Review: Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh


Title: Visions of Heat (Psy-Changeling #2)
Author: Nalini Singh
Date of publication: 6 March 2007
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters

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My rating: 5 stars


Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn.


I liked this book even more than the first one in the series. Faith and Vaughn were great characters on their own and they were perfect together. 

Ms Singh continues to build the world of the Psy and the Changelings. The Changeling men are just yummy, though it's to be expected since they have all the positive features of their animals - strength and agility, heightened sexuality. They love to touch, to pet and to cuddle and at the same time they are loyal, possessive and protective of Pack and their mate.  How can a girl not love them :)

I also love the idea of the mating - forever type of love, no cheating, no breaking of the bond, mutual love and respect. In terms of romance, it's as perfect as it can get. All this is couple of scorching hot sexual chemistry.

Vaughn was all animal changeling and more since he is jaguar in the Pack of panthers. He is a bit of an outsider and that makes him just extra special. His animal is stronger than in most of the other changelings and his connection with a Psy like Faith who literally can't stand to be touched was really intriguing. 

This said, it's the Psy that are unique and they make this shapeshifters series really amazing. Ms Singh creates a multifaceted Psy world and she keep adding details to it with every new book in the series. The Psy we have met so far are all different and I find them really interesting - from the members of the Psy Council to Sascha and Faith, even Faith's father - they are all very well developed as characters and have their own strong presence in the series. The different combination of abilities every Psy possesses make them unique and intriguing characters. 

I absolutely loved Vaughn but Faith was more even more amazing. She changed so much in this book, her journey form someone who can't bear to be touch to being mated to a highly sensual jaguar was truly remarkable. 

Their romance was great - slow-building, even tender (as much as Vaughn can be gentle) and at the same time passionate and all-encompassing. It was the focus of the story but it also worked well with  mystery/suspense plot. 

I strongly recommend this series to all lovers of paranormal romance. I can't wait to continue with the next book in the series, Caressed by Ice, where we move to the other changeling pack - the wolfs of ShadowDance.

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