Caressed by Ice
by Nalini Singh
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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...
As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins - cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna...
Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted - and had her mind violated - by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. 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...
So far this is my favorite in the series. I think it maybe because I think assassins are awesome to read about and I like female characters who overcome and adapt and still kick butt after something traumatic happens to them.
Judd of course is the kick a** Psy assassin that seems to have no emotion what so ever. Just like he is supposed to be. Unless it comes to Brenna in which he pretty much tortures himself in order for her to get the contact that she needs to help her through everything she is going through.
I found Brenna to be wonderful. She understood why Judd was the way he was but accepted him and his family. Even when she found out his secret and she was uncomfortable with it and how it relates to the guy that tortured her but she was able to look past it and still want Judd.
As for the story. I really liked this one. Maybe because it was the guy that was the Psy this time and the female that was the changeling. Or maybe because this story opened up more about the Psy world and how these Arrows become who they are and all the politics in the Psy world along with some of the past. I think this one also described more of the changeling world. Kind of like the “pecking” order I guess I’d say. Like how the wolf shifters and panther shifters look out for the shifters who are lower on the food chain like the deer shifters.
As always wonderful action scenes. Great mystery for me to try and solve. And some steamy romance scenes. I love Judds and Brenna’s story. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series and I hope they are just as good or better than this one.
Shifters, Psy, Steamy scenes, Action scenes, Romance and humor.