Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to someone else.
For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.
Their coming together is an inferno ... and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realise that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.
Singh brings her Psy/Changeling world closer to cataclysm in this engrossing 11th episode (after Kiss of Snow). Riaz and Adria, both dominant wolf changelings, have been burned in previous relationships: Adria is slowly recovering from a relationship with a male who couldn't accept her strength, while Riaz still aches from being rejected by the woman destined to be his mate. As the Psy edge closer to civil war, Riaz and Adria are battered by politics, violence, and their compulsive attraction to each other despite their certainty that they cannot form a mating bond. The action is also driven by past protagonists whose romances continue to develop realistically. Singh handles the division with deft style, weaving threads of her previous tales into the looming conflict without ever neglecting the budding relationship. Perhaps more important for returning readers, she stays beautifully faithful to her own mythology, creating a truly satisfying romance and compelling action in one of her strongest episodes to date.