I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Silver Silence by Nalini Singh
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on 6/13/2017
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a bold new chapter in her extraordinary paranormal romance saga with the Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Wild passion will encounter the darkest of betrayal...
Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...
Silver Mercant is the cool as ice assistant to Kaleb Krycheck and the director of EmNet. Silver can handle any crisis without breaking a sweat, but can she handle a sneaky bear?
Valentin Nikolaev is alpha of StoneWater clan and he and his bear have both take notice of Silver Mercant. Her brilliant mind and take no crap attitude are exactly what both of them need. Now they just have to figure out how to convince her to give them a shot.
After an attempt on her life, Silver finds herself moved into Denhome, the home of the StoneWater clan and a certain exasperating bear. Living in a community full of rowdy bears who have no understanding of personal space or boundaries seems like it would be torture for someone as buttoned up as Silver, but she quickly finds that the bonds of clan aren’t so different from those of her own family. Silver finds herself charmed by the affection, humor and loyalty of the bears and her icy exterior starts to thaw.
Valentin has got Silver exactly where he wants her and now he just has to figure out how to keep her there. He knows that bear sneaky isn’t going to be enough to sneak up on this woman, he’s going to have to be cat sneaky.
Watching the relationship between Silver and Valentin develop was swoon worthy. The two of them had far more in common than what we initially see, but it is clear that they are meant to be together. Silver’s strength and attitude make her the perfect match for a man who has so much responsibility on his shoulders and hurts from his past that he is still trying to fix. Valentin loves everything about Silver, even her cool attempts to push him away.
When the consequences of Silver giving up silence became clear, my heart broke for both of them. I very rarely cry when reading books but in this case there was no other option. Just when they finally come together and both acknowledge who the other is to them, they realize they have to risk it all to keep her alive. Watching them fight their way back together made the momentary heart break worth it in the end.
A few of my favorite moments from the story:
- Silver gives Valentin’s mom an ultimatum to get over her issues or get out. Watching the future relationship between these two is going to be interesting.
- All of the pet names Silver and Valentin had for each other. The affection they had was laced in to every single one.
- The glimpses of the Mercant family where we realize none of them are as silent as we expected. I hope we get to see more of Arwen and Pavel in the future. I’m also curious if E and S are going to end up together.
- Valentin and Dima’s visit to Silver’s office – she never stood a chance.
- The waffle date – Valentin was still being cat sneaky.
- Ena having tea and a chat with a certain someone. I loved how composed and in control she was.