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"A wonderful trip back to the world of Psy and Changelings!"

Talin McKade can't believe she's doing this. After this long and she still knows Clay Bennett will help her. In fact, he may be the only one who can. See, Talin and Clay have a long history together. Right after she was born, Talin was abandoned by her mother and put into the system. As a child, one foster father after another abused her. One day, she looked out the window and saw a young boy injured and broke the rules to call for help and went to sit with him until someone came. That was the start of their friendship. Even though Talin was only human and Clay was Changeling, Talin knew Clay would never hurt her and would always do his best to protect her. Of course, that friendship came to an abrupt end when Clay viciously murdered Talin's foster father when he caught the man strangling Talin. Traumatized, Talin had nightmares of blood and brains and just how violent Clay could easily become. She was heartbroken when he ended up in juvenile detention because she knew how difficult it would be for Clay to be incarcerated. At least the foster family she was sent to was good to her, but she would never allow them close and moved away from them just as soon as she could. Now employed by Shine, an organization that helps kids, Talin does what she can to help other children. When those children turn up missing and then their bodies are found horribly mutilated, Talin has nowhere to turn but to Clay.

When Clay attained his majority and was released from incarceration, he was found by a member of the DarkRiver pack and joined them. After all, Clay was raised by his human mother and never met his Changeling father so he had no idea how other Changelings behaved. Eventually, he learned to accept his leopard and live with it, but he is still very close to going rogue. Now Clay is a powerful Sentinel in the pack, but he never forgot Talin, even though he was told she was killed in a car crash. So when he's breaking up a fight in a Changeling bar, he can't believe it when he catches her scent, but there's something wrong in it. When Talin tries to run away from him, Clay pursues her and catches her. He is so furious that she allowed him to think she was dead, but he can smell her fear. Now he's in shock. Tally, his Tally, is afraid of him!

When Talin asks Clay for his help, she gets a lot more than she bargained for when the entire pack joins in to find the one missing child still alive. The wrongness Clay detected in Tally's scent is because she's sick. She has something wrong in her brain and it causes her to have fugues when she doesn't remember what she does.

Is there a chance for Clay and Talin? Will she be able to let go of her fear of Clay? Will he be able to forgive her for all the missing years? What of the missing children? Who is behind taking them? Will they be able to find the one still alive? Will Talin become a target? And what is Talin's illness?

MINE TO POSSESS is a wonderfully thrilling, touching story. Once again, Nalini Singh shows her extraordinary talent in bringing these two very wounded people together. Talin is forced to look inside herself to find out why she cut off all contact with Clay, and it has nothing to do with her foster father's murder. Not to mention how overwhelmed Talin is by Clay's pack and how everyone cares about each other. And then we have Clay, still on the edge. Finally reunited with his childhood friend, he vows to never let her go. He knows she is his mate, but will he ever be able to get her to realize it? One thing I really love about this series is how Nalini Singh brings together two wounded people and they become whole. And the fact we get to catch up with all the other characters is just an added bonus. This is one series I highly recommend and have!

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted January 20, 2008

SUMMARY

<**2008 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST SHAPESHIFTER**

b>Nalini Singh pulls away another dark layer of sheer desire, revealing passions unknown, in her latest novel about the world of the Psy. A ghost returns from a leopard changeling’s past, making him question everything—even his base animal instincts…

Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.

Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life--the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...

Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics

Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:

  1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
  2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
  3. Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
  4. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
  5. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
  6. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
  7. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
  8. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
  9. Free short story: A Gift for Kit
  10. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
  11. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.

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Mine to Possess
(Psy/Changeling: Book 5)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
February 1, 2008
Available: February 5, 2008
ISBN #0425220168
EAN #9780425220160
352 pages
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Bonds of Justice
Archangel's Kiss
Blaze of Memory
Must Love Hellhounds
Branded by Fire
Angels' Blood
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Hostage to Pleasure
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Slave to Sensation
Desert Warrior


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