Review + Giveaway: Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Have you ever loved something about a series in the early books and then eventually found that it has taken over to such a degree that you no longer enjoy it as much? That has happened to me with this series, I’m sorry to say. I used to love getting to see little glimpses of different POVs, usually offering us hints about the coming events as we build toward the Psy war, but lately those little glimpses have become huge sections. But more on that later. First, let’s talk about the romance.

I found the relationship between Adria and Riaz pretty boring. In the interest of being completely honest, I have to admit that I didn’t have much interest in them when we met them earlier in the series, either, but I just couldn’t get into their relationship here. I never disliked them as characters, which was a relief because I was pretty iffy on Adria when I met her in Play of Passion, and I never disliked them together, but I was never drawn into their emotion for each other. My lack of interest in them was a huge issue when taken in context with the setup of their relationship.

We knew going into this book that Riaz had already found his mate and was devastated to find that she was already married and in love with another. So I was a bit confused as to how his relationship with Adria would play out. I really like that the author took the time to explore the ‘what-if’ in regards to what would happen if mates didn’t end up together, but I was not impressed by the execution of it. This couple just didn’t have enough chemistry to carry it off. If I’m supposed to be convinced that what they have is not second fiddle to a mate-bond that every other Changeling seems to crave, then I need to feel more than the tepid emotion that Adria and Riaz had between them. They didn’t like each other much in beginning and were a bit angry about their attraction to each other, which I liked, but the initial tension and passion seemed to fizzle out and leave me bored quickly. I’m all for internal struggle and insecurities, but I never felt that we got out of their heads long enough for them to truly click together as more than just a friendship and balm against their past pain.

Of course, I might have believed in their relationship more if we had actually spent more time with them. That leads me back to my initial complaint about huge sections of the more recent books in this series being devoted to other POVs. Now, I won’t lie, I love the sections about Kaleb and the other Arrows, Vasic and Aden especially. I find them really interesting and that is an arc that has been building for quite a while. (I have been dying for a book about Kaleb and am feeling quite, quite hopeful that his will be next after the developments that occurred in the book. :D) But the POVs that deal with the build toward the war, while important to the overall series arc, take enough time away from the main romance. Did we really have to have so much time spent with Sienna and Hawke, too? This book was as much theirs as it was Adria and Riaz’s!

I know that this information is making some of you squeal with delight, but it pissed me off. Hawke and Sienna have already had their book. And I had the same complaints about other POVs in their book, too! If their relationship needed more time devoted to it, as it apparently does since we spent so much time focusing on it here, then some of the extra POVs in their own book should have been cut so that their relationship could have been covered fully there. I don’t begrudge spending time with past characters, especially when it serves the plot (as we saw here with Sascha and Ashaya—I can’t wait to see what comes of that development!), but I do feel bitter when the current relationship suffers for it.

Now, I know I sound rather ranty, but that doesn’t mean that I disliked the book as a whole. I was bored by all the Riaz/Adria and Sienna/Hawke parts, yes, but I was still into all the sections devoted to the series arc. The parts with the Arrows were especially interesting. We get more insight into Aden and Vasic and the “are they good or are they bad?” question that has been up in the air about certain characters is starting to become clear.

Favorite Quote:

”Jellyfish,” Riaz said, after considering the other inhabitants of the sea. “Seriously, there cannot be jellyfish changelings.”

Rating: C
Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
May 29th 2012 by Berkley
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  1. Nolene says

    Thanks for the review! Been looking forward to reading this book for ages. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  2. Andrea says

    As the books go on I’m getting more interested in all the other things, the arrows, the psy-council and all that. I can’t wait to read this one.

    • says

      I love the intrigues and political maneuverings that have become so much of a focus in the series. It really helps flesh out the world and gives the series development a rich feeling.

  3. Pam B says


    I love this series but I can understand your reactions to the book. Sometimes a series can get bogged down – hope to rebound. :) Thanks for the review and the chance. I am excited to read this one.


  4. Amanda says

    The differing povs in series is a pet peeve of mine too. I understand that as series goes along there are more characters and more things to be told but I still want the main focus to be on the center couple.

  5. says

    I have only read the first book in this series. I really need to finish them up.
    Thanks for the great review and contest!

  6. Linda S says

    I share your frustration with the non-main couple points of view, but I have to admit that I’m looking forward to reading more Hawke and Sienna. I feel like some authors, as a series goes on and gets more popular, lose interest in the romance aspect of their books and spend more page time on plot and world building. I hope that hasn’t happened here, because I have always really liked this series.

    • says

      The romances have definitely seemed to take a backseat in that last couple of books. Even the ones I’ve enjoyed a lot seem to have a subdued romantic focus when you compare them to the earlier books in the series.

  7. KC says

    I usually love Singh’s work, but I didn’t like Hawk & Sienna’s book, so I’m not sure if I want to spend more time with them. :( I *am* curious about what’s going on with Kaleb, Vasic, and Aden, though. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • says

      I wasn’t thrilled with their book either, so I didn’t enjoy the sections devoted to them. There were interesting developments with Kaleb and the other Arrows, though, so you might not want to miss it. 😉

  8. KayDee says

    I have been looking forward to reading this one, I love the series. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  9. Tabs says

    I’m actually glad that it sounds like this has more of a focus on the ongoing plots than the romance as that’s the stuff I’m addicted to with this series.

  10. CK says

    I love this series but confess that I am on the fence about buying this one. So, thanks for the giveaway and here’s hoping I win! FictionVixen to the rescue – yay!

  11. Glittergirl says

    You know I’ve read some author’s series that have trailed out to be pretty long. With every author/series there’s the bleh book that just doesn’t hit the mark for some of us. I think of Leigh, Feehan, Ward, Sands. I love all these series but not EVERY book is their best, but every book further’s the series. It’s worth it even if it’s not THE BEST in a good series. I hope I win but if not I’ll still read and carry on this series :-)

  12. Justine says

    Ok, it sounds like I need to catch up on Nalini Singh’s backlist! Thanks for explaining in detail what you liked and disliked about Tangle of Need.

  13. Ren says

    I’m never interested to read about Adria and Riaz, but then Nalini always make me love the characters and the story.
    I just hope this one not come out first as hardcover. Hate to wait until December for the paperback :(

    • says

      Hopefully you’ll enjoy them despite not really looking forward to their pairing. It’s a bummer the wait for the paperback version is so long.

  14. Sara says

    I love this series and would love to win a copy. I totally understand how the revisitng of old characters can be annoying (I had that problem with Lover Reborn). However, as I’m more of a UF reader than PNR, I’ve always been more drawn to the political side of these books than the romance side (which is saying something, since Singh writes scorchingly hot romances). So I suspect this book will probably work for me even though I’m not exactly excited about Riaz and Adria. Mind you, after Hawke and Sienna, I think anything is bound to feel like a disapointment.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. Holly Polk says

    I have never read anything by Nalini Singh but I have heard very good things about her books and I would love to read this series. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. erinf1 says

    Thanks for a fabulous review! I just got this series and I’m really excited to start reading! I love Nalini’s Hunter Guild Series and I swear if she published her grocery list, I’d probably read it :)

  17. says

    Oooh, thanks for the chance to win a copy of this! I haven’t read the Hawke/Sienna story yet…but it is on the TBR.
    Great review! – Elisa

    • says

      You might spoil yourself for the Hawk/Sienna story if you read this one first. I don’t care if you don’t, but I wanted to give you a heads up.

  18. Shazia says

    thanx for the review, stalk the google and nalini singh facebook, trying to grab a new snack of her new book, lol. LOVE the psy chalenging series especially hawke and sienna, most favourite couple in the series, excluding judd. thanx for the contest.

  19. Victoria Zumbrum says

    Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good.

  20. AH says

    I started reading the Psy Changelings series early this fall and I have fallen in love with them. I’d love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • says

      Isn’t it fun starting a series when there are so many books already out? I am impatient and hate waiting for release dates, so I love it.

  21. Tiffany says

    Thanks for an interesting review! I am a follower of the series and now I’m intrigued to see how this book plays out for myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Stephanie M says

    I absolutely love this series. I really like the different POVs we get in her books because I always want to know what the other characters are doing after their HEA. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. barbara says

    Interesting review. This is one of my favorite series, so I’m even more anxious to read it now. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  24. Irene Jackson says

    The first book of this series I read was Hawke and Sienna’s story. I really enjoyed it so since then I’ve caught up from the beginning with all the books i’ve missed. Thank heavens for the library, there were an awful lot of them ! Looking forward to Tangle of Need but I do prefer more romance less other bits. thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  25. Emily Tardy says

    I actually like the different povs! Love this series, thank you for the chance to win =D

  26. Maria pronounced Mariah says

    I usually love this series but agree that his couple doesn’t sound exciting to me. I also get fustrated with all the different POVs too. Just tell the main story! I’ll still read it cause there are plenty more I want to know about though!

  27. says

    Aw, sorry to hear you didn’t like it as much. I love the chapter & snippets that have been on the website, and I’m planning on buying this book very very soon (if I don’t win 😉 hehe) but you’re making me nervous about it now. I hope there are a few more reviews coming out this week – if it’s not going to be as good as the others, I think I need to prepare myself. Having said that, I think the one early review I read said they loved it, so I’ll see how it goes!

    • says

      I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people who love it out there. I wasn’t thrilled with Hawk and Sienna’s book, either, but everyone else seemed to love it.

  28. Sherry S. says

    I still love this series but I feel the same way about the BDB series I have been into the last couple of books in that series.

  29. winnie says

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. I really like this series and love it when past characters show up for a bit, but I also agree that this can be frustrating if it takes too much space in the novel as it does take time and focus away from the main couple of the current book. But I am still excited to read this myself to see how things continue to develop in this series :)

    • says

      I don’t usually mind appearances by past characters, but this one was too much for me. Hopefully you’ll enjoy that aspect of it more than I did.

  30. Mary Preston says

    I would love to read TANGLE OF NEED thank you. It looks amazing.


  31. Jane Thompson says

    I would love to win your book it sounds very interesting. Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. Chelsea Foust says

    I’m am so glad you are honest in your reviews, I have always enjoyed your blog, and like how you stay true to what you think. It makes it easier to set up a list of books to read when people say what they truly think rather then it was good, read it. Thanks for the chance to read this book with the giveaway! :)

  33. Jodie Elmer says

    I absolutely love Nalini’s 2x series. I can’t wait for each book to come out – and gobble them up voraciously. I would love to win a hard cover!!!! But I’ll definitely buy it if I don’t :)

  34. Jodie says

    I have not read this series but have been contemplating starting. Another made me decide to go for it, but after reading this review I’m back to undecided. A long series is a commitment for me. Once I start one, I am compelled to finish it! What to do, what to do??

    • says

      The earlier ones were really good. It’s only the last couple that I feel have lost their way. Even feeling that way, I still love reading them because the world she’s created is so unique and detailed. Besides, I’ve got to see what happens in the war. 😉

  35. donnas says

    Thanks for the chance! Looking forward to reading this.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  36. Heather F. says

    I can’t wait to read this book. I love her books and even if I don’t win it here, I’ll probably buy it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. sienny says

    i love the series, and i’m sure i’ll love this one too (even though the weird cover sort of put me off)

  38. Cynfullygood says

    You hit all the points I’ve been thinking. I’ve noticed the same thing!

    Not every character need to have their own romance. Revisiting characters, especially ones that JUST had their own story shown, isn’t necessary. At least not right away.

    With all the overarching plot and character introductions and subplots where is the room for the romance?

    It’s one of the reasons I gave up on J.R. Ward’s Brotherhood series.

    But I haven’t given up on Singh yet, still love her! lol

    • says

      Exactly! I haven’t given up on her yet either, but I’m hoping things will become more focused in the next couple books.

  39. Joelle says

    I felt the same way about Hawke’s book , loved the series arc..hated the romance

  40. neljo mullins says

    I love series books!! I have not read any of this one but, I will be searching for the books

  41. Kristy says

    I found myself wanting to know a lot more about the Psy way of life, a little bored by the standard ‘the leader and all his single followers get a mate, one book at a time’. For some reason this series seems to run a little long, and I had to push to get this far through it. And I agree with previous comments, the covers are pretty bad.

  42. says

    Catherine: I am with you on this one! I thought I was the only one. After it took me 10 days to read the first 2/3rds of the book, I finally put it down. It wasn’t that it was bad… It just didn’t grab me. There was just too much going on – especially with Hawke and Sienna. I ended up liking the book, and it was good, but not the best in the series. Still enjoyable. Thanks for the review!

    • says

      It really could have used some tightening up, in my opinion. What did you think of the end and what it means for the next book? I’m excited!

      • says

        I am excited too! I think that the overall story has so much still to tell and a big piece of it will hopefully come in the next book. I just wonder (in a good way) where this is all headed!