Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh

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.


Oh Nalini Singh, how I love these. Wild Invitation is - if you haven't heard - a short story collection almost all of the crowd favorites from the Psy/Changeling series. In a rare twist of fate I can even say I'm glad I didn't pick up the anthologies that the original short stories were featured in because while Beat of Temptation and Stroke of Enticement are great reads in an of themselves, but bookshelf appreciates them all in one volume. 

Singh excels at writing some of the best alpha shapeshifters around and each of these stories showcases why each of them are incredibly loveable; protective but not caging, teasing but serious when they need to be - who wouldn't want a wolf or cat for their very own? Plus while there might not always be room in the core novels to expand when it comes to the lives of all of the secondary characters, for long time readers we're treated to a look into how individual HEA's started or are continuing to function.

Ultimately while this collection works fantastically as an addition to the Psy/Changeling series and I loved it, I wouldn't recommend it as a stand alone. There's just too much history amongst all the characters and the plot is dense enough at this point in the series that I feel like the stories don't, and can't really, explain it all. What does this mean? GO BACK AND READ THE REST. They're awesome and you'll thank me later :D.

Overall Feeling - A

Series - Psy/Changeling Series, Novella Collection