Visions of heat by Nalini Singh
Reading level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release date: March 6, 2007
Series: Psy-Changeling #2
Reviewed by: Tynga
Hailed as a major new talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future–a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from fellow Psy, Faith NightStar’s fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.
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 . . .
Faith has been sheltered her whole life. Truth be told, she’s way too valuable to her psy-clan for it to be otherwise. Who would risk the security of a woman whose abilities are worth billions of dollars? Vaughn couldn’t care less about the money though, his jaguar is insane for this untouchable woman and is ready for anything to mark her as his own. Will Silence conditioning stop them from being together?
Visions of Heat is the second novel in the Psy-Changeling series and I loved it just as much as I did the first book. Faith lived in a very different environment than Sascha did and it was interesting to see this new facet of the Psy world. Faith is a F-Psy, a being able to foresee future. She was trained to foresee important business trends and make money for her clan. Removed from her family at 3 years old, her conditioning started, and she was the best of her field. The inhumanity of the situation was utterly shocking, yet completely in line with Psy attitude.
A chain of unexpected events brought Faith to question her beliefs and reach out to Sascha for answers – the only person out of the Psy-net – and only being she thinks she can trust. I totally loved how Faith unconsciously prepared for this moment, months in advance, even though she had no idea what was coming her way. It really shows the magic of her talents. What I liked most about her was her strength even though she’s been protected and controlled her whole life. She is determined to do the right thing and will stand up for herself.
Her meeting with Vaughn was delightful and I enjoyed seeing to two of them together. Even though they’ve lived very different lives certain aspects brings them together and their bond is really strong. I liked how Vaughn challenged Faith every step of the way, yet he was always there to catch her if she fell. He respected her strengths and supported her in her weaknesses. He was just perfect for her.
The pace established by Nalini was just right and kept me engage the whole time. I liked the way she highlighted the contrast between both worlds and how she took us deeper into Psy territory. The discovery of another Psy killer brings interesting elements to the table and I can’t wait to see where this will bring us in the following novels.
The conclusion brought peace to Faith’s troubled mind and I was surprised by a particular turn of events. Her father proved to be more than I thought and I find myself extremely curious. I hope we’ll see more of him in the future!
This novel might be an older release, but it’s a great opportunity to prompt you to give this series a chance if you haven’t yet. The twelfth book of this series releases this summer, so it’s a great opportunity to read each novel one after the other! I already have Caressed by Ice waiting for me and my only wish is that we see a different combination of main characters. The first two books were female Psy with male Changeling so I hope for something different the next time around!