Publisher: BerkleyRelease Date: May 31, 2011 (today!)
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Psy/Changeling #10
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's exhilarating world of shapeshifters and psychics is "paranormal romance at its best" (Publishers Weekly). Now comes the story of an alpha wolf named Hawke used to getting exactly what he wants--and of the only woman who dares tangle with him.
Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.
Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would've been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.
Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other's secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…
A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna's darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…
If you're a Psy/Changeling fan like me you have been waiting for Hawke's own book for what seems like forever. Well, the wait is finally over because the tenth book in the series, Kiss of Snow, is out and it is definitely worth the wait. I'll go right out and say that I'm rating this book 5 out of 5 stars and a fair warning, this review will contain a lot of gushing. Fellow readers, this book is sooo good!! Seriously one of the best romances and the best paranormal romance I've read this year--it met all my high expectations and I wanted to re-read it again when I flipped the last page.
Unlike most fans, I wasn't really a Hawke/Sienna shipper. Sienna did grow up a lot throughout the series but I didn't quite see her as heroine material for super sexy Hawke. But as I started reading Kiss of Snow I totally did a one-eighty and rooted for Hawke and Sienna. She turned out to be a fantastic heroine that stood on her own (which was hard to do with a bigger than life hero in Hawke). Sienna was strong, smart, confident and she didn't let the very dominant Hawke dominate over her. For half of the book, Hawke tried to resist Sienna because having already found and lost the woman who would've been his mate, he knew he was destined to be alone and couldn't give her what she deserved. But Sienna tried to prove him wrong and did all she could to drive him crazy. There was a lot of will they or won't they build up and while that might leave some readers frustrated, I enjoyed the playfulness between them all the while chemistry and tension crackled. Hawke and Sienna are my new favorite couple in the series next to Judd and Brenna.
Besides Hawke and Sienna's story there was a secondary romance between Sienna's uncle Walker and Lara, the SnowDancer's healer that was very sweet and lovely. We also get to see a lot of Judd, Brenna, Lucas, Sascha, Indigo and many of the other characters we love and have come to care for in the series. The overarching storyline of growing tension between the Psy and the Changelings continued with a skirmish towards the end of the novel with some casualties on both sides, which gives us a taste of the inevitable full-out war to come. But despite these secondary plot lines, it was still very much a romance and still Hawke and Sienna's story. Ms. Singh could have easily let the Psy/Changeling war take over the main story but she didn't and that's what I loved about this series--it continues to be a true sigh-inducing romance (take note Ms. Ward, this is how a paranormal romance series is done). The world building was as excellent as always, at every book we learn a little bit more of the world and it doesn't change here.
I most definitely recommend Kiss of Snow to everyone. However, if you are new to the series, you will not want to start with this book. To fully appreciate the characters, the world Ms. Singh has created and to avoid confusion to the few overarching storylines that build at every book in the series, you'll want to start with the first book in the series Slave to Sensation and read up to Kiss of Snow. Trust me, you'll want to read the whole series anyway. And even if you think you're "over" paranormal romances, Ms. Singh's Psy/Changeling series is one you will absolutely not want to miss.