Title: Texture of Intimacy
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #10.5, Psy-Changeling Season One #10.5
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: Looking into Marlee’s room, he saw her sprawled out in her sleep, her arms and legs thrown every which way.
The SnowDancer healer Lara discovers the searing joys – and the unexpected challenges – of being mated to the quiet, powerful Walker, a man used to keeping his silence.
Although Walker and Lara’s romance begins, and is even cemented, in Kiss of Snow, it is nice that they get their own short story. It is a poignant reminder that, in spite of their mating, in spite of finding someone that you will spend the rest of your life with, relationships still require work.
Lara’s willingness to adopt Walker’s children, his family as her own is a kind, caring act that doesn’t necessarily occur so seamlessly in most people’s lives. Their desire to create a family of their own, and provide a caring environment that is open to everyone is one of the most admirable traits of all of Singh’s characters. At least, in my opinion – unconditionally accepting anyone and everyone into your life just because they need the comfort is an amazing trait that more people should have.
Walker’s slowly unfolding tale and recounts of the past finally help the last pieces of the puzzle that is the Laurens fall into place. It is also a great illustration of the very far reaching, and horrific impacts of Silence. And the creation of the Arrows, something that is becoming more and more important as increasingly more characters come to play in the Psy-Changeling war.