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Tangle of Need: a Psy-Changeling Novel
Nalini Singh
Gollancz, 422 pages

Tangle of Need
Nalini Singh
Nalini Singh was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. She spent three years living and working in Japan. She is back in New Zealand now, but always plotting new trips. So far, she has worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but she calls it grist for the writer's mill.

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Billed as one of the Psy-Changeling novels, Nalini Singh's Tangle of Need takes the reader through to Adria, a wolf changeling and soldier who has to leave her past behind her in order to set about creating a new future for herself. But when she meets a SnowDancer, Riaz, her heart is torn in two just as his is troubled by how he feels about her. His needs are sexual, and all consuming. He is dangerous, and that appeals to her risky nature. They shouldn't be together, but they can't be apart. Theirs is a love that is terrible, yet wild and tortuous for both of them.

Riaz feels an overwhelming love for her, but she won't let him in, she has built a self-defensive wall around her, and she doesn't want to get close to him. This pains him as does her bad attitude when around him. He thinks she loathes him, but it isn't as simple as that. They are incredibly strong people who are passionate, hot and defensive, so they play off of each other and also annoy each other too. He loves her, but he already has a mate, and by having feelings for Adria, he is betraying the only woman he is supposed to love.

Singh sets the scene early as to what kind of characters Adria and Riaz are, that they both want to love and be loved, but are too animalistic to give in to their deep emotions. Adria isn't a fool, she knows he has another, a life mate, but she is instinctively drawn to Riaz and has no intention of letting him go. She is the irresistible force, and he is the immovable object in their desire. Both of them love each other after the initial baring of teeth, but she isn't willing to commit to him because of his life mate -- and she can't expect him to be hers alone.

They are an amazing pair, always fighting, and making love, but there is trouble on the horizon that would destroy their love, a Psy war where nobody wins due to the stubbornness of both parties. Tangle of Need: A Psy-Changeling Novel is a hot, steamy supernatural thriller with a whole lot of sex in it.

Adria and Riaz don't seem to get on well together at first as they are strong alpha female and male characters. They also seem to rub each other up the wrong way whenever they meet, both emotionally and mentally. They never want to show weakness, and dislike taking orders. Adria is certainly frustrated from having just got rid of Martin, her old boyfriend, and doesn't like how Riaz is annoying her with jibes that she will be back with him easily enough. Adria is a strong and self-sufficient woman who is able to stand on her own two feet, she doesn't feel that she needs a man around to make her feel complete, or at the very least protected.

Nalini Singh helps readers who have only just picked up the book, and don't know much about the Psy-Changeling Series; there is a cast of main characters and something called Eclipse that tells the reader what the psynet is and its uses in the novel. Tangle of Need: A Psy-Changeling Novel is a tense drama about a couple who are far more intriguing than they should be. Their lives are about to collide in a sensational way, and such characters are the lifeblood of any paranormal romance. Readers of her work and newer readers will like to see these characters in later novels as they are gripping reading.

Copyright © 2012 Sandra Scholes

Sandra Scholes has been having strange enough dreams about unsusal anime characters recently, and besides that she's been on a rollercoaster review ride writing for Active Anime. Diverse Japan and writing on her new blog.

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