Review: Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
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.
This story wasn’t bad but in comparison to the others, it was just meh for me. I had several issues with this story, my primary issue being that Clay could do better than Talin. Talin seemed like such a fickle, weak character and while she did progress over the course of the story, I just never gelled with her. There relationship while complicated and delicately interwoven, I found forgiveness to happen a little to fast. I mean, Clay thought she was dead and that revelation lasted a whole 12 hours before he was obsessed with her again.
So while I was luke-warm on the romance in this book…I was absolutely captivated by the story-line. I am obsessed with watching the chaos of The Council unfold, I certainly looked forward to those chapters far more than the romance ones in this book. New factors have been added in to the equation and there are a lot of uncertain variables that have yet to show there cards but I applaud Nalini Singh for writing such a captivating plot.
Who knew the world would be so complex and there were so many variables that the Psy simply overlooked or didn’t bother with. I can’t wait to watch the downfall of their superiority complex. As for Kaleb, I am interested to see where his story goes, he is a wild-card and I am can’t predict his next moves, much like the rest of The Council members.