Though DarkRiver sentinel Mercy is feeling the pressure to mate, she resists savagely when Riley Kincaid, a lieutenant from the SnowDancer pack, seeks 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 in a seemingly senseless attack, Mercy and Riley must work together to track the young male—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, it’ll leave them both branded by fire…
“Nalini Singh continues to dazzle and ensnare new readers with each addition to the Psy/Changeling series.”
“A mesmerizing series.”
-ROAD TO ROMANCE (REVIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD)
In some ways, Branded By Fire was both the easiest and the hardest book to write in the “Psy/Changeling” series to date.
The reason why is that Mercy and Riley have been an integral part of the series from the very beginning. I wanted to do justice to their story, while staying true to their characters. That was critically important to me—I didn’t want them to be different from the two strong, intelligent changelings we’ve come to know, but I also wanted to see below the surface of their personalities.
I tell you—getting these two to open up was beyond difficult! Yet in spite of that, or perhaps because of it, I utterly enjoyed the ride. Mercy and Riley are such fantastic characters that spending time with them was a joy. Each time the two met on the page, sparks flew. I was half worried my laptop was going to go up in flames!
This is the most sensual Psy/Changeling book to date, and that flows from the characters. Unlike their Psy counterparts, changelings are not only far more tactile, touch is deeply necessary for them. As a result, the physical side of Mercy’s and Riley’s relationship comes much more easily than the emotional.
But of course, when two changelings touch, it isn’t only about the physical.
This is particularly true for Mercy and Riley. Each time they share their bodies, it’s a step into trust, a trust that is by no means simple—because they aren’t just two people who happen to be attracted to one another. Mercy is a DarkRiver sentinel to Riley’s SnowDancer lieutenant, leopard to his wolf.
I think because of that combination of factors, Branded By Fire is a strong, vital addition to the series, and one that takes us deep into the heart of both DarkRiver and SnowDancer. It’s also a story that took me by surprise—when I began this series, I didn’t see Mercy and Riley together. Sometimes, characters take a new direction and the writer must follow—and now that I’ve written their story, I know it could have been no other way. These two are perfect for each other—both as stubborn, as wild, and as willing to love with all their heart and soul.
I hope you feel the same way after you read their story. As always, don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any questions.