Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh

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Posted August 19, 2019 by Leona Woolfolk in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Branded by Fire by Nalini SinghBranded by Fire by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling #6
Published by Penguin Group on July 7, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Archangel's Prophecy, Allegiance of Honor, Slave to Sensation, Visions of Heat, Caressed By Ice, Kiss of Snow, Play of Passion, Hostage to Pleasure, Mine to Possess, Heart of Obsidian, Bonds of Justice
Also in this series: Allegiance of Honor, Slave to Sensation, Visions of Heat, Caressed By Ice, Kiss of Snow, Play of Passion, Hostage to Pleasure, Mine to Possess, Heart of Obsidian, Bonds of Justice

A Psy-Changeling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Shards of Hope, Shield of Winter, and Heart of Obsidian..."the alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist).

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...

I found the first portion, the first 25%, of Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh really hard to get into. I can’t really say if it was Mercy or Riley’s character that made it so dang hard to get into this story, but it could very well have been a combination of both. Even though I did end up enjoying Branded by Fire it was a long and tumultuous road getting there.

Before I read Branded by Fire, Mercy and Riley were characters I neither loved nor hated and in previous stories they just weren’t characters I paid much attention to. Yeah, we learned a little more about Riley’s motivations and past in Caressed by Ice but not so much that I clamored to read more about him. The same can be said about Mercy’s character in Hostage to Pleasure.

So was it my lukewarm feelings towards both Mercy and Riley that made it hard to connect with Branded by Fire? No, it was the dominant female verse the dominant male scenario that made the earlier part of this story a chore to get through. Even though Mercy claimed that Riley was pushy and not willing to respect her as a dominant female, Riley time and again bent over backwards to accommodate and placate her and that irritated me to no end. Now while Mercy didn’t play games with Riley she had no problem falling into his arms and still warning him off at the same time.

Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh wasn’t a horrible story it was just filled with a character, and sometimes characters, that worked on my nerves. I give credit to Nalini Singh in sticking with the realness of her characters and not changing them to come off as more appealing, or as unauthentic.

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About Nalini Singh

On Me

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I spent three years living and working in Japan, where I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page.

I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher, but not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency, but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

On writing

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. All of my stories held a thread of romance, even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes. Creating unique characters and giving them happy endings is my favorite thing. I even love the voices in my head, so there’s no other job I’d rather be doing. When I got the call in September 2002 that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

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