Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling Series #2)

Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling Series #2)

by Nalini Singh

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ISBN-13: 9780425215753
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Series: Psy-Changeling Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 202,552
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 232 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ErinQuinn More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
spazp on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I liked this second story of the Psy-Changling series, but not as much as Lucas and Sasha in the first.
mary1963 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Review for ¿Vision of Heat¿ by Nalini SinghThe second in the Psychangeling series, it is set in a place very different from our own. Psy talent rules the world. Changelings are paranormals that can shift into animals. The two species are separated by one strong difference. Psy are taught not to feel emotion. Changelings live by it. Faith Nightstar is a Psy so insulated from humans and changelings that touching alone can sent her into seizures. Vaughn D¿Angelo is a changeling jaguar who will not let her retreat into the emotionless wasteland that she is bound for. But the Psy have no intention of letting such a valuable asset go, or have a mind of her own. I enjoyed to book, not a book of great depth or far reaching plots. It was a fast read about an interesting world.
The_Book_Queen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
From the very start of this amazing series, I've found myself submerged into the Psy-Changeling world right from the first page. I feel like I'm there, like I am part of this unique world. I loved Slave to Sensation and I found myself falling for Visions of Heat just as quickly. Now I have to wait until I can get the other books in the series in order to continue, which is a very hard thing to do because the series is so good, so addictive that you can't put the book down until the end, and even then you are unwillingly to see it end. Nalini Singh has created a lush paranormal world that is filled with cold, insensitive Psy and the sensual, hot-blooded Changelings....Perfect combination, and when they get together-- WOW! The sex scenes are everything a woman can ask for in her romance novels, not sleezy or porn like, but a nice combination of erotica and tender love. Word of Caution to any Future Readers of These Books? HAVE A FAN NEAR BY BECAUSE YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF THINKING 'WOW, IT'S GETITNG HOT IN HERE!' Which is a good thing, really, if the author is able to make you hot and sweaty while reading the book while still holding onto the deeper, more heady feelings of love and trust between the characters. Everything I said in my review for Slave to Sensation applies here: Sexy, hot, alpha males, wild, delicious, thrilling, compelling, et cetera. Visions of Heat is a perfect continuation of her heady Psy-Changelings Series, drawing on all the emotions that humans and Changelings hold so dear to them but the Psy have blocked...until now, until these strong Psy women have broken through the Silence and tamed the wild beasts who are their mates. I can't say enough good things about Nalini's books, but you have to trust me when I say that they are a definite must read for any paranormal romance fan. If you love authors such as Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, or Alyssa Day, you will love Nalini Singh too! 5/5 STARS! A great series, a spectacular book, definitely one that you will find youself drawn to again and again. The perfect combination of love, sex, passion and thrill, Visions of Heat will pull you in from the first page and only let you go after the last word, while still whispering in your ears Come back for more....
reneebooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Faith NightStar is an F-Psy who can forecast the future and this talent is the reason she has been kept in isolation in her own compound almost her whole life. She sits in a chair day in and day out predicting the future for businesses and thereby making the NightStar clan extremely wealthy. But lately she has been having disturbing visions of murder.Vaughn is a changeling who takes jaguar form and one night comes across Faith's compound and senses her inside. He is drawn to her and becomes determined to go in and claim her but to his surprise she climbs over the fence of her compound to him. Vaughn is an alpha male any girl could love :) He's arrogant and possessive and accidentally pushes Faith into sensory overload. Faith gradually adjusts to him and her character grows from a rather fragile woman to a very tough and brave individual. Vaughn is overly protective but Faith is equally determined to exert her independence. The relationship that develops between Faith and Vaughn is deeply emotional and the love scenes are erotic and passionate. I love it when the hero falls head over heels before the heroine and Vaughn knows that Faith is his mate long before Faith accepts it.PsyNet stuff is very convoluted and complicated but I made a conscious effort this time to read this stuff more slowly to try and really understand what was going on and I think it helped. I still found some things too confusing but the relationship between Faith and Vaughn was so overwhelmingly satisfying that I found myself not really caring about the PsyNet and it's weirdness. Or the murder mystery that was just a side plot. (Grade: A-)
lindsaydiffee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Faith's delicacy got a little annoying at times; at other times, she seemed a little haughty, which I disliked. Other than that, I liked it.
new_user on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I definitely liked this book better than the first Psy-Changeling novel. This was a much fuller story. I had the sense that the author had a plan as she wrote this installment. In Visions, Singh has developed her vision of the future, and she has the perfect tool: a character deeply entrenched in the world and workings of the cold, mentally gifted Psy. Whereas the first novel's protagonist, Sascha, lived on the fringes of her community as a "defective" Psy, Faith is a highly valued and carefully protected F-Psy (a foreseer), a cornerstone of the Psy's world. Her problems affect everyone. In this book, we learn more about the ruling Psy Council, the Psy's history, the Net and of course, about the advantages that make the ruthless Psy a formidable power, where before we were offered only vague, unformed notions. Perhaps what makes this much development possible is the science, or rather science fiction, which grounds the novel. Singh bases a lot of her world on technology that actually exists (and a lot that doesn't). For example, the Net that connects the minds of the Psy is very reminiscent of our internet, if we could access it through the convenience of our own minds, LOL. Take that, Verizon¿. It's details like these that really make the tale richer. It's easy to envision the world Singh crafts. I have to respect an author that takes such care to research and shape her characters' society. It's clear when an author's put forth that effort. It was chilling to read about the cutthroat Psys, where children are planned and produced, where a father constantly watches his child, ready to coldly betray her to a tyrannical government if she betrays any sign of a conscience (see Equilibrium). Government in a romance novel-- unheard of, LOL. All the manipulation and propaganda and sci (I think a character at one point even mentions "doubletalk")-- loved it. Singh must be well-read. Since Faith is important to the government and the governing Councillors are kind of the -brilliant and brutal- villains in the book, the conflict's on a broader scale and, to my mind, much more bold and epic. Faith is powerful and she has perhaps as many reasons to fall in line with the government as to fight them. That's another interesting conflict. She's not just a working Jane who finds she has certain gifts and then stumbles on a killer. She's trying to move societies, stir rebellion-- and set us up for sequels, LOL. And for once, a foreseeing character has no qualms about using her gift for profit-- she profits and then some. In fact, in Singh's world, forecasts are not only a matter of course. They're business and very clinical too. However, lest you think I'm describing a scifi book, let me tell you about the other side of the coin: the changelings, werecats who are decidedly of this world. Singh does take some liberties with cat dynamics and behavior, but they're still recognizable, climbing and all. Vaughn is more animal than most, even his changeling fellows, and it was certainly interesting to read about a man who is never quite human. That comes across very well, when Singh writes that "an animal looked out through his eyes," but while Vaughn is as possessive and fierce as you'd imagine (whew), he's no Caveman. He's an intelligent fella and sometimes he understands Faith's people better than she does. His advice to her is invaluable and he patiently pushes Faith to step outside her bounds. His perspective seemed much more present in this book than Lucas was in the first. I would have liked to have learned more about his character, but there was action to plot and a world to build.There was much more romance in this book than the first. Faith's relationship with Vaughn and her progress as she breaks her binds is the central focus of the book, but there is a suspense subplot, a murderer on the loose. All in all, Visions was like a paranormal romance wrapped in 1984 goodness, which was pretty much a match
amf0001 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
People love this series and rave, but it somehow doesn't do as much for me, I don't know why. I find it vaguely derivative and formulaic, though that shouldn't bother me, because I read this genre all the time. I guess I don't really believe in the characters. If Faith Nightstar had really been raised without human touch since age 3, she would be far more damaged than she presents. I didn't mind Vaughn as a hero, and liked the inter mingling of cat and human perspective but it didn't sing to me and I won't need to reread it.
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Updated review 12/31/2017 5 Stars! VISIONS OF HEAT is the exciting second installment to the Psy-Changeling series! I absolutely enjoyed delving deeper into this complex world of emotionless, robotic Psy and exceptionally diverse changeling clans—animal shapeshifters. Faith NightStar is a strong F-Psy (foreseer) that’s been caged and heavily monitored all her life. She’s been conditioned to foresee business trends in order to make companies, and her PsyClan, very, very wealthy. But when visions of a cold-blooded killer start to invade her vision, she worries that her mind is cracking, giving way to madness and insanity that often affects F-Psys. In order to find answers for her mind break, she journeys deep into the heart of DarkRiver territory to find Sacha, the one Psy that’s not connected to PsyNet—a mental World Wide Web where information is stored and all of the Psy race’s minds and life forces are connected. As she breaches the boundaries, she’s stopped by a very powerful and very angry jaguar. And thus begins a thrilling and deadly story full of danger and passion and betrayal and heartache. And of redemption. Faith is a powerful heroine, fighting and internal battle within herself as well as an external battle with a possessive and stubborn jaguar. Vaughn is an extremely angry and aggressive feline changeling, adopted into the DarkRiver leopard pack many years ago. He’s more cat than man and rough around the edges, but is fiercely loyal and honor bound to his clan and to the fiery red-headed Psy that’s captured his cat’s interest. Their coupling was an exercise in patience. There are also some great scenes with the DarkRiver packmates as well as some surprises with a few unusual characters in the story! I’m really looking forward to the next book! I read VISIONS OF HEAT for the first time in 2012 but couldn’t really appreciate the nuances of the story and of the complexities of the Psy parts of the book. After rereading the story, I’m able to appreciate it so much more and pen my thoughts more adequately. I whole-heartedly recommend this and any book by Nalini Singh! Her storytelling is exquisite!
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I LOVED the 1st book of the serious, so I couldn't wait to read this one. Unfortunately, it is like the author just made a shallow regurgitation of all the same themes...and didn't even write them well. Very watered down and boring over all. What was most annoying was how the author kept repeating plot points over and over and she was just trying to take up space. I hope this isn't going to be the case for the rest of the series.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Visions of Heat is book two in the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh. I adore this series, the characters, the plot, and world. Visions of Heat is a re-read for me. I loved it the first time around and just as much the second. This series is so much fun to re-visit. In Visions of Heat get to learn what makes Faith and Vaughn tick and we get to see the changes they both go through, throughout the story. Faith is an F-Psy. She is valued by her community and also a rarity among her people. I very much enjoyed watching her character growth, the changes she goes through, and how she becomes stronger then what she thought she was. The Psy seam to have this quiet strength among them. Vaughn is more wild and possessive; because of his past. It makes him a very intriguing Alpha male to read about. I very much enjoyed his character growth and his all or nothing attitude. As always Ms. Singh’s writing is superb and impressive. Each time I pick up one of her books I am sucked into the world and taken on a magnificent adventure. I very much enjoyed watching Faith and Vaughn come together and grow, as well as the mystery on who is killing people that they work to solve. Rated: 5 Stars
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ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
I tore through the first book in this series but I savored this one a bit more. Listening to the audio as I did other work, I tried to force myself to take it slower but it was hard. The narrator in this on adds to the story. Her voice feels like it's a part of it all. For me, a narrator can make or break a story. This one made it better. Faith draws the changeling jaguar Vaughn even before she meets him. The cat's not sure why he's so interested in the secluded and heavily guarded compound but he watches and when a beautiful redhead psy sneaks out he pounces. These two are almost complete opposites. Vaughn feels deeply and is driven by instinct and a powerful body. Faith is a rare and valuable F-Psy who relies on her mind but can't handle the sensation of touch. As Vaughn follows his instincts and Faith puzzles things out with her mind, these two grow close. And the sexy? Yeah, there's a lot of that. Vaughn is driven by touch. He teaches Faith about it slowly and it ruptures into some pretty hot moments between these two. I love this world. So much depth. The mix of humans, changelings and psy make the dynamics complex and dynamic. The two extremes of instinct driven and unfeeling with the human in the middle sets up lots of parallel situation to today's world. I enjoy that. I love all the characters. It was great seeing Sascha and Lucas, who were the focus of book one, again. There are so many great secondary characters that will step up to have their own story. The author gives us bits and pieces that get me excited to read them. I look forward to Hawke, the leader of the wolves. Dorian's story is going to be great too. This was the first time I noticed Judd much and I'm a bit nervous but intrigued to read his story. Took long enough to find this series but I'm onboard and excited to plow through so many books that I'm sure I will love. The hunger for good paranormal is strong and this is one satisfying series. If you haven't started this series and you love paranormal with a heavy side of romance, then this series is the one for you.
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Recommend the entire Psy-Changeling Series
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BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
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.