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Mine to Possess - Nalini Singh
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Mine to Possess - Nalini Singh
Advantages: Dominant male character, good world building, good romance, all round great novel.
Mine to Possess is the fourth book in Nalini Singh's amazing Psy/Changeling paranormal romance series. Mine to possess tells the story of Clay Bennet and Talin McKade. Clay is a powerful changeling who was raised by his human mother in the human world. Talin, is a human and was Clay's best friend when they were children. After an unpleasant event separated them as children Clay was told that Talin was dead. When she turns up in his life years later, a grown woman who needs his help, Clay is stunned but can they both make peace with their past?
I love this series, this is one of my favourite series of books ever. So when I say that this book far surpassed any other book in the series so far, that's really saying something. The other books were great, this one was phenomenal. I think the main thing that I liked about this book was the romance. It's a romance novel so I guess that's what you expect. All of the couples in this series have been really compatible but Clay and Talin were just perfect. I think part of it is that they do have a history together and that background makes the relationship that they have now deeper somehow. There was this...I can't even say spark between them, it's more like a full on fire burning. Their relationship managed to be extremely hot and sexy while maintaining intimacy and tenderness. On the romance side of this novel Singh gets full marks.
Although the romance part of it was what really made this book stand out for me, the other aspects of the book were great too. Singh manages to deliver it all in this novel. The characters were so well developed and written. This really links in with the romance side of things, the romance was good in part because of the characters. Clay is possibly one of the more dominant males in this series...which is perhaps a little unfair as all the male characters are dominant but certainly in his relationship with Talin he's more dominant than other males in the series. I think this is in part because of Talin's vulnerability. She's not a weak character by any stretch of the imagination. In fact she's a strong, independent woman...when you look at her background and what she's made of her life she's really quite extraordinary but because she's human she does have a vulnerability that other female characters haven't had. Both characters have an edge to them that I really liked.
Singh continues to explore the alternate universe in this novel, one of my favourite parts of any fantasy novel. Humans have been largely neglected in the series and this book tips the balance a bit. I don't really want to say too much about what happens in terms of the world development because it's so crucial to the plot and I don't want to ruin it! The overall plot of the series is developed quite nicely and really left me wanting to read the next one to find out what was going to happen. I think the reason why Singh's fantasy world building works so well within what is a romance novel is that she weaves it so perfectly with the romantic plots. Throughout the novel I felt like I was really drawn into the romance between the two main characters and would have found it frustrating if I was taken away from that but the way that Singh develops her world goes hand in hand with the developing romance. The romance doesn't take away from the fantasy aspect of the book and equally the fantasy aspect doesn't take away from the romance. Instead they seem to compliment each other perfectly. I read a lot of paranormal romance and I think that Singh is in a league of her own when it comes to striking the right balance.
I loved this book. In my opinion it's the best book in the entire series and I couldn't put it down. I loved both of the characters. I loved Clay's dominance, I loved that Talin had a vulnerable side but was still a strong woman. I loved that there was a real humanitarian message in there. The psy/changeling series has always been a good one but this novel takes it from good to amazing. This will be a hard book to live up to!
Summary: Highly Recommended