Branded by Fire was OK. I really liked Mercy and Riley. I thought they made a great couple, even though it was hard for them to relent at times. I felt there was way too much going on in the story and it seemed to really bog things down. Not the best in the series, but a decent read nonetheless.
I couldn't put it down. Each one of Ms Singh's books is better than the one before! I think this is the most exciting one yet! She is able to mix excitement and the 'hot and steamy' in her stories! Hope you enjoy it as well!
Nice steamy read~! Didn't have to wait until page 200 for a love scene.
The love story is quite good, the chemistry between Riley and Mercy is very hot. I do like very much the pack structure, the pack bonds are well portrayed also. "Skin privileges" is a very descriptive term for the moment when the characters accept one another. I get bogged down in the Psy politics, I don't find the Psy as interesting as the changelings. Overall, an excellent addition to the series.
Whew! Another smoking hot romance from Nalini Singh. In Branded by Fire we learn more about Mercy, the panther sentinel and Riley the wolf lieutenant have a love/hate relationship. They're working together in diplomacy but are oil and water. Of course all that arguing is really about hot chemistry. The book starts off hot and doesn't let up through the end. The arguing-leads-to-love premise is a bit done but Singh's execution is excellent and the hero and heroine are very charismatic and compelling.
In addition to the great romance and sexy story, Singh gently weaves the Psy/Changeling/Human Alliance narrative through the book without it overwhelming the romance. In her previous book, Hostage to Pleasure, the love story was completely overtaken by the plot. In this case the side stories and side action were minimal, consisting of a page here and there and the "mystery" was driven more by the characters than the other way around. We also got a few glimpses into the goings-on of some previous books' couples, a treat for dedicated readers.
Nice way to get things back on track.
Branded by Fire is the 6th book in the Psy-Changeling Series and my favorite so far. After reading some less than raving reviews, I put off reading this book thinking that I would be disappointed. I am glad I finally gave in. Riley and Mercy, both dominants from different Changeling Packs were both likable characters and the author added just enough tension between the two to keep the story interesting but not frustrating. Definately a must read- but be sure to read the books in order to avoid confusion.
This is one of my favorites for the Psy/Changling series! I just posted it and will be sending it off tomorrow, but had to quickly scan through some of my favorite parts before wrapping it! You go Mr. Mud Stick!
Enjoyed it. Continues to be a fun series.
Good read. The latest in the Psy/Changeling books is another winner. We have seen Mercy and Riley dancing around each other in earlier books and in this one it finally comes to a head. An interesting study of dominance, what do you do when both players want to be on top? That's tough enough - but both of them are savagely loyal to their packs - and expect that accepting the mating bond will force one of them to leave theirs... The Psy/Changeling/Human struggle continues to ramp up with the Alliance embarking on a policy that may well bring the world to war...
Strong plot, great characters - but definitely read the series in order!
1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
3. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
4. âBeat of Temptationâ in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
5. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
6. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
7. âStroke of Enticementâ in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
Free short story: A Gift for Kit
8. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
9. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
From the author's site:
Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resists when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, tries to possess her. The problem is not simply that he pushes her buttons; the problem is that he's a wolf, she's a cat, and they're both used to being on top.
But when a brilliant changeling researcher is kidnapped from DarkRiver territory, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young manâbefore his shadowy captors decide he's no longer useful. Along the way, the two dominants may find that submitting to one another uncovers not just a deadly conspiracy, but a passion so raw that it'll leave them both branded by fireâ¦
Great paranormal romance series!
I loved the story of Mercy and Riley. Any of Nalini Singh's Changeling novels are just exceptional.
This is Mercy and Riley's story.