, as well as audiobook narration. Among Angela's recordings are The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry and Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts.

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

    4.5 Stars: great shapeshifter romance

    The ninth book in the popular Psy-Changelings series, 'Play of Passion' is focused on two wolf changelings--Drew Kincaid and Indigo Riviere. We met both characters in earlier books. Brother to Riley and Brenna, Drew is a tracker/rogue hunter who reports directly to Hawke. The highest ranking female in the SnowDancer pack, Indigo discounts Drew as a potential romantic interest since he is four years younger and not part of the hierarchy. He is perseverent and he works hard to win her heart, but an old boyfriend is back on the scene--does Drew have a chance? Meanwhile, there is a major Psy conflict building. Those on the side of 'purity' and those against it--with high level Council members on opposing sides. The changelings are targeted and may be pulled into the war.

    I loved the characters in this book. Drew on the surface comes across as outgoing and full of laughs. But as you get to know him better and understand the key role he plays in the pack, you see his intelligence, strength, loyalty and commitment. Indigo is a great strong lead female--she exhibits strength without coming across as b*tchy. It was also great seeing many favorite characters from earlier books in the series--Hawke, Sienna, Mercy, Riley, Brenna, Judd, etc. I especially enjoyed the interactions between Hawke & Sienna and can't wait for their upcoming book 'Kiss of Snow'! There were several side characters introduced that I wonder if Singh is setting them up for future stories.

    The highly original world building is well done. This book gives us the greatest in-depth look we've had into the SnowDancer pack to date. It was interesting learning more about wolf organization, society, structure, etc.

    The side storyline about the Psy was interesting--the conflicts within the Council. And I continue to wonder who the 'Ghost' is? That is driving me crazy. Such an intriguing character. Also Nikita and Anthony are interesting characters and I'd like to read more about them.
    I liked the way the ending setup the next book. Singh did a good job tying up the romantic relationship but keeping us wondering about what is coming in the big picture.

    All in all, 'Play of Passion' is a great mix of action, mystery, suspense and romance. Unlike several other well-known paranormal romance series that started strong but then later went downhill, Singh continues to deliver an 'A' game. This book ranked up there with some of my favorites in the series. Great job, Nalini Singh! You are a definite 'auto buy' for me. Only improvement: can you write faster?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    How many times does a guy have to die to get some attention around here?!

    I don't think I've ever given any of Nalini's books less than 5 stars so why would I start now? As always her characterization is sublime, her plotting intricate, and her romance hot enough to burn through the page. (Hmm, that wouldn't happen on the NOOK...would it?) And to finally have Drew's story complete the Kincaid family portion of this series (Brenna & Judd are in book 3 and Riley & Mercy are in book 6)and to see him paired with Indigo was 2 treats in 1. This book still revs up the increasing tension between the Psy and the Changelings, but you probably see the least of that coming explosion in this book. It deals much more with the Pack heirarchy and that was totally okay with me for this one book. We see how Indigo, Hawke's Lieutenant and a beautiful and powerful woman, deals with her attraction to Drew who is not only 4 years younger, but supposedly also less dominant than her. But Drew, as the SnowDancer hunter/tracker - the wolf who has to hunt down Pack members when they go rogue and execute them if necessary - actually stands outside the normal heirarchy and reports only to Hawke. So we have what humans think of as an alpha male, and a charmingly handsome one at that, trying to prove his worth to an alpha female who has always viewed him as a young friend. Geez, Indigo, have YOU not read the other books, girlfriend?! SPOILER!!!Drew literally took a bullet for his sister in Caressed by Ice and had to be put back together by the icy but smokin' Psy ex-Arrow Judd. And Nalini hasn't yet written a Changeling male that wasn't a keeper. Sizzling stuff...and yes, there was a little more about Hawke and Sienna, but just enough to make us crazy! And was I imagining it or did we get the set-up for Lara (healer) and Walker? As always when recommending this series, I tell people to read them in order as there is a steady build-up of tension between the Human, Psy, and Changeling factions and also just to keep up with what's going on. Also, you get to see your fave characters again and again within each book...the only other series that's comparable in this way is J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, but that's the only similarity. And if you haven't tried Nalini's Guild Hunter series, do so immediately as book 3 is due in the new year.

    This is my favorite amongst the Paranormal romance series along with Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series which is categorized as sci-fi, so get reading!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    A SnowDancer Romance!

    In exactly one week from today on Tuesday November 2nd, Play of Passion releases! First of all, I am addicted to the Psy-Changling series and am a total fan of Nalini's writing. So when I saw her blog contest for a chance to win one of 2 Play of Passion arcs, I immediately entered but never expected I'd actually win! I almost cried with joy when I saw my name was posted and the thrill still hasn't left me, lol. So thank you Nalini for making my month! *grin* Play of Passion is Indigo and Drew's story. As part of SnowDancer, both are wolf Changlings and so you would think their mating would be simpler than all the other relationships in the series so far, but in fact it is one of the most difficult pairings to bond! And it makes their story all the more intriguing and delightful :D As a dominant female, Indigo Riviere has decided her choices for a true mate are extremely limited. Not only is she generally guarded in her displays of emotion, but she takes her job as lieutenant in the pack very seriously and doesn't see how any male would be able to accept her for everything she is as a woman and pack dominant. She fears the potential caveat of being resented by a weaker male partner just as much as the risk of losing her sense of self and power if she were mated with a dominant male. And since hierarchy is vital to pack life and health, the commitments of mating, love and intimacy aren't decisions Indigo feels at all comfortable making. Drew Kincaid is Riley's younger (book #6) and Brenna's older (book #3) brother, the SnowDancer pack's tracker, and every bit as headstrong as Indigo. Being tracker comes with a lot of baggage and heavy responsibility, and if it were any other wolf doing the job he might not fit in the group so well. But Drew is a playful soul and a guy who is more like social glue than scary fringe group member, with his infectious smile and affectionate nature. And even though Indigo's preconceptions of him as a younger and less dominant male seem to her like her worst possible match, he's not going to give up on wooing her. Drew's used to writing his own rules and love is no exception. Play of Passion is totally sexy and made me laugh. I loved it! If you love paranomal romance and still haven't started this series, you definitely should asap!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    A winner

    In 2081 he feels he has wanted SnowDancer wolf pack companion Lieutenant Indigo Riviere as his mate seemingly forever. Tracker Andrew Kincaid so far has failed to get the person he cherishes to see him beyond being a buddy beneath her stature.

    Drew knows a key part of her writing him off is she considers him beneath her as she is the dominant female in the pack while he is at best tepid when it comes to alpha status; besides his position keeps him outside of the pack hierarchy. Still they play a game of dominance until the Psy network warns of a perilous plot to the pack; now they team up to prevent the pending doom.

    The key to this fresh exciting Psy-Changeling romantic fantasy installment (see Blaze of memory and Bonds of Justice) is the lead pairing of two previously supporting characters that seemingly have no chance to mate because of the pack's customs. The futuristic story line mostly is driven by this SnowDancer couple, but the series theme also moves forward as the Councils'' actions make war seem imminent.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    Lieutenant Indigo "Indy" Riviere of SnowDancer Pack be

    Lieutenant Indigo "Indy" Riviere of SnowDancer Pack believes that nothing is more important than pack hierarchy because she's seen what happens when it doesn't work. Andrew "Drew" Kincaid is outside of SnowDancer Pack hierarchy due to being tracker and Hawk's go to man. The resulting fallout from previous books is still being felt and new problems are arising to take their place. Drew is known as womanizer but in reality he only wants one woman Indigo. He doesn't see how to get Indy to see him in a different light. The Psy Council is divide which is good news and bad news for everyone. Henry Scott truly believes in Silence and Pure Psy and is willing to make sure Silence stays in effect. Mystery metal appears in SnowDancer territory which leads to more questions. Will Indigo admit her feelings for Drew? What can Drew do to win his Indy's heart? What are Scott's plans? Where did mystery metal come from? Your answers await you in Play of Passion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Series is the best paranormal around. Great author!! READ IT!

    Many fine qualities set this series above the crowd in the well populated paranormal genre. Each book starts with a small prologue covering an aspect of the Psy-Changeling universe. Unlike many series authors, Singh changes this with every book to provide fresh material instead of having several canned "history" paragraphs that just repeat
    The Dark River clan of Leopard Shape Shifters and the Snow Dancer wolf shifter pack provide many of the protagonists. But in Singh's books, it is not enough just to be a kick-ass warrior; medics and teachers also can be heroes. Even the warrior soldiers are required to have a secondary skill,and many have hobbies as well. Hawke collects mechanical toys. Walker builds furniture and a dollhouse for his daughter. Vaughn is a sculptor. Others cook, sew, whittle, paint, fly planes, fix cars, and so forth. This makes much richer characterizations.
    Also adult status in the packs has to be earned by adult behavior. It is not automatic at a certain age. All the relationships require work and compromise. So does the safety and security of pack life. Love is not all you need and freedom is not free. Constant attention, work, vigilance and compromise are needed. However play, love, and pleasure are never forgotten, and teasing humour even rubs off on the chilly logical Psy characters of Judd and Sascha.
    The Psy-Changeling world is on a downhill slide to chaos and war. The many factions of different Psy, humans, Forgotten and shape shifters provide lots of plot possibilities, and there are plenty of villains left. Alexei, Vasic, Anthony, Bo, Garnet, Nikita, Teijan, Kit, Aaron, Rina, Riordan, Kenji and Aden could all carry some more expansion. We know Kaleb will have a lot of action soon. I hope this series goes on and on like a long running TV show and we see more of Lucas and the leopards.
    This particular book I also highly recommend. Indigo is coping with several issues that any woman might understand. She is one of the few high status women in the "boy' s club" group of Snow Dancer combat-ready lieutenants and cannot be seen to be soft or easy. She was once in a position of seniority over the younger man she is attracted to; blurring lines there also. Her aunt has been in an emotionally abusive relationship that in some ways could foreshadow a downside potential for Indigo and Drew. Drew's status is somewhat anomalous, which in wolf changeling packs is unusual and confusing to the wolf alter ego. It plays out believably and Drew is one of the more charming and playful Snow Dancers. Highly recommend. But start with Book One " Slave to Sensation" (Cheesy title sounds like erotica, but excellent book)

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Great book!! Love the series!!

    Great book!! Love the series!!

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    The whole Psy Series is very entertaining!

    I have read all 9 of the series and if you like to just escape for a while this whole series will keep your attention! It is very good! Well written, and a good story line!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Love it

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

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    love it

    there all great

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    As good as always

    FANTASTIC SERIES!!!! READ THEM ALL! I HAVE @ THEY NEVER DISAPPOINT!

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

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    different and a new twist on shapeshifters with a twist

    An addictive series to read. I've read a lot of fantasy and shape shifter series and this one adds a new twist adding another race to it. It's also one that if you start in the middle it doesn't give away the ones before it.
    I found myself searching to see what other books she's written and I'll be reading them too.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

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    Great series.

    Better than the last book. I wonder whose story is next?

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Awesome as ever!

    I have read all of Nalini Singh's books and enjoyed them all immensely! This book is no exception. The romance between Indigo and Drew is touching and the overall story about the Psy/Changling world is moved along nicely. The best romance authors can make you laugh, cry, and they put the squeeze on your heart and NS does it every time. I highly recommend!

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    highly recommended love it!!!!

    she did again !!! i love nalini, i cant wait for her next book!!!!!

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    love!!!!!!!

    i really liked Drew and his approach to getting his Indy!!!! I did not think i would care that much b/c Riley/Mercy are my fave couple but this book was a pleasant surprise. i loved the steamy scenes a lot and the step up in the danger with Purity. i can not ait for Hawke and his lady although i dont want to spoil things. i loved the wol/wolf couple. next up Angel's Consort

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Gets Better and Better

    After writing eight books in her Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series Nalini Singh continues to capture my attention and heart with her characters in her latest installment Play of Passion. After writing such a long series revolving around the same world one would think that soon the stories would start to become boring and loose their interest, but I'm happy to announce that in fact the stories keep getting better and better. Ms. Singh has a way of drawing the reader into her amazingly well created world and lets you loose your self in the hugely complicated characters and all the crazy trials and tribulations that they face with life and love.

    In Play of Passion we meet Indigo and Andrew both a part of the powerful changeling wolf pack in San Fransisco called SnowDancer. Indigo is one of the only dominant female lieutenant in the pack, making the possibilities of her finding a mate that both she and her wolf can accept slim to none. Especially when her position in the SnowDancer pack hierarchy only shows the possibilities of two men more dominant then her, Hawk her alpha, which she has no feelings for. And Riley who is already mated. Indigo is comfortable with her life and her place within the SnowDancer pack, that is until Andrew comes back to the pack and starts to stir up feelings in Indigo that was long time buried. Being Riley's younger brother, Brenna older brother and with Andrew's position in the pack's hierarchy murky, Indigo knows that nothing could become of their relationship. But Andrew knows his feelings for Indigo are real and he will do anything he needs to do to prove to her that it doesn't matter that he's younger or his murky position in the hierarchy. The connection and chemistry that Andrew and Indigo has for each other clearly jumps of the page. I enjoyed Indigo's independence and strong will as well as Andrew's intensity and playfulness. They compliment each other in a great way bringing humor and lightheartedness to the story. Besides dealing with the feelings Indigo and Andrew have to deal with they also have to deal with the scheming of the Psy and what ever plans they have up their sleeves to hold onto their power of Silence. Will Indigo be able to come to terms with her feelings she has to Andrew and let him in? Can Andrew be able to break down all of Indigo's walls and show that what they have is worth fighting for as well as come to terms with her dominance? With they both give into their desires while overcoming the dangers the Psy faces their pack and much more? You'll have to read to find out and trust me you will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

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    Waiting for Hawk!

    While I did like this book (& believe me Drew was amazing), the best part is that I'm one step closer to the release of "Kiss of Snow." I CANNOT WAIT TO READ HAWK'S BOOK!!!!

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Play of Passion

    I read Drew and Indigo's story and I loved it .

    It was interesting watching Drew scheme and plot his course to capture his mate. He was trying every thing in his arsenal. However, when he finally got that it was all about staying true to himself , I was impress. He was a sneaky little devil when he messed up and had to get back in her good graces. Indigo deserves someone who lights up her life and has a sense of fun.

    I really do not think Indigo was running to hard. She was just trying to come to terms with her expectations of her so called perfect mate. Drew was younger than her and because he was outside of the hierarchy of the pack there was no way to test his dominancy level.
    She definitely had to overcome a few of her preconceptions. However, you understood them when you saw the trouble in her aunt and uncles relationship.

    Proof to me that Indigo was at least thinking of the possibilities was that she did not take anyone else to her bed. This was definitely her subconscious telling her not to cross that line.

    I also appreciated the packs support of Drew choosing Indigo as his mate.

    The underlying story of the falling of silence is compelling. It is showing the complexities of the major characters. How they are aligning themselves is telling. Matters are really coming to a head . I hope the ones I am rooting for survive the oncoming explosion.

    It was an excellent read .

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Play of Passion

    I read Drew and Indigo's story and I loved it .

    It was interesting watching Drew scheme and plot his course to capture his mate. He was trying every thing in his arsenal. However, when he finally got that it was all about staying true to himself , I was impress. He was a sneaky little devil when he messed up and had to get back in her good graces. Indigo deserves someone who lights up her life and has a sense of fun.

    I really do not think Indigo was running to hard. She was just trying to come to terms with her expectations of her so called perfect mate. Drew was younger than her and because he was outside of the hierarchy of the pack there was no way to test his dominancy level.
    She definitely had to overcome a few of her preconceptions. However, you understood them when you saw the trouble in her aunt and uncles relationship.

    Proof to me that Indigo was at least thinking of the possibilities was that she did not take anyone else to her bed. This was definitely her subconscious telling her not to cross that line.

    I also appreciated the packs support of Drew choosing Indigo as his mate.

    The underlying story of the falling of silence is compelling. It is showing the complexities of the major characters. How they are aligning themselves is telling. Matters are really coming to a head . I hope the ones I am rooting for survive the oncoming explosion.

    It was an excellent read .

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