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Post by Nina on Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:40 pm

I hope this doesn't sound confrontational. It wasn't really meant in that way.

My opinion of the books isn't going to be the same as everyone else's. However, my opinions and those of the people wary of the next book were not arbitrary. We gave reasons throughout this board for not anticipating an excellent next installment based on our observations of how the books have been evolving. I don't think anyone here has been negative without backing it up.

I've re-read each book at least 4 times. I've read some parts even more. *cough*Walker moments*cough* Wink I don't see the characters as especially nuanced. I see them as fun, well drawn types. NS has a nice, unique flair to her delivery.

Ditto about KoS disappointment influencing our view of ToN, Patricia. I'd say the less than stellar handling of HawkeXSienna in KoS is specifically why I'm wary of RiazxAdria. If NS couldn't handle fleshed out characters like HxS, how is she going to make a very side-charactery romance work as a main couple?

Also, I know I said the whole "Adria the Masochist" thing, but I don't hate her. I don't feel like I know enough about her to hate her. I do think she's a little weird, though, hanging onto Martin. Hence Adria the Masochist.

me, i'm just going to continue enjoying the Psy-Changeling world that NS has created and bemoan the fact that she doesn't write faster.

I'm just going to say, I think I'd like it more if she took more time to write. I wish she could take a couple years to agonize over a draft of a book. I think she has it in her to create a real diamond - she's just never been given optimal circumstances.

gotta wonder - if you're not excited why bother?
I do quite a bit of this. There are series that I started that had so much potential and characters I love. However, as the series went on the series became one of those cookie-cutter twice-a-year installments things. My lackluster reaction to the new releases doesn't diminish my love for the initial book or those amazing characters. I still love learning new things about the world and enjoy filing away new info about old characters in my head. Smile

However, sometimes there does come a point when the series loses what made it intriguing initially. It takes a while for an author to bomb so many times I actually give up a series, though. I gave up Feehan and Sands. BDB is starting to head in that direction, too. I'm losing lots of series I really admired and it makes me sad. I'm worried the Psy books are going to join them.

So yeah, I'm not excited about the new book. I'm dreading that I may have to give up the series.


Now, off to watch more Chuck Smile

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Re: Tangle of Need: Riaz & Adria's Story- Coming June 2012

Post by Patricia on Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:14 am

Ah, Nina put it much better than I did..
I'll just pretend that if this was in German, I'd be able to verbalize my thoughts better.. *sigh*

gotta wonder - if you're not excited why bother?

Maybe it's a language thing. I don't mean I don't want to read the novel or that I'm not.. hoping to enjoy it. -- I AM excited..

Apparently the word I am using in German doesn't really translate to excitement (I'll just blame my English teacher. The one who said self-conscious means self-confident. (And if it IS true, then I need to talk to the other English teacher and some authors.. oô) No, I was just too lazy to think about the whole thing..)

So.. what I mean is.. I'm excited but skeptic/wary. I want to read ToN but I'm afraid I won't like it as much. - In my defense, I've read 300 novels/novellas this year and I've reread Nalini's books several times. Maybe it's the typical "I listen to a song until I hate it" effect. I don't hate the novels, but some things just don't attract me as much and that makes me even more.. wary.

(I just looked the word up. Do these fit more? ardent, avid, enthused, enthusiastic, exalted, glowing, rapt, thrilled, zealous, zesty)

Anyway, I want to read the book and as I've said it on page 2 or something - I'll probably like the couple, but right now it's just a bit hard to imagine that.

In the end, I think you're right about the pessimism. I probably could be a little less negative. But I don't see why I shouldn't not like them. When I think about it, NS didn't give us any reason to be adoring them yet. We've seen them and for me it's hard to read about relationships like Martin and Adria's without expecting something very, very deep that focusses much more on them than on Riaz and Adria. Don't see that happening. So, yes. I am very doubtful, even if it's unfair because Nalini didn't give us reason to hate them, either. (Then, again, I don't hate them)

Mhe. Nina, teach me English. Now. *sniff* It's my punishment for always bullying my mother when I was younger. Now, I understand all of you but I can't say what I want to *pulls out strands of hair again*

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Re: Tangle of Need: Riaz & Adria's Story- Coming June 2012

Post by Nina on Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:36 pm

*waves magic wand* You now have better English than most US college graduates. No, wait... you already did O_o. Trust me, your English is very good.

I don't really think there is a better word than excitement in this situation. I think maybe we need to clarify how we mean it, though.

Our excitement over ToN is different than our excitement over previous Psy/Changeling books. Before, like with CbI or something, we didn't have reason to think the next book wouldn't make the grade. The world was new, there were lots of characters to learn more about, and the writing/world-building was improving with each new book.

However, none of that applies to any book after KoS (save Kit... but he's still a baby alpha, so that's a no go for now.) I'll be happy to read the next book just because I like the series, but not because I have high expectations for ToN.

But I don't see why I shouldn't not like them.
This. This. This.

This touches a a pet topic of mine. I dislike it when fans make an author untouchable simply because they like that author's books. Take BDB for an example - if you say anything critical about JR Ward's books or writing on a fan site, even if you are very polite and respectful and give good reasons, you will most likely be crucified. When it becomes "shocking" to actually analyze an author's writing, that's when I get ticked. I don't do author worship. I respect them as people, but not always as writers.

The saying may be callous but it is true - an author is only as good as their next book.

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Post by Elaine on Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:34 am

So are there any comments on the teaser chapter of TangleofNeed that should be at the back of Archangel's Blade?
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Post by Patricia on Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:42 am

It wasn't bad, but a typical teaser chapter, I think. You know what I mean? :/ And it still feels kind of awkward. *sigh* Isn't it online yet? I thought Nalini would have posted it, too.

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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:24 pm

Just some thoughts:
Does it seem to you that series get in a way thinned out as the books go by? Not this one necessarily, but in general. As if readers push authors to write faster and then books see the light of day before they should.
As for KoS - I have a feeling that so many people had expected Hawke`story to be explosive, somewhere in the line with Judd`s. and it wasn`t. Without so much wanting, ToN has a lot of potential.

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Post by Nina on Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:31 pm

Jelena - yeah, I agree. I think publishers are mainly to blame for this. They force authors to a schedule that doesn't necessarily mesh with their capabilities.

You can't rush art. Stupid publishers. But then again, all they care about are profits...

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Post by Patricia on Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:33 am

When it comes to this I'd rather get one very good book every two years than two average novels every year. Sad

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Post by Patricia on Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:35 pm

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaait.. wasn't he MERCY's former lover? Did I ask that already? But wasn't it.. wait.. yes, it was.. no, it wasn't. Who was Mercy's guy? Could someone give me the book and page number where RiazxIndigo.. aah, I'm confused.

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Post by Nina on Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:05 pm

O_o

Now you're confusing me...

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Post by Sarah18 on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:04 am

Hamilton from the SilverBlade pack was Mercy´s former lover...
And RiazxIndigo´s relationship was mentioned in PoP for the first time

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Post by Patricia on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:15 am

Okay aaaand: Who was Mercy's lover? Wasn't there one? They sat in her house and he said something like: "Yeah, I know you have a lover, actually a mate, so please notice how far away from you I'm sitting right now.."

It wasn't one of the Grandma-guys, though.. Arg. I'm so confused.

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Post by Sarah18 on Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:18 am

It was Hamilton - found it in BbF. It´s the beginning of... wait... chapter 39
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Post by Bella171901 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:39 am

I think Martin is going to die.
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Post by Patricia on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:05 am

Why? Surprised

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Post by Bella171901 on Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:10 pm

Because: 1) = He is going to die as a hero (however) and Riaz can help Auntie over his death.
2) = He will die in a car accident and Riaz gets a chance
3) = He won't die but neither will he fight for Auntie.
If 1 or 2, most of us will hate Nalini
if 3 no one would be suprised.
If 4 (no idea what that could be) we'll love Nalini.
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Post by Patricia on Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:16 pm

I don't see that happening. I don't really think I'd hate her, if such a thing happened, though.

1. sounds like Lara Adrian to me.
2. random death? don't see that happening and also, he and Adria have already broken up. (as the excerpt says)
3. see above. but I think he could actually fight for her, just not for the right reasons.
4. yeah, I can see that one.. ;D
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Post by Bella171901 on Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:36 am

WHAT?! Which excerpt?!?!
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Post by Patricia on Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:39 am

Bella171901 wrote:WHAT?! Which excerpt?!?!

The one in Archangel's Blade:

Spoiler:
Psy-Changeling Series
Coming June 2012
from Berkley Sensation!

Riaz caught a flash of midnight hair and a long-legged stride and called out, “Indigo!” However, he realized his mistake the instant he turned the corner. “Adria.”

Eyes of deepest blue met his, the frost in them threatening to give him hypothermia. “Indigo’s in her office.” The words were helpful, but the tone might as well have been a serrated blade.

That did it. “Did I kill your dog?”

Frown lines marred her smooth forehead. “Excuse me?”

God, that tone. “It’s the only reason,” he said, holding on to his temper by a very thin thread, “I can think of to explain why you’re so damn pissy with me.” Adria had been pulled into den territory during the hostilities with Councilor Henry Scott and his Pure Psy army a month ago, had remained behind to take up a permanent position as a senior soldier. She had fought with focused determination by Riaz’s side, followed his orders on the field without hesitation.

However, off the field?

Ice.

Absolute.

Unrelenting.

Frigid.

Folding his arms when she didn’t reply, he stepped into her personal space, caught the subtle scent of crushed berries and frost. A strangely delicate scent for this hard-ass of a woman, he thought, before his wolf’s anger overrode all else. “You haven’t answered my question.” It came out a growl.

Eyes narrowed, she stepped closer with a slow deliberation that was pure, calculated provocation. She was a tall woman, but he was taller. That didn’t seem to stop her from looking down her nose at him. “I didn’t realize,” she said in a voice so polite it drew blood, “that fawning over you was part of the job requirement.”

“Now I know where Indigo learned her mean face from.” But where his fellow lieutenant’s heart beat warm and generous beneath that tough exterior, he wasn’t sure Adria had any emotions that registered above zero on the thermometer.

Adria’s response was scalpel sharp. “I don’t know what she ever saw in you, but I suppose every woman has mistakes in her past.” The slightest change in her expression, the tiniest fracture, before it was sealed up again, her face an impenetrable rock face.

Scowling, Riaz was about to tell her exactly what he thought of her and her judgmental gaze when his cell phone rang. He answered without moving an inch away from the woman who was sandpaper across his temper, rubbing him raw with her mere presence. “Yeah?”

“My office,” Hawke said. “Need you to head out to check on something.”

“Be there in two.” Snapping the phone shut, he closed the remaining distance between them, forcing Adria to tip back her head. “We will,” he said, realizing those striking blue eyes with an edge of purple had streaks of gold running through them, beautiful and exotic, “continue this later.”

That was when Adria’s cell phone rang. “Yes?” she answered without breaking eye contact with the big, muscled wolf who thought he could intimidate her.

“In my office,” Hawke ordered.

“On my way.” Hanging up, she raised an eyebrow at Riaz in a consciously insolent action. “My alpha has requested my presence, so get out of my fucking way,” she said with utmost sweetness.

Eyes a brilliant dark gold that were more wolf than human, narrowed again. “Guess we’ll be walking together.”

Not giving an inch until he stepped back and turned to head to Hawke’s office, she walked in silence beside him, though her wolf bared its teeth, hungry to draw blood, to bite and claw and mark. Damn him. Damn him. She’d been doing fine, coping after her final separation from Martin. That had been a bloody battle, too.

“You’ll come crawling back to me. Maybe I’ll be waiting. Maybe I won’t.”

Adria bit back a raw laugh. Martin didn’t understand that it was over. Done. Forever. It had been over the night a year ago when he’d stormed out of their home, not to return for four months. The truly stunning thing was that he’d had the gall to be shocked when she’d told him to go find someplace else to sleep and slammed the door on his face.

“Cat got your tongue?” An acerbic comment made in a deep male voice that ruffled her fur the wrong way.

“Go bite yourself,” she muttered, in no mood to play games. Her skin felt too sensitive, as if she’d lost a protective layer, her blood too hot.

“Someone should bite you,” Riaz muttered. “Pull that stick out of your ass at the same time.”

Adria growled, just as they reached the open door to Hawke’s office. The alpha looked up at their entrance, unhidden speculation in blue eyes so pale, they were those of a wolf given human form. However, when he spoke, his words were pragmatic. “You two free to go for a drive?”

Adria nodded, saw Riaz do the same. “What do you need done?” Riaz asked.

“Mack and one of his trainee techs went up to do a routine service of the hydro station,” Hawke told them, “but their vehicle’s not starting, and they’ve got components that need to be brought back to the den for repairs.”

“No problem,” Riaz said. “I’ll take one of the SUVs, pick them up.”

Even as Adria was thinking the task was a one-person job, Hawke turned to her. “You’re now one of the most senior people in the den.” His dominance was staggering, demanding her wolf’s absolute attention. “I’d like you to get reacquainted with the region, given that you haven’t spent an extended period of time here since you turned eighteen.”

She nodded. Ranking just below the lieutenants in the hierarchy, senior soldiers were often called upon to lead, and as a leader she had to know every inch of this land, not just the section she’d been assigned to during the battle. “It’d be better if I do it on foot.”

“You can explore in detail later on.” Hawke pushed back strands of hair that had fallen over his forehead, the color a distinctive silver-gold that echoed his coat in wolf form. “I want you to have a good working knowledge of the area as soon as possible.” He handed her a thin plastic map. “The trip up to the hydro station will take you through some critical sections—and you have certification in mechanics, correct?”

“Yes.” It had been an interest she’d turned into the secondary qualification all soldiers were required to possess. “I’ll take a look at the vehicle.”

“What about the replanting?” Riaz asked, his voice clawing over her skin like nails on one of those old-fashioned chalkboards the pups liked to draw on. “Felix’s team have enough security?”

“They’re fine.” Walking to the territorial map on the stone wall of his office, Hawke tapped a large cross-hatched section below what had been SnowDancer’s defensive line in the fight against Pure Psy. “Felix’s volunteers and conscripts”—a sharp grin—“are planting the area with fast-growing natives, but for now, it’s so open it’s easy to monitor, especially with the cats sharing the watch.”

Adria thought of what she’d seen on that battlefield filled with the screams of wounded SnowDancers, the cold amber and red of a flame so hypnotic and deadly, and wondered at the cost paid by the young Psy woman who held all that power—and their alpha’s heart. “What are the chances of another Pure Psy attack?” she asked, intrigued on the innermost level by a (..)

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Re: Tangle of Need: Riaz & Adria's Story- Coming June 2012

Post by Elaine on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:38 am

Patricia wrote:
Bella171901 wrote:WHAT?! Which excerpt?!?!

The one in Archangel's Blade:

Spoiler:
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Coming June 2012
from Berkley Sensation!

Thanks, Patricia! Will you be posting the rest of the teaser chapter? Very Happy
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Post by Patricia on Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:54 am

Oh, I thought it was online already. Yes, of course.

The whole chapter:

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Coming June 2012
from Berkley Sensation!



Riaz caught a flash of midnight hair and a long-legged stride and called out, “Indigo!” However, he realized his mistake the instant he turned the corner. “Adria.”

Eyes of deepest blue met his, the frost in them threatening to give him hypothermia. “Indigo’s in her office.” The words were helpful, but the tone might as well have been a serrated blade.

That did it. “Did I kill your dog?”

Frown lines marred her smooth forehead. “Excuse me?”

God, that tone. “It’s the only reason,” he said, holding on to his temper by a very thin thread, “I can think of to explain why you’re so damn pissy with me.” Adria had been pulled into den territory during the hostilities with Councilor Henry Scott and his Pure Psy army a month ago, had remained behind to take up a permanent position as a senior soldier. She had fought with focused determination by Riaz’s side, followed his orders on the field without hesitation.

However, off the field?

Ice.

Absolute.

Unrelenting.

Frigid.

Folding his arms when she didn’t reply, he stepped into her personal space, caught the subtle scent of crushed berries and frost. A strangely delicate scent for this hard-ass of a woman, he thought, before his wolf’s anger overrode all else. “You haven’t answered my question.” It came out a growl.

Eyes narrowed, she stepped closer with a slow deliberation that was pure, calculated provocation. She was a tall woman, but he was taller. That didn’t seem to stop her from looking down her nose at him. “I didn’t realize,” she said in a voice so polite it drew blood, “that fawning over you was part of the job requirement.”

“Now I know where Indigo learned her mean face from.” But where his fellow lieutenant’s heart beat warm and generous beneath that tough exterior, he wasn’t sure Adria had any emotions that registered above zero on the thermometer.

Adria’s response was scalpel sharp. “I don’t know what she ever saw in you, but I suppose every woman has mistakes in her past.” The slightest change in her expression, the tiniest fracture, before it was sealed up again, her face an impenetrable rock face.

Scowling, Riaz was about to tell her exactly what he thought of her and her judgmental gaze when his cell phone rang. He answered without moving an inch away from the woman who was sandpaper across his temper, rubbing him raw with her mere presence. “Yeah?”

“My office,” Hawke said. “Need you to head out to check on something.”

“Be there in two.” Snapping the phone shut, he closed the remaining distance between them, forcing Adria to tip back her head. “We will,” he said, realizing those striking blue eyes with an edge of purple had streaks of gold running through them, beautiful and exotic, “continue this later.”

That was when Adria’s cell phone rang. “Yes?” she answered without breaking eye contact with the big, muscled wolf who thought he could intimidate her.

“In my office,” Hawke ordered.

“On my way.” Hanging up, she raised an eyebrow at Riaz in a consciously insolent action. “My alpha has requested my presence, so get out of my fucking way,” she said with utmost sweetness.

Eyes a brilliant dark gold that were more wolf than human, narrowed again. “Guess we’ll be walking together.”

Not giving an inch until he stepped back and turned to head to Hawke’s office, she walked in silence beside him, though her wolf bared its teeth, hungry to draw blood, to bite and claw and mark. Damn him. Damn him. She’d been doing fine, coping after her final separation from Martin. That had been a bloody battle, too.

“You’ll come crawling back to me. Maybe I’ll be waiting. Maybe I won’t.”

Adria bit back a raw laugh. Martin didn’t understand that it was over. Done. Forever. It had been over the night a year ago when he’d stormed out of their home, not to return for four months. The truly stunning thing was that he’d had the gall to be shocked when she’d told him to go find someplace else to sleep and slammed the door on his face.

“Cat got your tongue?” An acerbic comment made in a deep male voice that ruffled her fur the wrong way.

“Go bite yourself,” she muttered, in no mood to play games. Her skin felt too sensitive, as if she’d lost a protective layer, her blood too hot.

“Someone should bite you,” Riaz muttered. “Pull that stick out of your ass at the same time.”

Adria growled, just as they reached the open door to Hawke’s office. The alpha looked up at their entrance, unhidden speculation in blue eyes so pale, they were those of a wolf given human form. However, when he spoke, his words were pragmatic. “You two free to go for a drive?”

Adria nodded, saw Riaz do the same. “What do you need done?” Riaz asked.

“Mack and one of his trainee techs went up to do a routine service of the hydro station,” Hawke told them, “but their vehicle’s not starting, and they’ve got components that need to be brought back to the den for repairs.”

“No problem,” Riaz said. “I’ll take one of the SUVs, pick them up.”

Even as Adria was thinking the task was a one-person job, Hawke turned to her. “You’re now one of the most senior people in the den.” His dominance was staggering, demanding her wolf’s absolute attention. “I’d like you to get reacquainted with the region, given that you haven’t spent an extended period of time here since you turned eighteen.”

She nodded. Ranking just below the lieutenants in the hierarchy, senior soldiers were often called upon to lead, and as a leader she had to know every inch of this land, not just the section she’d been assigned to during the battle. “It’d be better if I do it on foot.”

“You can explore in detail later on.” Hawke pushed back strands of hair that had fallen over his forehead, the color a distinctive silver-gold that echoed his coat in wolf form. “I want you to have a good working knowledge of the area as soon as possible.” He handed her a thin plastic map. “The trip up to the hydro station will take you through some critical sections—and you have certification in mechanics, correct?”

“Yes.” It had been an interest she’d turned into the secondary qualification all soldiers were required to possess. “I’ll take a look at the vehicle.”

“What about the replanting?” Riaz asked, his voice clawing over her skin like nails on one of those old-fashioned chalkboards the pups liked to draw on. “Felix’s team have enough security?”

“They’re fine.” Walking to the territorial map on the stone wall of his office, Hawke tapped a large cross-hatched section below what had been SnowDancer’s defensive line in the fight against Pure Psy. “Felix’s volunteers and conscripts”—a sharp grin—“are planting the area with fast-growing natives, but for now, it’s so open it’s easy to monitor, especially with the cats sharing the watch.”

Adria thought of what she’d seen on that battlefield filled with the screams of wounded SnowDancers, the cold amber and red of a flame so hypnotic and deadly, and wondered at the cost paid by the young Psy woman who held all that power—and their alpha’s heart. “What are the chances of another Pure Psy attack?” she asked, intrigued on the innermost level by a relationship that appeared so very unbalanced on the outside, and yet one that was as solid as the stone of the den.

It was Riaz who answered. “According to Judd’s sources, close to nil. They’ve got worse problems.”

“Civil war,” Hawke said, shaking his head. “If he’s right, there’ll be no avoiding the impact—so we make sure we’re prepared to weather any storms.”

Nodding in agreement, she left the office with the man whose very scent—dark, woodsy, with a sharp citrus tone—made her skin itch. “We should get some food.” The drive wouldn’t be quick, plus Mack and his tech, who had probably not planned to be up there this long either, would be hungry.

“Should be something in here,” Riaz said, walking into the senior soldiers’ break room.

They worked with honed efficiency to slap together some sandwiches and were ready to go ten minutes later. Clenching her abdominal muscles as she got into the vehicle with Riaz, Adria told herself to focus on the route, the geography, anything but the potent, masculine scent of the man in the driver’s seat . . . because she knew full well why he incited such violence in her.





Riaz drove them out of the garage, and into the mountains,very aware of the cool silence of the woman with him. The more time he spent with her, the more he realized how unlike Indigo she was, in spite of the superficial similarity of their looks. One of the reasons he’d always enjoyed the other woman’s company was her upfront nature—Adria, by comparison, was a closed box with Do Not Enter signs pasted on every surface.

He understood that. Hell, he had his own “no go” zones, but with Adria, it was armor of broken glass that drew blood. “This track,” he said, doing his job because personality clash or not, he knew his responsibilities, “is the most direct route to the hydro station.”

“Not according to the map Hawke gave us.” A quick, penetrating glance. “So what’s wrong with the other road?”

Man and wolf both appreciated her intelligence, something neither part of him had ever doubted, even when she was slicing into him with her verbal claws. “Sheer cliff face right in the middle.” Making two tight turns, he continued onward. “Meant to delay any aggressors if they ever get that far.”

Adria didn’t say anything for several long minutes, studying the map and their passage into the mountains. “I’ll need to request another senior soldier go with me on some of my exploratory trips, so I don’t miss things like that.”

“I’ll take you,” Riaz said, because damn it, he was a lieutenant, even when it came to a prickly piece of cactus like Adria. “Indigo made sure I was familiar with the details after I came back from my posting in Europe. It’ll be good for me to go over the knowledge.”

Adria blinked, taken by surprise. “I appreciate it.” It was the only thing she could say without giving everything away.

Riaz snorted, his hands strong and competent on the manual steering wheel as he navigated a particularly steep embankment. “About as much as you appreciate a root canal, but whatever your problem with me, we have to work together.”

Setting her jaw, she focused on the view beyond the window—of the most magnificent scenery on this earth. Summer was fading, though autumn hadn’t yet arrived, and the land was swathed in dark green, the peaks in the distance touched with white.

A flash of movement.

“Who’s that?” She jerked forward to watch a big tan-colored wolf race across a meadow to the left, chasing a sleek silver wolf she immediately recognized. “He’s being rough with Evie.” Fury boiled in her blood. “Stop the car.”

Riaz’s chuckle held pure male amusement, fuel to her temper. “That’s Tai, and Evie won’t appreciate the interruption, Aunt Adria.”

Biting back her harsh response, Adria glanced at the two wolves again, saw what she’d missed at first glance. They were playing, all teeth and claws, but with no real aggression to it. Just as Riaz turned a corner, cutting off the view, the two wolves nuzzled one another and Adria realized Tai and Evie weren’t just playing, they were courting. “She’s too young.” While Indigo was very close to Adria in age, Evie was much younger.

“She’s still a wolf, an adult female wolf,” Riaz said, pushing the car into hover drive to negotiate a damaged section of the road. “You might have forgotten, Ms. Frost, but touch is necessary for most of our kind.”

Her hand fisted, that nerve far too close to the surface.

A year.

It had been a year since she’d been in a sexual relationship, a rawly painful kind of isolation for a wolf in the prime of her life. But she’d been handling it, until Riaz and the raging storm of a sudden, visceral sexual attraction that terrified her.

“If we’re throwing stones,” she said, protecting herself by going on the offensive, “I’m not the only one who prefers a cold bed.” Riaz was a highly eligible male—the fact he’d taken no lovers was a point of irritation with the women who wanted nothing better than to tussle with him. “Maybe that’s why you’re such a prick.”

Riaz’s snarl was low, rolling over her skin with the power of his dominance. Wrenching the wheel, he brought the SUV to a stop on the side of the road. “I’ve had it.” Turning off the engine, he turned to her. “What the hell is your problem with me?”

“Drive,” she said, almost ready to crawl out of her skin with the need to rip off his T-shirt and use her teeth on all that hot, firm muscle. “Mack is waiting for us.”

“He can wait a few more minutes.” Golden eyes that were no longer in any way human slammed into hers. “You’ve had a hard-on for me since you transferred to the den. I want to know why.”

Gut twisting, she snapped off her safety belt and pushed open her door to step out into the cold mountain air. The chill did nothing to cool the fever in her blood, the need ravaging her body, threatening to make her a slave when she’d finally found freedom. Desperate, she concentrated on the majesty of her surroundings in an effort to fight the tumult inside her. In front of her lay tumbled glacial rocks, huge and imposing, beyond them the dark green of the firs that dominated this area. Above it all was a sky so blue it hurt.

The slam of a door, followed by the thud of boots on the earth shattered her fragile attempt at control, and then Riaz was standing in front of her, blocking the view. “We are not leaving,” he said, his skin caressed by the sunlight that gilded his hair a gleaming blue-black, “until we work this out.”

Feeling trapped, suffocated, she shoved at his chest and slipped out to stand beside the car rather than with her back to it. “I’m not the only one who has a problem. You’ve been picking at me since the day I was pulled into the den.”

He growled and the rough sound rasped over her nipples, wrapped around her throat. “Self-fucking-defense. You took one look at me and decided you hated my guts. I want to know why.”

Jesus, Adria thought, how had she gotten herself into this? “Look,” she said, deciding to back down before her wolf took control and she found herself feasting on male lips currently thin with anger, “it’s nothing personal. I’m generally a bitch.” According to Martin, she was one with a stone heart.

“Nice try”—a harsh laugh that held nothing of humor—“but I’ve seen you with others in the pack.” He took another step toward her, invading her space and her senses.

Hell if she was going to allow him to walk all over her. “Get out of my face.”

“You sure you want me to?” he asked, a dangerous look to him. “Maybe the reason you react like a hissing cat around me is because you want me even closer.”

She sucked in a breath.

Riaz’s eyes widened.

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Re: Tangle of Need: Riaz & Adria's Story- Coming June 2012

Post by Nina on Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:50 pm

Did anyone else think that maybe she was physically abused by Martin (somehow...)? The way she reacted to Tai and Evie was a little over the top.

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Re: Tangle of Need: Riaz & Adria's Story- Coming June 2012

Post by Elaine on Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:11 am

Thanks again, Patricia! I don't think the teaser chapter's on line, have not seen it in Nalini's website.
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Re: Tangle of Need: Riaz & Adria's Story- Coming June 2012

Post by Rageane on Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:13 pm

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I'm finally done with my travels and can catch up with the news...now Nina, the picture that I am getting is Kaleb...Naked...standing under a chocolate waterfall (like the one from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)...did I mention I love chocolate?!? Now if only I could get some chocolate flavored Kaleb for dessert.
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Post by Nina on Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:21 pm

Lol Rageane.

He'd have some "I am not amused" face going on too.

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