Changelings are a sensual species who not only crave touch and intimacy, but also need it to survive. Yet Vaughn D’Angelo, sentinel of the DarkRiver leopard clan, is the second changeling male to fall head over tail for a beautiful Psy woman.
Faith NightStar is a member of the cold-as-ice race of the Psy whose talent lies in the ability to foresee the future. She has been trained to use her abilities for business purposes, but images of a sleek leopard who can bring her ultimate pleasure bombard her, threatening to break her Silence or drive her insane, whichever comes first.
Visions of Heat is the proof that this series is here to stay. Nalini’s sophomore effort didn’t bend under the pressure of living up to Slave to Sensation. Instead, it surpassed my expectations in every way.
The relationship between Vaughn and Faith faced the same obstacles as Lucas and Sascha’s, but the characters took their own route in overcoming them. Sascha had already begun to feel emotion when she met Lucas, she just refused to admit it. In contrast, Vaughn’s mission was to get Faith to break Silence while she was determined not to go insane as a consequence. Faith’s training instilled pain markers that were triggered anytime she felt, making the process much more difficult.
Even though Vaughn tends to push her too hard at times to break her conditioning and feel, his love for Faith is genuine and almost instant. It’s a trait I admire about Nalini’s male characters; they’re (normally) not afraid of their emotions, instead embracing them with a fervor that would make the most die hard romantic proud.
Romance isn’t the only thing Visions of Heat has to offer, earning it 5 tombstones. The alliance between the DarkRiver leopards and the SnowDancer wolves is tense but stable, Brenna’s ability to recover and the Lauren’s assistance are still mysteries to be uncovered, and the tension between the changelings and the Psy is escalated to a degree that smells like war.
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Sensation (March 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042521575X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425215753
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