Caressed by Ice (Psy-Changeling #3)

By Nalini Singh

36,526 ratings - 4.27* vote

Explore new heights of sensuality in this return to the world of the Psy—where two people who know evil intimately must unlock the good within their icy hearts…As an Arrow, an elite soldier in the Psy Council ranks, Judd Lauren was forced to do terrible things in the name of his people. Now a defector, his dark abilities have made him the most deadly of assassins—cold, pit Explore new heights of sensuality in this return to the world of the Psy—where two people who know evil

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Book details

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
September 4th 2007 by Berkley Sensation
Original Title
Caressed by Ice
ISBN
0425218422 (ISBN13: 9780425218426)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

4.5 Ice man Stars

I'm keeping these reviews short unless there is one I have to rant or rave about because this series is longggggg. I don't want to spend days writing reviews, though I may come back later and write more in depth reviews. I really loved both Brenna and Judd. They were so hot together. I loved the whole book and the plot the only reason it's 4.5 stars instead of 5 is the conflict Judd had to go though to be with Brenna was fixed so easy it felt like it was glossed over. There was so much build up. Judd can't break Silence or he will turn into a killer because he has a dark evil power and he can only control it with Silence. He can't touch with Silence or it will turn his brain to mush. But after almost a whole book of build up he just removes Silence and sets up a Psy trip wire in his brain to warn him if he is losing control. So anti-climate why didn't he just do that in the first place. It was just too easy. Still a great book and Judd was yummy!

Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

Re-read: 4/1/19Re-read: 2/3/185 StarsI just love this series. This world.This everything. I loved Brenna and Judd.

✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)


I was SO right not to give up on this series after reading Visions of Heat!



Let's talk about the "serious" stuff before we get to the sighing and heavy panting yumminess shall we?

Because yes, what got me hooked to this series is Singh's fantastic world building. The idea of the Psy and Psy-Net is absolutely brilliant and one of the most original concept I've come across in a long time. Visions of Heat was a big disappointment for me because I wanted to know more about the Psy world but Singh didn't expand it much in that instalment. But here? Lots of Psy awesomeness! We get to meet the Ghost and go "behind the scenes" with the Council. We learn a lot more about the Silence Protocol, its genesis and evolution. Sabotage, talk of revolution, talk of war. Very cool. This would make such a fantastic UF series! I know most of you guys are suckers for romance but what can I say? I like action & violence more than I like rainbows and chirping birds. Nobody's perfect. Anyway, the fact that I gave this book 4 stars despite my natural aversion to romance says a lot about Singh's talent. Woman you're good. Very good.

Why didn't I give this book 5 stars? The mystery part of the plot. So far this has been a recurring weakness in the series, especially when it comes to the resolution and culprit. I'd rather read more about the Psy/Changeling world than about a mystery that doesn't add much to the book. I guess I'll have to learn not to expect much from that part of the story in instalments to come.



Now for the characters.

I love Sascha but Brenna is an amazing character. Girl you are it.

She is extremely complex and the character development she goes through here is fantastic and remarkably well-written. She is broken but strong, barely coping but fierce, damaged but strong-willed. Amazing I tell you.



Judd? *sighs*

When I found out this book would be about Judd I was less than happy about it. The little I read about him in Visions of Heat really left me cold (bad pun I know. Live with it). I thought his character would be boring. I wanted an Alpha instead. I can be so stupid sometimes… *facepalm* Seriously, who needs an Alpha when Judd Lauren is around? For all his coldness the guy is HOT. I think I'm in love. Iceman Judd is thawing?



Now let's talk about the good stuff.

Actually there isn't a lot to say here. The sex scenes in Slave to sensation were yummy enough. Were the sex scenes in Caressed by Ice any good? YES. Were they hot & steamy? HELL YEAH. Never again shall I underestimate an unemotional, cold as hell male Psy.



And ultimately



Hell yes. Hey I said I didn't like romance, I never said I didn't like smutty stuff.

Can I start re-reading this yet?

Giorgia ~ Reads

4.5 stars Well, the plot thickens. And I like it. This is my favourite of the series so far (I’ve read up to book 5) I don’t even know what to say except that Brenna and Judd are so perfect for each other and I absolutely love them and I want a Judd of my own. Will that do?

Kristen

Full review finally posted on 11/3/13

4 1/2 to 5—AWESOME—Stars!

WOW! I really ended up loving this book. I wasn't sure at first if Judd and love story would fully work for me because of how cold, calculating, and clinical Judd was during the first part of this book. After all, he wasn't called the Ice Man for nothing!!! However, it didn't take me long to fall head-over-heels in love with him and I couldn't seem to get enough of this couple and their relationship. It was simply AMAZING!

The world building in this series is become very complex and I find I have to pay close attention to what's going on or I become slightly lost. I've also become very fascinated with the Psy world. Nothing is what it seems where they're concerned.

I can't express enough how much I love these books. If you love the paranormal and the Sci-fi genre, you can't get much better than this!

Jessica

The angst in this romance! Brenna was kidnapped and completely mentally and physically violated by her captor. Now she's home and her brothers are super protective of her. Judd is a psy and he has some dark secrets from his past he doesn't share with anyone. He also has a violent and dangerous side he's terrified will come out, especially when he's around Brenna. I loved how Brenna felt so safe around Judd, even though he was probably the most dangerous man living with them. The shifters are trying to figure out who is trying to slaughter and kill various shifter groups without creating an all-out war between the different shifter packs. Judd is trying to help them while also falling for Brenna. The romance is definitely slow burn because of Judd's fear of harming Brenna when he loses control around her. I loved their romance so much and how they had to trust each other and recover from their past traumas. This had a lot of emotion and action and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook!

Maya

4, 5 STARS

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Another amazing read! I really liked the plot, characters and that this time around we get a 'psy male' slowly fall for his woman. His POV is so well done and I'm trully grateful that Nalini can write stories both in female and male POV. It gives the story just something to it, something that you wouldn't get in a book with only one POV. Also, I felt like this story is more darker, it's filled with more pain and healing than the previous two books. Brenna and Judd's pasts aren't pretty. We roughly found out what happened to Brenna in the previous book and I felt really bad for what was done to her. But just when you think things coudn't get worse than they already were, nope, in this book we find out all the horrific details about what that monster did to her (body and mind). I swear, if he wasn't already dead...well... As for Judd's story, I'm not giving away any spoilers but I will say that it comes close to what was done to Brenna.

All in all, I already know I'm going to buy the paperback version and put it on my favourites shelf. The way things are going now, I'm quite sure that by the end, I'm going to end up buying the whole series in paperback, not that I mind. These days good PNRs books are hard to find, at least for me, so me finding this series is like a miracle that I intent to invest in! That being said, Mine to Possess, here I come!!!

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Camila (previously the opinionated Catruler)

I wrote a whole fucking review. I closed the wrong tab. I wrote it again. I accidentally turned off my computer. I'm done trying. I'm going to take the lazy road. Fuck life.

JUDD LAUREN, THE MOTHERFUCKING KING


BRENNA, THE MOTHERFUCKING QUEEN


JUDD AND BRENNA


JUDD AND THE GHOST


KALEB AND NIKITA


SASCHA AND LUCAS


MARLEE AND BRENNA


BEN


NALINI SINGH

Choko

*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with the Ice-Man loving gals over at BB&B!!!


Well, I have been indoctrinated and being an example of a complete romantic sap, this Paranormal Romance was right up my alley!!! My BB&B friends told me that this book was wonderful, that Judd was THE MAN and that Brenna is a complex and strong female changeling with the strength to overcome the worst of adversities... They were telling me, I doubted them, but once I started reading, I discovered how truly wise and knowing my GR friends are!!! And once again I asked myself, why on Earth did I not start this series much, much sooner???

There is something to be said about good old school Paranormal Romance!!! Particularly when it is coupled with a wonderful world building and a plot which keeps you on your toes and gives us plenty to look foreword to! In a world ruled by the cold and analytical race of the Psy, populated by humans, and interspersed with packs of different animal shifters, things have reached a point in which everything is going out of balance and things obviously have to change... But not all see things this way. The ones in power always have a hard time relinquishing it and look for more and radical ways to retain it... The ruling council of the Psy are fractured and some of them have begone using Council resources for personal goals, mainly hiring small armies of assassins, scientist to come up with experiments, and innocent victims, taken usually against their will as experimental subjects...

One of the most powerful Psy designated are the TK, and of them, those who are trained as ruthless assassins are the scariest, called Arrows. By the amazing power and training of their minds, they can stop someones heart with a thought, or liquefy and destroy their brain with a bit more concentration and energy spent... They are some scary mo-fos, and one of them is supposed to be dead... However, Judd and his brother and nieces, have found a sanctuary with the Wolf Pack and have resided there, off the net, for the past year.

Brenna, a wolf changeling, barely survived the vicious games of torture and experimentation one of the TK Psy put her through a while back... She is hurt, she is damaged, and she feels lost... She feels constantly unsafe and insignificant, and wonders why she made it out alive at all... Her brothers smother her with their over-protectiveness, the pack coddles her, but all she wants is to be close to Judd, which is weird, since he is cold, hates being touched and has no capacity for tenderness...

“Brenna’s eyes widened. Raising a hand, she brushed his hair gently off his forehead.
“Why do I keep telling you things I swore I’d take to my grave?”
The contact shot electricity through his nerves. “Because you know I’ll always be your shield against the nightmares.”


Judd is drawn to Brenna and she feels the same, ready to admit her overwhelming attraction not only to him, but to the Pack as a whole... However, there are many obstacles they have to overcome, as well as deal with a killer who has targeted Bren and her family... And Judd has to learn how to overcome the many barricades in his brain, created by those who turned him into a killer...

“Then we fight, Judd.” She dared to place her hand gently on his chest. He flinched but didn’t move away. “We fight until every avenue is closed and then we dig under the roadblocks. Because I am not walking away from us.” Strong words, but she was shaking. He could destroy her with a few careless comments.
“You’re the strongest, most determined woman I know.” He played his fingers along the strands of her hair. “You’d make mincemeat out of a lesser man. It’s a good thing you belong to me.”


Apart from the progression of the love between the two main characters, the overall plot keeps developing, with the political intrigues and manipulations of the Ruling Council and the dynamics between races, clans and packs. The secondary characters are intriguing, some of them being the old couples we have read about, some of them promising us glimpses of romances to come... But the most adorable were the kids/pups!!! I wanted to adopt every one of them!!! They melted my heart:):):)

So, to conclude, I love this series! Very pleasant and imaginative! If you like romance and you like it with shifters and beings with super powers, in a world of alternative Earth with a Sci-fi atmosphere, this one is for you!!! Much more romance than anything else, so do not say later I did not warn you about it! It has some sex and some violence, but not gratuitous and I would think PG 13ish.... I am definitely going to continue with the series, and have to make myself not binge-read it, which is not easy:)

Now I wish to wish all of you Happy Reading and may your heart always be filled by the beauty of books!!!

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