Review ~ Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomance

Posted September 7, 2016 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 11 Comments

Review ~ Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyRomanceWild Embrace by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Angela Dawe
Length: 11 hrs 5mins
Series: Psy-Changeling #15.5
Published by Berkley on August 23, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
3.5 Stars
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Echo of Silence
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Dorian
A changeling who can never shift lives a life of quiet frustration—until he learns how to let his leopard come out and play...

Partners in Persuasion
Still raw from being burned by a dominant female, wolf changeling Felix will never again risk being a plaything. But for dominant leopard Dezi, he’s the most fascinating man she’s ever met. She just has to convince this gun-shy wolf that he can trust the dangerous cat who wants to take a slow, sexy bite out of him…

Flirtation of Fate
Seven years ago, Kenji broke Garnet’s heart. Now the wolf packmates have to investigate the shocking murder of one of their own. And the more Kenji sees of the woman Garnet has become, the deeper he begins to fall once more. But even his primal instincts are no match for the dark secret he carries...

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Echo of Silence
It was really interesting to be taken out of the normal settings of the series and explore a different area. It was obvious from the start that Stephan had either broken Silence or was on his way to. His actions just had that layer of personality that is not a characteristic of the Psy. Including Tazia in his rescue plans to take her mind off of not having any family to go to during the time off was great. Giving in to his internal desire to get to know her better. Their story was a sweet one and confirmed for me that Stephan really had broken Silence. He cared about Tazia and wanted to fix the problems that were making her so sad. Tazia ended the story truly happy, even with how their relationship will have to continue when they go back to work. It was a really sweet story that focused more on family than either the Psy or Changeling worlds.
3.5

Dorian
I don’t really think this could be considered a novella. It was more of a sneak peak into the Pack’s reaction to Dorian’s new skill. His pack mates were able to show him how he could still use his human skills as well as his new skills as a cat. This was a lot of fun, and answered my question of how the Pack received the news of Dorian’s ability to change.
3.5

Partners in Persuasion
Felix’s submissiveness was kind of a turn off for me as a character at the beginning. I hadn’t really thought much of him as a character and for him to have his own story really didn’t interest me at first. Once he got past his initial issues with their hierarchy and they really started to come together and work on a relationship, I clicked in. It was great to see a male submissive accept and live in a situation with a female dominant. I also liked how the story took his nature and showed how useful he was in so many areas of a Changelings life, both in Snow Dancer and Dark River’s territories. Felix and Desiree found a way to make their lives, not only with the dominant/submissive thing but with the Cat/Wolf issues work and flow. It was a cute romance with a little help from Drew, which you know would include some crazy romantic things.
3.5

Flirtation of Fate
I think this was my favorite of all the stories here. I loved Garnet’s strong character. She had her own den and responsibilities and ran them flawlessly. That is until there is a murder. Just as there is supposed to be a meeting of lieutenants and Kenji ends up in her den. The two have history and not only will they be solving a murder, but they will be dealing with their past as well. The mystery was really interesting and I enjoyed how it played out. The relationship issue was kind of disappointing. His reasoning for torturing them for so many years seemed kind of anti-climatic. He wasted so many years on something that could have been solved with a simple sentence. It left me feeling kind of let down by Kenji, and he was one of my favorite characters with his flirting etc. until this. I really think this was the best story of them all.
4

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:

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  • I need to start this series!!

  • Good reviews. I need to read these novellas. I’m all caught up until a new release. YA!! Love the series.

    • I am TERRIBLE at getting to the novellas! Especially ones when I listen to the series. I just never go back. This was a good one though. I think it helped that I was caught up on the series so I know there wouldn’t be any unintentional spoilers.

      • It’s nice to be caught up in a series so you don’t get any unintentional spoilers with the novellas or a side story. This one is the last one I need to read then I’ver read them all to date.

  • I love when Nalini does these anthologies. I think my favorite was the first one – I liked the romance, and I liked seeing a non-silent Psy before the fall of Silence, who didn’t defect from the psy-net. I would love to see where they are today, post Silence!

    • It was definitely interesting to see how Stephan handled being non-silent without drawing attention to himself. It really would be nice to see these two now that they are free to just be together.

  • I am glad to see this novella is worth the time. I still haven’t read this series, and I really need to give it a go.

    • It really was good to dive back into the series. The world is so big that there are a lot of opportunities for the novellas.

  • I’m really excited to get this one from the publisher to review. I’m really excited to listen to it. I love when Nalini Singh (and Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs too) does these anthologies. They are some of my favorites. I love all the short stories. After I listen to the whole thing the first time, I keep them on my iPod for a short story listen here and there if I’m not in the mood to start a new book, just yet.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I normally do the novellas on my kindle when they come out as singles. I just have such a hard time managing anthologies! Trying to do it on audio would totally blow my mind! LOL