Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mine to Possess: Review

Book: Mine to Possess
Author: Nalini Singh
Category: Paranormal Romance
Series: Psy/Changelings, Book 4
Sensuality: Hot

After my Nalini Singh reread binge I was hoping to connect with Mine to Possess in a way that I hadn't been able to the first time I tried to read it. In some ways I did, but in many ways the love story didn't work for me.

Clay Bennett is a DarkRiver sentinel with a haunted past. After losing himself to his leopard side as a youth and killing a man in a murderous rage over the violation of his young friend Talin, Clay has been left with internal scars. He was lead to believe that Talin died soon after the incident and he's been dealing with her death ever since. But when he finds out that Talin was never dead and now needs his help, it is hard for Clay to reconcile the new Talin with the one he loved as a kid.

Talin McKade is damaged from childhood abuse and the only thing she finds solace in is helping troubled youths find a better path. With the increase in disappearances and deaths of children once in her care, Talin finds she needs help finding the killer. After years of letting her best friend Clay think that she had died, Talin now seeks the sentinel out--in hopes that he will be able to help her solve the kidnapping of one of her charges and the murders of the other's.

Clay and Talin will have to face their past demons and deal with a burning mutual attraction while they set out on a mission to uncover the truth behind the dead children and save one child before it is too late.

I wanted to love Mine to Possess, but I didn't. The reason why I didn't has everything to do with Talin, she bothered me like no other Nalini Singh heroine ever has. In fact, I've liked all of Singh's heroines up until Talin. I tried to cut her some slack because of her horrible childhood, but as the story progressed I liked her less and less. I've never said this about a heroine before, but I think that Talin's character would have fared better has she warmed up to Clay a little sooner in the story. Her being so cold to him, and blaming him for a past that was beyond his control made her unlikable.

There was also the fact that she led Clay to believe that she was dead for years and acted like she was justified in doing so when he called her out on it. Maybe if her reasoning for it were more palatable, I could have bought it. But as it was, it just made me like her even less. By the time Talin finally came around, I was of the mind that Clay deserved better than her, and no longer cared about their love story.

However, I was interested in the mystery of the disappearing kids, and liked the way it unfolded. Though, it is revealed early on who is behind the crimes, I enjoyed reading it all play out. I do have to wonder if the Psy will continue to be portrayed as the villains in this series? The humans and changeling's have some bad seeds, too, right? Anyway, the strong point in the series is the world that Ms. Singh has created. I've said it before (forgive me while I say it again) the world building is superb, and not found so seamlessly done in most paranormal romances. That alone would be an A+, but for the story as a whole, grade C+.


  1. I thought this book was one of the darkest out of the Psy series because of Talin's past with the abuse she went through and the rage Clay felt because of it and Talin walking out of his life. There was just something about these two characters that really got to me and made Mine To Possess one of my favorites of the year.

  2. I think that the abuse factor turned the story sour for me. Not that I'm against reading about abused characters, it's that for this particular story the abuse factor played so heavily that it defined Talin. I had a hard time separating her from the abuse she had suffered, and the emotional abuse(?) that she then inflicted on Clay.

    He wasn't to blame for what happened to her and at one point she basically blamed him and he accepted it. I don't know, it just didn't sit well with me.

    But I can see why many enjoyed MtP, I only wish it had worked better for me.

  3. Personally, I think this was the weakest romance in the series... so I understand why you wouldn't enjoy it.