Silver Silence by Nalini Singh Review and Excerpt

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Silver Silence

Book #1 in the Psy-Changeling Trinity Series

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Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal…

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

 

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

Excerpt

 

Laughing at the cubs’ antics, Valentin jogged down the slight incline and waded into what had to be ice-cold water after kicking off his boots and socks. He splashed the cubs, laughed when they splashed him back. Running so they could chase him, he turned abruptly and chased them back, to their unhidden joy.

Silver took a seat on the grass. When the female bear looked her way, she inclined her head in a silent greeting. The bear did the same, then they both watched an alpha bear play with two energetic cubs, his hands holding rough care for their small bodies.

By the time Valentin made his way back to her, he was drenched and his eyes weren’t human in any way. When he spoke, his already deep voice was so low it felt like thunder against her skin. “Couldn’t resist,” he said, pushing back his wet hair with one big hand. “If you weren’t in recovery and if I wasn’t in terror of Nova’s wrath, I’d have invited you. The small monsters wanted to play with you.”

Silver didn’t get to her feet. “Can we stay here a little longer?” It was patent that Valentin had an extremely high tolerance for the cold, but he might want to dry off.

“Sure,” he said, and, moving away several feet, shook off the wet.

Fine droplets settled on the skin of her cheek, but she didn’t flinch at the unintentional tactile contact. She also controlled her urge to reach up and touch the water where it lay against her skin. There was no reason to do that, and Silver was alive because she only did things that were rational.

Settling beside her, Valentin waved at the cubs as their guardian led their tired forms toward a path in the trees that was at the same level as the stream. “Gentler climb,” Valentin told her.

“They seem too exhausted to make it to Denhome.”

“It’s all an act—they’re hoping for a ride on their aunt’s back.” His tone held the same fond affection she’d heard when he spoke of Dima. “It’d take more than a few minutes’ play in the water to wipe out those two.”

The cubs had played with Valentin for almost a half hour. “They’re hyperactive?”

“They’re baby bears.”

Silver watched as those baby bears turned toward her and rose up on their back paws, as if in challenge. A stern sound from their caretaker, and they dropped down and scrambled to catch up with her. Their bodies disappeared into the trees as dusk began to turn from orange to shadowy gray.

Beside her, Valentin sprawled out, bracing himself on his elbows. His drenched T-shirt clung to the ridged muscles of his abdomen, pulled tight across his pectoral muscles, shaped itself over his shoulders. His jeans weren’t much better, outlining the raw muscle of his thighs.

Valentin Nikolaev was a man of violent physical strength even in human form. Yet he clearly had iron control over it; when he’d played with the children, they’d displayed zero fear of their alpha.

“You thought about where you’re going to live when you escape the bears who’ve kidnapped you?”

When she raised an eyebrow at him, he grinned. “Fringe netter with his own Internet channel sent out a breaking report last night. Pasha—who obviously needs more work duties—made up a fake account and posted a comment swearing to have seen you being pulled into a black van by six burly bears in bear form.”

“You don’t seem too concerned.” Amber eyes and deep voice, he remained very much a bear in human form.

“Well, according to this ‘eyewitness,’ the getaway driver was in bear form, too. Must’ve been tough for him to steer with one paw since he was drinking a beer at the same time.”

“Bears,” Silver said, making Valentin throw his head back and laugh that huge laugh that wrapped around her.

 

Posted by arrangement with Berkley, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nalini Singh, 2017.

Silver Silence
Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you like paranormal romance you can’t go wrong with Nalini Singh’s Psy Changeling series. When you look up binge reading, Nalini Singh’s name is sure to be there. Silver Silence is a passionate and heartwarming love story. It’s compelling, sexy and absolutely swoon worthy.

“She cleared her mind of all other thoughts, her attention only on the wild, beautiful man who called her his sunshine and who saw starlight in her eyes.”

Silver Silence seen through the eyes of an alpha bear changeling who is determined to win the heart of the mesmerizing woman he’s chosen to be his mate, no matter how impossible it may seem. Especially when said woman has been trained since early childhood to not feel. But Valentin Nikolaev senses the fire and sunshine beneath the ice and he’ll use every trick up his sleeve to get her. After ten months of sneakily trying to woo her, he’s saved from kidnaping her in order to properly court her —as per bear tradition— after he stops an attempt on her life and her best choice is to lay low in the heart of his bear clan.

It is a love story told by the seemingly emotionless woman in charge of EmNet, the worldwide emergency response network comprised by all races at a time when a divided world is trying to unite. But not all are convinced that unity is a step towards betterment, some will fight to keep the world divided and while stability is achieved Silver Mercant needs to focus on her job, not the unruliness Valentin brings.

“Today an apple, tomorrow ice cream, the next day licking honey from her body, it was all about strategy… and stubborn bearish hope.”

Nalini Singh once again proves her prowess at writing addicting stories. Her Psy-Changeling series have the right balance between new and familiar, between heartwarming and heartrending. This compelling story shows us just how love can conquer all.

Valentin is charismatic, smart, absolutely swoon worthy. He wears his heart on his sleeve, loving wholeheartedly and fiercely protecting his clan. He charmed the ice around Silver’s Silence and I fell for him right along with her. How could I not fall when he was all male alpha sexy being cute and funny, sneaky as a cat or sweet as a teddy bear! The man signed his secret-not secret admirer gifts he left for Silver with Mr. I. M. A. Medvezhonok. Translation Mr. I. M. A. teddy-bear.

“He needed a mate who’d refuse to take any of his shit. She’d also drive him insane, of that he was certain, but bears were lunatics anyway. It’d be fun. All he had to do was convince Silver of that.”

I could probably make a very long list of all the amazing things about Valentin, but I think you get the picture. For a man so wonderful, it’s only fitting that he get to have an equally great partner. Silver is pretty awesome in her own right. Even though she has a different way of showing it, her viewpoint regarding family aligns with Valentin’s and when need be, she’s just as ruthless as the alpha bear himself.

While there have been other Psy romances in the series, it still feels highly unlikely given their lack of emotional skills. Nalini makes it work though. The love between Valentin and Silver feels organic in its development however difficult and almost impossible it may seem given Silver’s special circumstances; its the depth and strength are directly correlated complications they face. That is to say, their love is huge and absolutely heartwarming and fun!

“You have anything but suits in your closet?”
“No, I sleep this way and wake up perfectly pressed.”

Also touching are all the bear clan events which I loved and moved the story forward. I mean, come on, BEARS! They’re boisterous, cuddly, and fun. Along with the main story, Nalini lays out an overall arc for this spinoff series. I expect several Psy-human pairings but eagerly await anything Ms. Singh throws our way.

Silver Silence is book #16 in the Psy-Changeling series, book #1 in the Psy-Changeling Trinity series by Nalini Singh. It is a standalone paranormal romance, told from various points of view with a happy ending.

About Nalini Singh

NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about hot and wickedly tempting rock stars – and one sinfully sexy rugby god turned brilliant CEO. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Also, don’t forget to swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page for the Rock Kiss series, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the books.

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