June 13, 2017

Blog Tour Book Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

at 6/13/2017 02:30:00 AM


New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal... 

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Merchant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that's exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him. 


Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence--her mind clear of all emotion--Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That's what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious...and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan. 


Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...
 


Excerpt

Laughing at the cubs’ antics, Valentin jogged down the slight incline and waded into what had to be ice-cold water after kicking off his boots and socks. He splashed the cubs, laughed when they splashed him back. Running so they could chase him, he turned abruptly and chased them back, to their unhidden joy.
Silver took a seat on the grass. When the female bear looked her way, she inclined her head in a silent greeting. The bear did the same, then they both watched an alpha bear play with two energetic cubs, his hands holding rough care for their small bodies.
By the time Valentin made his way back to her, he was drenched and his eyes weren’t human in any way. When he spoke, his already deep voice was so low it felt like thunder against her skin. “Couldn’t resist,” he said, pushing back his wet hair with one big hand. “If you weren’t in recovery and if I wasn’t in terror of Nova’s wrath, I’d have invited you. The small monsters wanted to play with you.”
Silver didn’t get to her feet. “Can we stay here a little longer?” It was patent that Valentin had an extremely high tolerance for the cold, but he might want to dry off.
“Sure,” he said, and, moving away several feet, shook off the wet.
Fine droplets settled on the skin of her cheek, but she didn’t flinch at the unintentional tactile contact. She also controlled her urge to reach up and touch the water where it lay against her skin. There was no reason to do that, and Silver was alive because she only did things that were rational.
Settling beside her, Valentin waved at the cubs as their guardian led their tired forms toward a path in the trees that was at the same level as the stream. “Gentler climb,” Valentin told her.
“They seem too exhausted to make it to Denhome.
“It’s all an act—they’re hoping for a ride on their aunt’s back.” His tone held the same fond affection she’d heard when he spoke of Dima. “It’d take more than a few minutes’ play in the water to wipe out those two.”
The cubs had played with Valentin for almost a half hour. “They’re hyperactive?”
“They’re baby bears.”
Silver watched as those baby bears turned toward her and rose up on their back paws, as if in challenge. A stern sound from their caretaker, and they dropped down and scrambled to catch up with her. Their bodies disappeared into the trees as dusk began to turn from orange to shadowy gray.
Beside her, Valentin sprawled out, bracing himself on his elbows. His drenched T-shirt clung to the ridged muscles of his abdomen, pulled tight across his pectoral muscles, shaped itself over his shoulders. His jeans weren’t much better, outlining the raw muscle of his thighs.
Valentin Nikolaev was a man of violent physical strength even in human form. Yet he clearly had iron control over it; when he’d played with the children, they’d displayed zero fear of their alpha.
“You thought about where you’re going to live when you escape the bears who’ve kidnapped you?”
When she raised an eyebrow at him, he grinned. “Fringe netter with his own Internet channel sent out a breaking report last night. Pasha—who obviously needs more work duties—made up a fake account and posted a comment swearing to have seen you being pulled into a black van by six burly bears in bear form.”
“You don’t seem too concerned.” Amber eyes and deep voice, he remained very much a bear in human form.
“Well, according to this ‘eyewitness,’ the getaway driver was in bear form, too. Must’ve been tough for him to steer with one paw since he was drinking a beer at the same time.”
Bears,” Silver said, making Valentin throw his head back and laugh that huge laugh that wrapped around her.

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2017.




Oh my goodness. I love all of the characters of the Psy-Changeling world, but I think Valentin and Silver are my new favorites. Silver is the epitome of a Psy in full Silence. I was a little worried at first because she kept repeating over and over that she was one of the few who needed Silence in order to survive. How was Valentin supposed to woo her to the bear changeling side? LOL, I had nothing to worry about. Right off the bat, Valentin, big bear alpha that he is, slipped past Silver’s security to personally deliver a message to the icy, emotionally detached Psy. Silver is observant and accurate in her assessment of Valentin’s abilities. The banter between them is charming and never fails to put a smile on my face. Oh, the pet names he has for her. ~le sigh~ Valentin happens to be at the right place at the right time to get the plot going. After a failed assassination attempt, Valentin and Silver’s grandmother (and matriarch of the Mercant family) cleverly maneuver and secret Silver away from prying eyes and propped up within the StoneWater Bears’ stronghold. Valentin is one charming Bear. In a Bear pack, much like every other Changeling pack, skin privileges are a definite must. With Silver being in such close proximity, it’s no wonder how Valentin courted Silver. Of course, Silver being the type of person she is, their courtship would not go as Valentin had planned. The small portion of the rocky park made me a little sad, but all is well. We get more background plots about the Human Alliance, the mysterious Consortium and of course, we get small peaks into the lives of past characters/couples. Overall, I am satisfied by the general direction of the plot, the pace was not too rushed or too slow, and the courtship took up a good majority of the book (which is not a bad thing). 
5 Stars

**Full disclosure: I received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you

About the Author
Biography from Goodreads

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

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Photo Credit: Lisa Hoang

(Me with Nalini at the Kiss of Snow book signing; her dresses are like artwork)


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