Review ~ Mine To Possess by Nalini Singh

Posted October 15, 2015 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 6 Comments

Review ~ Mine To Possess by Nalini SinghMine To Possess by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs 59 min
Series: Psy-Changeling #4
Published by Berkley on February 5, 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 328
4 Stars
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Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.

Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life--the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...

Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.

Clay wasn’t a character I had thought much about so far. He was one of those brooding Sentinels in the background. In Mine To Possess we learn a little more about his past. His struggles growing up being only half Changeling and how he was treated. He found peace with one person and that was ruined when he let his panther out to protect her. In protecting her he drove her away and sentenced himself to years of being confined. Torturing his cat. He was devastated to learn of her death after he was finally released. He never fully recovered.

Imagine his shock when he finds out that Talin is not, in fact, dead. That it was story she made up to keep him from her. Clay was beyond pissed, and I really can’t blame him. He suffered for years because of her, and it was all a lie. Now that she has some need for immediate assistance with the children she works for does she come crawling back to Clay. If it wasn’t for the point that it was children, I would have been rooting for Clay to send her ass packing. DarkRiver regards children way too high to let any of them suffer, no matter what the race.

I honestly don’t know how Clay and his cat had the patience to work with Talin’s fears. After all she did to him, he still had that pull to protect her. I grew to like her more and more as the book went on. Even though Clay had not been a prominent character so far, I still couldn’t stand for his hurt. Her ability to soothe him softened me and I began to see where her fears came from. I may have softened, but I was still confused on why she would hide from Clay after everything he did for her.

I really liked that the storyline moved from being true Psy against Changeling. I wasn’t sure how that was going to keep playing out. Now that this new group has been introduced, another whole line of potential story has been opened. As the storyline moves on, we open farther into a world that is new and not repetitious as I first feared it would be. I find myself being sucked in and I can’t wait to get to the next one. It is so awesome this series is available at my library. I would be going nuts trying to balance Audible credits!

The audio has a lot of pauses that sometimes break up the story on me. The app I’m using is a big annoyance for me, and I can only listen at 1x. There will be pauses in the middle of the conversation and I will wonder if there is a sudden chapter break. Then it picks back up again. It may be the app. I just find it rather annoying.

About Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 Audiobook Challenge
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  • Hmm…. I don’t like the thought of weird pauses in the narration on the audiobook, I was planning on tackling this series via audio when I get to it, but I am not so sure.

    • The pauses were really annoying for me. I’ve noticed them all along in this series. I’ve listened to other books narrated by Angela Dawe and I haven’t had that problem. It was weird.

  • I love this series. I do remember this book and Clay’s story. I felt so bad for him. I listen to the audiobooks, but I do listen at an increased speed, so I never noticed the pauses you mentioned. Sorry your app can’t do that.

    • My library, for some reason only has these audiobooks through Hoopla, and it does not want to play nice for me. I keep hoping that one will come up in Overdrive, which still drives me nuts, but not nearly as bad. Clay’s story was so sad. I really liked him.

  • I love this series soooo much! I felt so bad for Clay in this one.

    • I wanted to punch Talin when we found out what she did. He had it so hard as it was and then she let him believe that about her. I was SO mad!