Title: Declaration of Courtship
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #9.5, Psy-Changeling Season One #9.5
In: Wild Invitation (Nalini Singh)
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Paranormal romance, Shapeshifters
5th sentence, 74th page: I gave him a couple of days off so he could go to his father’s birthday party in L.A.
Grace, a shy submissive wolf, finds herself pursued by the last man she ever would have imagined: a SnowDancer lieutenant who intrigues her.. and has a reputation of being ‘mad, bad, and dangerous to know’.
This is a great little side-story in the greater brewing war of the Psy-Changeling world. It doesn’t further the overarching story and there isn’t a great point of contention within the story, rather, it is simply a tale of two characters courting and finding acceptance in one another. Which was so thoroughly enjoyable to read.
The idea of one of the most submissive wolves in the pack falling for one of the most terrifyingly dominant hasn’t really been explored throughout the Psy-Changeling stories thus far. Most of the women that the supremely dominant males choose are dominant themselves, in one form or another. Even the Psy, trained not to feel give back with zest. Grace’s total submissiveness draws an entirely new dynamic into the courtship between herself and Cooper than previously seen. With a new dynamic, there comes new obstacles for the couple to overcome. Something that didn’t allow me to put my book down until I had read every single page of the novella.