My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 lost 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 stalks her—-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 and hungers to possess her with 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.
I know I’ve given this four stars instead of the usual five I’ve given to the rest of the series, but I still loved it. It continued my buy in to the world Singh has been building for us. It furthered the saga of what the Psy are really up to and had some brilliant action in it. Clay is dark and sexy throughout and it made a nice change that the one of the hero/heroine combo was not Psy. What made me drop the star was our heroine Tallin. I wanted her to be stronger and accept that it was never going to be anyone else but Clay for her.
I know she suffered a terrible and traumatic experience in her childhood and it was compounded by Clay’s animal letting lose in the most murderous of ways, but it was all for her. Everything he did then was for her and the way he is now is as of direct result of her refusing to accept him when he was a teenager. I was annoyed by her and felt sorry for Clay. I suppose that means that I bought in to the story me in and that is a good thing but I still wanted more.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great story, the “action” scenes are hot and there are more Psy dastardly deeds, as well as an insight into what happened to those Psy who refused to adopt silence in the 1st place; I just wanted to shake Tallin sometimes for being so short-sighted and at times a little pathetic! As she is the first full human to take centre stage in the saga, I was really disappointed in her. Harsh, I know, but there you have it. Definitely still worth a read though, so don’t let this review put you off!