Is it me or does Nalini Singh's books just keep getting better and better! "Caressed by Ice" features Judd "The Ice Man" Lauren, who is a Psy that now lives with the SnowDancer Pack to protect his brother and his nieces and nephew who were going to put in for "rehabilitation" which is tantamount to death, and Brenna Kincaid, the Changeling female that was saved in the first book, but had been badly tortured and mind raped by Enrique Santiago, a Psy and member of the Council, until of course the SnowDancers and DarkRiver packs found out and tore him apart.
Who knew the Man of Ice could be so HOT?!
Before we started reading this book, Brenna and Judd seemed like an odd couple, but we were soooo wrong, they fitted together perfectly. Judd is a trained solider, a Psy with no emotions. But he didn’t feel as detached as Faith and Sascha when we first met them in their books. It might be the fact that he was there when Brenna was broken and needed her Pack the most. So we saw there was already some sort of emotion or feeling there despite his icy persona. Brenna, on the other hand, operates on feelings. She is driven by her emotions and gets frustrated when she doesn’t get what she wants. She is the fire, and Judd is ice. Together, they make an incredible couple! Their love story blossomed beautifully as Judd realizes he can't live without her and he must do something that he had never considered possible before, break Silence. Brenna was also great, I loved watching her break though Judd's walls and get to the man inside.
In this book, we also get a larger glimpse of the SnowDancer pack. One of the best things about this series is the Pack mentality. But betrayals do happen within the Pack. Dieter is a perfect example! I love that Singh incorporated his POV. This fact alone made me flip these pages one after the other until I found out who the bastard was! Riley & Drew, Brenna’s brothers, also show the flip side, and how close families are in teh Pack and how they help heal each other.
This book also continues the battle between the Psy and the Changelings and brings in a few new players like the Ghost, who has been working from within the Psy net to stop Protocol 1, which would turn the Psy into a hive mind controlled by the Council. I can't wait to see this story develop as well as see the next romance. The world the Nalini Singh is building is complex and each book seems to add a new layer.
Another great instalment in the series, full of romance, and action I can't wait to get my hands on the next one.