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"Nalini Singh does it again!"

Right now, DarkRiver sentinel Mercy needs to escape the mating ceremony for her best friend Dorian and his mate. See, Mercy has an itch that needs scratching. The problem is, there's no one in her pack Mercy wants to scratch that particular itch. Being such a dominant female, Mercy knows finding a mate will be darn near impossible for her. She'd eat a submissive male alive and even the dominant males in her pack would have trouble handling her. Even with Tamsyn's—the pack's healer—assurances, Mercy is pretty sure she will never find a mate. So when she runs into Riley— SnowDancer lieutenant and very dominant male—Mercy decides he'll do. After all, ever since the alliance between the cat and wolf packs, the two of them have been working together a lot and dancing around each other the entire time. Hopefully, once the itch has been scratched, Mercy will be able to settle down enough to concentrate on her duties.

Riley Kincaid is second-in-command of the SnowDancer wolf pack. Still, he's fighting his own demons. Ever since the death of his parents, Riley has raised his younger brother and sister, so he's always had a well developed sense of responsibility. However, when his sister Brenna was kidnapped and tortured by a Psy, Riley became wracked with guilt. After all, he was responsible for Brenna when she was taken and even though she's back and mated now, Riley still feels responsible. After Riley manages to scratch Mercy's itch, he knows once is not enough and he will continue to pursue her.

When a lynx changeling is kidnapped from his home in DarkRiver territory, both Mercy and Riley are on the case. Turns out the boy was working on a special research project. When Mercy and Riley find evidence the Human Alliance was behind the kidnapping, things get very interesting. Why would the Human Alliance kidnap a Changeling? The kidnapping was carried out with military precision, including the heavy spraying of perfume to confuse the extremely sensitive noses of the Changelings. Of course, with Mercy and Riley working so closely together on finding the boy, things heat up between them as well.

Is there a chance of a mating bond between leopard and wolf? Will Riley be able to allow Mercy to be who she is and not try to protect her? Will Mercy and her family accept a wolf as her mate? And what is the Human Alliance up to? Why did they kidnap this particular boy? Is it because of the research he's doing, or is there something even more sinister going on?

BRANDED BY FIRE PSY-CHANGELINGS BOOK 6 is an excellent story. Once more, Nalini Singh proves why she is an auto- buy author for me and once this book comes out, I will get a copy and put it in it's already reserved space on my keeper shelf. Not only is there more than enough action and subplots to keep anyone reading way beyond their bedtime, but the relationship between Mercy and Riley is extremely tender as we watch Riley being forced to confront the demons from his sister's abduction. Not to mention, watching Mercy and Riley being forced to accept the other as they are—both dominant, strong people. And the added bonus, we get to keep up with the rest of the Changelings and the Psy. I'd really like to find out who the Ghost is though. And the ending took me by surprise. All I can say is WOW! This series is just like potato chips—you can't stop at one! I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted June 17, 2009

SUMMARY

Hailed by Christine Feehan as “a major new talent,” New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh now brings together two fierce changelings in her most explosive story yet.

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 man—before 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 fire…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Psychics

Psy/Changeling reading order per author's website:

  1. Slave to Sensation (September 2006)
  2. Visions of Heat (March 2007)
  3. Free short story: The Cannibal Princess
  4. Caressed By Ice (September 2007)
  5. “Beat of Temptation” in An Enchanted Season (October 2007)*
  6. Mine to Possess (February 2008)
  7. Hostage to Pleasure (September 2008)
  8. “Stroke of Enticement” in The Magical Christmas Cat (October 2008) *
  9. Free short story: A Gift for Kit
  10. Branded by Fire (July 2009)
  11. Blaze of Memory (November 2009)
*This novella was written to stand alone so you can pick it up at any stage in the series.

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Branded by Fire
(Psy/Changeling: Book 8)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
July 1, 2009
Available: July 7, 2009
ISBN #0425226735
EAN #9780425226735
368 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Bonds of Justice
Archangel's Kiss
Blaze of Memory
Must Love Hellhounds
Angels' Blood
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Hostage to Pleasure
Mine to Possess
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Slave to Sensation
Desert Warrior


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