Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh

Kiss of Snow by Nalini SinghKiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #10
Published by Gollancz on May 31st 2011
Pages: 432
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Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.
Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

Kiss of Snow has readily wound its way into my favourites list and it’s not often that I’m touched and excited by a book, much less a paranormal urban fantasy. The excruciating wait for Hawke’s and Sienna’s (9 books!) story obviously contributes towards the cathartic release that I felt for these 2 characters who so need their happy ever after, which Nalini Singh delivers on quite an epic scale in this extremely lengthy tale. I keenly felt Sienna’s pain just as I itched to clobber Hawke over his refusal to see her as an equal, yet I loved seeing how their relationship changed throughout the book.

It isn’t really necessary to finish every single book in the series; Kiss of Snow is so relationship-focused that I didn’t have too much trouble catching up in the greater Psy-changeling world. The tension between the changeling clans, the Psy and the fragment council comes to a head here and the last 50 pages were as breathtaking as any summer action blockbuster. Clearly the story isn’t over yet but I can now breathe easy seeing my favourite people settled in their domestic bliss – only that I can’t, because I’m still hung up on it days after finishing it.