Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3)

Caressed by Ice
Nalini Singh
Psy-Changeling, book three
ebook, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Penguin Group
ISBN 9780575095700

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 a defector, 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.

Judd Lauren defected from the Psy's way of life with his brother, two nieces, and one nephew. Expecting death, yet hoping the children would be spared, the Lauren family approached Hawke and his pack for sanctuary. Of which they were granted.

Brenna was the last victim of the Psy serial killer that was hunted by Lucas's pack in book one. She survived, but with devastating damage done to her mind. She can't bear to shift. And the only man whose presence she can stand is Judd's, despite the lack of a mate bond between them. But to touch, to even feel, has deadly effects on Judd's body, a residual insurance from his training as a Psy Arrow, the Psy's mythical assassins.

That doesn't stop the man from becoming the best lover so far in the series.

In the midst of a flameout, Judd discovers the pain that holds him hostage to Silence is linked directly to his powers, and therefore, equally drained. For that one brief reprieve, he takes full advantage of being with Brenna. Afterwards, he vows to do whatever necessary to make it more than a one time event. Also, to never surrender Brenna to another. Whether she find her true mate or no.

When Judd does eventually break from Silence, tearing down the walls that keep him from losing control and possibly killing everyone, it's rather
a dull event. I expected a bigger impact than what came across as disassembling some childish lego configuration. Seriously, that was all it took? Leaving behind a trip wire in return. That's it?

3 out of 5 stars.

Note about Hawke... He was seven when he met the little girl he believed would be his mate one day. He was ten when he lost her to death.

Previously in the series:

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