REVIEW by Ginny: Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh (@NaliniSingh , @Puretextuality )

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past–one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

First and foremost… do not pick this series up here. I’m freaking serious. Go back and start at the beginning. It’s totally worth it. The very first naughty scene in the very first book is a stroke (*giggle*) of genius.

Oh Psy-Changling Series… I thought I knew where we stood. I thought that while you were surprising, you wouldn’t do anything that shocked me. Well I’ve got to say, after reading “Tangle of Need” I am honestly stunned. You took things I thought I knew, and tipped them on their sides.

I’m honestly not sure if I liked that.

This title pretty much picks up right where “Kiss of Snow” left off, the Snow Dancer pack dealing with the repercussions of the battle with Pure Psy… and here’s where my review gets stuck…

The things that are making it hard for me to rate/review this book:

The bad guy: There was still a mystery with a bad guy that needed solving and then thwarting, but after the epic battle in the last book it felt kind of flat. Maybe that’s just me though. I mean, if plans had come to fruition bad shit would’ve happened, but it felt like the victims were a group we weren’t as invested in.

The main romance: I’m used to the changeling relationships happening in a certain way… so when things did not follow the prescribed path in this novel, I felt a bit jipped. Hopefully it just means that we’ll get more Riaz and Adria in the next novel because…

The previous romance: There is a ton about Hawke and Sienna. In fact I’d almost say it was 1/3 Hawke/Sienna, 1/3 Riaz/Adria, and 1/3 bad guy thwarting mystery solving world building good time. I really liked that though. I mean, we get another look at the romance we’ve been waiting for for how many novels? A peak at how things are after the catastrophe is over. It was nice.

Overall world building: It didn’t seem like we got as much to move along the overall plot this time. But again, maybe this is because nothing can really measure up to the end of the last book. While Kaleb is still being kagey (see what I did there) now I’m not so certain he’s the good guy I’ve always been sure he was. Also, what is up with the Arrows? Layers upon layers there people… like ogres in the middle of onions… And for the love of all that is holy, who is the Ghost?

Every time I feel like we’re taking a step forward, we’re actually taking two back. It made me pouty. Ok, so it was probably the fact that I had stayed up until 1 am that actually made me pouty… and that even though my eyes were all scratchy I had to wait for snuggles… but still.

In the end, I’m giving Tangle of Need 3.5 stars. Adria and Riaz have a good solid romance going on here with all the changeling courtin’ goodness you’ve come to expect. They’ve also got a few new twists that you probably won’t be expecting. It just falls a bit flat of the glory that was “Kiss of Snow.” Let’s just hope this doesn’t mean that “Kiss of Snow” has ruined me for other Psy-Changeling novels.

Also, I hated this cover.

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