Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Nalini Singh - Tangle of Need

Psy-Changling Series:

Book 11:

Tangle of Need: Raiz and Adria



Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past--one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno...and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

*Readers, I do want to apologize for all of the generic summaries but I a way behind on my reading and my reviews and I am just trying to save time where I can. I promise once I am caught up I will start writing my own again.

Nalini Singh has quickly become one of my favorite authors, her writing is detailed, rich and permeates through you. She has a way of writing seeps through your pores and grips you and just doesn’t let you go even after you’ve finished the novel. I finished this book well over a week ago and at random moments I still find myself thinking of it. So many books it’s easy to forget them soon after finishing them, but a N. Singh novel just has a way about it that just sticks. Her characters come alive before your eyes and whether you love or hate that specific character you feel something about them, you are not indifferent. I’d rather hate a character then be indifferent to them, because at least that means the author did their job and gave that character a personality. I absolutely adore Nalini Singh and this book did not disappoint.

I think this review is going to be a bit different than usual; as this book was a bit different from the usual Nalini Singh novel. This book is what I would call a transition book; it is getting us from one big event (the events from Kiss of Snow to whatever the next set of cataclysmic set of events will be) We are basically getting for a Psy civil war that can change the world. What makes this novel different from previous novels is usually there is the central couple with tiny snippets of other events going on with the Psy and maybe a few other characters. With this book, there is still the central couple Raiz and Adria but the “snippets” are much more indepth, longer, details and there are more of them. In fact it was kind of more like a J.R. Ward novel if you are familiar with her writing style. We saw a lot of Hawke and Sienna which I was glad to see because there were a lot of lingering questions/concerns from Kiss of Snow, Kaleb from the Psy popped up quite frequently and he is fascinating me more and more, Aden and Vasic are a team to watch out for, the Pure Psy aren’t giving up and we see my lovely Judd which I am always happy to see! So there is a lot going on in this book to keep you GLUED to the pages. N. Singh does not hold back and keeps the surprises coming with this book. I think this would have to be a necessary book to read before the next book in the series whatever it is going to be, which I do not think has been announced yet.

So I suppose I should talk about Raiz and Adria at least a little since they are the main couple lol. So we don’t really know a whole lot about these two coming into this book. We met Raiz in Indigo and Andrews’s book and we know he met his mate which he can’t have so he returned to the pack broken hearted. Adria we know is Indy’s aunt and that she has been in a bad relationship for years with a wolf that is less dominate then her which has been eating away at both of them for years, but this is all we know about each of them going into this book. So I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but I didn’t expect what I got which was smoldering sensuality and passion that should have caught the pages on fire! It was intense! Both needed to heal, both returned home to find that healing strength but neither could find it until they found each other and once they gave in the power they found in each other arms to heal and accept they were able find themselves once again, together. But sometimes old fears die hard, so of course there was some strife and tensions rise when Raiz’s true mate arrives in San Fran single, so we get a fun love triangle for a bit as well. Sometimes I enjoy a good love triangle when it’s done right, this one does, it adds just the right amount of tension without over doing it. Good Job, good job!

I want to make a small mention of Vasic and how much he is breaking my damn heart! So far he has had a small roll but he has always made an impact with me, I’m not sure why, but I always noticed him (see Singh making a character leap off the pages even a small one) but in this novel we see him more and damn it he’s breaking my heart. His sadness but I can’t even call it sadness because he doesn’t feel, is so palpable. I just don’t know what to do with him. Pobrecito! I think he’s going to become my second favorite right after Judd. He needs a Changling woman, preferably a leopard, because I miss the leopards since so much focus has been on the wolves the last few books. Someone who will love him and break through that bleakness. Because, damn it he needs a HEA!

So I can’t leave this review without at least mentioning the Ghost and how much N. Singh you are driving me crazy!!!! I thought I knew who the Ghost was, I really did, I was convinced and now, I realize I have NO idea and damn it! It’s driving me batty!  I WANT TO KNOW!

*So I struggled with the rating mostly because of the ending, but this is my final answer! 



  1. it's great to finally see your review! Since we already chatted I won't say much except great review! I love how Singh makes a character pop up at us, even if it's a small one!

    1. HAHA! Yeah I'm a slacker but I finally got it done. I almost mentioned our extensive convo in the review about the Ghost. Maybe I still will I can always edit and put you in my review hehe *wink*