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Mine to Possess

Mine to Possess

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe


Mine to Possess

Geschrieben von Nalini Singh

Erzählt von Angela Dawe

Bewertungen:
4/5 (39 Bewertungen)
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12 Stunden
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Freigegeben:
Jul 19, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671987
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.



Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life-the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...



Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.
Herausgeber:
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Jul 19, 2011
ISBN:
9781452671987
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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)
    Love this series!
  • (4/5)
    I lost and entire day to this book...but it was totally worth it. I love this series so far, every single book has been so wonderful and I can hardly wait until I can get back to the store to buy the next one. I think Ms. Singh has a way of drawing a reader into her story and making it feel important to you, making it life or death for the reader as well as the characters. I am so emotionally involved with these people I could be in the book myself. When one of them is happy, I am happy, if someone gets hurt, I hurt. It is amazing when an author has this kind of ability.

    This book somehow felt more intense than the last three books in the series. I have been trying to figure out why and I think it may have something to do with the main character being human, maybe she is more relatable to me and I can sort of be in her shoes. I also love the dark storm that is Clay, he is such an amazing character and the author did a great job of walking the fine line between wounded and weak for the ultimate alpha male.

    The plot in this book, though more intense, felt a bit slow and halting through out the story. We had to balance two people coming to terms with themselves and each other in addition to fight a clock to get missing children back. Very hard thing to balance and I don't think she got it quite right. Great plot but just a tad stuttery.

    I love how Ms. Singh has started to fill in additional characters for her future books. I know the next characters because they books are out but if you didn't know...you would be racking your brain trying to figure out who would be next...I was...until I looked, and then checked who would be up until I am caught up on this series. Interesting choices, still can't wait for Hawke and Sienna, but she needs to grow up a bit first...so I wait, impatiently.

    Anyway, great great book. Sensuality off the charts hot! Definitely read this series if you have not. SOOO worth it!
  • (4/5)
    First read January 2010

    So I think I liked the couple less in this the second time around reading it. Clay is too stubborn and Tally is too back a forth with her fears and trust. I still like the background story and going ons which is what I was reading it for since I'm reading up to Heart of Obsidian and wanted to get all of Kaleb's background. I had forgotten a lot.
  • (3/5)
    Still enjoying this series. Still wishing I'd read them in order. Not much more to say, really. The climax on this one could have been better, bit anti-climactic really, but I enjoyed the characters and am still addicted.
  • (5/5)
    I'm loving this series so much! Nalini Singh has the gift to tease us until we're ready to rip the hair out of our heads with all that sexual tension and those exquisite scenes between the H/h. Clay had this incredibly frustrating brooding way of dealing with his problems, but I think Tally's way of seeing things sometimes added to that. I specially love how Singh's capable of putting in the plot every single thing we are asking ourselves about a specific situation and still hook us enough to go straight for the next book. Amazing!
  • (4/5)
    I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others. I loved Clay but Tally was harder to love despite her vulnerability and sad past.

    The complex Psy have a complicated and frightening history. Each revelation about them reveals another reason to fear and loathe those responsible for implementing and maintaining Silence, and those who wish to take it a step further by trying to create a hive mind, thereby completely destroying individuality and the freedom of choice.

    The edgy political relationship between the three races grows more intense with each book. The Ghost is just that -a ghost, to be able to do the things he does. Even without the romance the intriguing plot progression would keep me turning those pages. I need to know what happens next.

    This series feeds my need for romance and keeps my brain occupied with deadly conspiracies and struggles for power.
  • (4/5)
    This series is really starting to grow on me. When I first started reading the Psy-Changeling books, I thought they were just okay. I liked the Changelings but really did not like the Psy part of the books. It could be that in the last two books neither character that was the main focus of the book was actively on the PsyNet. I was not a big fan of Judd in the last book, but by the end of his book and even more so in this book, I am really starting to like him.
  • (4/5)
    Singh continues to impress me with her Psy-Changeling world! She's built a cool world set in a future where mankind has evolved mentally and psychically, with "humans" caught somewhere in the middle. (They're all human, really- but the Psy's and Changlings are bit more!)The only thing is- I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first three.I had "issues" with the heroine.Talin and Clay have known each other since they were children. But one blood soaked day, Clay went berserk protecting her from an abusive foster father, landing himself in jail and scarring her for life. Believing her dead, he eventually joined up with the Darkriver pack, the feline Changeling pack of Lucas and Sascha (Slave to Sensation) and Faith and Vaughn (Visions of Heat).Now, years later, Tally has decided to overcome her fears and look for him. She desperately needs too, because someone is harming the children she protects and he's still the strongest man she's ever known.Talin is a wounded heroine. Intelligent and sensitive, she suffered great damage at the hands of her abuser and because of what Clay did that fateful day, she's erected walls against him, (and the world, for that matter), to keep herself sane.I am glad to see Singh was consistent in giving Talin the natural defenses adult survivors of child abuse usually set up. What I didn't buy, was the reasons for Talin's distancing herself from Clay. She had to have known he did what he did to protect her, and her fearful reactions to him, even years later, got on my nerves.I liked Clay a lot. He's on the edge, being separated so long from Talin, but that's what endeared him to me. I liked his protectiveness, and even his possessiveness. I just wish he had been paired with someone who matched him.The "missing children showing up dead" plot line worked for me, although I was curious throughout the story as to how that connected with the illness she had and "odd scent" Clay kept picking up on with Talin- because there was obviously a connection. In the end, it all made sense to the rules Singh's been establishing in her world, but I totally saw it going a different way- though I couldn't put my finger on what.This book's strength is the further development of the Psy/Changeling world. I did like the way she incorporated the regular old humans into their world, and appreciated how she established the psy-changelings' need for them. As others have noted, this book marks a turning point for the Psy's- they're losing their grip on power and are getting desperate to keep it. And. The Changelings are gaining strength. I'm anxious to see how it all pans out!I'm giving this one a 3.8 out of 5. Good, but not as engaging for me as the previous ones!
  • (3/5)
    Months months months to finish.. Idk why. Just really dragged so much.
  • (5/5)
    Mine to Possess, the fourth full-length installment of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series was an awesome read that was jam-packed with excitement. In it, we have the enigmatic Clay, a DarkRiver sentinel who has always been a loner in danger of giving in to his beast nature and going rogue (taking his animal form and never turning back to human again). He’s reunited with Talin, his best friend since childhood and the human female he’s always thought of as his, when she comes looking for him in the hope that he can help her find the culprit who’s killing off the street kids she works with. Tainted by their respective checkered pasts and not sure if they can trust one another, they form an uneasy alliance that gradually heats up into a passionate romantic relationship. But meanwhile, Talin finds herself a target of the killer who wants her to stop investigating the murders, and not surprisingly, it all ties back to the Psy Council. This story really hit the spot, not only with a deep and emotional romance for our main couple, but by also adding a lot to the overall series story arc that I can tell is headed toward an eventual dismantling of the Psy Council and Silence.Talin was an orphan who became friends with Clay when she was only three years old and he was nine. They both lived in the same slum neighborhood, and although she was somewhat afraid of him at first, she came to his rescue when he broke his leg and no one else was around. After that, they were nearly inseparable, but several years later, when Clay found out that Tally’s foster father was abusing her, his inner beast came out, brutally killing the man. Afterward, Clay went to juvie while Tally was adopted by a good family who lived far away. However, Tally had borne witness to Clay’s savage nature that day, and fearing that he might someday turn on her, she asked her social worker to tell Clay she was dead. Two decades later, she is now a social worker herself, helping street kids through an organization that helped her in the past. Several of her kids have gone missing and some have turned up dead, so Tally seeks out the one man she knows is strong enough to take on the murderer and find one of her kids before the teen is killed, too. Their reunion isn’t exactly a happy one, though. Tally finds that she’s still fearful around the man that she used to call her friend, but at the same time, he stirs emotions and desires in her that she’s never experienced before. Tally is a very complex heroine, and the threads of her characterization are masterfully woven throughout the story as she gradually comes to trust Clay again and accept that they were always meant for one another. There are so many things I’d love to say about her, but I can’t without giving away major spoilers, because she harbors several secrets that eventually come out. But I loved how she and Clay managed to work through all of them. I also loved her dedication to the kids in her care and how she was willing to risk everything for them. She was a wonderful character who exhibited the perfect mix of vulnerability and strength that has quite possibly made her my favorite heroine of the series so far.Clay grew up with a single human mother and never knew his changeling father. Although he loved his mother, she was never quite able to accept his animal nature. He tried as best he could to suppress it, but living within four walls inside a city was difficult for the predator in him. Everything combined made him an angry loner who had no real friends until little Tally came along. She became a beacon of light to him and he became her protector. He doesn’t regret killing her foster father, but he does blame himself for not realizing what was happening sooner. Then after being released from prison, he was told she was dead, and his world imploded. Luckily the DarkRiver pack found him and took him in, but he’s continued to pretty much keep to himself and many times has felt like he might end up going rogue. When Tally suddenly reappears in his life, he’s angry with her for lying to him and staying away so long, but at the same time, he feels compelled to help her. After all she is his Tally, the one woman his beast has known belonged to him for most of his life. It takes some time for him to work through her fear and all the bombshells she drops on him, as well as his own anger, but he gradually does. In the early chapters, he’s kind of a jerk a couple of times, but ultimately I understood where his frustration was coming from and was able to forgive his conduct. He also proves to be surprisingly patient for a changeling male, taking time to help Tally overcome her issues, which helped me to feel much better about him. As the story progressed, he became the perfect mix of alpha protector and passionate lover, who ends up wearing his heart on his sleeve for Tally, which made me place him at or near the top as one of my favorite heroes of the series so far.As with all the other Psy-Changeling books, there are supporting characters aplenty, many of whom have their own stories. From previous books, Lucas and Sascha (Slave to Sensation), Nate and Tamsyn (“Beat of Temptation” from Wild Invitation), Vaughn and Faith (Visions of Heat), and Judd and Brenna (Caressed by Ice) all make appearances, each with varying degrees of significance to the plot. Dorian, the pretty boy and latent DarkRiver sentinel, pairs up with Clay in a number of scenes as they deal with various threats together. Ashaya, an M-Psy who is working on the Protocol I project for the Psy Council, makes some surprising decisions. Dorian and Ashaya meet in this book, albeit off canvas. I could sense a bit of an attraction, at least on Dorian’s part, so I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find out that they become the hero and heroine of the next book, Hostage to Pleasure. Devraj Santos, Talin’s boss and the head of the organization she works for, becomes the hero of book #7, Blaze of Memory, and Max, an Enforcer (their futuristic version of police) who comes to Tally’s aid when her apartment is vandalized, becomes the hero of book #8, Bonds of Justice. I liked both of these men and look forward to reading their stories. We also get a couple of brief scenes with Mercy, heroine of book #6, Branded by Fire; Ria, Lucas’s assistant and heroine of the prequel novella, Whisper of Sin; as well as Kaleb, the newest Psy Council member and hero of book #12, Heart of Obsidian. I’m beginning to suspect him of certain activities and very much look forward to unraveling his motivations in the coming installments.Overall, Mine to Possess was an awesome read that didn’t disappoint in the least. I loved Clay and Tally both as individual characters, while the romance between them is deep and heartfelt. I’m a sucker for both friends-to-lovers stories and reunion romances, both of which are strong tropes in this book. Their long-time bond, while a little battered from time apart, had survived, and with a little care and nurturing, flared back to life. It also made their emotional connection a very strong one. The mystery of who was kidnapping and murdering the kids was woven seamlessly throughout and completely engaged my attention as I waited for it all to unravel. Perhaps best of all, was the advancement of the overall story arc, which was possibly even stronger in this book than all the ones before it. At the very least, it added a great deal to the story and built wonderfully on all the others. I can’t wait to see how everything turns out and very much look forward to continuing the series to find out.
  • (3/5)
    This book's couple focus is on a male changeling and a human woman that were friends when they were small children but due to horrific events he was led to believe that she was dead. Talin approaches Clay because she needs someone to help her find who is taking the children After the shock of finding out she is alive and hid it from him he agrees to help. Turns out the dead kids were discovered by the corporation Shine and given help or scholarships. Shine it turns out is run by the descendants of Psy that decided not to follow Silence when it was enacted. They have been hunted down ever since and now they are trying to find people that might have some Psy powers but don't know how to control it. I could have cared less about the romance but this book really developed the overall human side of the story that has been missing in the previous books.
  • (5/5)

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    Not keen on the slut-shaming, to be honest.

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  • (4/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I like this series, but I had a problem with the heroine in this book; I just didn't like her and felt that the hero deserved someone more worthy of him. However, while I wasn't thrilled by the romance, I really enjoyed the storyline and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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  • (5/5)

    1 Person fand dies hilfreich

    I think I love this series more with every book! I adored this book and could not put it down. I didn't particularly like Talin at the beginning of the book and I was sure how I would enjoy reading about this pairing but both Talin and Talin and Clay as a couple grew on me with the ongoing and back ground story arcs luring me in further and making me annoyed every time i had to put the book down to do things like work and sleep (who needs sleep). The best thing about this series ( and the worse thing since I still need to get my hands on the next book) is that you can devour each book in a sitting or two and then immediately reach for the next one. I am so glad this is a longing series and I am still so near the beginning. I love the direction this book took and I am looking forward to lots of lovely reading a head.

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  • (3/5)
    I don't know but this is the story I least liked in Psy-Changeling series so far. I hope it is just a fluke.
  • (5/5)
    This is the best one so far, I'm truly LOVING this series!
  • (3/5)
    I really need to stress not reading these out of order or skipping. since I skipped book two im finding gaps in the story line and know that im missing things. it's annoying.
    that being said this one was good, but not as strong as the first ones I read. there's a lot of dawdling and skipping around in the plot. I felt like there was Too Much going on for the book.
  • (3/5)
    I really wish this series would get a cover makeover. With that said, the story idea behind this novel was very good. I enjoyed reading about Clay's past and how this loner came to be. This is not one of my favorites, though. I find Tally shallow, despite her complex history. Her relationship with Clay drove me as crazy as it did Clay. I know the intent was to make her appear tough, despite a history where she was a victim. Unfortunately, she comes off as a snot. I still love this series and this book is important to that. (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.)
  • (3/5)
    Mine to Possess
    3 Stars

    Synopsis
    Children are disappearing without a trace and Tally MacKade, a social worker for the Shine Foundation, has only one person to turn to: Clay Bennett, the leopard Changeling responsible for an extreme act of violence that ended her childhood. Can Tally get past her fears in order to trust the only person she has ever loved?

    Review
    Disappointing addition to the series mainly because of the insipid heroine. Tally is emotionally stunted and her complete lack of self-worth makes here completely unlikeable. If she couldn't care less about herself, why should I?

    Clay is more sympathetic and the idea of a childhood bond forming the basis for a romance has potential but not with this heroine.

    The Descendents of the Forgotten plot and the secondary characters, new and old, save this book from being a complete waste of time. Revisiting Lucas & Sascha is a definite highlight as is seeing Dorian work his charm. Dev Santos is also intriguing and Kaleb Krycek is becoming more and more compelling - is he the villain or a possible hero? and who exactly is the enigmatic Ghost?

    Dorian's book is next and hopefully it will be better.
  • (5/5)
    Talin McKade has known Clay Bennett since her childhood, but when one night she see's the true nature of what Clay could become she lives her life in terror. But she is now a grown woman and goes to find Clay to help her and innocents for she can no longer do it on her own. She needs help from someone that she knows that can. Children from the streets have been kidnapped and turning up dead on the streets, and Talin is at a loss as to what to do now. Now one of the children that she has grown very close to has dissapeared and she wants to find him before he turns up dead as well. So she finds Clay and is filled with fear once more. Clay is no longer the boy she once knew, who saved her from a monster. Clay Bennett is a sentinel of the DarkRiver, and has a young boy grew close to a young woman that he bonded close with. However when he releases the animal side of himself that he had tried to hide from, and kill the one that was abusing Talin, he loses the one person that he ever felt close to, his best friend, believing later that she died he is now faced with the fact that he was lied to, and Talin has been alive all this time. Now a sentinel with responsibilities, Talin comes to him for his help and he has a great need to possess and claim her. Clay never wants to let her go, and vows to himself that she will never leave him again. But they must find the truth and find the lost children before it is too late....I truly enjoyed reading this, and the more I read Nalini Singh the more and more I want to read the rest of her. She has such a great talent to portray her stories and relationships within them so vividly alive that you feel drawn into the book and taken into a new world with danger and passion that will excite and enthrall you. I just started reading her books and I am so glad that I decided to start reading her. At first I didn't know if I would like reading her, but I have heard such great things, and I have to say that they are all 100% true. Nalini Singh will surprise and delight you!
  • (4/5)
    Clay Bennett is a DarkRiver sentinel, he's a changeling leopard and his life is filled with protecting those he cares for, just like he did when he was younger and he killed a man who was damaging his friend Talin. Now he thinks she's dead and it's left a hole in his heart.Talin McKade hadn't died, she had tried to distance herself from her past and allow him to do the same. She had survived her childhood and now works to help street children survive and find better lives. Only some of them are disappearing. Now the only person who can help her is Clay. To add to her problems she's dying...I liked it, the two characters had to deal with a lot of their issues before they found each other, and it wasn't an easy trip. There are more twists and turns about the Psionic community that is coming out. Enjoyable.
  • (5/5)
    This series gets better and better. Tally really affected me, made me tear up over her and Clay's past together! *sniff*! I looooved their HEA. And just love how the characters continue to grow and the storyline progresses. Cannot wait to start #5 and see what happens next :D
  • (5/5)
    The more of these books that I read the more I love them. Cole is such a dark, passionate man that it would take a strong woman to tame him. Talin is definitely that woman. I enjoyed watching them come to terms with their past and seeing what needed to be done foe their future. I like the ongoing plot with Psy and the things that they try to get away with. The introduction of the Forgotten was also a nice addition to the ongoing story. I am looking forward to Dev Santos books. He is another of those hot, dominant, alpha males that make you want to surrend to his desires. I now that I am going to run out of books and then have to wait to find out what happens next. This could become as bad as Christine Feehan's Dark series or her Ghostwalker series.
  • (4/5)
    Another great book in the Psy-Changeling series, tied with Caressed by Ice for the best book in the series, in my mind. This book really focused on the deep relationship between Clay and Talin, who sort of grew up on the streets together. We learn so much about these two. Their histories are very well developed and the relationship between them so well done that I almost think the author had to have some experience with the kind of relationship that builds from childhood and on-- or else, she just knows people. For those new to the series, it is important to begin from the first (even though it's the weakest of the series, not surprisingly) as the next -juicy- books build directly on the plot (and I'm so excited to learn more about the ongoing rebellion). I can't wait until we learn the identity of the Ghost. Note: There is a little less on the Psy this time around. Singh's writing style remains formal and feminine, and in this stallment I particulary noticed her habit of using metaphor to explain emotion: "anger built a shield around him." I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea. I'm not a big fan of this device. It's a little cheesy. I prefer a more practical, grounded fashion of conveying emotions, but for me, the detailed characters and gripping plot, and the world she constructs, politics and all, (even more -wondrously- detailed) make this little foible barely noticeable. All of Singh's books have different degrees of edge. Some, as the first book was, are dark because of the hero's breaking control of his beast, for example. Mine to Possess, in particular, was a little intense, but I really enjoyed that aspect. Sometimes I'm in the mood (actually, usually in the mood) to appreciate a book that transports you from the most grueling, testing depths of humanity to the highs (because I need some kind of HEA, after all)-- and not in a soap opera, tears-and-tantrums fashion. Singh does this well here. I ached for Talin when I read the history that she can't put behind her, and I celebrated with her when she overcame it. In other words, if you like angst (somewhat similar to Ward's), you'll find it here in spades (but in a mostly serious, non-cheesy, we're-not-just-using-this-as-a-device way, LOL). The author really gives it attention.Also, for those who like their relationships on a more level footing, Clay is another intense Singh hero, all alpha and such, but there's a give and take between him and Talin that's very sweet, especially because he really does care so much about keeping her happy. He's not just overbearing, LOL. Needless to say, I recommend this for anyone who likes their paranormals, especially romantic paranormals.
  • (5/5)
    As the series progresses the leads get more damaged and complex, and I love it. The darker the better. In Tally we get a less then virtuous heroine, and I appreciated that the author stuck to the psychology of an abused and traumatized child. It is true that abused children do act out sexually and have low self esteem. I liked Tally and thought her very strong and brave. Clay was magnificent too, domineering but accepting of Tally's past. He was very possessive and protective of Tally, but he was never a jerk about it. When she said she wasn't ready for anything sexual, he didn't force her. The courtship between Tally and Clay was very complex, so much emotional baggage and demons to fight. I loved every minute of their emotional journey toward healing. The next book was set up nicely, I can't wait to read Ashaya's story.
  • (4/5)
    I've read so many books I couldn't finish lately, that this one wins big points just being well written. I was worried that I had somehow lost the ability to read romances, but here is a book with a strong romantic core, a reasonably complex world, part of a series where you meet characters you knew before. The men are suitably angst ridden, the women strong but still in need of rescuing. I loved it! Tally and Clay were childhood friends but when Clay violently kills Tally's abuser (he's a leopard changeling, she gets covered in hre foster father's gore) he's sent to prison and she to another foster home and then they don't meet again for another 20 years. Clay knows that Tally is his, but convincing her of that takes some (but not too much) work. I liked how Talin's hunger for a relationship is shown, how she so wants to belong somewhere. I believed them as a couple, and believed their love for one another - which hasn't happened to me so much lately, so I was pleased to be in the solidly competent hands of Nalini Singh. I like this series and will keep buying it.