The first book in the Psy- Changeling Trinity series, a spin-off the best selling Psy- Changeling series and what has been called the first book in the second series arc, introduces readers to a new group of changelings… Bears.
OMG, Bear Changelings are everything.
Silver Mercant, one time assistant to Kaleb Krychek, new head of EmNet and presumed heir to the Mercant family, is Silent and will remain so because she has a secondary power that will surely kill her if not contained by the extra protections Silence provides. But there is this alpha bear who keeps showing up on her doorstep, determined to get under her skin. Against her better judgement she keeps opening her front door when he knocks, but she has no idea why he persists in bothering her.
Valentin Nikolaev is the alpha to the Stonewater Bear Changelings and he takes his job very seriously. Bears are notorious troublemakers who like to party and have a good time, but they are also honest and loyal and protective. Valentin knows deep under his skin that Silver is his mate, he just needs to get her willing to give up silence long enough to connect to him on an emotional level.
As with any Nalini Singh book the plot of SILVER SILENCE is complicated. Don’t be fooled by this being book number one in a series, if you aren’t familiar with the Psy- Changeling series you will be hopelessly lost. This is officially the first book in the new series arc and it expands on the already huge and intricate world-building. EmNet, Trinity Accord, The Human Alliance, Consortium, HAPMA… not to mention all the different changeling groups as well as the Arrows, etc. and there is a lot going on. A lot. And while I liked following all the different plot threads and watching them come together toward the end, my favorite part of this book was definitely the romance.
And its all because of a bear changeling named Valentin.
Silver and Valentin’s relationship reminded me a bit of the one between Judd and Brenna from CARESSED BY ICE. She’s ice-cold and logical and afraid to break her conditioning and silence because of how that might affect her mind and health. He is all warmth and smiles and overwhelming charm and loving touches. He and his entire clan from rowdy cubs to sneaky seconds to sensitive healer captured my attention and then my heart.
When Silver is poisoned she needs to lie low until her family can figure out who was able to penetrate her buildings impenetrable security. Valentin offers up Denhome as a place to stay and heal, he’s also secretly thrilled that he’ll get to spend time with the woman who he believes to be his mate. Despite Silver’s claims to need Silence, she is unable to withstand the charms of the bear alpha. And really, who could? Valentin is delicious. He’s sweet and kind, loving and protective, playful and sexy. Even after he and Silver connect on a basic level and form a mate bond, even after she is proved correct when her secondary psy talent comes racing to the surface and forces them to make a hard decision, his only concern is her health and welfare. I liked Silver, but I adored Valentin. I enjoyed how their relationship built, and I was very pleased with their HEA.
I think fans of Nalini Singh and the Psy- Changeling series will fall in love with Silver Fucking Mercant and her teddy bear. SILVER SILENCE was a fabulous way to kick off the new series arc. I have no idea where Ms. Sigh intends to take her readers next, but I’m ready and willing to go wherever she leads. Final grade- B
“Remember who we were, Starlight. Choose us.” His voice was unusually solemn, his gaze amber.