Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi
Riaz Delgado is tormented by the fact that he has found his mate, but she is happily married to another man. Riaz has been celibate for the last year, not wanting to betray his mate even though he can’t be with her.
Adria has finally ended things with her long time live-in boyfriend, Martin, that hasn’t been working for some time now. She has transferred back to the SnowDancer den and is looking to start over.
Riaz and Adria are overcome with attraction when they first meet. Each of them having their own wounds, they try to fight it. But they eventually realize they can’t overcome their carnal desire for one another and they give in, as a ‘friends with benefits’ kind of relationship since neither can handle or want anything serious. But before you know it, their relationship has grown into so much more.
Meanwhile, a civil war is about to break out in the Psynet. Somebody is targeting the anchors of the net, those that hold it together. And, Nikita and Anthony look to the SnowDancers to help defend the anchors in their territory and keep mass destruction at bay.
I have to admit, I really liked Riaz from the moment we were introduced to him in Play of Passion. So I was pretty excited to read his book. And, throw in Adria and I couldn’t get through the pages fast enough!
I adored this couple! The inner struggles within Raiz were heart-wrenching, but I don’t think anybody could fault him for giving in to his attraction, when his mate is with another. And, of course Adria is severely scarred from her failed relationship with Martin. I loved seeing them find comfort in one another’s arms. I found Raiz to be so sweet and I absolutely loved their time in Venice … dancing in the streets…. *swoon*. But you can’t blame Adria for having her doubts, knowing that she wasn’t his first choice. But he more than proved his devotion to her. I loved all his little gifts, and her reaction to the opera tickets was hilarious!
“Borrowing a hammer from Walker Lauren, she pounded the tickets into the office door with a nail. Hawke, passing by, helpfully held the tickets in place while she hammered the nail. He didn’t say a word, his expression so bland it was clear he was highly amused.”
But of course his actions were far better than all the trinkets he could give her and he just kept making me love him even more. I kept waiting for the mating bond to show-up, thinking maybe his wolf never truly chose before…… not spilling if it did or not. But regardless, I LOVED them and can’t wait to see more!!
“I will love you until the day they put me in the earth.”
Also, I love that we’re now starting to get glimpses of some of the other couples previously mated in the series. Sienna and Hawke and I’m so incredibly happy for Riley and Mercy and their possible pupcubs!
“Mercy’s eyes held equal parts shock, and delight. “Riley.”
He felt his lips stretch even wider. “I think we need to celebrate with some brand-new etchings.”
His cat’s laugh was surprised and warm and the sound of home. “It’s your etchings that got us into this position.”
The Psy storylines were pretty boring for me, but the Psy in general just don’t appeal to me, so that’s not a surprise. But there is so much going on with the couples, it more than makes up for it! This was an awesome addition to the Psy-Changeling series and is a definite must read for those of you that read for the romance, especially those who, like me, really enjoy a good changeling/changeling relationship!
And if I had to pick a song to describe this book and Riaz and Adria’s relationship, it would be The High Road by Three Days Grace. This song to me perfectly voices their struggles. It always seems that things *could* be so much easier than they allow it to be.
“Will you straighten me out, or make me take the long way around”
… for this couple, it’s usually the latter! Also I think that Riaz is really trying to be
“the mistake you (Adria) can’t live without”.