A Willful Woman…

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TBR Challenge: Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

on October 21, 2015

The theme: Paranormal or Romantic Suspense. As I inevitably seem to do with this theme, I got a two-in-one!

Why this one: I’ve been listening to the series on audiobook and the timing was perfect.

This is another book that I’d started before and not finished. Having now completed it, I can see why it’s one of the most popular of the series. All the books so far have had a basic hero type — uber alpha/possessive/protective — but Judd also has some complicated issues; he literally can’t access emotions without risking lives, including his own. And the world-building is really starting to get intense, making me interested in continuing the series now, even though it’s not entirely my thing. (An excellent audiobook narrator really helps.)

As I blogged earlier, I find the sexual politics in these books rather annoying, and this one in particular bothered me, since it was so much less justifiable than the others. Brenna is so… blushy, not at all the image of Changeling women we’ve been given previously. I’ll be interested to see what happens when/if we get another Changeling heroine later on, but so far the series is kind of conventional for my tastes. (Which was also my impression the first time I tried it.)

8 responses to “TBR Challenge: Caressed by Ice by Nalini Singh

  1. quilterphyl says:

    Heh. I’ve been re-reading this series by listening to the audiobooks too. I really agree with what you say here and your previous comments about the sexual politics. Still, I’m up to Tangled by Need, which was not a favorite when I first read it. But as you say, the narrator is good and this time I’m paying more attention to the overall world-building and psy-changeling politics which really are interesting.

  2. willaful says:

    Yes, some excellent world-building. Kind of fascinating how “racism” means something completely different in this world.

  3. cleo says:

    I’ve read the entire series, but I don’t think I would have if I’d read the first few books in order, precisely because of the gender politics. She’s still a pretty traditional author in terms of gender, but her writing improves as the series goes on and the power balance between the couples gets better. I never remember the titles, but the first two books I read were Mercy’s book and then Indigo’s – both changeling women who are more experienced than Brianna. (I don’t really recommend reading this series out of order, but I just kind of did it by accident and it worked for me).

    This is one of those series that I love and I am comitted to continuing it to the bitter end, but I can’t exactly explain why – besides the gender politics, I don’t like alpha heroes, I don’t like serial killers in my romance, there’s a lot of telling not showing, I don’t like how she portrays mental illness, I don’t get why there are almost no queer people in this world, etc.

    But there’s something about the world building and the underlying metaphors that really work for me. I relate so hard to having to learn how to feel.

    • willaful says:

      Well, that’s good to hear because right now I’m listening to Mine to Possess and kind of wanting to bite someone.

      • cleo says:

        Branded by Fire is Mercy’s story and number 6 – so you’ve got a little ways to go if you read in order. The gender politics do improve as the series goes on, but they never exactly get progressive, so it may not be enough improvement to make it worth it to you.

    • willaful says:

      Well, I listened to Hostage to Pleasure and enjoyed it very much — my favorite so far. But Branded by Fire is driving me up the freakin’ wall. She’s a dominant woman who won’t be able to mate unless she can submit… ugh!

  4. Jen_FairyTales says:

    This is my favorite of the series so I’m glad you enjoyed it. I do understand what you mean about the sexual politics. Indigo and Mercy are two Changeling heroines that I think would work better for you. Mercy is one of my all-time favorite characters in the whole series especially since she is DarkRiver and the hero is SnowDancer. I’ve heard fab things about the narrator for this series so I’m thinking I’ll use that for a re-read.

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