Title: Wild Invitation
Series: Psy/Changeling bk .05, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5
Author: Nalini Singh
In Beat of Temptation , innocent Tamsyn has always had a place in her heart for Nathan, a blooded DarkRiver sentinel. But is she ready for the fierce demands of the mating bond?
In Stroke of Enticement , a wary young teacher, skeptical about love, arouses the man—and the animal—in an aggressive leopard changeling who must prove his affections are true.
Plus 2 NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED NOVELLAS
In Declaration of Courtship , Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant said to be “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.”
In Texture of Intimacy , SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys—and unexpected challenges—of being mated to quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.
All I can say about this book right now WOW!!! Wild Invitation is an anthology with two books that have previously been published. So I'm only going to review the two new books.
Declaration of Courtship is the story of Cooper (one of Hawke's lieutenant) and Grace. One of the things I loved about this story is that we get a glimpse into other regions of the SnowDancer territory and also the other lieutenants. Cooper is one of the more dominant characters in the series, and one of Hawke's friends from before he became Alpha. Grace on the other hand is one of the most submissive wolves in the pack and as such Cooper has to very careful in how he courts her so that her wolf doesn't automatically lay down and accept him.
They reminded me a lot of Judd and Brenna with how they had to be careful of his psy powers. Coopers solution to their dominant/submissive wolves is lots and lots of foreplay. Because of this we get to see their relationship develop from the beginning to the end. It wasn't rushed and over a couple of weeks, rather we get the sense it was over a couple of months.
I do have to admit I want more of Cooper in coming books because he is such a great character.
Texture of Intimacy picks up where Kiss of Snow left off in regards to Lara and Walker, with them having sex and the mating bond snapping into place. This is what happens after that takes place and during the beginning of Tangle of Need.
I absolutely adore the Lauren Family, and have been intrigued about Walker and what he did before they defected. I have a feeling that he is going to be crucial to The Ghost. Watching as Lara and Walker traverse the shift in their relationship and how they adjust was a lot of fun. As with any relationship they have ups and downs but it's all normal and perfect for them.
One of the things I loved was when Walker refered to Marlee when talking to Lara he called her their youngest I thought was so important for them, that they both recognized that for all intents and purposes Lara is now Marlee's mom.
This was a perfect installment in this series.
Review by: Heather