Book Review: “Poker Night” by Nalini Singh

Posted February 17, 2021 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Poker Night” by Nalini Singh

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Poker Night" by Nalini Singh
Genres: Paranormal
Published by Author on October 2, 2012
Pages: 7
Format: PDF
Source: Author

Also by this author: Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Shadows, Archangel’s Enigma, Shards of Hope, “Fairy Balloons”, "An Unexpected Guest”, Allegiance of Honor, "The Song of the Wolf", Silver Silence, Archangel’s Heart, Archangel’s Viper, Ocean Light, "Elena's School of Horror", Cherish Hard, "Ain’t No Party Like A Bear Party", Archangel's Prophecy, "One Night At The Refuge", "Secret Things", Rebel Hard, Rock Hard, Wolf Rain, "Clean and Dirty", "Wolf School", "Naya’s Most Important Visitors", "Grocery Shopping", "A Gift for Kit", "Movie Night", "Kaleb and Sahara’s Meeting with Sascha and Lucas", "Housewarming at the Orchard", "Christmas in the Kitchen", "Stalking Hawke", "Romancing Drew", "Sunday Morning", "Rowan", "Baubles & Ben", Wild Embrace, Love Hard, Rock Addiction, "Music Awards", Rock Courtship , "Rock Courtship Memo"s, Rock Redemption, "Sunshine", Rock Wedding, "With This Memo", A Madness of Sunshine, "Beary Tiny Ghosts", Alpha Night, "A Wedding Breakfast", "Knives and Sheaths", "Seedlings", "Star Kissed", "A Walk on the Cliffs", "Wild Cat Blues", Slave to Sensation, Caressed by Ice, Visions of Heat

A free short story, 11.7 in the Psy-Changeling paranormal romance series, revolving around the SnowDancer wolf pack and the DarkRiver leopard pack outside San Francisco. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Psy-Changeling books on my website.

My Take

Oh, dang, this is funny enough as the leopards and wolves playing poker snark away at each other, even as they plan Mercy and Riley’s anniversary party. I mean it, I crack up at these guys, but then the cubs come out and join the game. It’s just too funny the way Singh describes these scenes via third person simple subjective point-of-view from Nate’s perspective.

Singh’s writing is amazing, as she creates a realistic world, that is however populated by shifters. And they have all the same likes, dislikes, and snark, ahem, as any of our own families. It’s a place where I’d love to live where, not only your family, but the people around you support each other.

Even more amazing, is how thoroughly and concisely Singh provides so much background in so few words.

The Story

It’s coming up on Mercy and Riley’s one-year anniversary, and the packs are planning to celebrate.

The Characters

Mercy, a leopard sentinel, and Riley, a wolf lieutenant who likes to take control, met in Branded by Fire, 6. Bastien, Sage, and Grey are Mercy’s brothers.

SnowDancer is…
…the wolf pack led by Hawke. Drew is mated to Indy (Play of Passion, 9); Brenna is Drew’s sister (Caressed by Ice, 3).

DarkRiver is…
…the leopard pack led by Lucas. Nate is the most senior sentinel; Tamsyn, a healer, is Nate’s mate (Enchanted Season: “A Beat of Temptation”, 0.5). The very mischievous Julian and Roman are Nate and Tamsyn’s four-and-a-half-year-old cubs. Dorian, a.k.a. Boy Genius, is another sentinel (Hostage to Pleasure, 5).

The Title

The title is more than just “Poker Night”. It’s a meeting of two formerly, viciously rival packs.

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