Wolves are hot but downplaying the Psy is not.

In Play of Passion, the ninth installment of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, the focus is on the Snow Dancer wolf pack. These changeling wolves have been an important part of the series from the beginning, but this book moves us inside the den for an up-close look at the passionate wolf changelings.

The romance between the only female Snow Dancer lieutenant, Indigo, and the four years younger pack tracker, Drew, is steamy and intense. If you read this series exclusively for the romance you’ll love Play of Passion. Personally, I missed the Psy and the inevitable intrigue that comes with them. They weren’t entirely absent in this book but they were very much in the background for much of the story.

This book felt a little bit like the middle book in a trilogy–all set-up for the big confrontations brewing in the Psy-Changeling world and the much-anticipated romance between the Snow Dancer alpha and the young Psy cardinal who’s been pushing his buttons since book one.  Kiss of Snow, scheduled for release in May/June of 2011, promises to be a fantastic book, but I wish more of the intrigue had been pulled into Play of Passion. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed this read and still recommend it for romance readers.

What I loved about the heroine: Indigo is smart, capable, and comfortable with her feminine strength.

What I loved about the hero: Drew is sexy, funny, charming, and much deeper than he appears at first glance.

Other cool stuff: Judd and Brenna, one of my favorite couples have some great on scene time in this story. Brenna being Drew’s sister made that likely, but it was Judd recognizing the Psy-like emotional control in Indigo that added some great unexpected moments.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, but I call this futuristic on an alternate Earth.

Primary format: Mass Market Paper

Publication date: November 2010

Publisher: Berkley

5 thoughts on “Wolves are hot but downplaying the Psy is not.

  1. Charlie I shamelessly admit this one was my favorite because it was all about the “Wolves”, however you are right when the PSY has more focus in the story it is more intriguing to read.. Drew and Indigo though were a great romance read and I was seriously in the mood for that after having read some other books that were darker and non-romantic prior to POP..
    Kiss of Snow is the one you are waiting for, it promises to be the story of Hawke and Sienna from beginning to end and hopefully a little more on the war that is brewing with the PSY Council!

    jackie >_<

    • The romance was very front and center in POP and Indigo and Drew are definetly the ‘hottest’ couple, to date. And this book still had all the emotional depth I expect from the series. I only discovered the series this year. I devoured all the backlist and put it immediately on my must buy list. Looking forward to many more installments.

    • Danger Will Robinson – danger. This series is highly addictive!

      This book reads perfectly well as a paranormal shape-shifter romance, but if you want to read the series and get the sci-fi aspects, do start from the beginning. The romance angle of each story stands alone, but the over arching suspence plot and world-building are layerd in by book.

  2. This book just arrived today and I can’t wait to start it. I found this series just a couple of months ago and promptly read all of them back to back. It’s like crack and I can’t say no!

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