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Early Review: Alpha Night by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #4)

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Alpha Night by Nalini Singh // VBC

Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity #4/Psy-Changeling #19)
Nalini Singh
Published: June 9, 2020 (Berkley)
Purchase: Amazon or BookShop
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Margaret

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Silver Silence.

Moscow’s Changeling packs have joined forces with the Psy Arrow squad to provide security for a first-of-its-kind symposium. But before it can even get started, the conference is interrupted by a terrorist. The threat forces Wolf Alpha Selenka and Arrow Ethan into close proximity where they save each other from assassins. Before they can even begin interrogating the suspects, the two have formed a mating bond.

Mating at first sight was supposed to be a myth, but both are instantly committed to making it work. It’s similar to a Fated Mates romance where “will they or won’t they” is never in question, just how will they overcome the obstacles. Ethan and Selenka are both incredibly devoted to their mate right from the start. But they’ll have to deal with a cult threatening Selenka’s pack, attacks on the PsyNet, and a mysterious medical condition threatening Ethan’s sanity before they can truly have their HEA.

One of the pitfalls of such a long-running series is that the storylines can get repetitive. I felt like Ethan’s situation was too similar to Silver’s and Memory’s from recent books and I knew what the “power” in his head was very early on. I started to get frustrated with the characters for being so slow to figure it out. Also, much of the action in Alpha Night is happening inside people’s heads, which is not my favorite.

At the same time, familiarity can be comforting. I had been expecting to meet the Russian wolves earlier in the series and was really looking forward to it. The pack is full of charming characters, especially the children. I also loved how their friendly rivalry with the bears influenced so many aspects of their lives. One woman tells her husband to “quit being such a bear” for example.

As always with this series, don’t skip the chapter headings. I’m still loving the excerpts from Wild Woman Magazine, but Alpha Night also introduces a Changeling soap opera and its online fan group. Both the show and the magazine play a role in the story outside of the chapter headings, which was fun.

Alpha Night isn’t my favorite book in the series, but it’s still a welcome addition. I loved being back in a wolf den and seeing so many familiar characters. Memory and Alexi from Wolf Rain play a significant role, as do Valentin and Silver, Aden and Kaleb. I have an idea about which of the wolves I’d to see in their own books, but Singh never goes exactly where I expect her to so I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book.

Content: graphic sex, references to child abuse

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