Book Review of Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh

Title: Tangle of Need

Author: Nalini Singh

Release Date: May 29th, 2012

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past–one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: Nalini Singh has turned into an author that I automatically buy when she releases a new book. Her books are just that good. I know that I when I read her books I will get an amazing story, some steamy romance and an overall plot arc that always keeps me coming back. If you have not read this series before though, I will warn you it would be difficult to pick up with this book. There is too much back story and events from previous books tied into this one. It would be confusing to come in mid story. I have read all of them and even I had to use the character guide in the beginning of the book to help jog my memory. So just keep that in mind when you are thinking about reading Tangle of Need. The whole series is amazing anyways, so you might as well just read them all.

We pick up in Tangle of Need right where we left off in Kiss of Snow (review here). Riaz is a character I did not notice as much in the past and was not sure what to expect from his book. We already know that he found his mate. She is a human that is happily married to another and he will never be able to claim her for his own. That cannot be an easy concept for a changeling to accept and I thought he would never be able to love another. Understandably, his inability to be with his mate has hardened him and turned him into a bitter man. He comes back to his pack to sulk and be around those who love him. He never expects to start developing feelings for Adria and feels like he is betraying his mate in doing so. The result of all of these complications is a very emotional journey with Riaz that had my heart breaking for him at multiple points.

Adria has not had it any easier. She was in a long term relationship with another wolf, but he was less dominant than her and it put a lot of strain on their relationship. He also saved her life once and she let the guilt over that incident keep her in a relationship that was never working. Towards the end the guy she was dating turned into a different person and hurt Adria very deeply. She thinks she can never trust another man and fights her attraction for Riaz at every turn. As she slowly lets her guard down, she realizes that they might be able to heal one another. She thinks:

“Maybe, just maybe, two broken people could manage to create something whole.”

That thought was much easier said than done though as Riaz and Adria try to navigate through a relationship that neither one is sure they can devote their whole heart to. They slowly form a fragile, tender bond that helps both of them learn that they can love again. I did not go into this book expecting to get so attached to these characters, but my heart could not resist. I took this passionate journey with Riaz and Adria and soaked in every minute I got to spend with them.

While Riaz and Adria are the main focus of this book, Hawke and Sienna are prevalent for most of the book as well. I loved reading about the two of them in Kiss of Snow, but in this book we really get to see how they have settled into life now that they have mated. We knew that Sienna would be able to handle Hawke with all of his alpha behavior, but I liked seeing them make every day decisions together and how they interact now that they are devoted to one another. Hawke continues to surprise me with his tenderness toward Sienna. This quote in particular had me swooning.

“Satisfied–and very alpha–smile on his face, he placed his hands on her lower back again and they continued down the path. “I’ll allow the pack to monopolize you until midnight”- a low murmur that was a rough stroke over her skin-“then I’ll dance with you until the stars fade and the sun rises.”

Hawke and Sienna are not the only couple we get updates on. Many previous couples get their own sections with their point of views and the information on where they are now was welcomed. Since the changeling’s lives are so interconnected, all the couples we have come to know and love wove seamlessly into this storyline. I appreciated Nalini incorporating all of them into this book so we continue to see this world through the lives of all the people in it and not just the main couple of each book.

We also get a brief but very interesting look into the BlackSea’s changelings. They are water based creatures and I was curious as to what animals they could change into. Some of the boys exchange ideas about this as well on a trip out there to meet them. Riaz starts the ball rolling:

“Dolphin changelings-what do you think?”

Riley was the one who replied. “That one, I could give credence to. Any number of humans nonwater-based changelings-even Psy in some cases-report being saved from drowning by dolphins. The survivors always mention how intelligent the creatures seemed.”

“That,” Hawke said, “assumes humans, changelings and Psy are the only intelligent species on the planet. Pretty arrogant of us.”

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

Hawke turned to look over his shoulder. What the hell have you been smoking?”

I am hoping we will get to see more from them in the future since we just get a quite glimpse of BlackSea in Tangle of Need. The new mythology and changelings being introduced is just another reason why these books are so fantastic. There is always something new to learn about and it keeps me very engaged in the plot.

Even though a Psy was not the main interest in this story we still get to see what those devious councilors are busy plotting. I am very interested to see how they Psy come out of this whole situation they have gotten themselves into and who will make it out alive. I have no idea how Nalini keeps all of the information about them and the way they weave through the Net straight, but it is always so fascinating.

Overall, this book was just plain outstanding! Tangle of Need was an emotional story that tore at my heartstrings and reaffirmed my faith in Nalini. This is a series that cannot be missed and if you have not read it before I highly suggest that you start now, you will not regret it!

FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this ARC for review.

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