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It has come to my attention that some people believe I am being paid to write book reviews. While I’m quite flattered to know there are those who think my reviews are that good, the sad truth is that I don’t get paid for this. Not one half red cent in any currency. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nichts. Nada. Rien.

(If there are any newspapers or magazines or other parties interested in changing that, I’ll be happy to listen)

erm.. where was I?

Ah yes, reviews.

Probably most people reading don’t care one way or the other, but here’s how it came to be.

A long time ago (January or February 2008, I forget which), in a galaxy far away (Ann Aguirre’s blog) there was a drawing for an ARC of Grimspace. There was one requirement to enter: the winners had to be willing to write an honest review and post it somewhere around the date of the book’s release. (Emphasis on the honest bit.) Later, in another far away planet (Lisabea’s blog) there was another giveaway at which I got a book and which started a weird chain reaction in which I got a bunch of free books from bloggers and authors.

Most of the authors, and certainly all the bloggers, have simply sent the book with a “hope you enjoy” and left it at that. And here I was, with a number of books I wanted to read, books that I hadn’t paid a cent for.

I wanted to do something in return for those bloggers and those authors.

So I thought about it.

And thought some more.

And then I just stopped thinking and decided that, since word of mouth is such a powerful marketing tool, and since I participate in a number of readers’ blogs, boards and online forums, and since at all of those forums a lot of people had been so receptive to my review of Grimspace, I would write and post honest reviews for each and every book I got as a giveaway.

Things seemed to avalanche from there, because I am still getting books as prizes/giveaways at readers’ and authors’ blogs, plus a few ARCs directly from authors who want honest reviews of their work.

So, to make it crystal clear: as I write this (July 1st 2008, for those keeping track) I get no monetary or material compensation for any of the book reviews I write.

(K: Erm, and I’m certainly not paying her, she does it all for luuurve! and because I can’t be arsed)

Visons of Heat by Nalini Singh

Second in the Psy/Changeling series, Visions of Heat is just as good as Slave to Sensation, the first installment—proving that sequels can succeed; it’s all in the execution. One of the great things about Ms Singh’s world building is that, while it grows and gets more complex as the series progresses, so far each book can be read on its own (unless you are anal retentive like moi, in which case you start at the beginning, period).

Without further ado, lets move on to this review.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous—aching need… exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating, and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced—and keep her from Vaughn.

In the first novel, we are introduced to the three subspecies of humans that inhabit Ms Singh’s Psy/Changeling universe, as well as to a few groups within them. We have met some of the leopards of the Dark River Pack and some of the wolves of the Snow Dancer pack. We have met the Psy Council and some Psy individuals with different psychic abilities as well as different personalities. (more…)