March 16, 2019 07:22 PM Posted by juliannadouglas
February’s reading was definitely an improvement over January’s. I read several good books, some of which made it to keeper status. However, I still only had one five-star read. It was a great one, though, that has now edged into the top spot as my favorite so far in this long-running series. I also believe it’s the first time I’ve featured this author’s work as a Book of the Month. So, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
After her ordeal of being kidnapped, tortured, and brutally mind-raped by a powerful Psy serial killer, Brenna was a broken shell of her former self. It’s taken a lot of time for her to find some peace and normalcy in her life again. But just as things start settling down for her, she begins to have frightening, blood-soaked dreams and visions, leaving her believing that her captor did something to alter her mind and that she might be going crazy. These episodes usually leave her extremely agitated and the only person who can calm her is Judd. She’s deeply attracted to him on a physical level, but with the cold, emotionless Psy existence brought about by the Silence Protocol ruling his life, she’ll have her work cut out for her convincing her Psy protector that they’re meant to be together. Brenna is a very strong young woman. Although she’s still affected by the things done to her during her kidnapping ordeal, she’s determined to put it all behind her and live the fullest life she can. I liked that she’s often the pursuer in her relationship with Judd and refuses to give up on him finding a way for them be together, and she also possesses an underlying gentleness and vulnerability that made her likable and relatable.
Judd was trained as an Arrow, one of the elite Psy soldiers, from a very young age. Ever since taking refuge with the SnowDancer wolf pack, he’s been working as a freelance operative, making hits on Psy targets under instructions from the Ghost. The SnowDancers also sometimes use him in sticky situations involving the Psy but haven’t yet fully integrated him into pack life. Judd has a powerful telekinetic gift that makes him a lethal killer. Under Silence, he’s able to keep himself in check, but it also means that every time he gets close to Brenna, his own body rebels against him, causing him great pain that will eventually kill him if he maintains his course. He soon realizes that being without Brenna isn’t really a choice, but he isn’t sure if it’s possible to undo the extensive programming of his mind to make a relationship work. Judd may be a hardened soldier, but he has a passionate, sexy intensity that I like in my alphas. Although he has the typical cold, robotic, Psy veneer on the outside, I could sense a gentler heart beating inside. For quite a while, he braves a significant amount of pain to be with Brenna, which showed how much he loves and cares for her. His virginal status brings a small touch of sweetness to his character, but he’s no slouch in the bedroom, using that logical Psy brain of his to plan an incredibly sexy seduction for their first time together, which I loved.
Overall, this book was a wonderful read. Judd and Brenna play off of each other extremely well and electrify the pages whenever they’re together, making me love this pairing. There’s also lots of intrigue going on in the background, as we learn more about the overarching Psy agenda, as well as who killed one of the SnowDancers and why. This was a book that really kept me on my toes, but at the same time, it didn’t skimp on the romance which was a major plus. Everything put together makes this book a highly recommended read. That’s why I’m naming Nalini Singh’s Caressed by Ice as my February Book of the Month. If you enjoy sci-fi/paranormal romance with a complex story, lots of excitement and intrigue, and an intense but tender love story, then you should definitely give this book a try. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy for your own library.
Nalini Singh explores new heights of sensuality, returning to the world of the Psy - where two people who know evil intimately must unlock the good within their icy hearts...
Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives...
Read my complete review of Caressed by Ice.
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