Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling Series #2)

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Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

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Overview

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780425215753
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Psy-Changeling Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 156,975
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.95 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    Terrific Second Book in the Psy/Changeling Series

    I¿ve read Nalini Singh¿s first book of the Psy, Slave to Sensation, twice now. The first time I read it, I was struck by how original it was. The second time, I was struck by how enjoyable it was. With that being said, I had high expectations for Visions of Heat, but also some doubts that Ms. Singh would be able to sustain the originality and fun factor that made the first so enjoyable. I¿m pleased to be able to write that Visions of Heat is just as good if not better than the first. What made Visions of Heat so enjoyable were the characters and the world building and the dialogue and the chemistry and . . . well, just about everything. The world that was already so fully developed and realized only became richer and fuller this time around. The fear I sometimes have is that an author will successfully create an idea and some interesting characters . . . at first, but those characters will then go on to appear time and time again in successive books, although disguised under a different name and description. That is not the case, here. Faith and Vaughn are completely different from Sascha and Lucas . . . and if I¿m being honest, I think I liked them even more. Faith NightStar is one of the rarest Psy designations: a Foresight Psy aka an F-Psy. On top of that, she is probably the most talented and most successful of all F-Psys. Her predictions are strong and accurate and have earned her and her family billions. Unfortunately, her gifts have a downside. She lives secluded and alone, sheltered from the outside world that would overwhelm her mind (or so she is told). Her only visitors are her emotionless father and the cold M-Psys who monitor her every word, her every move and every beat of her heart. Faiths¿ façade of emotionless begins to crumble when her sister is killed and the murderer begins haunting her dreams. She sneaks away from her compound and sets off to find some answers with Sascha Duncan. Along the way, she is held up by the protective Vaughn. His behavior is unpredictable, his attitude is predatory and he is perhaps the most dangerous of the DarkRiver Changelings. Vaughn¿s own childhood was a terrible one. He remains haunted by the beloved sister he had to watch slowly die, unable to save her. Vaughn is immediately captivated by the very fragile Psy. He forces her to accept his touch little by little, alternating between patience and impatience in his desire for her. It¿s Vaughn who notices one night, that the killer that plagues Faith¿s dreams may be more than just a mental presence in her mind, and together they set out to find her sister¿s murderer. Visions of Heat starts off strong and stays that way right until the very end. Faith and Vaughn were two characters that at first seemed polar opposites- she: so fragile, he: so . . . borderline violent, but. . . Ms. Singh made it work very sucessfully. Their chemistry was great, but the emotional aspect, their love story, was very sweet as well. Faith¿s evolution from a sheltered and fragile Psy to a strong and resilient woman had me applauding and the mystery of her sister¿s killer kept me guessing. A couple characters were more fully developed this time around without taking the focus and interest away from our hero and heroine- there¿s nothing worse than wanting to read more about the secondary characters rather than the main ones. Luckily, just enough, but not too much, was given to tantalize us for the upcoming books and characters. Visions of Heat is an enjoyable and unique sequel to an enjoyable and unique book. I enjoyed it a great deal and I definitely recommend it.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    A Wonderful Second Installment

    Nalini Singh's fresh take on the world of paranormal is as gripping as ever, with strong action and a cast of interesting characters. Visions of Heat continues somewhat the original plot of the first book, Slave to Sensation. The Psy are a race known for their cold aloof facades and the deadly minds they cloak beneath. Thanks to a rigid race determined to conceal their slightest imperfections, killers are born, and it's up to the changelings once again to protect not only their own but the Psy as well. Faith Nightstar is the embodiement of a sheltered Psy. As an F-Psy able to predict the future, her talents are coveted by her family. Cocooned against the outside world, she's tucked away in her own compound, where she can predict safe things, things that make the PsyClan Nightstar very wealthy. When dark, disturbing visions begin to plague her at any given time, and a particular murder cuts too close to home, she knows she cannot ignore them...no matter how fragile her mind might be. Drawn to the enigmatic and unusual Psy, Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo uses his abilities as a jaguar to encroach on Faith's territory. He must tread carefully, for too much contact with the delicate Psy could send her senses into overload. He's determined to make her feel though and it's going to be on his terms. He sees strength in Faith and that's what he plans to draw forth in her, till she can handle exactly what he wants to give her. When visions of the killer cut too close to home, and the Psy come for her too, Vaughn will be there to catch Faith and dispense the remorseless justice changelings are known so well for. Vaughn's story was one I greatly looked forward to and came out pretty pleased with. An aloof character in the first book, it was interesting to read exactly what made up this single jaguar member of the DarkRiver leopards. As a sentinel for his adoptive clan, he's fierce, loyal and dangerously cunning. When he sets these talented sights on Faith it's an instant animal attraction that roars to the surface, ready to claim the confounding woman. Faith, knows her boundaries, and while she thinks there's no place for her in Vaughn's world, she proves herself to be invaluable to him and it's not for the cold reasons her Psyclan wants her. Their interactions make this installment worth the read. While the villain this time didn't stand out the way the previous book's baddy did, I found myself not minding in the least by book's end. Ms. Singh is a master at dishing up the details at just the right intervals, allowing her plots and subplots to flow beautifully amongst one another. Stay tuned for more from this fascination new world. Next up is Caressed by Ice, this time starring a Psy member as the hero. It releases September 4, 2007.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Very entertaining

    Singh's books are so well written. This was a joy to read. The world is well built and the characters consistent and developed well. There is a good balance between action, character growth and romance that makes it hard to put the story down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Love Nalini Singh's Books

    If you haven't read her Psy/Changeling Series, you're missing out. Do yourself a favor and start with the first book (Slave to Sensation) and just order the whole series because you won't want to stop and you won't want to wait. Superb story telling and heroes to die for. The best of paranormal.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2007

    Fantastic Read

    I loved this book. Faith the heroine is an F-Psy who is all about the intellect and very well protected or is that inprisoned by her family. Lately her visions have become very violent and enduces feeling which is not good for a person whose race supposedly has no feelings. Enter Vaughn a changling whose animal side is drawn to Faith very strongly. After Faith's sister is murdered she comes to understand that she must leave in order to one protect herself and to find who murdered her sister and bring him to justice. One of my favorite thing about Ms Singh's books is that they are definitely different than most of the other paranormal books on the market. She has given us a fantastic new world to play in and I like it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Engrossing

    Psychic Faith Nightstar avoids extreme emotions because she knows she cannot afford to lose control as that would mean losing her tenuous handle on her skills. However, her latest visions are loaded with tense feelings that frighten her. Already tight, she is almost over the edge when her sister is murdered.------------------ Faith must leave her safety nest for the first time in over two decades to learn what happened to her sibling if she is to regain her equilibrium on life and to insure she is not next. She leaves her sanctuary trusting no one. On the outside she meets were-cat Vaughn D'Angelo, who feels an affinity towards the frightened woman and a need to protect her. She knows she needs him to keep her safe, but fears her new feelings for this Changeling because if her ¿handlers¿ learn that she is falling in love they will kill him and probably her. ------------------------ This is an exciting but strange romantic fantasy that grips readers from the onset as the restrictive cocooned world of Faith Nightstar is revealed to the audience. She is a bird in a gilded cage who escapes to a wider world filled with senses rattling every step of the way. The mystery of her sister¿s death and the romantic subplot are delightfully created to provide deeper conflict within the soul of the heroine, but it does not take a forecaster, a psychic or a reviewer to know this is Faith¿s fate that turns Nalini Singh¿s thriller into what will be a sub-genre favorite.------------------ Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4 REVIEW:  Loved this book!! Love Vaughn!!

    NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 3/4
    REVIEW: 
    Loved this book!! Love Vaughn!! Loved Faith!! Just plain loved! I have yet to pick up a Nalini Singh story and not totally be in love. Nalini is such an amazing storyteller and Angela Dawe brings the characters to life. This girl has a knack for voices!! It is amazing. And as always I love when I feel like I am in the story not just being read to. Angela does that. I never feel that she is just reading the works. I feel like I am right there with the characters. 

    If you are thinking about a book to read or listen too I would HIGHLY suggest picking up a copy of Vision of Heat, but if you have not read book 1 Slave to Sensation I would start there

    Disclaimer: 
    I purchased this book from Audible and this review is my own opinion and not a paid review. 

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Psy-changeling!

    Loved the first book in the series and the second book keeps building on that--Nalini Singh creates the best worlds that the reader just wants to live in with her amazing characters.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    Highly recommended!

    Great series. I had to get the next one after reading this one. Steamy, exciting and fast-paced.

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  • Posted August 12, 2012

    Faith NightStar is a star F-Psy for the NightStar Group. She acc

    Faith NightStar is a star F-Psy for the NightStar Group. She accurately predicts market trends and inventions for the business sector. Yet lately, She is seeing more than her usual foreseer abilities can explain murder. She sees death and she can't escape it no matter how much she tries to do so. Faith wonders what has brought this sudden increase in her abilities yet tries to cope with them any way. Vaughan D'Angelo is jaguar of the DarkRiver Clan and intrigued by an isolated compound at the edge of DarkRiver Territory. Vaughan let's his curiousity get the better of him by spying a red headed beauty as the lone occupant of the compound. Vaughan can't explain his attraction to this red headed beauty yet continues to watch her until something interesting happens. Faith needs to talk to Sascha Duncan, a rogue Psy,that dropped out of the PsyNet. Faith wants to stop this visions from happening if she's able. So Faith plans to sneak out of her compound to make contact with Sascha. She really had no clue what she was getting into by doing this but there is no going back. Vaughan takes Faith to meet Sascha and Lucas, there Faith explains her situation to Sascha. Sascha isn't sure if she can help Faith but that doesn't mean she won't try to do so. Vaughan can't seem to stop touching Faith even though she's asked him to stop because she can't handle it until she passes out. Sascha and Vaughan argue about touching Faith. He believes that Faith can handle where as Sascha doesn't think so. Faith attempts to handle Vaughan's touch which gives her a thrill she doesn't expect. Can Faith handle being touched? What about Faith and Vaughan's attraction to each other? Can Faith stop her visions of the future? How far will Faith's abilities grow? Your answers await you in Visions of Heat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Love this book and all of the psy changeling books. If you like sherrilyn kenyon, then you will like this author.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this book. It was out of the norm and just a great read. She is such a great writer. Keeps me guessing what is going to happen next. Great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Love it!

    Love it!

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

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    Purrrr¿¿

    I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Anglea Dawe, so my review is based on that version.

    I am really enjoying the Psy-Changling series. I can’t help but think of the Psy as Vulcans (I know my trekkie side is showing) with their non-emotional links to everything. The case of Faith NightStar goes beyond even the regular psy treatment as she is kept isolated from other people so she can sit in a monitored chair all day and give physic predictions. During some of those sessions, Faith has a prediction of a killer. Since psy are supposed to be emotionless it doesn’t seem possible that there is a psy killer. So of course, she thinks she is going crazy and that any day now she will be taken away to the funny farm.

    Not only is Faith emotionally isolated from others but physically isolated also. That is until the changeling Vaughn stumbles across her isolated (but very well guarded) compound.

    Vaughn, who is kind of a loner himself, takes it as a personal challenge to break in and see what is going on. Just as he is about to break in, he sees Faith breaking out. He is drawn to touch Faith at every possible moment. For a women not used to being touched it takes all Faith’s willpower (or won’t power in this case) to keep away from Vaughn. His closeness overwhelms her senses and sends her into an emotional overload. He is convinced she will get used to it, she is convinced it will kill her.

    Although I enjoyed this story overall, I think there were some HUGE leaps made in this story. For example, if I was as emotionally and physically sheltered as Faith was, I don’t think one of the first places I would reach out to touch a guy would be on his ‘manhood’. I think that would be one of the last places I would be able to handle. Think about the emotional turmoil that goes with doing something like that during a regular relationship. Just saying …

    The Narration Review
    This audiobook was narrated by Angela Dawe. Once again, I felt like she was rushing through the book. Maybe she had a time slot she needed to get this book into, I don’t know. I always find myself checking to see if I accidently set my iPod on 1 ½ speed. LoL

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly Recommend if you like paranormal.

    Really enjoyed this book. I recommend the whole series. I stumbled upon this series with a novella in anthology and loved it, so I had to get my hands on the whole series. This is the first book in the series, there are 10 books released for this series to date. All are really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Too short of a sample

    Not really enough to read about the story to get interested, too much "backdrop" for the series.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

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    Excellent

    Love the whole series. This is one of the better books in it. If you like paranormal, shape shifters, futurisitc books. Read this series. It has never disappointed.

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

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    Amazing series!

    My Review:
    I can already foresee that this is going to be one of my favorite series. Wow, this was a fabulous book. Quite honestly, I am not sure that I have put enough thought into the book to review it yet, because there are a lot of underlying "lessons" woven into the story. I like a book that can make you think. Well, sometimes anyway...a lot of times, I just read for the entertainment value. Luckily this book was full of both things!


    Faith is an F-Psy. As an F-Psy she sees images of the future...a future that can be changed and manipulated with enough information. She lives a solitary lifestyle for her "own protection." Too much external stimulation can cause a full mental cascade and insanity. At least, that is what she has been told. Regardless, she knows that mental insanity is the ultimate fate of most F-Psy eventually, so she faces a bleak future. Her mental barriers have been slowly degenerating for the last few months and after a brush with a killer who kills her sister, she is feeling desperate...for something, so she escapes her home and ventures into the forest where she finds Vaughan.


    Vaughan is a jaguar within the leopard pack. He understands isolation. He and his sister were abandoned by their parents when they were only children. His sister starved to death and he was more animal than human by the time that the leopards found him and brought him into their pack. He remains closer to his wild side than most changelings as a result.


    This is not a romantic pairing that should ever work. Faith has been isolated since age 3. She doesn't know how to handle ANY human interaction at all, much less the animal-like pushing that Vaughan is constantly bombarding her with physically and mentally, but Nalini writes this story brilliantly so that it works. And it works really, REALLY well. I loved how Vaughan knew how and when to push Faith. His leopard senses her abilities and needs even better than the man does. These two together are explosive...and so romantic.


    As I mentioned before, there are some fabulous threads of thought running through this story. The Psy-Net is how all the Psy are mentally connected. There is a revelation that Faith makes in this book that is obviously going to have far-reaching effects in further books and the Psy population. I loved, LoVeD, LOVED this twist...such a creative twist to this story line and I am really excited to see where it goes.


    This is such a fabulous world that Nalini has created and it's exciting to see how she explores the moral aspects of it all. What are we if we don't have the consciousness that comes from emotion? How much of who we are comes from our socialization and our conditioning vs. who we are just naturally inside of us? Nature vs Nurture? How does our family and the ties to that family, both externally and internally, reflect who we are and become? I am loving all these ideas that Nalini is exploring through these books. Just an absolutely fabulous series!!

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    Recommended

    I really like this series, although I like the first one a teensy bit better. This one dragged a bit at parts. But I did think that Singh did a great job of showing us a similar story (female Psy and male changeling) in a very different way. The personalities, circumstances, and relationships were all different from the first book, so it didn't feel at all like a repeat. And we got the perfect amount of little tid-bits from Sascha and Lucas' perspectives to keep us up to date on them without taking away from Faith and Vaughn's story. I loved the little twist with Anthony as well as finding out the story behind the killer. There's just the right amount of information and progression with the idea of a 'revolution', and I like how we're starting to see more and more that there are more Psy than just Sascha and Faith who were unsatisfied. I'm interested to see where the overall story will go, as well as what will develop with the Council as the changelings take more and more of their people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    I love this series.

    This was a great story for it.

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