Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy-Chinging Series #0.5, 3.5, 9.5, 10.5
Wild Invitation is a collection of 4 stories set in Singh’s Psy-Changling world. The first two had been previously published in An Enchanted Season and The Magical Christmas Cat, but the last two were new for this collection.
Beat of Temptation is set before the first book in the series, Slave to Sensation. DarkRiver’s pack healer, Tamsyn has been waiting years for her mate, Nathan, to fully claim her. Unfortunately, he seems intent on making her wait indefinitely. I love this short story. It hits all the right angst levels for me and I enjoyed seeing younger versions of some of the characters from the main books.
Stroke of Enticement was my favorite out of all the stories. Annie, a human teacher, suddenly finds herself on the receiving end of a changeling’s devotion. I loved seeing Singh do a Human/Changeling pairing since she hasn’t done one yet in the series. Annie was a compelling character and I liked seeing a glimpse of the prejudice humans have toward changelings. I wish she would do a full novel with a human and changeling pairing that took a deeper look at this.
Declaration of Courtship was cute and very light. Mating between a dominant and a submissive shifter usually don’t end well. So, when dominant wolf shifter, Cooper, finds his mate is the submissive Grace, he knows he has to approach a relationship with extreme care. This was a very sweet and rather slow burning story.
Texture of Intimacy bored me. It was essentially a day in the life of Walker and Lara in the aftermath of Kiss of Snow. The issue is that there was nothing motivating the plot and no conflict to keep things interesting.