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Branded by Fire

(Psy-Changeling #6)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  30,891 ratings  ·  1,457 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Berkley
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Ornella Parola Yes but I would not recommend it! Better to read the first to understand the universe
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Giorgia ~ Reads
4 stars

Back into this series after a few months break and loving it.

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
Branded by Fire was a good read, but at times Mercy annoyed me. She would act a little bitchy at times and go on and on about how she was a dominant female. Blah blah blah if I had to hear about her dominant ass one more time I would have ripped my hair out. Just saying I get it she is a dominant female and they are hard to mate. Riley was a saint for putting up with Mercy's ass. He was sexy, at times very sweet, protective and supportive! Riley made the book for me. ...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*
Wow. This was the sexiest book so far, with the strongest characters Photobucket I know it's stupid to read a series and say for every new book that it's your new favorite, but I just have to Photobucket This one is my new Psy-Changeling favorite Photobucket

Riley and Mercy were fan-fucking-tastic! A luitenant and a sentinel for two opposite packs, they couldn't stand each other even though there was a massive sexual attraction in the equasion. In the beginning of the book (and my, this was a shock to the system), I think it w
Sophia Triad
Mercy Smith (Changeling) and Riley Aedan Kincaid (Changeling)

Riley is an Alpha ShowDancer, i.e a Wolf and Mercy is an Alpha DarkRiver, i.e. a leopard. They are both strong and they both do not back down.
Can a cat and a wolf mix? Especially when they are both so dominant? And above all since they do not like submitting?

“Not so fast are we, wolfie?”
“I was trying,” he said, blocking her next set of blows with his arms, “not to hurt you.”
“I’m not a frickin’ princess”

Since there are no Alpha unmated
Alex is The Romance Fox
The fascinating Psy/Changeling world continues…..6th book in the series…and so good!!!

Riley Kincaid, a Wolf Changeling and the Senior Lieutenant of the SnowDancer wolf pack
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Mercy Smith, a Leopard Changeling and a Sentinel of the DarkRiver leopard pack
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- both dominant and totally into each other!!!
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I loved this book. Riley is awesome, sexy, hot and sooo alpha!!!
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And Mercy…wow, I adored this kick-ass, independent, take no shit dominant woman!!!!!

Finally, I had some free time to continue reading this fantastic series. And as per usual I really enjoyed reading this story or any story in this series so far. This one was a bit different since we don't get a changeling and psy couple but two changelings trying to find their luck in love. All I can say is that I really hoped this would be a fantastic read and thankfully my hopes have been heard. :)

4 to 4 1/2 INTENSE and STEAMY Stars!!!

Another AMAZING addition to my FAVORITE paranormal series!!!

I LOVED so much about this book! I LOVED the hero and heroine (Mercy has become one of my all-time favorite heroines), the banter, the romance, the cast of secondary characters, the varying points-of-view, and the complex word building. However–and I can't believe I'm saying this–I felt there was too much sex in this book. Gasp! I found the abundance of sex distracting. In fact, I was skimming pages
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Before I wrote a review on this book, I had to sleep on it. I was trying to figure out a way to express my feelings about Mercy. She annoyed the crap out of me for the majority of this book. I felt so bad about it. I love strong women. I am definitely a reader who wants a strong, independent heroine in a story, yet I like the sweet heroines as well. I just like well-written heroines. Mercy was certainly well-written. I can't say I fault Nalini Singh for writing a book about an interesting charac ...more
My favorite of this series so far! This book should be considered a science book because woo-wee, these two had some major chemistry going on!

oh yeah, the sparks were flying!

The romance in this book is between Mercy, a female leopard changeling:

And, Riley, a male wolf changeling:

what the hell, let's use Joe. It's hard to find a specimen more perfect!

They are different "animals" that don't really mix. But, they also have a huge attraction for each other and have to work together a lot because of
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
5 Stars!! - YOWZA!!! I felt Branded by Fire, alright!!!

September 2011 - Review to come... But just a few thoughts, for now... This is probably my favourite of the series, so far, along with Dorian's and Ashaya's book and the first book with Lucas and Sascha (which will always have a special place in my heart). I adore the DarkRiver alpha couple. *sighs* And I loved Mercy and Riley. LOVING this series!!!

March 2012 - Finally wrote my review.

Also reviewed at: Lady Jayne's Reading Den

Branded by Fire starts out with some fireworks as Mercy, a top sentinel in the Dark River leopard pack, has a hot forbidden interlude with Riley, the second to the alpha of the Snow Dancer wolf pack. She is a dominant alpha female in her pack which makes her fear that she will never find a mate because she would need someone more dominant than her and she doesn’t think she would be able to submit to a mate the way she would need to. Riley is a stubborn, protective, by-the-rules man who is helple ...more
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've been struggling with this review since yesterday, trying to figure out why this book didn't earn a 5-star rating from me. I loved Riley, I liked Mercy, I enjoyed the plot and the new developments in the series' story arc - especially the introduction of Bowen, a new secondary character with all the signs of a future hero - and, last but not least, Hawke (oh, how I love thee!) had some major scenes that had me drooling all over the pages. So what was "wrong" with this latest installment in t ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with Jo and Angela at the PNR hot corner of BB&B

Wow!!! I have to say - Nalini not only knows how to create an imaginative and fascinating world, but she can create a chemistry between her characters that sizzles and sets the pages on fire!!!

In the cold world of Psy and the hot world of the Changelings, the Humans have been relegated to a tertiary place in the world order. ANd not surprisingly, they resent it. Beginning with the previous book, the Human Alliance has got
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - This definitely held up to my fond memories of it from my first read thru. I think Mercy is the best heroine to date in the series, and I think the idea of two dominant changelings being mates set up a lot of delicious push pull.
1st read - 01/04/2016 - 02/04/2016 3★
Currently rereading -03/07/2018 - 04/07/2018 - BUMPED UP TO A WHOOPING 5★
Still 5 stars.

As Alpha Night (Psy-Changeling Trinity, #4; Psy-Changeling, #19) by Nalini Singh is being released soon I felt that a reread was in order.

Three Five “Wildfire & Solid, Rooted Earth” Stars.

The first time I read Mercy & Riley's story I said the following;

"Up until I love every single book of this series and they all have a rating of at least 4 & 5 Stars. This one unfortunately and it was a tough choice to make."

The second time around I can trul
5 stars – Paranormal Romance

Nalini Singh delivers yet another exceptional addition to the superb Psy-Changeling series. I’ve read all of the six (currently released) books in the series over the past couple of weeks, and it’s amazing that they keep getting better each time and that there are still so many wondrous possibilities for the future. One of the main things that makes this series so fantastic is the terrific balance of unique, spellbinding world building and steamy, sensual romance betw
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Who says that a wolf and a cat can't ever be together? Riley and Mercy sure do make an explosive combination but that only adds to the awesomeness of this book!



They don't seem to fit together do they?

How about...?

Much better huh?

I LOVE Mercy and Riley. They are prepared to fight for what they want. Tbh what I like most in this book is that they seem to first get to know each other and then start to be attracted. I know that the mating bond gives a metaphysical excuse to insta-love but
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All romance fans!

Re-reading my favorite series again ;-)

12/09/2016 Buddy reading my favorite series with the wonderful Choko and Angela!

“But sometimes, the human heart loves so deeply that it overcomes the objections of the animal.”

Things have been peaceful lately for the DarkRiver cats and the SnowDancer wolves. But they knew it wouldn’t last and when a changeling researcher is kidnapped, Mercy a DarkRiver Sentinel and Riley a SnowDancer lieutenant must work together to find him before it’s

Robin (Bridge Four)
And the Series Re-Read Continues

Mercy and Riley held up well on a re-read. I love them as a couple and their beginning was fantastic.

Original Review.

I was starting to feel like most of the books were getting to be slightly the same. Psy breaking the silence, changeling knowing how to express themselves and the Psy or human not knowing exactly how to process but giving in eventually. But this book is Changeling-Changeling and both are extremely dominant which made for some extremely steamy and ho
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nalini Singh fans, paranormal romance fans
Branded by Fire is the perfect title for this book! It’s definitely the hottest of the series so far! Riley, the SnowDancer lieutenant and Mercy, the DarkRiver sentinel are at from the get-go! They are HAWT, HAWT, HAWT!!!

Mercy doesn’t take shit from anyone. It’s one of the reasons why she is so damn good as a sentinel. But with her strength comes scrutiny. Gender roles come into play in this book and even though Riley initially wanted a domestic mate, he can’t seem to stay away from Mercy’s fel
4.5 I loved these guys!!

I love strong characters, I can't help myself. It's hard for me to really like a weak woman and it's impossible to like idiots (and that's kind of what I've been getting lately). So you have no idea how happy I am to finally find a badass couple!

This couple is great, the plot is wonderfully captivating and, as always, the world builder is off the charts. What more can you want from a UF?
It's definitely the best book in this series (so far)!
Ren Puspita
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Psy Changeling Fans, Nalini Singh fans, paranormal romance fans
I'm soooo happy

I'd read Branded by Fire before, and I must said this book is one of the best of Psy Changeling series! Beside Play of Passion and Kiss of Snow. What can I said? Kincaid Brothers are sexy as hell and Hawke, their alpha more sexy than hell, LOL!

And Riley and Mercy are my favorite couple beside Elena-Raphael !

So, when Nalini held a contest to support her at DA BWAHA (vote for her book Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2) by Nalini Singh ), I'm never imagined I will win. I just want to vote, because Archangel's Kiss is my top ten
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Aaaahh Riley and Mercy. This series is just amazing. I loved these two, the tension, their hate-lust (sort of), the way Mercy gave in when Riley needed it and how Riley wooed her. Made my knees weak <3
Lana Reads
Before I get to the next book and forget the details of this one, here are some of my feelings, real quick.
It was great to get into this world again (after a couple of months pause). Mercy was smart, tough and badass; Riley was a damaged grumpy chunk of a man; two of them had the hottest chemistry. I'm super intrigued how the series develops, so I'll jump into the next one today.
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fiesty Mercy and protective Riley are quite a pair. This book will ensnare your attention and hold it. Two changelings who are different species ensure another tight bond between Lucas's and Hawke's pack.

Both Mercy and Riley are dominants with some preconceived notions and due to this we see some misunderstandings and tensions. The pair have sizzling chemistry and set the pages a flame. One of my favourites in the series.

Love the kids who add to many of the scenes.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Book 6 is a Changeling to Changeling pairing. Mercy, a Leopard Changeling and Riley, a Wolf Changeling.

I am loving the progress from story to story. I enjoy seeing past book characters as well as new characters. For such a dominant wolf, Riley was more sensitive than I was expecting. I liked that about him.

Mercy is also a dominant female and unfortunately she came off too hard to me. Her expectations seemed to be really high as well. She wanted a more dominant male but there seemed to be a fin
Beanbag Love
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book last week, but I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to review it. In fact, I've already read another two books since. Oh well, better late than never.

I really liked this installment in the Psy-Changeling series. I liked that the relationship took off early in the book ... oh boy, did it ever ... and that the couple was pretty open and honest about their nearly impossible future.

Mercy is a leopard sentinal. Riley is a wolf lieutenant. They've been partnered to watch over a p
I so love this series, this author, this book.

I will admit to not loving Mercy as much as Riley. I think it's because they are both so dominate. I felt like I needed to pick a side so I did. Riley. But I love the characters in this book and series. More than the other books in this series, this one spent more time with other characters and I loved it. The surprise for Lucas and Sascha, the moments with Judd, the time with Vaughn and his Red, Faith, -- all so wonderful. I loved it all.

This world
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
This was my favourite of the series so far. Probably because everybody was just so nice and they actually talked and apologized and it was only minimally angsty. I do love the world building still a lot. I also have theories about the identity of the Ghost and if I am right I am not sure what to make of that.
This has always been one of my favorite books in this series - I love the dominance of Mercy, and how that plays against the dominance of Riley. I love how committed they both end up being to figuring it out. I love that the romance is effortlessly woven into the plot, and an important part of everything that's going on. I love that there isn't unnecessary drama that bleeds over into the life-and-death things going on in the world.

Plus, Mercy and Riley burn up the pages. I've said in a lot of re
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“Riley : "Do you want to claw at me, kitty-cat? Come on."
Mercy: "Sorry, I don't beat defenseless puppies.”
“Mercy laughed. “You have to excuse them—boys suffer from an incurable disability.”


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