Review: Visions of Heat

Visions of Heat - Nalini Singh

Title: Visions of Heat [Psy-Changeling 2]

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis: Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous - aching need... exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

 

Changeling Vaughn D'Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar's instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith's sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced - and keep her from Vaughn...

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

Go buy it. Now. Honestly, if you love Paranormal or Dystopian Romance, you're going to love this. Hands down. I was completely blown away by this book. The writing was exceptional. It was clear, perfectly paced, and never lost my interest. I ended up reading it cover to cover in a few hours and didn't even take the time to stop and eat a meal. The world building in this story was so intriguing: A society of people with psychic-related powers (telepathy, seers, empaths, etc) who live every day connected to massive NetMind, and have been stripped of human emotion. They were basically brainwashed into believing whatever the "council" of their society chose to tell them, and all of it was lies.

 

The characters were unique and felt like they were real people, not 2D concepts. Faith NightStar and Vaughn D'Angelo may have been the cutest, and most challenging couple ever, but the way the author portrayed their strange dynamic.... absolutely amazing! Faith is an F-Psy, she sees the future, and her society isolated her at the young age of 3, keeping her from all physical contact for her entire life. She's been taught to have no emotions and spends her days making business predictions. That is, until one day, she has a question... and the only way to answer it, is to leave her secluded compound and tromp off into the middle of changeling territory in search of the only person who's ever left the NetMind.

 

What happens next is a journey fraught with discovery, betrayal, murder, passion, and Faith's only chance for freedom. I really enjoyed the way the author put together the romance in this story. The characters began the story in such a way that it wasn't even a possibility for Vaughn or Faith to ever be in a relationship.... the thought didn't even cross their minds... but as the story slowly goes on, they really push each other's boundaries until inevitably, there's no other logical way for them to survive. They needed each other. It was sizzling and endearing, and possibly one of the most entertaining and convincing romances I've come across in one of these types of books. Well done Ms. Singh, well done.

 

I'm a fan from this point on, and will buy every single book in this series. I'm hooked. So, if you like dystopian stories with complicated world building, sizzling romances, or stories about shape-shifters and Psy's... go grab this book and give it a try. You'll love it.