Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
Visions of Heat
by Nalini Singh
Pros: Very original
Cons: Starts slow
Having heard that this book was too much like the first one in this series, I was expecting a letdown. I can happily say that I definitely *don’t* agree with whomever made that assessment!
Of course, there are some similarities. The first in this series – Slave to Sensation – was about a female Psy overcoming her lifelong Silence conditioning to learn how to feel again, helped and encouraged by her attraction to a Changeling leopard.
Visions of Heat also chronicles the struggle of a female Psy to overcome her conditioning and learn to love a Changeling, this time Jaguar. But other than that, it is quite different.
Faith, the heroine in Visions of Heat, starts off in a much more difficult place than Sascha did in Slave to Sensation. She has been isolated all of her life, is constantly monitored by others, and her talent hasn’t given been giving her flashes of emotion all her life. She is basically fully Silenced. But her talent is manifesting some new twists – very uncomfortable ones – and she needs to find a way to manage them without causing her monitors to clamp down even tighter.
So, she sneaks out to see if Sascha can help her. Sascha does, but mostly, it’s Vaughn, the Jaguar that intercepts her in Changeling lands and immediately begins challenging her conditioning with constant touching.
At first she is afraid that all this touch and emotion Vaughn is exposing her to will damage her, cause her to shut down entirely, especially on top of the stresses her foresight talent has recently been giving her. But Vaughn lets instinct guide him and quickly learns when to push and when to give her some space.
Eventually she is able to throw off her conditioning enough to be with Vaughn. Vaughn is a quintessential alpha hero – strong, possessive, challenging and just a little bad. Any woman would be thrilled to have all that intensity focused on her, and Faith isn’t stupid. She figures out that it’s worth the trouble.
These characters have to work pretty hard to get to their happy ending and with Faith’s unique talent, there is no guarantee of forever. But I found this story very satisfying, while still leaving me curious about the next installment.
This author has created an incredibly detailed world for this series and introduces new, interesting ideas in each book. I’m very excited to see where it goes – not just with the main characters of each romance, but with the overarching concepts she is explaining as she goes along. I can only wish I had an imagination like hers!
If you enjoy something different, something creative to go along with the emotional ups and downs of the hero and heroine, pick up the Psy-Changling series. If you’re like me, you’ll be thrilled you did.