Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #3)

458034As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now he is a defector, and his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins – cold, pitiless, unfeeling. Until he meets Brenna…

Brenna Shane Kincaid was an innocent before she was abducted – and had her mind violated – by a serial killer. Her sense of evil runs so deep, she fears she could become a killer herself. Then the first dead body is found, victim of a familiar madness. Judd is her only hope, yet her sensual changeling side rebels against the inhuman chill of his personality, even as desire explodes between them. Shocking and raw, their passion is a danger that threatens not only their hearts, but their very lives…


When the world gets tough, the tough read romance.  I turned to the Psy-Changing series because I wanted to escape with paranormal in a well-thought out universe, but sadly the tropes worked against me.

Both our hero and heroine are damaged – Brenna after being abducted and abused by an Evil Dude, and Judd as part of his Psy upbringing.  I don’t often read romance where the trauma comes from both directions and it’s not really my thing.  I never completely bought the romance between the two and the thought that Judd was being hurt (like, blood dripping out of his ear hurt) when he felt love for Brenna doesn’t do it for me.

I would have given up a third of the way through but I don’t want to give up on the series yet.  There’s an overarching plot through all the books and I hate the idea of missing something so I plowed on.  Here’s hoping the next book is more my thing.

2 thoughts on “Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #3)

  1. library addict

    Personally, I loved Brenna and Judd’s story. Sorry it didn’t work for you.

    In answer to your question, yes, the overarching political story starts to really pick up going forward. There are a few books where the romances didn’t work as well for me, but also some real gems going forward.

    But even if you don’t like the romances, the overarching thread should be enough to keep you reading. Each book going forward has pieces of the puzzle and they all build on each other.

    1. Yeah, it was a very “me” thing – glad to hear that you liked the couple! I’m also glad to hear that the story picks up and going on with the series will be worth my while. 🙂

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