Monday, April 27, 2015

Review: Mine to Possess ( Psy-Changeling #4 ) by Nalini Singh

Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh

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.


Urban Fantasy


I can't believe I'm reading #4 now. I read #1 back in October 2013. Despite my slow pace, I still have the urge to finish the series no matter how long it takes. 

Whenever I picked up a Psy-Changeling book, I knew what I will get.

Changeling will be passionate and possessive
Psy will be stoic, cold and unfeeling. We are always waiting for them to thaw.
Human will make thing interesting because they are more unpredictable.

In Mine to Possess, we have a Changeling hero, Clay, and a human heroine, Talin, who had a past friendship that ended in tragedy and subsequent caused them to be separated for two decades.

Now Talin worked as a social worker for the Shine organization and when her kids start disappearing and some are found dead, she decided to seek help from Clay, as he is a prominent member of the Dark River clan. 

Clay was told Talin was dead and to find out that she is very much alive did not bode well to him. He can't believe she decided to stay away from him all these year because she was afraid of him. 

I was angry at Tain about the whole thing too. But once we get to know her reason, it make sense to me and I wanted her to be strong for Clay. Despite, Clay intense possessiveness, I felt their romance was pretty subdue. It actually lack a pivotal moment and some 'omph' factor. 

The mystery behind the kids disappearance is of course related to the Psy Council. It seems like they are the only villain in the series. We got a glimpse into the main characters for the next book, Dorian (the changeling who can't shift?) and the MPsy (don't know how to spell her name). Hope I don't wait too long to start on it. I'm still looking forward for the one who will top Slave to Sensation and Caressed by Ice.

Rating 4/5