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Book Review: BRANDED BY FIRE by NALINI SINGH

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog. I hope we are all doing great. Today is mother’s day so this post is a dedication to all the amazing mother’s out there who give 110% to their children, that is the kind of mother I hope to be because that is the kind of mother I have. This post was typed up by my mother using my notes, thanks mum.

This is the sixth book in the psy-changeling series; I always love getting back to this series as I have said in previous posts. This book is about a strong female which I love as it gives inspiration for all women that being strong and independent is rewarding.

SUMMARY

Though Dark River sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she savagely resist 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 could leave them both branded by fire . . .

This story is about two of the highest ranking pack members of SnowDancer and DarkRiver, Mercy and Riley. Mercy is a cat changeling and Riley is a wolf changeling. In the previous books of the series we have been watching the progression of the relationship between both packs and how they collaborate with each other against the Psy.

All the dominant top ranking men in Mercy’s pack are now mated and she is the only one left unmated, she is worried that she will not find a mate that her cat will accept because the man will either be less dominant which she will not be compatible with or he might be just right for her but her cat will not accept him due to the level of her dominance. This brings to my mind the issue that strong career women face when choosing their life partner.

Mercy and Riley aggravate each other but they are also incredibly attracted to one another. They are intimate once but unlike the relationships in the previous books where intimacy was one of that last steps in the mating dance, neither Mercy nor Riley recognise the other as a long term lover. They are both prejudiced towards the other’s animal and are only seeking to burn out their sexual desires and return to normal.

More signs of the fragmentation of Silence are appearing while Mercy and Riley have to think about their packs first before they can have what they truly desire which is each other. We see more depths to the way the packs work individually and together. There are so many different components and POVs in this book; it gives a wider picture of the psy-changeling world.

The right leadership is key to the survival of a populace. The Psy Council has their issues and the Human Alliance are trying to make a stand but with the wrong leadership. The packs of San Francisco have strong and good leadership that are steering the changelings in the right direction. Who will come out on top? That is yet to be determined.

Who is the ghost? I really want to know and I am looking forward to when I find out. I wonder if it is the person I have in mind? Want to know who I have in mind? Leave a comment and I’ll discuss further.

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