by Nalini Singh

July 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22673-5
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Mass Market Paperback

DarkRiver sentinel Mercy Smith has begun to feel the painful ache of a dominant female who has yet to find her mate. To satisfy both the feline and woman in her, Mercy needs a dominant man who is her equal and who acknowledges she is his. None of the men in her pack appeals to her, or her cat. The one man she is wildly attracted to is Riley Kincaid: A SnowDancer lieutenant, a wolf and the pack's most powerful ally. He pushes her buttons, tweaks her tail, and strokes her in the best way. He is also possessive as hell, frustratingly controlled, and entices her cat to tease him deliciously.

Riley Kincaid knows to the depths of his soul that Mercy is the mate for him. His wolf’s instinctual need to care for her is at odds with his human side’s intellectual response to Mercy’s undoubted skill as a sentinel. When Psy across the world begin to exhibit violent behaviour and a young gifted changeling is kidnapped, Mercy, Riley and their packs discover the first in a number of indicators that hint at a new enemy trying to create a power vacuum.

Nalini Singh takes her Psy/Changeling series to a new exciting level in Branded by Fire. The conflict between the Psy and Changeling people takes a back seat to the emergence of a new threat to society as a whole. Mercy and Riley’s struggle was at times heartwarming and titillating to witness. However, it is their willingness to try that made my heart sing. Here’s hoping your heart hears the same song of joy.


Reviewed in June 2009 by Cynthia.

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