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Caressed by Ice

Caressed by Ice

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe


Caressed by Ice

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe

Bewertungen:
4.5/5 (29 Bewertungen)
Länge:
11 Stunden
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Freigegeben:
Jun 22, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671994
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Brenna, a she-wolf Psy, was abducted by a serial killer-and returned a monster. The only person who can help her is Judd, a telekinetic and Council defector. But the passion burning between them could push them both over the edge of sanity in the third installment in Singh's breathtaking Psy/Changeling series.
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jun 22, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671994
Format:
Hörbuch


Über den Autor

NALINI SINGH New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nalini Singh loves writing paranormal romances. Currently working on two ongoing series, she also has a passion for travel and has been to places as far afield as Tahiti, Japan, Ireland and Scotland. She makes her home in beautiful New Zealand. To find out more about Nalini’s books, please visit her website, www.nalinisingh.com.

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  • (5/5)
    Caressed by Ice is the third full-length novel in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series. It pairs Brenna Kincaid, the SnowDancer wolf who was kidnapped in the first book, Slave to Sensation, with Judd Lauren, a Psy who defected from the PsyNet with his family to save them from rehabilitation. The entire Lauren clan has been harbored by the SnowDancers ever since, and as a former soldier, Judd sometimes helps them with sticky situations involving the Psy, while trying to keep the full nature of his powers under wraps. In the previous two novels, we’ve had female Psys coupled with male leopard changelings, so this new pairing of a female wolf changeling and a male Psy was an intriguing one that I looked forward to exploring, and I wasn’t disappointed. Most of the heroes in this series so far have been pretty intensely alpha, which is always a hit and miss proposition for me. Whether I like an alpha male depends on how he’s written. When I discovered in the previous book that Judd seemed equally as alpha as the changelings, I had a few reservations, but they soon dissipated in light of his sexiness and vulnerabilities. Brenna was the perfect mate for him, a strong woman with a few alpha tendencies of her own, but an underlying gentleness and vulnerabilities that made her likable and relatable. So I very much enjoyed this book, which has edged into the top spot as my current favorite of the series so far.After her ordeal of being kidnapped, tortured, and brutally mind-raped by a powerful Psy serial killer, Brenna was a broken shell of her former self. It’s taken a lot of time and work with Sascha, the empathic, healer Psy, to find some peace and normalcy in her life again. But just as things start settling down for her, she begins to have frightening, blood-soaked dreams and visions that are more Psy in nature than changeling, leaving her believing that her captor did something to alter her mind and that she might be going crazy. These episodes have a tendency to leave her extremely agitated and the only person who seems to be able to calm her is Judd. She’s deeply attracted to him on a physical level, but with the cold, emotionless Psy existence brought about by the Silence Protocol ruling his life, she’ll have her work cut out for her convincing her Psy protector that they’re meant to be together. Brenna is a very strong young woman who had a promising career ahead of her in the technical field. She has a genius-level mind that proves extremely helpful in sending a message to the Psy after they attack defenseless changelings. She’s still affected by the things done to her during her kidnapping ordeal, but she’s determined to put it all behind her and live the fullest life she can, which I found very admirable. She’s often the pursuer in her relationship with Judd and refuses to give up on him finding a way for them be together.Judd was trained as an Arrow, one of the elite Psy soldiers, from a very young age. Ever since taking refuge with the SnowDancers, he’s been working as a freelance operative, making hits on Psy targets under instructions from the Ghost, a mysterious person with high-level intelligence who is trying to dismantle some Psy structures. The SnowDancers also sometimes use him for certain purposes, but haven’t yet fully integrated him into pack life. Judd has a powerful telekinetic gift that makes him a lethal killer. In fact, before Silence, those with his talents always ended up accidentally killing someone they cared about. Under Silence, he’s able to keep himself in check, but it also means that every time he gets close to Brenna, his own body rebels against him, causing him great pain that will eventually kill him if he maintains his course. He soon realizes that being without Brenna isn’t really a choice, but he isn’t sure if it’s possible to undo the extensive programming of his mind to make a relationship work. Judd may be a hardened soldier, but he has a sexy intensity that I like in my alphas. Although he has the typical cold, robotic, Psy veneer on the outside, I could sense a gentler heart beating inside. For quite a while, he braves a significant amount of pain to be with Brenna, which IMHO, showed how much he loves and cares for her. His virginal status brings a small touch of sweetness to his character, but he’s no slouch in the bedroom, using that logical Psy brain of his to plan an incredibly sexy seduction for their first time together while giving freely and generously of himself during their love scenes which again showed his tender side.As with seemingly all the Psy-Changeling books, Caressed by Ice boasts a plethora of supporting characters to make things interesting, so many that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. There are the members of the Psy council working in the background in an effort to maintain what they see as order, but which is usually damaging to society as a whole. Some of them get their own short POV scenes, including Kaleb, who I’m starting to have suspicions about. I’m eager to see how his part in the greater story-arc plays out, and to eventually see him as the hero of book #12, Heart of Obsidian. Then we have lots of changelings from both the SnowDancer and DarkRiver packs. On the cat side, we have Lucas and Sascha (Slave to Sensation), Dorian (Hostage to Pleasure), and Faith (Vision of Heat). Since this is primarily a wolf story, there are lots of wolves present, including Brenna’s brothers, Riley, who ends up paired with DarkRiver lieutenant, Mercy, in book #6, Branded by Fire, and Drew, who’ll be coupled with SnowDancer lieutenant, Indigo, in book #9, Play of Passion. Then there’s Hawke, the SnowDancer alpha, who will get a romance with Judd’s niece, Sienna, in book #10, Kiss of Snow. I felt a little tension between these two even though Sienna is still just a teenager, so I’m pleased to see this future pairing. And finally, Judd’s brother, Walker, will find love with SnowDancer healer, Lara, in the novella, “Texture of Intimacy,” from Wild Invitation. I very much look forward to eventually reading all these characters’ stories.Overall, Caressed by Ice was a wonderful read. There were a couple of tiny things that made me waver just a bit on my rating, but in the end, I had to give it the full five stars. Judd and Brenna play off of each other so well, and have a tendency to electrify the pages whenever they’re together, making me love this pairing. There’s also lots of intrigue going on in the background, as we learn more about the overarching Psy agenda that I hope will eventually be dismantled, as well as who killed one of the SnowDancers and why. This part was nicely tied in to events both in this book and a past story. This was a book that really kept me on my toes, trying to keep up with everything that was going on, but at the same time, it didn’t really skimp on the romance which was a major plus. Everything put together makes this book a highly recommended read from my perspective, and really makes me look forward to both the next book and the rest of the series.
  • (3/5)
    Judd Lauren was an Arrow, which in the Psy society is a secret assassin. He and his family left the psy world when they were meant for rehabilitation. So they defected and left and have been sheltered in the SnowDancer territory. Judd is a special kind of psy, that if he looses control he could kill people by accident. That's one of the reasons that he holds onto the Psy conditioning so strongly.

    Brenna was abducted by one of the Psy Councilman, and was tortued relentlessly, and should have died. She was rescued and everyone has been worried for her since. Her eyes have changed into psylike eyes. She has a completely different personality and everyone is shocked by that. That's annoying since she was mind raped by a psychopath, and she was an innocent to begin with.

    Someone is killing and leaving behind bodies, much like the killer who had abducted Brenna. This killer is out to get Brenna.

  • (4/5)
    Plenty of exciting action but the plot and characteristics of the beings overshadowed the romance. I found the male cat heroes from previous books in series more interesting than non-emotional Psy hero. Wolf woman Brenna, healing from abduction & torture, is attracted to Psy Judd who was once an assassin.
  • (5/5)
    First read August 2010

    So Jude and Brennan's story is one of my favorites both for there relationship and the inner workings of the Snow Dancers. First time around I didn't know if I would like a story that centered more on the wolves and though even today, I like the cats better, the wolves are great too.

    So Brennan's coming back from torture and the dark with the help of Jude was well told. Jude's breaking his conditioning and learning to feel was even better.
  • (4/5)
    This would have to be one of my favourite of this series. And despite being the third, it is about the eighth that I have read (maybe even higher, I've lost count). Perhaps because I read #2 just before this one, the overall plot seems to make more sense to me now, than when I was reading it as a fragmented jigsaw. Now the trick would be to re-read all the others in order... Anyhow, I have been eager to hear more of the story behind Judd, the cold Arrow assassin that seems to strike fear into the hearts of many and at the very least, have the Changelings be wary of him. It was great to see a little insight into his cold Psy mind, and to watch as slow and steadily, Brenna began to thaw it out. Although these novels are very steamy, I am not quite sure if they qualify as erotica - the first sex scene is a decent length into the novel and then it lasts 15 pages. Fifteen pages! Despite its length, Singh's attention to detail - specifically emotion and light humour over cold, biological descriptions, makes for rather an enticing read. Her writing style in general is far superior to other, recent and popular erotica novels (which shall go unnamed) and her characters are much stronger and easier to empathise with. Her females are generally strong, although still varying enough in personality to mark them all as individual entities, and because each book concerns a different pairing, it is always interesting to "see" one book's title pairing from a different perspective further through the series. I think, however, one of the strongest drawcards for me to this series - in terms of relationships - that Singh favours monogamy. Changelings mate for life and the bond established between them - even when only one of the pair is Changeling, is fierce.

    Indeed, my only complaint is that the hyenas got a bit of a bad rap. I don't like hyenas being the villains and labelled as cowards. Still, at least she didn't make them hermaphrodites. I would like to see a predator/prey pairing - a wolf Changeling with a deer perhaps? I imagine the male deer Changelings would be quite fierce and protective of their mates. Or would they have harems?
  • (5/5)
    Third in Singh's Psy-Changling series, CBI gets a near 5 star rating from me too! In CBI we get the story of Judd, a cold as ice member of the Psy race who dropped out of the psynet- a kind of psychic internet that connects all psy together- after he discovers his job as assassin is in fact much more murky than he had originally thought. (Think Jason Bourne!)His odd mix of talent, telekinesis mostly, made him one of the top assassins for the increasingly devious psy council- the ruling body of the psynet. His gift is also so dangerous, if left unchecked, it is fully able to kill anyone around him, however inadvertently. The Psy's fix? To hamstring his brain so that the emotional use of his power would bring on so much pressure to his body that self-destruction occurs before he releases it.When Judd decides to leave the psynet, he drops out with his family, who have similar abilities, and joins the snow river changeling pack. Although keeping himself separate, he is helplessly drawn to wolf changeling Brenna Kincaid, one time hostage and victim of a demented psy killer with the same abilities as Judd.Brenna is just as drawn to Judd and though he is determined to keep his walls up, she begins to breakthrough while finding her own healing along the way.CBI manages to gives us more insight into the psy-changling world without losing the sizzle of sexual tension- something that is becoming a signature style for Singh.
  • (3/5)
    This book switches it up a bit instead of a Psy woman leaving Silence and hooking up with a changeling guy we have a Psy male that left with the PSy community when they were going to kill his brother and his nieces and nephew. The five Psy were able to create their own small net and convince the entire Psy community that they were killed by the changelings for trespassing on their lands. Of course there are issues with the romance since this time the changeling woman is being hunted by a changeling that is being controlled by the Psy since she was a previous victim of a powerful Psy that broke the Silence and tortured and then killed changeling women. There is more resistance to the romance from family members than in the previous books and this one follows the wolf pack instead of the leopards. Once again I'm skimming the kissy parts to get more of the world building. I know I'm doing it wrong but the world building is pretty good in the books.
  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Absolutely loved it the entire book and every single aspect of the main characters. The development of both the plot and the characters was amazing and left nothing to the imagination. Not even the fact that Judd and Bren became intimate with each other so long into the story bothered me. Incredible reading!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    Loved Judd, loved Brenna, loved the plot and the politics. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. The remaining books with new covers haven't been released yet and I don't think I can wait. Time to go ebook shopping!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I Liked this Book, but i didn't love it. I don't know if its because its not the first book of the series and i had to read the one before first to understand what is going on or what. But I felt there was alot of reference to the previous stories. ( and if they weren't it felt like it was.) That is really my only complaint. I really love the strength shown by Brenna after her ordeal ( even though she thought she was losin it when the first body was found and it was the same as the nightmares. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cold raw sexiness of Judd. Yummy I would love to WARM up this stone cold fox!! I love the raw sexually to rolls off these two in waves. This was a great as far as background description and story line goes (at least from what i gathered) and i will be getting the ones before to see if I raise my rating!! I thought it was pretty good over all and would recommend it to anyone who has read the ones before it first!! Thanks so much good reads for the first read!!! I hope i can win more!!

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (3/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I would say 3.5 stars. The Psy are starting to grow on me. I still enjoy the changelings a lot more. I can't wait to get to Hawk's book. I am reading mostly to get to his book. I really like him.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I am falling more and more in love with Nalini Singh with everything she writes. I am not even exaggerating. I have read three books in this series so far and each one is better than the last. I know that I already can't wait to read the book with Hawke, and I already have a good idea who is going to end up with.

    I love the characters in every book I read, these even more than most. All of the books in this series are very character oriented. Ms. Singh lets you ease into knowing each character and forming a bond with them and that is very important in every book I read. I love the slow simmering heat that Ms. Singh builds in her characters as well, she doesn't jump right in, you learn exactly how the main characters operate and why they love each other.

    Writing. I realize from this book that Ms. Singh is all about making her story realistic, sometimes to the detriment of her characters health or sanity. Brenna is a perfect example of that, she is broken and learns to heal herself before she can let another person in her life. She also has no problem massacring her minor characters either...there was so sadness in this story, definitely off-set by the beautiful love being built.

    The plot in this book is very action-packed and fast-paced, there is so much going on at all times but it's very easy to follow. I love the way the changeling show the Psy who is boss and I love that Judd (even though I hate his name) is pretty kick ass. There is something for everyone in this story, great love, great action, great plot, great characters and freaking hot sex.

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

  • (5/5)
    Caressed by Ice
    5 Stars

    Synopsis
    Brenna Kincaid has survived the most heinous of attacks at the hands of a maniacal Psy but the only one to make her feel safe and whole is another Psy, Judd Lauren. A former Arrow (an elite soldier within the Psy), Judd's dark abilities have made him the most effective of assassins and he is determined to keep himself ice cold until Brenna starts to make him feel and begins to thaw his heart. Will the two manage to survive the fallout of their growing passion and desire?

    Review
    While the first two books in the series are enjoyable, this one finally made me realize why so many people rave about this series.

    The plot is exciting and a welcome change from the serial killer trope in books #1 and #2. Don't get me wrong, I love a good serial killer story but having two in a row in the same series stretches the imagination a little. Instead, the Psy council machinations together with the stalker and the mysterious Ghost saboteur subplots make for engrossing reading.

    Judd and Brenna have a sizzling chemistry that intensifies throughout the book. Both are such strong and incredible characters. Brenna's courage and determination to overcome the trauma she suffered and Judd's willingness to sacrifice everything to have her in his life make them an extraordinary couple.

    The well-written action scenes combined with an intense romance and wonderful characters make this a fantastic read. Moreover, the unresolved questions regarding the identity of the Ghost and the agenda of the enigmatic Kaleb Krychek should make for entertaining reading in the next installments.
  • (4/5)
    im reading this series out of order because my library system doesn't own book two as a downloadable and I didn't want to wait for ILL. so I never read book 2. which was slightly annoying as parts referenced things I have no points of reference for. note for those investigating: reading them in order helps. a lot.
    we 'met' Brenna in book one where she was kidnapped and tortured by a sociopath psy. in the second book, the one I missed, she obviously begins her healing process, but hits roadblocks. in this one she continues to heal, but is also fascinated by Judd the assassin. (I'm sorry, but Judd the assassin? really?) Judd is so conditioned (points for the Pavlov references!) that touch causes him physical pain. Brenna and Judd have to somehow figure out what's going on with that while simultaneously finding out who is targeting Brenna again.
  • (5/5)
    Book 3 is where Singh hits her stride. This is one of my favorites in the series. The Judd and Brenna story is woven so well. I was so anxious to see into the Snowdancer's world and how the Lauren family worked within it. I wasn't disappointed. I love that Brenna is such a strong women and I adore her overprotective brothers. ( I am re-reading the series in anticipation of the next release in June of 2013. I am not much for re-reading as there are so many good books out there to be read, that I hate to spend time rehashing old reads. That really speaks to how wonderful this series is.)
  • (5/5)
    Brenna Shane Kincaid, after being kidnapped and tortured by a serial killer, is vulnerable. Brenna has been violated especially by her mind, and she can sense evil very easily. Brenna is one of the Wolf Changelings, but ever since her kidnapping she hasn't been able to shift, only use her claws and teeth. Brenna wonders if she will ever regain her wolf, for she feels lost. Having older brothers, who are very over protective and she want's to have space and freedom back. Judd Lauren is a elite soldier of the Psy, and now having defecting from the council and the ranks knowing he doesn't want a future of having doing terrible things in the name of the Psy. Having been silenced ( feeling no emotion) he is a cold unfeeling being, however when he meets Brenna he finds his cold nature melting away. Passion and desire ignite between Brenna and Judd, that shock and delight them both. Judd unused to what he is feeling, feels the silence slipping away from him, and desiring the touch of the one woman that fires up his passions. Brenna seeks Judd at first to help her with what has gone on in her mind, however she seeks more with him than just mental assistance. She starts to care for him in a way that she never expected of a Psy. But will their connection and love they find together be strong enough to survive the upcoming dangers that could destroy everything they have built and what they have found in each other?This was the first book of Nalini Singh that I have read. I wanted to read this Psy-changeling series in order, however since this one came through the library, I might have had to wait weeks, and I wanted to read her books, and I found that even though I wished that I could have read the series in order, I didn't need to. I can usually figure things out pretty fast, and I did with this one. It was a intense love story that mesmerized my senses. Brenna was the kind of heroine that I always love reading, her kind of character creates a kind of conflict that I love reading and enjoying their journey of healing. She has been defiled and treated abominably yet she remains strong, and despite her brother's wanting to protect her. Brenna doesn't want their protection, despite her love for them. The one that she wants protection from is the cold and ruthless Judd. I also enjoyed seeing how despite how cold he is at the beginning, he definitely starts to heat up throughout the rest of the story that captivated my attention. He knows that Brenna needs touch often, so he tries to accommodate her, to help her in her challenges, but Judd never expected to start feeling. I also loved the love scenes between these two characters, definitely heated and timed perfectly throughout the book. I am so glad that I finally was able to get drawn into the world that Nalini Singh has created and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!!!
  • (4/5)
    I must be getting used to Dawe's narration of this series because I found it much easier to forget about my narration niggles with this one. Caressed by Ice was one of my favourites on paper so I was very happy to revisit the story on audio. Very enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    Brenna Shane Kincaid was abducted by a psionicly powerful psychopath. She was damaged both inside and out, the physical damage is taking less time to heal than the psychological damage. Judd Lauren is another damaged soul, he's been told that losing control could kill other people, and it did, once accidentally. He has killed again and he really tries not to feel, there are feedback loops set up in his mind that will kill him if he becomes too emotional. He has being helping Brenna heal and he is starting to care for her, too much. There's someone who is trying to kill them, someone who appears to be inside their very sanctuary. There are also complicated plots to try to get the shifters infighting and someone has plans with impants and the psy.I liked the relationship between Brenna and Judd, they accepted that things weren't going to be easy, they had moments of terror and Brenna's trauma wasn't just dismissed easily, and you know at the end that there will still be aftermath. It wasn't an easy romance, but it was interesting.
  • (4/5)
    Loved this third book in the Psy/Changling series, as much as the first! Can't wait to pick up the next one :)
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely fantastic! As far as I'm concerned, everything Nalini Singh writes is gold, and her Psy-Changeling series is complete brilliance. This book in particular, though, is easily among her best. And why is that, exactly? Because Judd Lauren is one fabulous character. Sure, the name is a little less than great, but I got over that quickly. Judd is as fascinating and sexy as only a Psy assassin could be. Pair that with the volatility of a willful Changeling woman, and you better believe there will be sparks. I simply couldn't get enough of this book.
  • (5/5)
    This book is an amazing book that I will read again and again. It is absolutely a book worth reading. Nalini Singh creates a world that you can not help but fall in love with. She does such a wonderful job of making the world and the characters with in so believable you think you are actually there watching events unfold. I will definitely be looking for other books by this author.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book and its characters, but it took awhile for me to get used to the style of this author's writing. I really want to read more about these particular characters. This is one of those books that I just couldn't put down once I got into it.
  • (5/5)
    This is the third book in the Psy/Changling series and I liked it almost as well as the first book (Slave to Sensation). Judd Lauren is a telekinetic and a Psy who has left the PsyNet along with his family to escape having their minds destroyed. They have sought refuge with the Snowdancers, a wolf changling clan, and have been accepted into their pack. Judd's mind is still locked into Silence and any emotion causes him excruciating pain. Brenna Kincaid, a wolf changling and member of Snowdancer, first appeared in another book in the series. She had been kidnapped and tortured by a psychopathic Psy serial killer and her mind was invaded. She has now healed physically but she has been emotionally damaged. I love books with the theme centered on the healing power of love. Brenna and Judd are basically emotionally broken. Judd continually tries to push Brenna away and Brenna can't keep away from him because she knows he's her mate. The gradual progression of their relationship and the sexual tension culminating in some very hot love scenes were phenomenal. This book was a great addition to the series and I look forward to Mine to Possess.My grade: A-
  • (3/5)
    This is the third in the series, and I realize the plot is getting quite complex and I had forgotten much of the earlier books which lead to some initial confusion. So read these books in order and try to remember them! I like this world when I'm in it, it's only afterwards that the errors begin to jar. Like Spock, the Psy try to be entirely logical, but still intensely ambitious and often illogical. So this not having any emotions, it's not quite true. Nevertheless, Judd Lauren is a fine eg of a hunk of man, all tied up in his own psyche and still granting and wanting skin priviliges from the pychically raped wolf shifter Brenna (this happened to her in the previous book, which is why you have to read them in order) I read this quickly and easily, and will read the next one, but I'm not longing for it. This is a series I'm happy to dip into but not overtly attached to...
  • (5/5)
    Caressed by Ice - Nalini Singh (10/10)Paranormal romance; book 3 in the Psy/Changeling series.This third book in Singh's series is, in my opinion, the best, primarily because of the balance she pulls off between the main needs of a book of this type. A good paranormal romance needs a relationship, an outside plot and worldbuilding. Singh weaves them together beautifully in this book, so that everything ties in to everything else and the romance grows organically with the rest of the story, rather than either taking it over or trying desperately to get out of the background, both of which often happen in books in this genre. Very likeable characters who develop realistically and in a satisfying manner. I also liked that the characters made decisions about what they were going to do next, instead of it just "kind of happening".