Heart of Obsidian (Psy-Changeling #12)

You belong to me.

Heart of Obsidian
Nalini Singh
Psy/Changeling, book twelve
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Berkley
ISBN 9781101605196

A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred.
A woman whose very existence has been erased.
A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself.
A deadly price that must be paid.
The day of reckoning is here.

Skipped book eleven. Not a Riaz fan. Who doesn't order dessert? Unfortunately, in doing so, I may have missed some pertinent details to the mystery that was and is Kaleb Krychek.

Kaleb Krychek, cardinal telekinetic and a man no one wanted to meet alone on a dark night, had been searching for his quarry for seven years, three weeks, and two days. Even while he slept, his mind had continued to hunt through the sprawling psychic network that was the heartbeat and the cage of the Psy race. Not for a day, not for a second, had he forgotten his search, forgotten what they’d taken from him.

In Kiss of Snow, Kaleb admitted to Judd that there was only one person in the entire world whose life he valued. And here she appears, in his home, rocking back and forth, as Kaleb patiently insists she drink something. Eat something. Bathe!

Her mind all but broken, she reacts only in violence at the perceived surveillance around her. The mirror. The glowing light of the smoke alarm. The lights above her head. It's difficult, in her first introduction, to truly guess at who this woman is. She is Psy. She is free of Silence. But who is she to Kaleb?

Her name is Shahara Kyriakus. Niece of Anthony Kyriakus and therefore, cousin to Faith, the mate of Vaugn, jaguar of the DarkRiver Changeling pack. And she has no memory of Kaleb. Very little of the first sixteen years of her life. The last seven she's spent tortured in captivity.

Kaleb is one scary SOB. The devil himself isn't as calculating. His motives for any one action are complex and many, and his possession of Shahara is no exception. Their first kiss.., Holy hell, it's not one I will soon forget. Hands on the neck. Glass shattering. Furniture flying. Oh yeah, one for the 'let's read this again' list! And too soon afterwards, he's relinquishing her to her family. And for a guy as possessive as Kaleb is with her, that was quite unexpected. Especially with his cryptic 'You belong to me' mantra. Being raised by a serial killer has a way of tainting the perception of things and certainly makes for a strange blend of terrifying and romantic. Yeah, Kaleb is a man unique unto himself. And one hell of a bedmate.

His every touch of her left me breathless.

Kudos to the author for throwing in the memory of the day Kaleb and Sahara met. He, thirteen. She, seven. Experiencing it from both of their perspectives was a wonderful bonus very few writers take the time to share.

I can't say enough how much this book pleased me. So unexpectedly, too. Many others have said this was the best of series and damn, they were right!

5 out of 5 stars.

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