Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
With the addition of the Human Alliance things are getting really interesting and the alliances and enemies being made are growing. When I first started this series, I had no idea where it was going or how complex Nalini Singh was going to get, but it’s great!
I loved Riley’s character, he’s so strong and solid and dependable. He’s my perfect kind of hero even when he needs to let go of his over-possessive streak. He’s been badly damaged by not being able to prevent his sister Brenna’s attack. But he’s able to start healing when he starts seeing Mercy. She’s wild, passionate, and strong and she challenges Riley at every turn. I liked both their dedications to their packs even when it made things hard for them to be together.
Sometimes Mercy got on my nerves; she’s so head strong and stubborn and often times she could dish it out but couldn’t take it. Mercy is a very passionate woman so sometimes when she’s hurt she lashes out and this annoyed me a little bit. This only happened a few times and obviously didn’t affect my score of this book.
We get lots of appearances by other characters, per usual, and this made me very happy. There’s plenty of Lucas and Sascha (and a big surprise!), a bit of Brenna and Judd, Dorian and Ashaya. There’s also some new developments on the Hawke and Sienna front and you can tell that story will be volatile when it comes around.
5 out of 5 stars
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.
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2009
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