Author: Nalini Singh
Page Count: 368 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was from my personal library
50 words or less: Mercy and Riley finally get their own book! Can a leopard and a wolf make things work? Can terrorist activities be avoided? Can humans and changelings work together against the Psy?
I'm going to make an announcement straight out of the gate: this is my favorite book in the series so far. Mercy and Riley are an excellent couple- they're both strong, fiesty individuals that make sparks fly off the pages. Both of them (unsuccessfully) tried to fight their relationship but neither of them could deny how happy they make each other. Reading about them dealing with the issues that spring from being from two different packs was interesting; the author's explanation of how those issues were sidestepped or resolved was believable, as far as these things go.
While Mercy and Riley are flirting and, unbeknownst to either fo them, falling in love, big doings are going down on the political front for the Psy. Now that people are becoming aware that the Psy Council is not the benevolent dictatorship they'd like everyone to believe that they are, fringe groups are trying to undermine the political structre without care as to who else they might be hurting in the process. I freely admit, I was so wrapped up in the story of Riley and Mercy that I'm going to have to reread the book to get a better grasp on what happened with all of this, but hey, having to reread this book is no hardship at all.
That does bring me, though, to my one complaint about this book. It didn't lower my review of the book, but it did highlight for me one thing that I tend to not enjoy about a book, especially a romance book. It's near the end of the story, Riley and Mercy are just about ready to finalize their bond (not like that) and admit that they love each other, and BAM! There's a massive infodump of information relating to the other major plot line. Did we need this information to understand the big political climax of the book and why it happened? Yes. Did I skip this section to get to the happily ever after moment? Also yes. Plot exposition is important, but its butt gets skipped if it gets in the way of the happily ever after. Sorry!
As I said though, all that means is I have to reread the book and enjoy the story and the romance all over again. Sigh.
Overall Grade: A