Thursday, June 14, 2007

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh

PAGES: 332
SETTING: Alternate Reality
TYPE: Paranormal Romance
SERIES: Book #2 in the Psy/Changeling series

REASON FOR READING: Previous book by Singh, Slave to Sensation caused quite a stir amongst reader bloggers. I loved it (A-) and the Psy world she created is fascinating.

SUMMARY: [Amazon]
Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need...exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn...

I bought this book on one of my frantic buying sprees over at Borders on the day this was released last March. Since then, it's languished in my TBR (tell me... why do I do that?).

Faith NightStar is an F-Psy who can forecast the future and this talent is the reason she has been kept in isolation in her own compound almost her whole life. She sits in a chair day in and day out predicting the future for businesses and thereby making the NightStar clan extremely wealthy. But lately she has been having disturbing visions of murder.

Vaughn is a changeling who takes jaguar form and one night comes across Faith's compound and senses her inside. He is drawn to her and becomes determined to go in and claim her but to his surprise she climbs over the fence of her compound to him. Vaughn is an alpha male any girl could love :) He's arrogant and possessive and accidentally pushes Faith into sensory overload. Faith gradually adjusts to him and her character grows from a rather fragile woman to a very tough and brave individual. Vaughn is overly protective but Faith is equally determined to exert her independence. The relationship that develops between Faith and Vaughn is deeply emotional and the love scenes are erotic and passionate. I love it when the hero falls head over heels before the heroine and Vaughn knows that Faith is his mate long before Faith accepts it.

PsyNet stuff is very convoluted and complicated but I made a conscious effort this time to read this stuff more slowly to try and really understand what was going on and I think it helped. I still found some things too confusing but the relationship between Faith and Vaughn was so overwhelmingly satisfying that I found myself not really caring about the PsyNet and it's weirdness. Or the murder mystery that was just a side plot.

Overall, I have to agree with CindyS and Rosario. It's a keeper.



CindyS said...

Woohoo! Glad you liked it.


Jennie said...

I didn't like this one quite as much as the first one, but I still enjoyed it. Someone has said (maybe Dear Author Jane?) that she thought Caressed by Ice is the best yet. :)

I like your new look! Very pretty.

ReneeW said...

Cindy: We are twins again :)

Jennie: Thanks! Yes, I saw that some bloggers didn't like it as well as the first and maybe that's why I hesitated after buying it before reading it. But it turned out I liked it as much and in some ways more (Vaughn was incredible) than StS. I'm really looking forward to CBI.

Kristie (J) said...

'Fraid I'm with Jennie on this one. I didn't like it as well as the first one. I found it annoying that the hero constantly seemed to be carrying her around. He carried her here, he carried her there, he carried her everywhere. And he was a tad too much touchy feely for me (goes along with the carrying I gues :))
I also found the net thing a bit to confusing again.
BUT - I did like it enough that I will read her next one. It's a paranormal without vampires and it get's points for that too.

ReneeW said...

Kristie: LOL, now I remember you were one of those who didn't like it as well. I thought he was carrying her because he was a jaguar and she couldn't run as fast. Hmmm, could be wrong. But anyway, it didn't bother me. Anxiously awaiting the next one like everyone else.

Rosie said...

I'm just jealous of those who've gotten the ARCs of CARESSED BY ICE.

ReneeW said...

Oh, me too!

CindyS said...

Did somebody say ARCs!?

*sigh* Always a reader and never an ARC receiver ;)

I'm considering going back through your archives and listing the books I haven't read that are your keepers. Cause I know the reading will be great!! (I'm horrible at note taking on the computer though - I should get one of my many journal and make hand written notes cause they are usually accurate)


ag said...

nice new layout/ template. I just ordered this book from Amazon. Loved Slave to Sensation and am glad there's quite a bit of positive buzz about Visions.

ReneeW said...

Cindy: I try to do that with your keepers by just making a note in my spreadsheet but I know I've been inconsistent. A handwritten journal sounds like a good idea too. If I did that I'd probably lose it. I can't find my head sometimes.

Ag: Thanks! I think there is a little difference of opinion on this one but most buzz out there is positive.

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