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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (May 29 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425247563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247563
  • ASIN: 0425247562
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The alpha author of paranormal romance."

"Nalini Singh is a master of her craft."

About the Author

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website www.nalinisingh.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenifer Mohammed, Author of Resurrecting Cybele TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1 2014
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Great story of how Adria and Riaz fall in lust, friendship and then love . Their relationship is complicated because she is not his mate but he wants her anyway. Also, serious problems in the net as the Psy turn on each other and start killing other Psy to cause fear and chaos. Excellent story!
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Nalini Singh has created an incredible world. I'd love to be part of it! Her stories are so exciting, her characters amazingly believable and I am always anxious for the next story.
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By Sherran Schick on June 16 2014
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This series keeps one wondering and wanting more. Can't wait to read how the psy war happens and how the changelings make a difference.
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By Macwolf01 on Jan. 22 2014
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Bought all the books at the same time that were out so far LOVE it best series I've read in a long time.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
B+ for another smexy story in the Psy/Changeling series May 29 2012
By Jen Twimom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 3.5 stars: Liked it - recommend (B+)

Much to my delight, for the third straight book, Ms. Singh focuses attention on the SnowDancer pack, a wolf-changeling pack that is one of the two powerhouses of the western US (the other is the DarkRiver Leopard pack). Tangle of Need opens a short time after the explosive (literally) conclusion of the previous book, Kiss of Snow. Two wolves that have been in the peripheral are now thrust into the spotlight. Riaz is a lone wolf, who has recently returned to the home den. Likewise, Adria has also recently return home after a failed relationship left her a bit broken. The two are both dominate wolves and have a tough time getting along. However, their fiery attraction cannot be denied!

Overall, Riaz and Adria have a wonderful Changeling courtship. Their volatile nature leaves them alternating between lust and frustration, desire and denial. Right from early on, their exchanges are smart and sensual, and always full of passion. At times there is so much sexual tension and simultaneously anger between them that I could feel the tension internally. I actually wanted to cower from the display of dominance. Ms. Singh understands these feelings so well and is a master at conveying it on the page.

Even with the excitement and fervor, I had a tough time connecting with Riaz and Adria and the story in general. There is a lot that is going on in this book. First - major sections of the story are focused on newly mated SnowDancer leader, Hawke and his dangerous X-Psy, Sienna. I enjoyed their story immensely (Kiss of Snow), but their "intrusion" into this book fell flat for me. I felt that there was too much attention on this couple that just had a whole book. And while some of the passages are interesting or sexy, several are not necessary for moving the overall plot forward, and reading them drained me. And while it is good "slice of life" story telling, I just didn't feel the heat between them like I did in the previous book. Several times I almost wanted to skip their sections and get on with the story.

Another factor that I felt kept me from connecting was the introduction (or re-introduction) of MANY new characters. There are so many new names and it was overwhelming trying to keep track of who is who (there is a handy glossary in the front of the book, though). Not only does the reader need to focus on several new SnowDancers, there is a new Changeling pack introduced, the Human Alliance rears its head again, and of course there are all of the Psy the reader must keep straight. In addition, there are a few times when the Changelings go over logistics for training, security, etc. and I felt completely lost.

I question the introduction of the water-based Changeling pack, BlackSea. They contacted SnowDancer to form an alliance. Meetings are conducted, and the reader is only mildly informed of the on-going situation. What really frustrated me is that in the end (of the negotiations), we are told the SnowDancers discovered the reasons why BlackSea reached out (after being secluded for a long time), but the reasons are never made clear to the reader. I felt this side-story wasn't well developed and gave the book almost a "transition" feel to it.

Although I had a difficult time connecting to the story, there are many gems within Tangle of Need. One side storyline involves my favorite couple, Mercy and Riley. Another is a short dialogue between the Psy twin sisters, Amara and Ashaya in which Amara questions her own mental stability. The scenes with Psy counselor Kaleb Krychek and the Psy Arrow squad are interesting, slightly revealing and leave you wanting to know so much more.

As the book progressed and Riaz and Adria move forward in their relationship, I did become more attached to the couple and story. But it did take over two-thirds of the book to get there. And even after you think that they are going to make it, both have to confront their past in order to move forward. I will admit, I was dreading that part of the book, but Ms. Singh's handling was nothing cliche or contrived.

After it was all said and done, I struggled a bit with the rating for this book. In the end, I liked it. Adria and Riaz are a great couple, and I love how hard he fights for her and them. I love the moment when she realizes her future is in her own hands. But it took a long time to get there. The book is filled with new characters, or peripheral ones that now have more book time. It is filled with a lot of political maneuvering. It is filled with a lot about Sienna and Hawke. There was a lot of jumping around, and I just couldn't focus and develop an attachment to the primary couple and story for a long time.

In the end I am giving Tangle of Need a B+. It is a good story and there is a lot of development in the Psy wars. I am excited to see what will happen next (especially with how the book ended!) Maybe in time, with a reread, I may bump to an A-, because after all, it is Psy/Changeling... I adore this series and really, there is never a bad story. The passion found in the wolf pack is sensual and although it took a while to find me, it was still there.
72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, book 11) May 29 2012
By Stephanie G (Reviewer for Paranormal Haven) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
SnowDancer Lieutenant Riaz has returned from Europe with his heart broken. He met his destined mate only to find she's devoted and in love with another. As he and his wolf try to move on, no female in the pack has interested them. Not until the fiery and fierce Adria. Adria will never again allow herself to fall for a man who can't handle her dominate wolf and treat her with the admiration and affection she deserves. Riaz is unlike anyone she's met before and the passion that quickly consumes them has her closely guarding her heart, for how can a man who was turned away by his mate ever think of her as more than second best?

There is nothing simple about the relationship between Riaz and Adria. Their scars run soul deep, so there are things that need to be confronted and wounds that need to heal before moving forward. Riaz is dealing with rejection from his mate, while Adria has made a break from a relationship with a man who was her inferior and it took a real toll on her heart. The range of emotions they feel over the course of the book for each other and themselves runs from angry and sad to happy yet cautious. Their time shared alone where my favorite moments of the book because it showed a side of them few got to see. Riaz was surprisingly romantic yet commanded Adria's body in a way that satisfied her need for dominance. Adria had a playful side I wouldn't have guessed she had and was able to help Riaz in a way no one else could.

The question for me was, would Riaz be able to love Adria unconditionally and not see her as the consolation prize. I thought this would be a difficult task because having them conveniently get over the hurt and fall head over heels for each other would have been too easy and unworthy of such a well written series. But Nalini Singh did a wonderful job of handling the relationship in a way that fit perfectly for the characters, the series and in the end, made this fan happy.

Another couple in the spotlight is Hawke and Sienna. The alpha couple is still settling into mated life and the events that take place in this book, whether big or small, reinforces their relationship. I'm always happy to see Hawke and Sienna and I really liked that the time devoted to them didn't take away from Riaz and Adria's time needed to develop their relationship. We do see other familiar changeling faces and there's a sweet surprise from one of my favorite couples that left a silly smile on my face.

In Tangle of Need, the changelings and Psy are dealing with the aftermath of what occurred in Kiss of Snow. The Psy Council is inching closer and closer to its end and the Arrows are playing more of a prominent role in things. There's not so much a huge decisive battle as there are strategic moves that impacts a great many people. What's going on within the Psy is growing more intense as the series continues and I look forward to seeing how it all unfolds.

Tangle of Need was fantastic from start to finish. This series is a great example of how paranormal romance can be done right and this latest installment really drove that point home. Definitely recommend this series and highly suggest you go back and start from the beginning.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Just names on a page June 22 2012
By J. D. Witt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I usually love this series but this book left me baffled. I really tried to get into this book but just ended up skimming. Maybe it was my mood at the time, but I doubt I'll ever give this book another try to find out. What went wrong?

First, the characters Riaz and Adria never came alive for me. At all. Their relationship seemed to violate every rule of mating and I was disappointed that they would settle for no mating bond. Perhaps Singh will have them develop one in future books but by then it will be too late for me to care. I love Hawke and Sienna but their inclusion in this book just seemed like repetition: You're mine, Yes I am, lets have sex. Ditto, ditto, ditto.

And then there are the dozens of other characters thrown around. They were just names on a page and I could never relate or even care what was happening.

Frankly, this book just bored me senseless.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
So Disappointed... May 31 2012
By Holly D. Hubert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I LOVE all of the other Psy books, but this one I could have done without. Roughly 2/3 of the book was about the counsel, Sienna & Hawk, and all of the previous characters. I wanted to read about the main hero & heroine. I would finally get into their story then have to get through 40 pages of other crap before it would come back to them. Also, I love the concept of matehood and your soulmate, ***SPOILER*** but Riaz gives up on his mate to be with Adria. This goes against the whole idea! Basically thay cant be with who they originally wanted so they settled on each other.

Bunches of filler, weak plot, boring read. I only finished it because I spent $13.00 on it.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Could put it down. Yes "could" put it down and frequently did Nov. 3 2012
By Trish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is how this book played for me and yes there are spoilers, but if you heed may advice and don't read this book you will appreciate the spoilers

1. Raiz and Adria hate each other, but inside are really attracted to each other and go on and on about this about every other chapter for the first 1/4 of the book
2. Hawke and Seinna love each other to death and are so glad they found each other and Hawke will always protect her. This talk goes on and on most chapters that do not have Raiz and Adria in them.
3. Raiz and Adria like each other but can't have each other because they are not true mates and they go on and on why they shouldn't pursue the relationship for the 2nd quarter of the book.
4. Hawke and Seinna love each other to death and are so glad they found each other and Hawke will always protect her. Again this talk goes on and on most chapters that do not have Raiz and Adria in them.
5. Raiz and Adria get together and are happy except for the fact that Adria knows it will not last because they are not true mates and go on and on about it for the 3rd quarter of the book
6. Hawke and Seinna love each other to death and are so glad they found each other and Hawke will always protect her. Again this talk goes on and on most chapters that do not have Raiz and Adria in it
7. Adria has to give Riaz up because his true mate is getting a divorce from her husband. Chapter and chapter Raiz is pursuing Adria trying to convince her that he really loves her while Adria rebuffs all Raiz's attempts during the 4th quarter of the book.
8. Hawke and Seinna love each other to death and are so glad they found each other and Hawke will always protect her. Again this talk goes on and on every chapter that does not have Raiz and Adria in them.
9. Raiz finallly convinces Adria he loves her.

I wrote the boring review so you would know exactly what it is like reading this boring book. Sure there is some action thrown in there, but not enough to make the book remotely interesting. Yes, the bad guys have some chapters that also bored me because they said the same thing over and over. Yes, other characters from previous books showed up, and they were the only thing in the book that I was interested in. I am sure glad I checked this out of the library instead of paying the over inflated price that the author now charges for her books. Too bad, I really loved this series up until about two books ago.

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