Review: Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

Play Of Passion
by Nalini Singh
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Available: November 2nd 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Publisher

In his position as Tracker for the SnowDancer pack, Drew Kincaid must rein in rogue changelings who’ve lost control of their animal halves- even if it means killing those who’ve gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage-to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite…and who threatens to enslave his wolf.

I’ll be honest, I enjoyed the main characters in this book a lot, but even if they were mediocre I might have given this book at least a 4 anyway. The excitement of getting back into the Changeling world and the ultra-excitement of getting to see way more of Hawke would have probably won me over even if Indigo and Drew were lame. Luckily they weren’t, but I’m just saying… :)

I liked Indigo–although I did have a few issues with her that I’ll get into– but what I felt for her comes nowhere near my love of Drew. Wow, Nalini Singh has hit the jackpot here! I’ve liked a lot of the other guys in the series, but none of them have ever hit the level of sheer lovability that Drew did. He was so sweet and determined! But he still managed to be utterly masculine and hot at the same time. That may sound like an easy thing to portray, but for me it’s not. It infrequently comes off as a good balance, but here it did.

Drew knows (has known for a while) who he wants and he’s determined to win her. He tried to play it smart and approach her the best way possible, but sometimes he just couldn’t. I loved that we got to see him mess up his approach again and again. It really gave me a great opportunity to watch him grow and be bigger than his pride or anger. He would admit when he was wrong and he would put himself on the line again and again to repent. It was so romantic to watch.

That’s actually where my irritation with Indy comes into play. As the story unfolds I, the reader, get to learn about Indy’s hang-ups right alongside Drew. It did make her more sympathetic for me, but it was really hard to watch her shut Drew down again and again. A comparison was made in the book of Indy’s attitude resembling a Psy. That was so apt! I just had a hard time sinking into that mindset with a Changeling. She was just not what I was expecting, so it was hard to like her at times.

I’ll be honest, she could be pretty cold. I still liked her, but Drew was so much more approachable that it was hard not to align my sympathies with him. I could see why he was so upset and struggled to define himself. Her attitude and her refusal to accept him when her narrow mind couldn’t see his position really irked me. It’s what ultimately dropped the grade a ½ point. I found myself really frustrated at times.

There are just a few more things that I have to give a nod of acknowledgement to. The first is the conversation that Judd and Drew have. I just have to point out how hysterical I think it is that Judd was giving Drew relationship advice! Even Drew is taken aback. On page 40 he said:

Judd sighed. “That’s not your strength.” “You’re giving me dating advice?” Andrew was dumbfounded. “I’m mated,” Judd pointed out with a cool arrogance that almost hid the laughter in his voice. “You can’t even get the woman you want into bed. I’d listen if I were you.”

LOL! The other thing involved the Platypus. I read about it and I COMPLETELY melted. Awwwww! I dare you to read about it and not feel a little gooey. 😉

I cannot end this review without mentioning more about the Psy and the developments with Hawke. Not much happened regarding the Psy. Don’t misunderstand, there was information about the council and new developments, but that was definitely not the focus of the book. I feel that this is one of the more character driven stories in the series. There’s much, much less politics and maneuvering than in a lot of the others.

Now, the Hawke developments… I can’t tell you what they are!!! But rest assured that there are many, many excellent details and developments with him. How could there not be? We’re in the Snow Dancer den constantly. :) I bounced on my toes quite a few times after reading something particularly interesting and looked around in vain for someone to talk to about it. Alas, there was no one. Except my husband, of course. ;P Poor guy got stuck listening to me gush.

I’ll leave you with one final quote from page 240 that made me giggle.

“Did you really steal her phone and record your voice howling her name as the ringtone?” “Maybe.”

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  1. says

    I too had probs with Indy constantly shutting down a hot stud like Drew. At times it got a bit old.

    There were two Hawke and Sienna scenes worth the $7.99 just for that.

  2. says

    Blodeuedd – I enjoy the Psy too, but there's something special about the Changeling storylines. :)

    Bamafever – Thanks! I love getting to see little glimpses of Judd. He was such a great hero. Even when he was cold. It was all about what was best for his family. <3

    Smokinhotbooks – I didn't mind the resistance at first, but I got tired of it. She was harsh sometimes. I was really irritated by some inner commentary she had toward the end that I can't discuss because of spoilers. :(

    But you're right, I would have bought the book just to read the developments with Hawke & Sienna!

  3. says

    Love this review Catherine! I agree – Drew is just – so cute yet so freaking sexy!!! I agree with what you said about Indigo too..

    And Hawke…omg…Seriously am going to melt into a puddle waiting for his book. DYING!!

    Love this series :)

  4. says

    Mandi – I have been dying for Hawke's book for a while, but the developments in this one have turned my longing into outright agony! I can't believe his book is coming out first in hard cover, though! Grrrr!

  5. says

    Debbie – Thanks! I know what you mean about the cover. It's very…purple.

    While I do enjoy this series, I have to admit that I love her Guild Hunter series more. I just have a thing for angels. :)