Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling, #3)Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins – cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…

Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted – and had her mind violated – by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…

This has got to be my favourite book in the series so far. I think I identified more with the characters. Judd’s icy exterior just made me warm to him more – willing him to melt a little and let Brenna in.

Brenna on the other hand is a fantastic heroine. I loved her journey as she battled to overcome the trauma of the abduction. The experience left her with horrendous mental scars and I think she was the last person who expected her to fall in love. I just loved the relationship with her over protective brothers even though I shared her desire to slap them occasionally.

I really liked Judd. I think he reminded me of men I’ve known – you know, commitment-phobic icicles, so I could connect with him almost immediately. Judd is a true Alpha male, and I didn’t think you could get any more Alpha than Lucas or Vaughn—-I was wrong. Thanks to his Psy conditioning, Judd cannot feel emotion—or at least he couldn’t until he met Brenna. Once he meets Brenna she begins to stir emotions in him that could quite literally kill him. Judd’s is so powerful that he needs silence to keep him from killing himself and those around him. On more than a few occasion after an encounter with Brenna he is left bleeding whilst his mind tries to find an outlet for the intense emotions he just can’t deal with. For a while there I was worried that this story would end in disaster – thank God Singh is not that much of a meanie!

There’s a lot going on in this book – romance, action (in spades), conspiracy and more insight into the Psy world. I like that characters from previous books continue to play a pivotal role in this book. We still see Lucas, Sascha, Faith and Vaughn, as well as other members of the packs. I’d hate to think I was reading the same story with different names slotted in at the appropriate places. This is a story in it’s own right and continues Singh’s amazing world building brilliantly. Now that I’m used to some of the terminology I find I am as intrigued by the world around the central characters as I am by their story.

Onwards and upwards – can’t wait for the next installment.

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