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Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling Series #9)

Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling Series #9)

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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 HopeShield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian..."the alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist).
As a conflict with Pure Psy looms on the horizon, two powerful wolves fight a far more intimate war of their own …


A Psy/Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of HopeShield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian..."the alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist).
As a conflict with Pure Psy looms on the horizon, two powerful wolves fight a far more intimate war of their own …
In his position as Tracker for the SnowDancer pack, it’s up to Drew Kincaid to 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.
Lieutenant Indigo Riviere doesn’t easily allow skin privileges, especially 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 will.
Now, two of SnowDancer’s most stubborn wolves find themselves playing a hotly sexy game even as lethal danger stalks the very place they call home…

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Publishers Weekly
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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Psy-Changeling Series , #9
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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

Meet the Author

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.

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Play of Passion (Psy-Changeling Series #9) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 243 reviews.
Freewalker More than 1 year ago
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?
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Beguile_Thy_Sorrow More than 1 year ago
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!
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ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. The dominant females get on my nerves. I finally liked Mercy in book 6 but it took a while. I was nervous that Indigo would never win me over. It did take a while for me to like her. A strong character, she's a great lieutenant for Snow Dancer pack but she can be mean. She dismissed Drew from a possible lover because of his age and his less dominance in the pack hierarchy. Her own family experience had taught her such pairing would never work. And it took a lot to get her to consider she was wrong. Drew is comfortable in his own skin. The pack tracker and more importantly the eyes and ears of the alpha, charming Drew is used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is Indigo. I totally fell for Drew. He doesn't try to change who he is to better appeal to Indigo, instead he uses his strengths and patience to convince her to give them a shot. All the while these two are dancing around each other, there is someone threatening the Snow Dancers. As Hawke deals with the problems, favorites from previous books join the story. Judd from book 3 continues to be a favorite of mine and his magic TK skills show up in this one. The overarching story continues as the Psy counsel goes through some dramatic changes. And I continue to be obsessed with this series. I enjoyed this one so much. Drew is the biggest reason. And as he struggled, I hurt for him. To me, that's a sign of a great author - involving my emotions. Not only was I hurting and scared for him at times but his dominant passion was fanning my own flames. This series is always HOT. Love this world. Love the writing. Love the characters. Love the series. Still obsessed and itching for more.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
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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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)
jeepinjm More than 1 year ago
Great book!! Love the series!!
Dawnie-Re More than 1 year ago
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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