Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Branded by Fire (Psy-Changelings, Book 6) - Nalini Singh

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…

Ok it would be stupid for me to go about this review trying to persuade you to buy into this series...why you ask...welll....b/c most of you already have! And if you havent, well youve probably been living under a rock. Nalini Singh has done nothing but once again amaze me with her writing! She makes you laugh, cry and get all hot and bothered while forcing you to sit at the edge of your seat! This book in no way is an exception!

In this book we get more into Mercys storyline...weve all wondered (along with Mercy) if she would ever fall into a mans arms...AND heart. Mercy was beginning to give up all hope in the matter until one day in the woods she runs along her annoyingly yet very handsome fellow changeling Riley. Riley is a part of the SnowDancer pack (you remember his sis is Bree and was once abducted but now is back and mated with ex-Psy Judd). Both are at odds with eachother most the time but once Mercy starts to act like a cat in heat Riley takes control...

One problem...Mercy is a dominant cat and doesnt appreciate Riley's acts of possessiveness. But when people (once again) start coming up missing in their territory they are forced together to fix the situation. Will the two be able to get along long enough to find the missing? Will that one day in the woods repeat itself?...I think the question is...when two dominants go head to head...who do YOU think will end up on top?!?!?!

Apart from Slave to Sensation (book 1...the first book in a series always hold a special place in my heart lol) this was my favorite book in the series! I love that we get changeling with changeling! No Psy lovin (that hasnt already happened) in this book. Which brings me to another thing I love...we always get too see our favorite couples in each book! I love that I still feel connected with the whole pack. And if you think about it NS thought this out well...they are all a part of a pack therefore they should all remain in each book. Afterall they are all a part of one big family. Oh and spoiler...SOMEONE GETS PREGGERS!!! WOOT WOOT!

I think the biggest issue in this book had to (at first) be the issue of "race". I guess you could call it that lol Riley is a wolf and Mercy a cat. Each belong to a different pack therefore if they ever mated the more dominant one would remain and the other would break apart and join the other. The problem is that both are high in ranks in the pack and basically BLEED their loyalties to Lucas and Hawk. So both are not only fighting their feelings for one another but also their feelings towards their pack...who will leave their pack??? READ AND FIND OUT! Lol

Another thing I must mention is the MAJOR plot with the Psy/Human/Changeling etc...boy is that story building! I honestly get a bit confused at times about who is doing what but mostly im all there! lol I love how NS has built this world...nto only built this world but built in in war times! Its beining to sound like its gonna be every race fro themselves! I cant wait to see what happens next!

One last thing. Hawk and Riley are very close. They grew up together and now Hawk is Rileys leader...well so they were talking about Riley and his need for Mercy and Hawks need came into view...he has a dang thing for Sienna! I mean I THOUGHT he did but this book totally outted it fro us and now Im all itchy to see whats gonna happen! Sienna had to get away from the pack so shes staying with Lucas and Sascha for now...BUT it looks like by the end of the book her and another kitty cat are getting pretty close. Man Hawks book is gonna be GOOOOOD! lol

Ok this snippet is when Riley and Mercy FIRST get together in the beginning of the book! Ohhhhh its a hawt one! ;o)

“I’ll give you one thing,” he said, crouching opposite her as they circled each other. “You know how to move…kitty.”
Adrenaline shot through her, a hot, liquid fire. “Better than a jumped-up sheepdog anyway.” She didn’t even see it coming. One moment she was about to slash his face—okay, so she would’ve just scratched him, it wasn’t like this was a fight to the death—and the next, she was flat on her back with her wrists slammed to the earth, gripped in one strong fist.
“Ooomph.” All the air rushed out of her as Riley’s lower body crushed hers to the ground. The bastard was heavy, pure muscle over solid bone.

“Yield.” His nose was almost touching hers.

“You wish.” She smirked into chocolate-dark eyes. “Come closer.”

“So you can bite me?” A flash of teeth. “First you yield. Then I’ll come closer.”
“Not on your life.” If she yielded, she’d be acknowledging his dominance, at least for tonight.
“Then I guess I’ve have to make you.”
“Try it.” Smiling, she went for his throat and almost had him, when—using a move that was all sorts of illegal—he flipped her again so her front pressed into the leaf-laden ground, her wrists still locked in his iron grip and pinned above her head.

“So says the woman who tried to kick my balls into my throat,” he pointed out, even as he licked the salt off the skin of her neck in a lazy and highly provocative move.

“I’m going to kill you.” It was more hiss than sound.
He bit her. In the soft, sensitive place between neck and shoulder. She felt her entire body shiver from the inside out at the blatant show of dominance.
“Stop it.” It came out husky, nothing like the rejection she wanted it to be.
He took his mouth from her.
“I’ve pinned you.”

“That’s wolf shit. I’m a cat.”
“You’re still trapped under me.” He nuzzled at her throat. “And you smell all hot and wet and ready.” His voice was dropping, going wolf on her.

She found herself raising her body against him without realizing it, her bottom rubbing, enticing, inviting. “You tell anyone, I’ll carve out your heart.”

“Talking’s not what I’m interested in right now.”

I give this book a total of...



Cecile said...

Okay dangit.. Yes, I am still under a rock! I swear I am getting this series.... I promise... I promise... I have been making a few extra bucks... (trying to save for a nice bookcase system)... But I promise to get the whole damn series!!!!

*no throwing rocks at me... books I will take, lol**

You know I do not have to say that your review rocks, cuz you know it... You cripple my bank account every time I come here!
That is why I love you soooo!
Hope all is well honey!

April 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

You flatter me sugar! Lol and fine...I won't throw rocks but I'm amost tempted to just buy you and send you the first book...its like crack I tell ya! ;)

April 6, 2010 at 8:39 PM
Mandi said...

This is one SEXY book..LOVE LOVE LOVE your review :)

And OMG - Hawke..I need his book nooooooooow!!

April 7, 2010 at 4:39 AM
Monroe Dawson said...

lol this WAS a sexy book girl! And thank I do aim to please! ;o)

Omg you KNOW Hawks book is gonna be awesome! Esp the whole story with Sienna and now there is another guy in the picture...but shes so young...OMG MY HEAD IS SPINNING! Lol

April 7, 2010 at 5:28 AM
VampFanGirl said...

I loved this book! I LOVE this series!!! Hell, I love anything Nalini Singh writes. LOL! And YAY, you love her too!!!

Great review Monroe. Now I have only one word for you: HAWKE. S'all I'm sayin'. *wink*

:) VFG

April 7, 2010 at 9:20 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

And oh how that one little word says soooo much! Just thinking about that book gets me all hot and bothered. Lol NS is at the tip top of my author list. This woman can write! Can't wait for her next book!

April 8, 2010 at 3:39 AM
~ames~ said...

I loved this one b/c both these characters were so dominant. So hot!

April 13, 2010 at 9:52 PM
Monroe Dawson said...

YES! It was hot...it was my first time reading about two dominant people! lol I love NS!!! <3

April 14, 2010 at 5:44 AM