It’s time for the Wild Invitation Read-Along! Are you as excited as us? Two brand new novellas!
This read-Along is a little bit different but hopefully you enjoy it! Don’t forget to answer some of our discussion questions! It’s more fun when we can all get excited together.
– Casey and Courtney
In Beat of Temptation, innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?
In Stroke of Enticement, a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man–and the animal–in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.
Plus NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Declaration of Courtship, Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”
Plus NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Texture of Intimacy, SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys–and unexpected challenges–of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.
Here are the past discussions!
|Slave to Sensation – the discussion||Blaze of Memory – the discussion|
|Visions of Heat – the discussion||Bonds of Justice – the discussion|
|Caressed by Ice – the discussion||Play of Passion – the discussion|
|Wild Invitation – the discussion||Kiss of Snow – the discussion|
|Mine to Possess – the discussion||Tangle of Need – the discussion|
|Hostage to Pleasure – the discussion||Heart of Obsidian – the discussion|
|Branded by Fire – the discussion|
Beat of Temptation:
“Mate. The word made her heart skip as it had since the day she’d turned fifteen.
The story of how Tamsyn and Nate got together. You would think because they are so happy in all the other Psy-Changeling novels that they’re mating would be easy. Not so! Besides the fact that DarkRiver is still on high alert from the threat to their pack you have a battle between Tamsyn and Nate.
“Nate was determined she get the chance to explore her freedom before settling down. What she had enver been able to make him see was that he was her freedom.”
Nate is too stubborn for his own good. Being 10 years Tamsyn’s senior he’s determined to give her space and freedom. He has his own reasons that can be traced by to his parents but Tamsyn is tired of waiting. She is a mature leopard-changeling and she is tired of waiting for her mate to decide she is old enough to take as a mate.
“You made her cry, Nathan. You made your mate cry and then you didn’t hold her.” – Lucas
Tamsyn decides to do something about it but when Nate continues to be stubborn she decides she can’t take it anymore and leaves. Which is apparently the kickstart Nate needs to finally wake up and realize that Tamsyn wants him as much as he wants her. So they finally get their happily ever ending which includes flowers…among other, steamier, things.
“Behave…The other will see.” – Tamsyn
“So?…I’m just playing with my mate.” – Nate
We also get a look at how DarkRiver handled the attack on their pack. How close they are and how they watch out for each other. And how they’ve been fighting the Psy since before they really became a major player. And just a bit of the arrogance of the Psy and just how long they have been underestimating the changelings. It’s a great view of the world before things really starting changing with Slave to Sensation.
“Orchids. Nathan had given her orchids. Rare and precious and beautiful…the kind of flowers a man gave to a girl who was all those things.”
Stroke of Enticement:
“Dear God, she was useless around beautiful men. And “Uncle Zach” was the most beautiful man she had ever seen.”
A story of a human teacher with a few hangups and a DarkRiver soldier who knows what he wants. Meet Annie. Annie is a human teacher who teaches in DarkRiver territory so she’s used to changeling kids and their parents. Nothing could prepare her for Zach though. Zach comes as her request to talk to his nephew who hit another student and Zach immediately likes what he sees when he meets Annie. Their romance, while not easy, is hot and steamy with a side of tenderness.
“All that beautiful passion, he thought in pleasure, hidden behind the shyness that had first stained her cheeks.”
Annie does have some issues to work out. Like the fact that she has a permanent limp from an accident when she was a child. She also has an overprotective mother who wants Annie to have a ‘safe’ guy and is not fond of changelings. Add in an absent minded father who loves his wife but tends to ignore her and Annie’s got a whole mess of insecurities that Zach will have to work through. Zach isn’t without his own hang ups either. The biggest one being that Annie is a human and therefore physically weaker than him. He’s really worried about hurting her.
“It wouldn’t do to scare Annie away. Not when he planned to keep her.”
All in all, Stroke of Enticement is a wonderful romance with a great perspective into everyday life in DarkRiver. Also, there’s even a hint (I’m not telling! You’ll have to read it for yourself) that the Silence was beginning to fracture before we were first introduced to the Psy/Changeling world.
“For him, she’d break every rul, allow him into her home, into her very soul. For him, she’d jump into the abyss and worry about the bruises later. Because sometimes, there were no choices.”
Declaration of Courtship:
“I don’t intend to go away until you tell me to do so. I’m planning to court you.” – Cooper
A new novella set in the SnowDancer den. We have Cooper, a Snowdancer lieutenant, who intends to get his girl, Grace who is a submissive. This pairing promises to have lots of sparks and Singh doesn’t let us down. Both Cooper and Grace want to be together but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy for them.
“She fought the suicidal urge to throw a tool at his head. Her place in the hierarchy didn’t determine her entire personality.”
Grace is a submissive and so has a few concerns getting together with one of the most dominant wolves in the pack. And it’s not because she doesn’t want Cooper but because she’s not sure she can actually be with him because of her nature. She’s worried that she’s never be able to stand up to him like she knows she’ll need to if they want a healthy relationship. Cooper on the other hand has to fight his own protective instincts to make sure Grace isn’t smothered by his nature. It’s a tightrope they have to walk but they do get their happily ever after.
“And he was determined to seduce, pet and coax Grace into his arms. Where he planned to keep her. All night. All day. Always.”
Besides the wonderful story between Grace and Cooper we get a glimpse into how the pack interacts with each other. And we get a look at things from the perspective of the submissive wolves. They are just as important to the pack as the other, more dominant members. Declaration of Courtship shows just how the pack works together and why they’re so strong.
“His spine bowed as the mating bond locked into place, as gentle and fierce a thing as Grace herself.”
Texture of Intimacy:
“…She luxuriated in the scent of dark water and snow-dusted firs…and the exquisite tug of a bond that tied her inexorably to the quiet, powerful telepath who was the only man she had ever wanted to call her own.”
In Texture of Intimacy we get to follow up on two characters from Kiss of Snow, Lara and Walker. Lara is the SnowDancer healer and Walker is a Psy, part of the Lauren family. They finally got together in Kiss of Snow but this novella is a perfect follow-up for them.
“I’m not likely to be an easy mate.” – Walker
“I think you’re wonderful. My perfect mate.” – Lara
Lara loves Walker and he loves her right back. But things aren’t always easy just because you’re in love. Lara is nervous about blending in with his family. Walker is nervous because he is not an easy man to love and he’s worried Lara will come to regret mating with him. Their romance is all the more powerful because they’ve already chosen to be together. Now they just have to make it work.
“Walker wanted only to kiss that rueful smile off of her lips…then he realized on a bone-deep pleasure that he could. Anytime he pleased. She’d given him that right.”
Texture of Intimacy doesn’t just follow up with Lara and Walker but also some of the things that are happening in the SnowDancer den and in the PsyNet. For one, we get to see a unique perspective into SnowDancer life. How everyone interacts with each other when they aren’t in crisis mode. And we get to see that some Psy are still fighting for a way out of Silence. Plus we get an mini-update on Zach and Annie!
“Happy?” – Walker
“So happy.” – Lara
Glossary of Terms
Vocabulary from the previous novels can be found on their discussion pages:
- Slave to Sensation is now posted here.
- Visions of Heat is now posted here.
- Caressed of Ice is now posted here.
- Wild Invitation is now posted here.
- Mine to Possess is now posted here.
What do you think about our four couples?
Who was your favorite?
What was your favorite novellas?
What was your favorite part about these novellas?
And the big question: Which secondary character do you want Nalini Singh to write a novella about?
Thanks to Nalini Singh and the wonderful people at Penguin, I have a couple of every single novel in the Psy-Changeling series, and while some of them have been claimed, all of them haven’t. So this is what we’re going to do – we’ll be giving away all the books in one shot at the end of the Read-Along. That means you have 13 different chances to enter for any one of the Psy-Changeling novels. Join in on any of the discussions and you’ll automatically be entered to win.
To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: Which secondary character do you want to see next? Don’t be afraid to answer any of the discussion questions above either!
The contest will stay open until July 1st, at which time we’ll determine the winners with help from this snazzy plug-in that Jackie has.