Mine to Possess by Nalini Singh
A lifetime ago, Changeling Clay Bennett lost his freedom, as well as the only girl he loved. Although both were children at the time, his leopard knew his mate when it saw her. But a cruel twist of fate tore them apart, and when Clay was finally freed, he learned that young Talin had died years earlier.
Now a DarkRiver Sentinel, he has made a home with the powerful pack in San Francisco, but his beast walks a fine line between sanity and insanity, threatening the loss of his humanity. When Talin McKade turns up not only alive, but in need of his aid, he finds his salvation. Her presence stirs emotions he thought long forsaken to him and the leopard in him demands to take its mate.
But Talin has been damaged, scarred by the tragedies in her past and their shared history. Clay must tread carefully if he is to convince his mate that they belong together.
Through it all, Talin and Clay work together to save the children that have gone missing, only to have their bodies turn up later, gruesomely battered. The truth behind the murders is even more diabolical than they could imagine.
Book 4 of Nalini's Psy-Changelings series. Again we're faced with the Psy, Changlings and humans circle. I loved the world that Nalini has created and her first few books were very very good. I highly recommend starting with Slave to Sensation if you've never read any of the Psy-Changelings books.
What's wrong with the book is the female character in "Mine to Possess". Perhaps its just me, but while I know that Talin is emotionally scarred and was raped by her father from a young age, she is just not a character I want to read about. Especially not with her constant self-doubt and super fragile ego.
What "Mine to Possess" has going for it is the Psy-Changling world which was introduced in previous books and the on-going plot that something big is going to happen in future books. We all know that the Psy are going to have a big meltdown and Silence will be broken. The happenings in Psy world with the council's machinations is truly riveting.
Despite the weakness of the main characters, the book does hold up if you're invested in the Psy-Changling world, I give this one a 3/5