Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wild Invitation review

Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh is a compilation of novellas in her PsyChangeling series. The first two novellas, Beat of Temptation and Stroke of Enticement, have been published before but this is my first time reading them.

I always enjoy the PsyChangeling stories - I've read all of them including several of the other novellas that have been published in between the full length novels. I enjoy the world Singh created and the characters that live there. The four novellas in Wild Invitation were no exception.

I think Beat of Temptation and Declaration of Courtship tied for my favorites. Beat of Temptation, the story of how Tamsyn and Nate got together, made me tear up repeatedly and alternately want to hug and smack Nate! In the opposite direction, Grace and Cooper's story in Declaration of Courtship made me laugh out loud repeatedly. Cooper is an over the top kind of wolf and Grace's innate shyness made for some interesting interactions, to say the least.

Stroke of Enticement was good both in plot and in that Annie and Zach were not characters that I had already read about in any depth so it was like meeting new pack members and getting to know them. Plus, it's always interesting to me to read about a non-changeling entering a relationship with a changeling.

Texture of Intimacy once again gives us pack members we already know and love - Lara and Walker. The balance of their relationship and the way they learn and grow together is beautiful to read and I'm really glad that Singh chose to write it for us. As Lara and Walker's story was never a stand alone full length novel, it's nice to revisit them as they progress.

Wild Invitation was published by Berkley Sensation in March 2013.


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.


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.”

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.

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