- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley (23. August 2016)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1101989718
- ISBN-13: 978-1101989715
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 2,5 x 20,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 69.496 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Wild Embrace (Psy/Changeling Collection, A) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. August 2016
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Praise for Nalini Singh and her Psy-Changeling Novels
“The alpha author of paranormal romance.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Nalini Singh is a master storyteller.”—Maya Banks, #1 New York Times & USA Today bestselling author
“Nalini is brilliant.”—USA Today
“Complex psychological changes are balanced by deep love...outstanding.”—Publishers Weekly
The 'alpha author of paranormal romance'* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible . . .
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Im Folgenden findet man eine kurze Besprechung zu jeder der Geschichten. Ich hoffe, dass ich nicht gespoilert habe, deshalb die Bewertung vorweg: Auf jeden Fall deutlich mehr als 5 Punkte. Alle Geschichten unterscheiden sich von Stil her total, aber alle sind gut. Meine absolute Lieblingsgeschichte in der Sammlung und herzergreifend romantisch ist „Partner in Persuaion“. Alleine dafür hat sich das Buch auf jeden Fall gelohnt …
P.S.1: Vorsicht Jungs! Hier wird mal wieder in Perfektion gezeigt, wie man um eine Frau wirbt. Ich empfehle – rein zur Sicherheit – auf dem Heimweg beim Blumenladen vorbei zu gehen …
P.S.2:Vorsicht Mädels! So romantisch … sind die meisten Jungs nur in den Büchern von Nalini Singh. Aber es ist einfach super-schön, das mal zu lesen …
1. Echo of Silence (Zärtlich ...)
Stefan Berg, der Chef der Untersee-Station Alaris, scheint der perfekte Psy zu sein. Kalt und emotionslos. Trotzdem wird Tazia das Gefühl nicht los, dass er sie beobachtet. Als sie eine ihrer ungeliebten Auszeiten an Land nehmen muss, macht Stefan ihr einen überraschenden Vorschlag. Nach und nach sieht sie den stillen Mann mit ganz anderen Augen …
Stefan ist als Nebenfigur immer einmal wieder erwähnt worden und es macht Spaß, seine Geschichte zu lesen.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
I look forward to the next book. ^^
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Nalini Singh's new anthology features four stories set at various points within the Psy-Changeling world.
Echo of Silence features Psy Tk Stefan who resides in the underwater station, Alaris, and according to Nalini's Author's Note at the beginning of the book takes place early on in the series after Visions of Heat. Tazia is an engineer who, literally, works on Alaris fixing odds and ends and making sure the station remains working. She's intrigued by the cold Psy who keeps hovering around her orbit. As workers on Alaris are required to go topside every few months, Taz spends time with Stefan and starts to see beyond his cold Silent exterior.
I liked the interplay between Stefan (Psy) and Tazia (human). As a longtime reader of the series and currently caught up on all the books I was mostly interesting in where this story is supposed to take place within the timeline of the main series, in that it takes place very early on when there's still a pretty big division between Psy and the Changelings and Humans. It's just interesting to see what's actually been going on under the sea since the beginning of the series :)
Dorian of course involves the DarkRiver sentinel, and it was a quick read and takes place at various times in Dorian's life, but I really loved the early look at many of the characters we all know and love: Lucas, Mercy, Clay, Vaughn, etc. It just further solidifies the familial feelings between them all. If you're a longtime reader of the series you'll know the specific before and after issue this short deals with in Dorian's life.
Partners in Persuasion features a SnowDancer male submissive and a DarkRiver female dominate which, I believe I read in on of Nalini's newsletters, is the first pairing of this kind. I thought that Felix and Desiree were sweet in their pursuit of each other and the subtle ways in which they both have to approach a relationship.
Flirtation of Fate was the big draw for me of this book and it's also the longest story. Of course longtime readers will know the dance that Kenji and Jem (Garnet) have been doing around one another as small side characters, but Nalini Singh just made their chemistry pop off the page anytime they would be featured, I was so happy when I learned she would finally give them their story. We know through the earlier glimpses of these characters that they are not together. Well, here, we learn why they aren't and whether or not they can get past whatever is going on and finally become mates (as pretty much everyone around them believes is inevitable). Oh, yeah, and there's a murder mystery to solve along the way. Let's not pretend that this story is anything other than theirs. The mystery was just an added element to bring them together, not that I minded. I was drawn into the mystery, although I did figure it out a few pages before the characters did.
As usual themes of love and family (pack) are big in the stories, but I always love seeing the connections these characters have to each other reinforced over and over again.
I think that if you haven't read any of the series before you'd be just fine picking this up and enjoying what Nalini Singh has written. But, as always, I think an anthology written this far into a series (we're what, 15 books in now?) is best enjoyed with the knowledge and understanding of the storylines and dynamics already established. And, honestly, the Psy-Changeling series is a highly recommended series anyway so I don't think there'd be any hardship in reading it :)
Two fluffy feel-good stories, one story with a good plot (Garnet & Benji), and one short story that really wasn't a short story (Dorian). I should have waited for the library book instead of spending $13. Lesson learned.
Dorian's story is fulfilling to those who have read his book. It can't stand alone. I'd been looking forward to Stephan's story every since he appeared in the series. His short is very different than other Psy experiences falling in love. In fact, I thought his happy ending came too easily and too fast. I was disappointed but would still give his novella a 3.5.
The dominant leopard/submissive wolf story was light & fluffy. I did like how the hero was very different than all the other male leads in the Psy/Changeling series. The bar scene is where the story 'jumped shark' for me yet I understand what the author was trying to accomplish with this scene.
The only 4 star read was the last story, which was one I had not been too hyped about. Surprise! Garnet and Benji actually had a plot besides their internal obstacles. The murder mystery was a nice way to bring together these two characters and force their issues into the open.
Echo of Silence: Holy wow, I ADORED Tazia and Stefan's slow burn romance. They both had reason for taking their time and it worked so perfectly. I genuinely loved how Stefan found ways to be around Tazia even though he couldn't quite understand his fascination with her. It was just sweetly perfect. Especially for a Psy still caught in Silence. <3
Dorian: This gave us more of the little moments that made Dorian who he is. I really REALLY like the interactions between the Changelings, so the whole Dorian/Lucas thing made me grin. Heck, I just like the Changelings in general so this gave me a whole lot of goodness.
Partners in Persuasion: Lordy, Felix and Dezi. LORDY. I don't know which of them I felt for more. Felix had some serious baggage to work through and Desiree had to practice plenty of patience with her sweet, shy wolf. They both had to work things out in their heads and it was perfectly lovely. Even the mistakes they made.
Flirtation of Fate: Seven years, man. Seven years of hate-flirting and sad-flirting and never being able to come to terms with what they felt vs the reality of their situation. Then Kenji and Garnet get thrown together to solve a murder and Garnet begins to see that there's a whole lot more to Kenji's story than what he allowed her to see.
-Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal
ECHO OF SILENCE
There have been hints of Stefan and his special status within the Psy ever since Caressed by Ice, so I was very much looking forward to reading his story. Stefan ist he commander on the deep sea station Alaris. Everybody who works there is required to go topside every few month for (mental) health reasons. Only engineer Tazia has nowhere to go as she is estranged from her family. So one day Stefan invites her to go along with him to help with his volunteer rescue work as she has been wondering for some time what he hides behind his facade of the perfect Psy and they embark on a journey of careful and sweet wooing…
I really liked the love story of this novelette, I felt a bit shortchanged with regard to the "Silence Protocolls". It’s described that because of his childhood trauma they never really took with Stefan, but then, when he starts having feelings for Tazia, he experiences some painful "Dissonance" and then the Silence Protocolls just sort of fall away.
Also, I did not like Tazia’s traditional background. Though it was couched in terms of "family", it appeared quite a patriarchial system, with the daughter being shunned for pursuing her own dreams instead of marrying within her own village and settling down. Even if the patriarchy is benevolent as it was here, I still find it problematic.
This I actually wouldn’t describe as a short story or novelette, since it’s more a collection of short vignettes from very different points in time that are connected by a common theme. That theme is Dorian’s (inner) Leopard and how he first learns to come to terms with being latent and later his joy and exuberance when he is finally able to shift and how he has to learn to let that side of him out to play.
PARTNERS IN PERSUASION
Even though it’s stressed again and again that submissives are just as important for a pack as dominants we mostly get dominant/dominant pairings, or if there is a dominant/submissive pairing, then it is the woman that is more submissive. There has been only one mention of a pairing were the woman was dominant (Aria & Martin) and that one predictably did not work out. So there seems to be a gender imbalance in the whole "dominance" issue that sometimes strikes me as a bit problematic, so I was very excited about this story.
Felix is the head horticulturist for SnowDancer, and though he is built he is also a submissive and shy to boot. He has been burnt badly by a dominant female in the past, so when he catches the eye of Dezi, a dominant cat, he is understandably cautious, although he is also very attracted to her. I liked how this story was built around trust and what kind of courage it takes to expose one’s own vulnerability to one’s partner.
FLIRTATION OF FATE
Kenji and Garnet seem to have been taking swipes at each other for a long time and I enjoyed their banter, although there were also hints of a painful past. Now they have to work together to solve the murder of one of their own and their attraction ignites anew. We learn what caused Kenji to reject Jem when they were young, and though it’s understandable it’s also kind of stupid (and can only be excused because Kenji was very young and had just been dealt a crippling blow by life, as it were). I loved the dynamic between these two strong characters, but sadly the mystery was a bit of a dud for me as I knew what had happened right after the deadbolt was mentioned.
Overall I would rate this collection 4.25 stars because we get fascinating new glimpses at the Psy/Changeling universe and three unique and moving love stories, but there were also some small issues here and there that bothered me.