Review: Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

Ho-lee cow. This book takes the Guild Hunter series in a bold new direction. Everything up until this point has been about building up Elena, Raphael, and their band of allies. Building their relationships… their power. But in this book, Elena is no longer becoming stronger. She is growing weaker, and it’s threatening to upend everything she’s worked for. Every day, she is regressing further and further into her humanity and Raphael grows in danger of losing what little humanity he’s gained through her love.

The Cascade is showing no signs of abating. This is the same cosmic event that has gifted Raphael with angelfire and filled him with new power. The same event that brought forth the Legion. The one that is threatening to turn Bluebell into an archangel before his time. Now it seems to have awoken the consciousness of an ancient who has been long asleep. She becomes a harbinger of the death looming over Elena’s shoulder. And our favorite hunter-born angel wants nothing to do with her prophecies. The only thing she is interested in –is protecting her family. [Read more…]

Review: Rebel Hard by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Sara

Book 2 of Nalini Singh Hard Play series, Rebel Hard is a vibrant and lovely Contemporary Romance that follows the lives of Raj Sen and Nayna Sharma as they grow together in the midst of, or in spite of, cultural traditions and personal dreams.

Nayna Sharma, began the path to an arranged marriage as a way to heal the hurts in her family caused by her older sister’s less than traditional life choices, but while her motives are pure, she feels more and more like she’s caging herself and burying long held dreams. Raj, on the other hand, loves the steadfastness of Indian tradition and longs for the stability he believes it will bring to his life. After a disastrous first meeting, Nayna and and Raj attempt a more modern style of dating and find their hearts, and hormones, quickly involved. As the two face personal and familial trials, Nayna works to show Raj that she can be a safe place and strong tower for him to run to, and Raj, in turn, works to show Nayna that his embrace isn’t a cage meant to hem her in but a support for when times get tough. [Read more…]

Review: Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Sara

Looking for a sweet and sexy Contemporary to read, I came across Nalini Singh’s Cherish Hard. Book one in the Hard Play series, it tells the story of Isa and Sailor, two main characters with more issues than Vogue magazine, but with huge hearts.

Sailor first sees red-headed Isa at a college kegger where she is humiliated by her boyfriend in front of over 50 people. He runs after her, but not in time and she remains, in his mind, the perfect unattainable woman for over 5 years. Until one day, when he’s accosted by a beautiful woman who kisses the daylights out of him. After this, fate seems to be on Sailor’s side and the two continue to bump into each other. Sailor learns that Isa was deeply affected by her humiliation and that on top of that has deep hurts from a family that has placed money and business above all else. He also sees that Isa has an enormous heart and cares for her her step-siblings as if they were her own children. Can he be the man she needs? Will it mean giving up his dreams? [Read more…]

Review: Ocean Light by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I have mixed feelings about this book, which I hate to say because I am such a huge fan of Nalini Singh. But the degree of Insta love here was just insurmountable. It colored my ability to enjoy the first half of this story to such a degree that it made it difficult to connect to the characters or the romance for a very long time. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that with shifters, a mating instinct requires acceptance of a quick connection. But the hero here is human and he was the biggest offender.

Let me back up. This is Bowen’s story. The leader of the Human Alliance has some serious issues to overcome. Not only was he shot up in a previous book, but his brain is in danger of shutting down because of the chip he had implanted. Bowen is deathly afraid of a Psy manipulating his mind and the chip prevented that. But now it is degrading and death is knocking on his door. [Read more…]

Sara’s Favorites of 2017

2017 felt like a good year to hide under the covers with a good book. Here’s what did it for me this past year.

UF/Romantic Fantasy

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
The last (contracted) book in Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series hit it out of the park. Everything from the smoldering romance between Nevada and Rogan to the revelations of series secrets were flawless.
If you like detailed worldbuilding and original plots you should totally read this series. [Read more…]

Review: Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I am such a fan of Nalini Singh and so many books in her Guild Hunter series really hit it out of the park for me. Though I didn’t feel like I “knew” Venom very well from the previous stories, I was really excited for his book; he’s so deliciously “other,” I just knew Singh would suck me in as this aloof enigma found love.

Eh. Yes and no. Or maybe it would be better to say… eventually. [Read more…]

Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Jen

I’ve been a fan of the Psy Changeling series for a long time. And if at any point you would’ve asked me which of Nalini Singh’s heroes were my favorite, I would have said without hesitation, the ice cold Psy men who are thawed into emotion by their heroines. Kaleb… Judd… my beloved Arrows… now they have some serious competition in a lovely gentleman bear named Valentin.

I absolutely, completely, 100% fell in love with this changeling. He is head over heels for Silver Mercant and he is unwavering in his devotion to her. As far as I’m concerned, he says everything right; he does everything right; he is sexy; he is powerful; he is all of the things. [Read more…]

Review: Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh

archangels-heartReviewed by Jen

I’m surprised at how much complaining I’ve seen in reviews for this book simply because it’s not about Bluebell and Aodhan. Heck yeah, I want to see that too, but I love Elena and Raphael too. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. But for the B/A shippers, this book is necessary. It focuses a lot on Aodhan. We get to know him more than we have in all the other books combined. I’m glad Nalini Singh took the time to build up his character here. It will make his book all that much sweeter when it finally gets here. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

wild embraceReviewed by Jen

I’m such a fan of the Psy-Changeling series. This anthology gives us a peek into the lives of (mostly) secondary characters whose stories have been waiting to be told.

Echo of Silence – This story takes place early in the series timeline, after the second book, Visions of Heat, but if you’re worried about jumping that far back in the series, don’t. This story stands up completely on its own, and it may be my absolute favorite novella in the series. It harkens back to those early stories where the Psy are still holding tightly to Silence. And though our hero’s Silence is fractured, it’s a secret that could cost him his life. [Read more…]

Review: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh

allegiance of honorReviewed by Jen

I haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. To be fair, though, this not your average Psy-Changeling book. It’s not a romance. It’s more like a dozen romances, all reveling in their own versions of Happily Ever After. It’s a reunion. It’s a celebration. An ending and a beginning. And maybe that won’t be what every reader wants. But for me, this book won on every level. I cried. I laughed out loud. I basked in a thousand feels and I ended the story completely satisfied.

There are so many things going on here. After all, this is the culmination of the story arc that started with book one. We revisit every character. We tie almost every thread. It’s a task that could have been overly ambitious or scattered, but Nalini Singh is such a master of her craft that it all just… fit. [Read more…]