Title: Whisper of Sin
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #0.6, Psy-Changeling Season One #0.6
In: Burning Up (Angela Knight)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal romance, Shapeshifters
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
5th sentence, 74th page: I guess people must assume they’re cats.
A woman in lethal danger finds an unlikely protector – and lover – in a volatile member of the DarkRiver pack.
This was a really nice short story that helps to place the unrest and political wars of the Psy-Changeling world into context. It was also a great way to meet new characters that are peripherally present in some of the other novels in the series. Whisper of Sin is a great short story and reminder of the protective nature of the Changelings – although it is a tantalising story of love and lust, it is also about protecting the people from gangsters and predators who care nothing for the people under their care.
The opening scene alone of Whisper of Sin was really powerful, and strong. It illustrated Ria’s confusion and inner strength at her attack, and beautifully showed the protectiveness of the DarkRiver pack. I loved how Ria’s perceived softness and vulnerabilities hid an inner core that allowed her to stand up to Emmett, but also overcome her attack. Her ability to hold together her family in times of trouble was also an immensely enviable quality that worked gorgeously on the words of the page.
Emmett’s protective ruggedness worked as a great contrast to Ria’s vulnerability, and although it provided a core of protection, his insecurity at his very ruggedness worked with her vulnerable nature. The quickness and simplicity with which both characters fell into one another’s lives was incredibly sweet and endearing – where most of the Psy-Changeling love stories involve a lot of fight to overcome the obstacles in their way, Whisper of Sin was a quick and simple falling that left my heart beating and a smile lingering on my lips.